Freedom sailors share career experiences at JFK HS
TAMUNING, Guam (April 1, 2013) -- Sailors from USS Freedom (LCS 1) discussed Navy career options with students at John F. Kennedy (JFK) High School in Tamuning, Guam, April 1.
Gunner’s Mate 1st Class (SW) Tom Culbertson said it was important for them as Sailors to reach out to the young community as the students were intrigued by topics such as boot camp, deployments, jobs and ship life.
“I remember my high school days, I didn’t really think much of the military,” he said. “It’s important to get the word out about what we’re there for.”
Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AW) Christopher Gamble said he enjoyed talking to the students.
“It’s a good time, brings me back to reality,” he said. “It’s all work and when you come out here and talk to kids, it makes me feel special because I know I’m impacting their lives.”
JFK High School health education teacher Peter Linn said he hoped students take advantage of career opportunities available after they graduate.
“Even if they weren’t planned, if I saw (Sailors) in the hallway, I’d grab them and bring them in here,” he said. “I want (students) to see that there is life after high school. They will graduate, they will finish and there is life after high school – they can do it. (The Sailors) are proud of what they do. They’ve given (students) confidence in something that not many people can do.”
Cirgidah Reyes, JFK High School senior, appreciated the Sailors’ presence in the classroom.
“People have their opinions on what they want to do,” she said. “To have (the Sailors) actually come in and talk to (the students) about it; I thought it was really good.”
Freedom arrived in Guam March 29 for a port call, during which they were scheduled to complete a number of community relations projects to include organizing Easter events and cleaning at Saint Dominic’s Senior Care Home and cleaning kennels and caring for animals at Guam Animals In Need.
Freedom departed her homeport in San Diego March 1 for an eight-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. This is the first deployment by an LCS to the Western Pacific.