Career Fair Gives Teens Glimpse of Navy Life

Last Updated : 5/26/2011 10:15:06 AM

Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore personnel gave teenagers a glimpse of Navy professions during a career fair April 29 at Reedley High School. 

With a population of about 25,000, and dubbed the "world's fruit basket," Reedley, Calif., is an agriculturally-rich community about 50 miles northeast of the installation in central California's fertile San Joaquin Valley. 

"We're country people, we don't go anywhere," said freshman English teacher Noe Camacho, a Reedley native.  "It's exciting to have these Sailors who are pleased with their lives in the Navy share their tales of adventures." 

From sightseeing in Singapore to transiting the Panama Canal, the Sailors seemed most proud when speaking of their shipboard adventures.

"The work is hard but it's totally worth it because there's nothing like working on the deck of an aircraft carrier launching and recovering jets," Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Launching and Recovery) 2nd Class Benedict Serafica told a classroom full of freshman and sophomore students.  "Our job is one of the most challenging in the Navy so you have to stay focused.  Getting paid to travel the world is a great bonus." 

The team of 12 from NAS Lemoore's Air Operations, Security, Chapel and Emergency Management departments, as well as two drilling reservists from Navy Reserve Commander Navy Region Southwest Regional Operations Center, supported a local Navy recruiter at the career fair.

"It's perfect to have some of our young Sailors out here who the students can relate to.  It's greatly beneficial to our recruiting efforts," said Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class Charles Lok from Navy Recruiting Station Hanford.  

Using the installation's Emergency Management mobile incident command post as a "show and tell" item, the students gathered around to see inside, and learn more about the sea service. 

"The Navy sounds exciting, it's something different.  I want to go to college and it seems like the Navy has great educational benefits," said senior Julia Brabo. 

NAS Lemoore is home to Commander Strike Fighter Squadron Pacific Fleet and its fleet of some 275 F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet jets.  

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