Cadets visit Pease Air National Guard Base

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  • By Senior Airman Kayla McWalter
  • N.H. Air National Guard Joint Force Headquarters
The cadets from the Torrington Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program in Connecticut visited the 157th Air Refueling Wing for a two-day hands-on tour here as part of an annual field trip last month.

Wing Executive Officer Maj. Nicolas Alcocer, reached out to the program after they had inquired about visiting the base. Alcocer organized the tour to explain to the cadets what 157 ARW Airmen to day-to-day.

"I am thrilled to see the excitement from the cadets and the pride, professionalism and teamwork that the members of our team display," said Alcocer. "In each of these groups is a future member of the 157th."

Alcocer went on to discuss the importance of the visit, "Community relations and outreach is an important aspect of recruiting, but is also about leaving a lasting impression with the population of who we are, what we do, and how we do business here at Pease."

The group of nearly 40 cadets visited and received briefings from members of the Fire Department, 157th Security Forces Squadron, Aircraft Maintenance and Emergency Management.

The cadets were also able to participate in a mission on board a KC-135 and an air refueling.

In addition to the cadets, the program's leadership team were grateful for the experience and expressed that they were extremely impressed at the knowledge, professionalism, enthusiasm and friendliness of Pease personnel.

Alcocer expressed his gratitude for all of the help provided, "It took a great deal of time and involvement from many members of the base to organize such a hands-on and detailed base tour and it did not go unnoticed."