On Oct. 30, Harrison County High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC) Unit KY-051 toured Bluegrass Station as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative set up by Lockheed Martin. Thirty-eight cadets experienced an up-close look at the inner workings of the customer capabilities that Lockheed Martin personnel support every day. Program Executive Officer Col. Jack Dills kicked off the event providing an overview of the program. Attendees were then treated to a site tour with stops at Aviation Hill, Production Operations and multiple program project sites.
Lockheed Martin received a lot of great feedback from the cadets, teachers and AFJROTC Instructor Maj. Jon Montgomery. Many cadets stated that they didn’t realize these opportunities were available right here in the local area. The teachers and JROTC instructor loved how the presenters were able to tie in the educational requirements needed to perform their jobs and the numerous possibilities to serve our nation in other ways, without having to serve in the military, since only 3 percent of all JROTC cadets across all branches end up serving. They also commented about the enthusiasm and pride the Lockheed Martin team had in showcasing their areas.
“These are important events,” said Col. Dills. “Each time we get to speak to a group of young folks, we are investing in the future of our nation. This was likely the single most important thing we accomplished.”
With a declining interest in science and math careers, many school districts around the country are placing a renewed push for STEM development. Lockheed Martin understands that while students may go to college, join the military or be skilled technicians; having a strong base of math and technical skills is the start of a great future.
Thanks to the colonel and to everyone who made the JROTC visit and tour a great success. The cadets were already asking if they could return for another tour next year.