High school students spend a day with Marines, testing simulators and learning history
Fairfax, Virginia - Below is the third part of 2014 Youth Education Summit participant Victoria Hrach's experience at the weeklong trip for high school students. Here, Victoria recounts the summit's trip to Marine Corps Base Quantico just outside Washington, D.C. At the base, a Marine liaison guided students to hi-tech training simulators, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and some good chow. Later that evening, the summit traveled back north to D.C. to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial and Marine Barracks Washington for the famous 8th & I parade. Read the first and second parts of Victoria's story.
We woke bright and early on Friday morning, and ran through the parking lot, with the chaperones trying to give us a taste of Marine training; they put us through drills like jumping jacks, push-ups, and other endurance activities. By the time the chaperones allowed us on the bus, we had already done so much as a precursor to the experiences that we would later have that day at an actual Marines base.
At Marine Corps Base Quantico, we headed to different simulators and were broken into groups. Four of those groups, including mine, first headed to the Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer, or VCCT. The VCCT was a Humvee inside of a tent, with the walls all around it showing images of the simulation “surroundings” of Iraq. We had a driver, a radio communicator, one person each on the .50-caliber turret and M249, and two using M16s (myself being one of these two).
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