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NEWS | Oct. 31, 2018

JBLE Airmen, local teachers strive for students’ success

By Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 733rd Logistics Readiness Squadron hosted Hampton School District teachers as part of an externship tour of LRS facilities at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25-26, 2018.


The tour gave Academies of Hampton teachers an opportunity to observe how logistic procedures are applied in daily operations and insight on the skills students will need for their professional development.


The Academies of Hampton program provides students a learning community and a focused career path enhanced by expertise knowledge to propel students toward success after graduation.


“Our partnership (with JBLE) is a collaboration to create the best students we can,” said Sherry Hildebrandt, Academies of Hampton academy coach. “Math (and science) are a lot easier when we see its application and that is what our partners do for education. Through the Langley Airmen, learning will be validated and relevant through industry best practices.”


The first day of the tour began at the LRS small air terminal where Airmen demonstrated the math skills necessary for accurately preparing vehicles and cargo for deployments. The next stop was at the fuels management flight for a chance to observe complex applications of science in maintaining and accounting for fuel supply.


“Seeing what we do is going to help them create labs for students to apply in the classroom,” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Caroline Kornitzer, 733rd LRS section commander. “When students ask when they will use these skills again, we can show them when they will actually use these math or science skills and how to put it into practice.”


According to Kornitzer, who is also part of the program advisory board, the program is working to get students excited about what they are learning. Through this partnership, teachers will be able to tie in real-world applications of logistic theories and principles into their lesson plans.


“The students look at algebra equations or computer programming and they may not be excited by it because they can’t visualize how they will really use it,” Kornitzer said. “I think we all experienced that when we were in school and I think we can bridge that link through these visits.”


The tour concluded with stops to the 1st Maintenance Group, the 438th Supply Chain Operation Squadron and the 94th Air Mobility Unit where essential skills were further demonstrated to show how JBLE members use core math and science knowledge to perform daily operations.


“All of the (hosts) really honed in on industry-specific knowledge and skills that can be brought into our classrooms,” said Hildebrandt. “Our partners are the difference between yesterday’s program and today’s transformation. Through this program we can help create life, college and career-ready students.”