ROTC Cadets Board Black Hawk Helicopters for Tour

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  • A UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter touches down on the northern field behind Topeka High.

  • Master Gunnery Sergeant Brad Stallbaumer talks with Cadet Dylan Weichert after touch down.

  • A Black Hawk Helicopter sits at rest before cadets boarded.

  • A National Guard pilot prepares his Black Hawk for take off.

  • Cadets board the Black Hawk.

  • Both Black Hawk helicopters take off in unison carrying roughly 15 cadets a piece.

  • Both Black Hawks depart after the event ends.

  • Cadets who went on the ride were gifted National Guard T-Shirts and coffee mugs.

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It’s not every morning that you would expect to see military vehicles stopping for a visit at your high school. At 9:30 in the cloud covered morning of April 24, this is exactly what happened.

In a event sponsored by the Kansas National Guard, two massive UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters touched down on the northern field behind the north gym. Cadets who met the requirements got the opportunity to take a tour around town.

“It’s kind of three-fold on what this is,” MCJROTC Instructor Jason Morrison said, “we try to use it as a recruiting tool for students who aren’t in the program, and they see us out here doing fun stuff. We do it as a reward for the cadets’ hard work throughout the year, and how many students out of this school of roughly 1,700 can say they’ve been in a helicopter?”



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