Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals experience 62d AW airlift capabilities

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  • By Senior Airman Callie Norton
  • 62d Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Students with the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals experienced various 62d Airlift Wing mission sets during their visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, July 25, 2023.

OBAP’s Aerospace Career Education Academy provides middle and high school youth with exposure to opportunities in aerospace through week-long summer academies.

As part of the week-long ACE academy in Seattle, students were briefed by U.S. Air Force Col. David Morales, 62d Airlift Wing vice commander, before experiencing the many airlift and ground capabilities of the 62d AW.

“Thank you all for showing an interest in what we do here,” said Morales. “I would encourage every single one of you to take a look at all the opportunities a military career has to offer. The amount of education, training and benefits that our military throws at our young Airmen are pretty impressive.”

Students went on to visit the air traffic control tower, practiced communicating with aircraft in an ATC simulator, set foot on a C-17 Globemaster III and learned about various Air Force aviation career sets such as maintenance, ATC, loadmasters and pilots.

As an Aviation Inspiration and Mentorship Wing, the 62d AW seeks to foster community partnerships and inform, influence and inspire underserved youth, guiding them toward aviation and aviation-based careers.