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Wolfpack soldiers attend career day

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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:30 am

Wolfpack soldiers from the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, participated in a Career Day held by their adopted school, Lakewood Elementary School on May 30.

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Jones, a military police officer, briefed students about the variety of jobs available in the Army, such as supply clerks, military police officers, photographers and medics. He also answered questions from the students about the military.

“It’s important for kids at a young age to see the vast array of jobs there are in the world so they can have a better understanding of what is out there,” Jones said. “Most kids only know about ‘Call of Duty’ and blowing things up. They don’t know about all our different jobs throughout the Army.”

After Jones gave his brief, battalion medics gave a class to the students demonstrating some of the capabilities that save lives on the battlefield.

Melodi Howard, the school’s counselor, helped to organize the Career Day event and worked with Jones to make sure it was a success. Howard said this was a great way for students to learn various jobs soldiers have, and enabled students to interact with soldiers who could demonstrate their occupations to them.

“The thing I thought they did the best at was telling students about their day-to-day tasks as a soldier and I can guarantee that our students know more now than they did before our soldiers came today,” Howard said.

After the classroom presentations were finished, Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Woods, and Maj. Sedric Burrell, battalion executive officer, presented a certificate of appreciation to one class from each grade level based on their overall attendance, grades and discipline throughout the school year.

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