SBISD Navy Jr. ROTC cadets gather on the flight deck of the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Lexington.
Sixteen cadets enrolled in the Spring Branch Navy Jr. ROTC program at the Guthrie Center toured U.S. Navy and Coast Guard facilities and Texas A&M University-Kingsville during a summertime, three-day trip to South Texas sites and facilities.
The cadets, who attend three district high schools, toured the USS Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi during the first day of their July 12-14 trip. The USS Lexington is a decommissioned aircraft carrier with a proud history. The vintage carrier known as “The Blue Ghost” saw combat in World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. The ship was a landing platform for training Navy and Marine Corps pilots through the early 1990s.
Guthrie-Spring Branch Center Navy Jr. ROTC cadets pose on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
While on the air station campus, the Spring Branch students visited the U.S. Coast Guard Air Operations Facility. The cadets were briefed on Coast Guard officer and enlisted career opportunities ranging from pilot to air crew personnel to mechanics and rescue swimmers. The cadets were even allowed to climb aboard helicopters and fixed wing aircraft operated by the Coast Guard for both search and rescue and coastal patrol operations.
Guthrie-Spring Branch Center Navy Jr. ROTC cadets gather on the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi flight line.
The summertime trip included highlights familiar to vacationers, too, like a trip aboard the Port Aransas-Aransas Pass ferry.
SBISD Navy Jr. ROTC cadets pose on the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington.
Students who took part in the South Texas trip:
From Northbrook High School: Omar Bahena, Sigfredo Hernandez-Portillo, Jaqueline Ramos and Jonathan Rodriguez, 11th grade; Aaron Dirso and Pedro Quiroz, both 12th grade
From Spring Woods High School: Sara Crellen and Dennis Lopez, 10th grade; Rosa Alvarez, Stephanie Benavides, Azucena Gonzalez and Lauren Rodela, 11th grade; Elijah Rodela and Devin Williams, 12th grade
From Westchester Academy for International Studies (WAIS): Christy Nguyen, 10th grade, and Christopher Barron, 11th grade