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Mar 17, 2010 10:37 PM by Matt Stafford

Beginnings on base

It's a career fair, of sorts, at Peterson Air Force Base on Wednesday.  However, most of the attendees already know what they want to do.

"Most of us in this corps want to go to the Air Force," says Emanuel Akers, a senior at Harrison High School.  "I get to see what I'll be doing for the rest of my life."

Many the visiting J.R.O.T.C. cadets, like Akers, know they'll be working on base, some just aren't sure what they'll be doing.  Wednesday, they got a little help with that.  Airmen and women from the 302nd Airlift Wing covered jobs like security forces, aircraft maintenance and aviation.

However, cadets weren't the only ones excited.

"I couldn't wait for today," said Tech Sergeant John May, an instructor at Gateway High School.

The hands on activity John May's cadets got is hard to match in school.

"Talk about (work topics) in the classroom and then be able to come out here and see people actually doing it." says May.

That's a lesson May thinks is sinking in.

"Gives them an opportunity to make career choices towards the end of their high school year," May explains.

Since many already know what they want to do, a little guidance on how to get there is what most are looking for.

"This will get me prepared for being a combat medic or a flight medic." Akers says.

He'll take as much prep as he can get because the real world is just around the corner.  Many of the cadets will graduate this spring.

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