Lil’ Leathernecks learn about military lifestyle
By Cpl. Michelle Piehl
| Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | June 30, 2014
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. --
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Air Traffic Control
Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting
Cpl. Michelle Piehl
Explosive Ordnance Disposal
H and HS
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron
Indoor Marksmanship Trainer
Lil’ Leatherneck Day
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Military Working Dog
Provost Marshall’s Office
Third Marine Aircraft Wing
Children of Marines and sailors with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron participated in a Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27.
More than 50 children, between 5-17 years old, explored different stations representing units within the air station. Forty-five Marine volunteers led the children through several locations to learn more about the Marine Corps.
The day started with a military working dog demonstration. Volunteers then gathered the children into three groups and moved through the stations.
The children toured the air traffic control tower, followed by a demonstration from aircraft rescue and firefighting. From there, the groups moved to the indoor simulated marksmanship trainer, explored police vehicles, and looked at some of the tools and equipment used by explosive ordnance disposal.
“The kids are having a blast,” said Shondra Jerabek, H&HS family readiness officer. “Today is our favorite day of the year.”
The event serves as a chance to foster a greater understanding of what a military child’s parent does at work, she explained. As a family readiness officer, Jerabek works to develop events, such as this, to increase unit moral through family support.
“It’s nice for them to experience this,” said Sgt. Tony Orejel, a logistics and supply warehouse chief with H&HS and a Sacramento, California native, who brought his 6-year-old daughter to the event.
The military lifestyle often presents a challenge in the time spent away from family, he explained.
“Stuff like this really gives her a chance to really enjoy the moment with her dad,” said Orejel. “We appreciate that the military does stuff like this.”
“Yes!” said a grinning Trinity Orejel, in response to the question: ‘Are you having fun?’ She explained one of her favorite parts of the visit was using the fire hose at ARFF.
“She’s [going to] talk about it all night,” said Tony Orejel, with a laugh. “She’s probably not going to sleep.”