St. John’s school students visit ‘Demon Brigade’

By The Mercury

Students from Saint John’s Military School visited Fort Riley August 22 as part of the partnership between the school and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

A total of 46 students along with cadre from the school visited the 1st CAB as part of their tour of Fort Riley. During their visit, the students had a chance to observe regular soldier life.

“We’re here to visit Fort Riley,” Luke Whitting, a student at St. John’s Military School and a Glen Head, N.Y., native, said.

“[We’re here to] learn about different aircraft, see how soldiers live in the real Army and to just see the atmosphere of an Army base.”

The students visited 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st CAB hangar where they learned about the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter from pilots and crew chiefs. The students then visited the 601st Aviation Support Battalion, 1st CAB motor pool to learn about the various vehicles and support machinery used by the Demon Brigade.

Following their time on the airfield the students saw the 1st CAB barracks, ate lunch at the Demon Diner dining facility, toured the Fort Riley museums, and visited the Post Exchange. Each of the locations was chosen to help the students see what soldiers have access to on a military installation.

“The best part of visiting would be checking out aircraft and experiencing what it’s like on a military base,” Levi Harmon, a student at St. John’s Military School and a Flagstaff, Ariz., native, said.

1st Sgt. Kevin Kramer, the 1st CAB rear detachment sergeant major and a Meadville, Pa. native, said that this visit is an example of the partnership the 1st CAB has with St. John’s Military School. “This is a way to foster that partnership,” he said.

“I saw a lot of questions, and I saw a lot of curiosity,” Kramer said. He said the visit will spark motivation in the students and that many of the students will eventually grow up to join the military.

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