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Ka Ho‘okele Explorers Program Students Visit the 154th Wing

March 18, 2020

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High-school students from around the island received a flight line tour this week as part of the Ka Ho‘okele “The Navigator” Explorers Program. Fighter, tanker and airlift pilots and aircrew members hosted static displays of JBPH-H’s heavy aircraft, the KC-135 Stratotanker and the C-17 Globemaster III.

The annual mentorship program provides hands-on learning about aspects of the aviation industry. Each week, students get the opportunity to learn about different career paths they can pursue, such as aircraft maintenance, avionics, sheet-metal, air-traffic control, piloting and virtually every aspect of the commercial airline industry. The course is crafted to provide students with career opportunities, leadership experience, life skills, character education and a means to give back to their community.

The result is a program of real-world aviation-centric career experiences that help youth grow, develop and make a decision on whether they are a fit for a career in aviation. The explorers program is hosted by a locally-based airline.

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