by Staff Sgt. Samantha Krolikowski
92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
12/19/2014 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Twenty-six
local high school students toured the 92nd Communications Squadron Dec.
10, 2014, to see how computer programming and robotics are used in the
Greater Spokane Incorporated offers both opportunities for computer
programming and robotics seminars for students. They requested a tour
with the 92nd CS to showcase 21st century cyber operations here.
"These students could be the future computer technicians of the Air
Force; they are the ones who will take us to the next level of
cyberspace operations," said Staff Sgt. Nicholas Kilmer, 92nd CS NCO in
charge of server administration. "It's important for us to show them
what we do in the military and how it relates to subjects they are
Members of the 92nd CS and 141st Communications Flight instructed 10th
through 12th grade students on how the squadron members ensure software
and IT hardware functionality, configure infrastructure critical to
mission accomplishment, and secure Air Force systems from intrusion.
According to Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Russo, 92nd CS plans and
resources flight chief, Airmen newer to the Air Force were chosen as
briefers, not only to give them an opportunity to speak, but so the
students could, "... hear from someone they could more easily relate to
and to hear their experiences. These Airmen are acting as role models
and are a positive influence for these students."
The students visited the communications focal point, knowledge
management, radio frequency transmissions, network administration,
network infrastructure, client systems team, information assurance and
communication security offices. The students also saw a demonstration of
the mobile giant voice and some of the robots used by the 92nd Civil
Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight.
"It's important to show these students the wide variety of missions a
communications Airman can support," Kilmer said. "These students are
interested in computer programming right now, but this tour showed them
the many facets of communications including: networking, infrastructure,
knowledge management, information assurance, radio, and plans and
programs to name a few. This is important because it helps them realize
that there is more to working in computers than just computer
programming - there are so many different fields they could specialize
in. And the bottom line is, if they want to be part of the cutting edge
in cyber technology - there's no better service than the Air Force."
This tour was more than an opportunity for students to view an Air Force
mission; it also falls in line with an Air Force diversity strategic
"Attracting and recruiting the best and brightest future leaders,
especially those interested in science, technology, engineering and math
education, is important to the communications career field and the Air
Force," said Maj. Jason Mayne, the 92nd CS commander. "At the beginning
of the tour, only one student was interested in joining the armed
forces. By the end, one-fourth of them were interested. That's a
testament to the exceptional Airmen assigned to the 92nd Communications
Squadron and the 141st Communications Flight, and the outstanding
support we provide Fairchild."