High Desert adolescents get taste of MCLB Barstow

By Cpl. Samuel Ranney | June 26, 2014

High Desert adolescents get taste of MCLB Barstow
Adolescents from the Barstow Community College Summer Youth Program tour Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., June 19. During their tour, they visited with the Marine Corps Police Department’s K-9 unit here, the base gym, and the rail yard where they learned about different military vehicles and equipment.

On June 19, more than 50 adolescents from Barstow Community College’s Career Technical Education Summer Youth Program toured Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif.

The tour began with a demonstration from MCLB Barstow’s Marine Corps Police Department’s K-9 unit. Following the demonstration, they received a tour of the base gym, McCarver Hall, where they saw the equipment Marines here use and learned about different ways Marines stay physically fit and combat ready. The BCC Youth Program concluded the tour at MCLB Barstow’s Rail Head where Chad Hildebrandt, rail operations supervisor, explained the overall mission of the rail yard and its importance to the Department of Defense.

The reason behind the tour was to give the adolescents different experiences and information about various job fields out there, said James Lee, Career Technical Education secretary.

Lee further explained the trip went well and integrated different programs the college offers, such as criminal justice, mechanics, and fitness.

Bobby Myers, 13, explained how much he enjoyed the K-9 unit’s demonstration.

Others, like Isaiah Garcia, 13, enjoyed touring the fitness center, learning about the rail operations here and looking at all the various military vehicles the rail cars transport.

Overall, the trip was a success, concluded Lee; the kids got a lot out of it.

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