165th Airmen support Sand Hill Elementary Transportation/Career day

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  • By Lt. Col. David Smith
  • 165th Airlift Wing
A roar of vehicles made their way toward Sand Hill Elementary School for the annual Transportation Day. This annual event is held to provide students an opportunity to explore careers, which involve the transportation industry. CSX Railroad, SafeKids USA, and JCB were present to discuss safety and answer questions from the students. Fire fighters and fire trucks from Effingham County Fire and Rescue and Savannah International Airport and the 165th Airlift Wing gave demonstrations using the equipment on the trucks for the students and discussed fire safety.

Members of the Effingham County Sheriff's traffic unit discussed how important car seats and seat-belts are for everyone. They also explained vehicle safety, and their role in keeping all motorists safe. The deputies brought two K9 partners. The K9 officers and their handlers demonstrated how they are used in keeping our roads and their human handlers safe in their day-to-day activities.

The 165th Airlift Wing's Security Forces Squadron brought a HUMVEE for students to explore. Chief Master Sgt. Nathaniel Brownlee and Master Sgt. Joe MacGregor answered questions about Air Force law enforcement and allowed students to climb into the driver's seat to experience a HUMVEE for themselves.

Senior Master Sgt. Jim Fox with the 165th Maintenance Group brought his rescue dogs Riley, Dexter, and Rocky to demonstrate their athletic and obedience ability. Fox and his disc-dogs put on shows throughout the day. Assisting Fox was Chaplain Brannon Brannon Bowman. Bowman was the guest speaker for Sand Hill Elementary Veterans Day program earlier in the year. He continued to provide great life lessons to students to achieve their best in school and life while working with Fox and his dogs.

The 165th Airlift Wing's Maintenance Group is a community partner with Sand Hill Elementary School. Sand Hill Elementary and members of the 165th Airlift Wing's Maintenance Group have enjoyed a partnership with each other since 2000. From its humble beginnings, this partnership has grown and flourished to impact many of our Sand Hill students and families, as well as, the men and women of the Georgia Air National Guard.