Cadet Staff Sgt. Aidan Stalter and Cadet Tech. Sgt. Giovanna Fiore learn about the MQ-9 Reaper Ground Control System. Both are members of the Boome Tioga Composite Squadron.
Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Duane A. Morgan Jr.
Cadet 2nd Lt. Andre Birt of the Boome Tioga unit stands in front of the AMQ-9 Reaper.
Photo by Cadet 1st Lt. Joseph Wagner
1st Lt. Franklin Birt
Broome Tioga Composite Squadron
New York Wing
Cadets from the Central and South Central New York groups participated Jan. 7 in an Air National Guard-sponsored Shadow Program at Hancock Field Air National Guard base in Syracuse, pairing up with Air National Guard members in four areas of operation—engineering, maintenance, air operations and security force.
The 18 cadets “shadowed” the Air National Guard members as they went about their daily routine, gaining a greater understand of what the Guard offers in a wide range of part-time and full-time career fields.
“I bet I am the only one in my school that has touched a MQ-9 Reaper Drone,” said Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Crane, who shadowed members of the 174th Maintenance Group.
“That was awesome!” exclaimed Crane’s fellow Broome Tioga Composite Squadron member, Cadet Holden Wasko, who spent the day with the 174th Operations Group and plans on becoming a naval aviator. “
“Most teenagers are at home playing a $60 video game all day; I got to see them work on a $4 million dollar video game,” Cadet Andre Birt, another Broome Tioga member, said of the MQ-9’s Ground Control Station.