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Cadets gravitate towards summer space seminar

Lt. Col. Matthew Cantore, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron commander, briefs U.S. Air Force Academy cadets about the 50th Space Wing mission June 16, 2014 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. This event is part one of the Academy summer space seminar to learn about potential careers in the space community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Naomi Griego)

Lt. Col. Matthew Cantore, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron commander, briefs U.S. Air Force Academy cadets about the 50th Space Wing mission June 16, 2014 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. This event is part one of the Academy summer space seminar to learn about potential careers in the space community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Naomi Griego)

Lt. Col. Matthew Cantore, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron commander, references his Contrails booklet during a briefing for U.S. Air Force Academy cadets June 16, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. All cadets received this booklet upon entering the Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Naomi Griego)

Lt. Col. Matthew Cantore, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron commander, references his Contrails booklet during a briefing for U.S. Air Force Academy cadets June 16, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. All cadets received this booklet upon entering the Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Naomi Griego)

Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. -- Team Schriever welcomed more than 40 cadets as part of the U.S. Air Force Academy Summer Space Seminar here June 16 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.
 
The course allowed cadets to visit different units of the base and learn about each mission and how they intertwine. The seminar is designed to help cadets make an informed decision about which career field they may choose to pursue. As part of the seminar, cadets toured various bases to learn about the different careers the Air Force has to offer them.

Capt. Colin Merrin, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron, helped coordinate the event for the cadets and knows all too well what life at the Academy is like.

"Having been an Academy graduate I wanted to make this tour as valuable as possible for them," Merrin said.

He said as a cadet these tours provide some of the only interactions these future officers will have with their future peers and potential work places.

"We recognize some of them may not know much about space or the operational Air Force, so we exposed them to different elements to help inform them," Merrin said.

They toured the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron, and 2nd, 3rd and 4th Space Operations Squadrons.

"We wanted to give them a comprehensive but basic overview of what the 50th Space Wing has to offer," said Merrin.

Cadet Kyle Post found the tour to be very enlightening. Having been prior enlisted, he has some experience with life as an Airman.

"I wasn't familiar with the space mission before I arrived," said Post. "I got to see the different satellites and how they all operate and it helped me understand how they all work together."

Merrin said there will be approximately five more groups visiting in the upcoming weeks for the space seminar.

"The tour serves as a learning opportunity for everyone involved," he said. "If they were able to take away only a percentage of the information they were given, then I'd say it was a successful day."
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