Rockland tech students spend time with the 101st Air Refueling Wing


ROCKLAND, Maine (WABI) – The 101st Air Refueling Wing spent time in Rockland with students from the Mid-Coast School of Technology to share various skills and opportunities they can offer.

“We’re going to need people who want to be part of the Maine Guard family and want to do these jobs and my students here are already interested,” said Nicholas LaBreck, Maine CTE educator and National Guard Airman.

The Career Technical Education or CTE school offers 16 high school programs including Automotive Collision Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant, or Baking and Pastry.

LaBreck says the students follow a rotation schedule.

“So you learn carpentry or metal technology that day and then go back to your home school to learn academics,” LaBreck said.

The students were able to learn about aircraft maintenance and the security forces squadron. They also explored the mobile emergency operations center which is a self-sufficient trailer that can be deployed anywhere in the world, providing wireless and satellite connectivity between several.

US Air Force’s Luke Marquis says he’s been on a few missions with the trailer.

“The biggest thing would be to get down to the presidential inauguration in 2016,” Marquis said.

The event continues on Thursday with more career exhibits to explore.

Marquis says he hopes kids learn that the possibilities with the force are endless.

“Introduce people to their options and how they can serve their state, their local community and the Air Force,” Marquis said.

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