Military orientation field trip in Hawaii OK’d for NJROTC students


Up to six Apache Junction High School students in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and an adult chaperon have been approved to travel to Oahu, Hawaii, March 8-13 for a military orientation trip.

The trip was approved by the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board as part of a Nov. 12 consent agenda.

The NJROTC trip’s cost includes approximately $1,000 for food and $2,200 for lodging, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.) Gary Lock said in an AJUSD field trip request form.

“The cost of this event for each cadet is being estimated at $500 with the remainder of the cost minus lodging and food being picked up by the U.S. Navy,” he said.

“Please consider the following request in order to allow for the opportunity, teamwork and leadership development of our key AJHS cadet staff seniors in preparation for their post K-12 education,” Lt. Cmdr. Lock said.

“This annual Hawaii military event is significant in scope and breath, allowing our cadets to see memorials outlining what transpired in the 20th century as well as getting a first-hand look at all the latest and greatest military gadgets the Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force have to offer,” he said.

Locations to visit on March 10 include Diamond Head for a hike, touring Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay, going to the National Cemetery of the Pacific, a base tour of Pearl Harbor Naval Station, and a tour of an active duty ship.

The next day, they are to go to the Pacific National Monument and to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, have a private educational tour of the USS Bowfin, and go on a boat tour of Pearl Harbor.

On March 12, they are to tour Ford Island and the USS Utah, and tour Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

“As our itinerary indicates, we stay very busy for the duration of the trip and maintain close 24-hour supervision of all cadets,” Lt. Cmdr. Lock said.