Sweathogs display Marine careers

20 Feb 2015 | Pfc. Jonah V. Lovy Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Students from Michael C. Riley Elementary School smiled and whispered excitedly as Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort arrived at the school for a career day, Feb 13.

Career days allow Marines to educate younger generations about different career opportunities available the military.

Marine Wing Support Squadron 273, also known as the Sweathogs, brought several vehicles for students to learn about, climb aboard and interact with.

"When they’re this young it’s neat to see what’s out there beyond the walls of their classroom," said Sgt. Darrell Klink, a motor vehicle operator with MWSS-273.

Marines covered the basic capabilities and functions of the vehicles as well as the work required to maintain them. Sweathogs guided classes and answered questions.

"It’s great to be able to bring junior Marines out here and show them the impact on the community in a positive manner," said Klink.

During the career day, students also had the opportunity to learn about the broad spectrum of jobs within the armed forces.

"It opened their eyes to careers that they didn’t even know existed," said Denise Bowers, a teacher at Michael C. Riley Elementary School.

Marines had the opportunity to teach students about the education benefits of military service.

"First and foremost, they learn that education is important," said Bowers. "[Education] doesn’t stop when they graduate high school, and there are alternatives to college where they can have a career while serving their country."

Other career experts at the school included a fireman, a police officer and a game warden.