ROTC trip to San Diego a success

Apr 30, 2014
Photo by: Donated ROTC GOES TO THE ZOO — Pictured in the back row, from left, are Hunter Lanning, Frank Minervini, Zack Worley, Tristen Register, Samuel Hunter, Cole Walker and Chief Long; front row, from left, are Jesse Clark, Charles Blevins, Michael Nichols, Rachel Brooks, Jessica Sheppard, Felicia Evans, Taylor Harkins, Julie Minervini, Searia Cabe and Makayla Russel.

The Pisgah ROTC spent most of its spring break in San Diego, California. They flew nonstop from Atlanta to the beaches of San Diego, and stayed at the Naval Air Station North Island, adjacent to Coronado.

A total of 21 adults and students had the opportunity to visit and receive VIP tours of a nuclear powered submarine, the USS San Francisco; a Navy Destroyer, the USS John Paul Jones; and a Navy helicopter squadron. The ROTC was given a tour of San Diego aboard a naval boat by the assault craft unit on the Navy amphibious base in Coronado as well.

One the highlights of the trip was a day visit to one of the world’s greatest zoos, the San Diego Zoo.

Going onboard the gigantic aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson was interesting, particularly since that was the carrier that received the body of Osama Bin Laden from Seal Team Six. The students also went swimming in the Pacific Ocean where two large grey whales were spotted.

Pisgah ROTC instructors Commander Weaver and Chief Long were impressed by the quality of this educational trip and the hospitality received by the West Coast Navy.