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William Byrd Air Force JROTC cadets visit Langley AFB and Oceana Air Show

Members of the William Byrd High School Air Force JROTC pose for a group photo following their tour of Langley Air Force Base.

The William Byrd High School Air Force JROTC cadets, their instructors, and chaperones spent a recent weekend touring Langley Air Force Base, watching the NAS (Naval Air Station) Oceana Air Show, and camping at the Newport News Campground. Forty-two cadets were able to participate in the overnight trip.

“This year’s Corps is 75 strong (a 25 percent increase from last year) and includes cadets from all Roanoke County high schools,” said Lt. Col. Jay Thompson, the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor for the William Byrd JROTC. “This year’s instruction focuses on Survival and although we have not started the formal instructional portion of that, the cadets got a taste of roughing it on this trip.”

According to Col. Thompson, the cadets left early on Friday morning, September 15, and traveled directly to Langley Air Force Base to tour the facilities…

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