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Career exploration by children from the small private Agape
International Academy in Ramstein-Miesenbach led a group of
elementary-age students to the top of Ramstein’s control tower.
With binoculars and a lot of questions, the children saw one aircraft
takeoff, watched a half dozen others on a large radar screen and had a
chance to be an air traffic controller in a simulation room.
“It was really cool,” fifth-grader Essence Patterson said about
“talking to a pilot” from the tower simulator system, which features
large screens with digital images that mirror the real Ramstein runway
and is used for training air traffic controllers.
***image1***“I just want to discover the things that people might do when they grow up,” Essence said.
Agape International Academy is a small private Christian school with
about 60 students enrolled. About 80 percent of the students have
parents in the military in the KMC.
Up in the tower, the children found three controllers talking to pilots and anyone on the runways.
Tech. Sgt. Trevor Browning explained how radar (radio detection and
ranging) works and Senior Airman Andrew Roberts, air traffic controll
journeyman, led the children on the tour and showed them how contollers
talk to pilots. “As you can see there are a lot of aircraft out there,”
he said pointing to the radar where from 4 to 10 aircraft could be
***image2***Touring the control tower was part of their recent lessons on career exploration.
“At this young age, they can get an idea about careers,” said Ollie Carter,
Agape fourth and fifth grade teacher.