NEW AIR NATIONAL GUARD MOBILE EXPERIENCE TO TRAVEL CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES TO LET PUBLIC EXPERIENCE LIFE IN THE AIR GUARD THROUGH SIMULATED CHALLENGES
Tour to feature new enclosed interactive experience that takes attendees on a journey through basic military training, technical school and drill weekend
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — The Air National Guard is proud to announce the new, interactive Air National Guard Mobile Experience. The hands-on, immersive experience takes attendees on a fast-paced journey through life in the Air Guard by letting them participate in simulated challenges that replicate the real-life experiences of Air Guard men and women during basic military training, technical school and on drill weekend. Through simulation, attendees will learn how they can serve their country part time while maintaining a fulfilling civilian life, by serving one weekend a month and two weeks a year near their home. The interactive experience, which will tour state to state until December, highlights the traditional career path of a guardsman, and is designed to educate Americans about Air Guard’s dual role in serving our nation and local communities.
The Air National Guard is a reserve component of the United States Air Force. They serve a dual role, supporting both federal and state missions and are called upon in times of natural disaster, civil disturbance, and to support homeland defense. There are 140 units across the U.S. states and territories, allowing Air Guard members the advantage of being able to serve part time from a unit of their choice. Being close to home, they may pursue educational and career goals, gaining valuable career experience and outstanding military benefits – all while experiencing the pride of serving their community and country. With over 200 career field opportunities, the Air Guard is at the forefront of high-tech industries of the 21st century. Members can receive top-notch training and expand their experience in a variety of fields including communications, engineering, ministry, technology, and healthcare.
The Air National Guard Mobile Experience features a series of three challenges, each simulating real-life roles and skill sets of Air Guardsmen. Through these gaming challenges, participants will be able to test their electronic, mechanical, observational and spatial aptitudes, hone their surveillance skills, demonstrate physical strength and test their medical knowledge. The games are housed in a touring vehicle custom-built to simulate a mission command center and a guardsman’s home. The tour’s dual physical environments reflect the dual life of part-time Air Guardsmen.
Additionally, participants will learn more about how Air Guard serves locally and globally, and identify opportunities that will help them achieve their educational and career goals. Local Air Guard recruiters will be featured on site and will be available at a dedicated recruiter station to discuss opportunities in the Air Guard.
“Air Guardsmen serve on a variety of important missions: statewide in their communities and globally in support of our nation’s homeland defense efforts. This new tour gives participants a chance to experience the dual realities of life in the Air Guard. Inside our custom-built event experience, participants step from their home kitchen into a fast-paced Air Guard mission command center,” said Master Sergeant Andrew Stearns, Air National Guard Program Manager for the Air National Guard Mobile Experience. “This simulated experience demonstrates how our guardsmen serve our country and still maintain their day-to-day lives – one of the key points of difference for the Air Guard versus other U.S. military branches.”
In the spirit of competition, participants will be scored on all three challenges. At registration they will receive dog tags that will serve as their I.D. to track their scores at each gaming station. After completing all three challenges participants will get their picture taken inside the mission command center. The photo will be emailed along with their final scores and comparative rank among other tour participants.
The 2013 Air National Guard Mobile Experience will be featured nationwide at festivals, air shows, taste, music and sports events including Reebok Spartan and Lucas Oil Motocross races. Participation in the experience is free. For more information on the Air National Guard visit GoANG.com and “like” our page at Facebook.com/AirNationalGuard.