NIOC Georgia Sailors offer career insight to hundreds of middle school children
Sailors from Navy Information Operations Command Georgia offered a peak of what a career in the Navy may look like to nearly 1,000 middle school children at the Evans Middle School Career Fair Jan. 31.
Shortly after the first school bell rang students began to file into the school’s gymnasium. As each student made their way around the fair, NIOC sailors greeted the students warmly, exchanged questions, and provided students with a variety of handouts.
Petty Officer Third Class Katelyn Israel-Peterson was one of the NIOC Sailors attending the fair.
“Our Sailors are happy and excited to be here today,” she said. “We are able to show how excited we are about our career in the Navy and we may be able to change or improve many of the kid’s perception of the Navy.”
Throughout the day nearly 1,000 sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students passed through the fair. In addition to NIOC Georgia Sailors, there were also Marines, Airmen, and Soldiers representing their branches of service that are co-located on Fort Gordon.
The Evans Middle School Career Fair is held annually on the last Friday of January. Jean Bolick, the event’s coordinator and guidance counselor, explained the importance of having the Navy represented.
“So many of our students are interested in the military but they don’t always realize the opportunities that each branch of the military has to offer,” said Bolick. “We don’t really live near the beach here so people don’t really think about the Navy being out here at Fort Gordon. However the Navy is doing important work here and doing a lot in the community.”
“I look around and I see these kids that could end up wearing this uniform some day because of an interaction with one of these Sailors at the career fair today,” said Petty Officer First Class Jason Kelman who led the group of Sailors in attendance at this year’s fair. “They may have an uncle or someone they have known who served in the Navy. However, today, we are a direct representation so we are able to answer questions that may lead to one of these kids wearing the uniform.”
NIOC Georgia Sailors have participated in the annual event for the past five years.
NIOC Georgia is a subordinate command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and comprises Task Force 1050 of the U.S. 10th Fleet. Based at Fort Gordon, its mission is to provide information warfare and expert cryptologic personnel to fleet air, surface, submarine and special warfare combatants and to provide reach-back and extended staff support to U.S. Central Command and U.S. European
Command Joint Forces Maritime Component Commanders.
For more news from Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, visit www.navy.mil/local/ niocg/.