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Air Force JROTC Students Learn Essential Combat Skills At Camp Crowder

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NEOSHO, MISSOURI -

     45 Air Force JROTC cadets are at Camp Crowder in Neosho...in a special hands-on training simulator.
     Today included combat training with a few different scenarios.
The objective for these Republic High School students is to secure a compound held by 'terrorists' that have taken two journalists hostage.
The combat is all simulated - but the training is as real as it gets.
Lt. Col. Patrick Sanders: "Between 5:30am and 10:00pm, they are going and doing constantly."
Sanders: "Most of the basic cadets we have are freshman, so they're 14, 15 year old high school kids that are out here learning to kick down doors, clear buildings, they're going down a 50 foot repel tower."
The cadets were led by a fellow student - the "CLC Commander" Jacob Mitchell.
CLC Commander Jacob Mitchell: "I really enjoy just simply being able to mentor to the younger students and really see them grow and mature in ways they never thought possible before."
The training preps the students for what they would experience in a real boot camp.
It also puts pressure on the CLC Commander who's responsible for training his fellow cadets.
Mitchell: "The success does not come from myself only, it comes from every single one of them and there being, being great leaders day in and day out."
Roles included everything from those in charge of the radio...
To field medics to treat the wounded.
Mitchell: "It takes a lot of discipline to make sure that you are doing exactly what you would expect any other cadet to do."
By the end of the day...
The "mission" was an all around success.
     The students have been training at Camp Crowder since Monday.
     Tomorrow is their last day.
 

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