BAILEY, N.C. - Cadets enrolled in the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Southern Nash High School participated in a field training exercise at Camp Charles Boy Scout Camp here, Nov 22, 2013.
Air Force JROTC cadets enrolled at Southern Nash High school executes patrolling techniques during a field training exercise at Camp Charles Boy Scout Camp in Bailey, N.C., Nov. 22, 2013. The JROTC cadets received training from North Carolina National Guardsmen Sgt. 1st Class John Setera, Mobilization Readiness Noncommissioned Officer at Joint Force Headquarters on how to maintain a security element, searching detainees, concepts for traffic control points, and proper patrolling movements. Setera is an infantryman with three wartime deployments, 24 years of service and is also one of the cadre for the program. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard Public Affairs)
North Carolina National Guardsmen Sgt. 1st Class John Setera, Mobilization Readiness noncommissioned officer at Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., had an opportunity most parents never get to experience by teaching not only cadets of the JROTC program, but his youngest son, Joseph, concepts and procedures used during the mobilization process in the military.
“Actually I wanted them to join the Air Force or the Coast Guard and be a little bit safer than me,” said Setera. “I'd rather them be at 30,000 feet pushing a button instead of three feet squeezing a trigger.”
However, Setera's eldest son still only had one MOS in mind; 11 Bravo – infantry.
“I don't know where he got that from,” Setera smiled.
Setera is an infantryman with three wartime deployments, 24 years of service, and also one of the cadre in this program that taught hands on skills that the military uses at traffic control points, patrolling, searching detainees and how to perform squad-sized tactical maneuvers.
In addition, Army Staff Sgt. Sofia Phillips, Aide to the Chief of Joint Staff at the N.C. Guard's Joint Force Headquarters, taught the ABCs of basic first aid: Airway, Breathing, and Circulation, to the cadets. Phillips and Setera crossed paths earlier in the year when Setera was filling the position as an aide to the command senior enlisted leader of the NCNG, Command Sgt Maj. John Swart.
Setera wanted to arm the cadets with basic first aid knowledge and felt Phillips would be a good fit for the helping build the cadet's knowledge in first aid.
Phillips' “first love” in the Army was being a combat medic and she successfully taught the young men and women about how the three critical elements were the major points emphasized during her medic class.
The crash course in combat lifesaving may someday prepare the cadets to assist those injured in a car crash or other emergency situations.
The JROTC program is headed by 25-year veteran and retired Air Force Lt. Col. John Coulter, senior aerospace science instructor, who wanted to incorporate hands on training scenarios that would expose his students to real life military situations that soldiers face today.
Coulter coordinated with Setera to develop the mobilization exercise that allows cadets to experience training procedures the Army uses in today's training.
Assisting Coulter is 30-year veteran and retired Chief Master Sgt. Jay Scott Wedding, aerospace science instructor, who has been with the program for ten years and counting.
“I like working with kids,” replied Wedding.
Five years before retiring, Wedding knew he would be teaching kids and using his experiences in the Air Force to add to the effectiveness of the program.
The main goal of the program that Coulter and Wedding aimed to accomplish was teaching cadets survival techniques and familiarizing them with military operations while also helping them to gain a more concrete understanding of what to expect upon enlisting into any branch of the military.
“It's a challenge but has definitely made me mature and has taught me how to work with people even if I don't want to,” said future Cadet Group Commander, Joseph Setera, son of John Setera.
Joseph Setera led the class in the day's exercises and has already claimed the Army as his branch of choice.
Joseph Setera also contributed a lot of his success and skills to his father and older brother; he admitted he would ask them for advice on situations during his JROTC exercises.
Coulter and Wedding plan to utilize the entire cadre that came to support this event and hope to expand to bigger and better things for years to come.
By U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Leticia Samuels
North Carolina National Guard Public Affairs
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