FORT HOOD, Texas - The 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), hosted six local high school students Jan. 28 as a part of Killeen Independent School District's Groundhog Job Shadow Day.

The students were each paired up with a Soldier, and spent the majority of the day following them around experiencing the Army life. Soldiers from the brigade's medical section hosted four of the students, while the other two were guests of the brigade commander and command sergeant major.

After a quick tour around the brigade headquarters, the medics took their students to the motor pool and showed them around some of the Army's vehicles including the Army's version of an ambulance.

The medics also took the students to see the Fort Hood veterinary clinic, since most of the students expressed some interest in the medical field, with one wanting to be a veterinarian.

The students also go the opportunity to take in an Army meal at the Freeman CafAfA Dining Facility.

According to Master Sgt. Stanley Dyches, the brigade surgeon section noncommissioned officer in charge, the day was a good experience for both him and the students.

"I sensed that they enjoyed it," Dyches, a North Pole, Alaska, native, said.

For Shoemaker High School Junior Kristyn Todd, the experience taught her a lot about the Army.

Todd explained that even though her father was a retired military policeman, she only got a limited exposure to the Army and didn't realize that there were so many jobs.

"It's pretty cool," Todd said.

Todd, currently a member of the school's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program, said she wants to be a pilot and is looking to the Air Force after school.

Todd spent the day shadowing Command Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel Bartee Sr., the brigade's senior enlisted advisor, checking on Soldiers around the motor pools and barracks, and she said the best part was getting to see the many different types of vehicles the Army has.

Bartee said he enjoyed the opportunity to show the students, and schools, what the military does because the military is all about making sure the American people are safe.

"You fired us up today," he said to Todd. "This is why we do what we do every day."

Bartee said he hopes the brigade gets the chance to do something similar again.

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