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Ohio Higher Education Strategic Council Visits Wright-Patterson Air Force Base > Wright-Patterson AFB > View Article

Ohio Higher Education Strategic Council Visits Wright-Patterson Air Force Base > Wright-Patterson AFB > View Article


WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Ohio Higher Education Strategic Council guided 28 students to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on June 13, with the goal of educating students about the 128 mission partners at WPAFB and highlighting potential career opportunities once to complete their academic career.


SOCHE is an alliance of academic organizations that provide higher education in their communities. Each member is a champion of innovation, opportunity and success. They strive to promote academic achievement through the development of new technologies and quality education.


Cassie Barlow currently serves as president of SOCHE and connected students with Wright-Patt employees. Barlow is a retired Air Force colonel and previously served as 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander.


“We work hard to expose our students to various in-demand career opportunities and the base has a wealth of them,” Barlow said. “We thought coming here would be a great opportunity for our students to see these opportunities firsthand.”


The group started the day at 445th Airlift Wing aboard a static C-17 Globemaster III, the Air Force’s most versatile cargo aircraft. The 445th AW is under the command of the Air Force Reserve Command and provides combat-ready Airmen and rapid global response.


The group explored the aircraft, spoke to the flight crew about their experiences and discovered that the aircraft excels at quickly transporting troops and various types of cargo to primary operating bases or directly to forward bases within deployment areas. , enabling rapid strategic delivery.


The next stop was Air Force Research Laboratorys 711th Human Performance Wing, where aerospace research and medicine combine to elevate the performance and readiness of operational Airmen.


Students explored and received education from researchers about the laboratory’s centrifuge device, which is the only human-grade centrifuge owned by the Department of Defense and is used for aircrew acceleration testing, research and training missions.


The group then visited hypobaric chambers, also known as research altitude chambers, which simulate the low-pressure conditions experienced at high altitude. These chambers allow researchers to study the effects of low pressure and lack of oxygen on the human body and test equipment and procedures designed to maintain adequate oxygen levels and prevent altitude-related health problems.


The group concluded the day with a National Air and Space Intelligence Center mission summary and a presentation from the Office of Civilian Personnel, where they learned about future employment opportunities.


The tour turned out to be beneficial for several students who participated in the tour.


“Personally, this experience has been eye-opening. Having the opportunity to witness firsthand the avenues available, particularly those that can have a positive impact on my country and its people,” said Joseph Marano, Wright State University student. “Exploring these potential avenues gives me a deep understanding of the opportunities before me.”


Elizabeth Baxley, a student at the University of Pittsburgh, expressed her opinion.


“This tour has been incredibly impactful and has given me good perspective moving forward,” he said. “What made today particularly memorable was the people and staff we met, who were so open to all our questions and communicative about everything.”


In conclusion, the day served as a bridge between academic activities and practical professional opportunities, particularly within the dynamic environment of WPAFB.