PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – A Phoenix high school will soon be offering a new program to students that’s out of this world!
Right now, Shadow Mountain High School has a Junior ROTC program. But soon, it will convert into a Space Force program, in which students will learn how to defend the United States’ assets in space.
Seniors Tara Yazzie and Jacob Appleman are both considering a career in space and were thrilled when the school was elected to be in the inaugural cohort of high school Space Force Junior ROTC programs, one of only 10 in the country.
“I am very much looking forward to the space force and learning new things so I can have opportunity later in my future,” said Yazzie, a Senior ROTC Airman.
“As someone who wants to work in the space industry, I think space force is a tremendous opportunity to allow more people to be educated and find new careers in the emerging industry,” said Appleman, a Senior ROTC Captain.
Right now, Shadow Mountain’s Junior ROTC program is Air Force based, and it will transition to a Space Force curriculum in the Fall. Space Force is the newly formed 8th branch of the military formed in 2019.
“[We] can assure you that the City of Peoria would be an excelle permanent basing location for USSPACECOM,” Congresswoman Debbie Lesko and Congressman Paul Gosar wrote in a letter to the secretary of the Air Force.
Lt. Col. William Bones is retired Air Force, and one of the ROTC instructors at the high school. He says “the reason there is a Space Force is to defend our assets in space and the assets of our allies because we realize it is a new domain where we can have threats.”
“Things like satellite, maybe eventually manned vehicles, and installations on the ground that are critical to our infrastructure,” said Appleman.
“We are teaching the students about orbits, about rockets,” said Bones.
The goal is that students would get involved in the Space Force Armed Forces when they leave school. “With Space Force Junior ROTC, it raises their awareness, like, ‘Okay, well, what is space, what can I do in space, what education, what degrees, what training?,” said Bones.
For students Yazzie and Appleman, they are confident this program will launch them into a bright new beginning in the final frontier.
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