|PHS students enjoy visit from crew of naval aircraft carrier|
|Thursday, November 30, 2017|
Pattonville High School hosted a visit by numerous crew members of the USS Harry S. Truman naval aircraft carrier, including the vessel's commanding officer and command master chief. The visit enabled students from both Pattonville and the Parkway School District to learn about leadership, military careers and how STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects fit into working on the naval craft.
The U.S. Navy is heavily involved in engineering, biomedical science and computer science, offering many opportunities for individuals interested in working in those fields. During the event, students had the opportunity to learn about the logistical operations of the ship, career opportunities in the Navy, engineering and biomedical work on a ship and military history.
The Truman is a Nimitz class aircraft carrier, which can support more than 60 aircraft and 5,000 crew members. The ship's namesake is the only U.S. president to have been a Missourian, and many of the visiting crew members were Missouri natives. Commanding Officer Capt. Nicholas Dienna and Command Master Chief Petty Officer Antonio Perryman were among those visiting with Pattonville and Parkway students. The students also heard from the public affairs officer, aviation intermediate maintenance department sailor, media department sailor, two weapons department sailors and a supply department sailor.
Above, students are shown with Capt. Nicholas Dienna, commanding officer of the USS Harry S. Truman naval aircraft carrier. They are holding a challenge coin from the naval aircraft, which is given in recognition of visits to an organization. Below, a group photo was taken with students and the visiting Truman crew.