2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

ECU honor students tour unmanned aerial systems, rescue squadron

Eleven East Carolina University honor students toured Cherry Point Nov. 1 as part of a program offered by the university.

The students visited Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 and Marine Transport Squadron 1 where they were able to view unmanned aerial vehicles and see inside VMR-1’s HH-46E Sea Knight rescue helicopter, dubbed “Pedro.”

“We’ve never done a trip like this involving the military before,” said Kindal Shores, a faculty member with the university. “The students were really showing an interest in the military so we arranged this trip and made it happen.”

ECU offers a program for their honor students that provides an opportunity to explore and learn outside of the classroom. Shores said all the students in attendance were volunteers who wanted a first-hand look at the military.

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