By Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville Public Affairs

Recruiters assigned to Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Jacksonville, along with members of Naval Station Mayport Explosive Ordnance Detachment and NAS Jacksonville Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seventy-Two (HSM 72) took part in the 11th Annual Military and First Responder Career Expo at University High School, Volusia Co. 27 Jan.

Together, the three Jacksonville commands had the opportunity to educate nearly 1,500 students from seven different area high schools on the multiple facets of the Navy and the numerous career paths available to Future Sailors today.

Along side America's Navy, were all other branches of service, state and local law enforcement organizations, Department of Homeland Security, Emery Riddle University, multiple other colleges and many emergency medical services/hospitals.

The venue provided the opportunity for the organizations to come together and continue the search in recruiting only the best and the brightest young Americans for today's Navy.

University High School boasts a successful Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program and is a top school in the NRD Jacksonville Recruiting District for recruiters to find Future Sailors who meet the educational requirements for entrance into the military. 

Navy Recruiters utilize these events to ensure they are doing their part in building a strong future for the Navy.

"One of the most important personal aspects of being a Navy Recruiter is accountability," said Navy Counselor First Class Petty Officer John Simek. "Maintaining a solid network of educational professionals who appreciate military careers is the best way for me to be sure that I have the resources available to recruit a strong foundation for tomorrow's Navy." 

University High School's Bio Medical Program teacher and Head Athletic Director, Perry "Doc" Revlett, coordinates and executes the event each year with a passionate goal to provide hands-on information to students so that they are able to make informed decisions concerning their futures. 

"This is all about giving the students an opportunity to make themselves better people, no matter what path they choose and showing them the exciting ways available to get them on that path," said Revlett.

Revlett displayed a "no-fear" aura as he easily directed eleven military and law enforcement helicopters to a safe landing on the school's field. The helicopters were used as training aids and also provided a hands-on look at the capabilities of each aircraft. Pilots and Aircrewmen for HSM-72 were able to interact with the students and explain all aspects of their Navy jobs.

Naval Station Mayport Explosive Ordnance Detachment Unit-Six (EODMU 6) brought in their emergency response vehicle, "Big Blue" and displayed bomb disposal robots utilized in aiding the team on disarming dangerous explosives while in the field.

"We take the opportunity to team up with NRD Jacksonville as often as we can because it allows us to get in the community and do our part in ensuring that young adults who are considering the military, have accurate information about this career field," said Explosive Ordnance Disposal Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Williams. "Through recruiting events, we are able to provide a positive impact for EOD, the Navy and most importantly, the students."

Revlett intends on continuing the annual event and hopes it keeps growing. "We are currently the only high school who puts on an expo at this scale," said Revlett. "Through our strong relationship with area recruiters and other organizations, we can do our part in making sure that young Americans are directed down a path of doing something they are happy and proud to be doing."