July 12 1, 2003, 12:07 EST

Girl Scouts get first hand look at Virginia Guard

 
Chief Warrant Officer Brandy Harrell discusses the UH-60L Black Hawk Helicopter as each Girl Scout takes a turn sitting at the controls. (Photo courtesy of Capt. Tim Eppele)

On July 1, 2003 the Weyanoke Association of the Girl Scout Council of the Commonwealth of Virginia included the Virginia National Guard in its summer camp activities at Twin Lakes State Park near Farmville, Va. Girl Scouts ranging from six to fourteen years of age belonging to Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Troops had a chance to learn about the many important roles women play in the Virginia National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation, Facilities Management Environmental Department, and Counterdrug Drug Demand Reduction Team.

Women from each of these organizations discussed what they do in the Virginia National Guard and what the Virginia National Guard has to offer women in the way of military and civilian careers. Chief Warrant Officer Brandy Harrell talked to the Girl Scouts about the contribution women have made to Army Aviation.

Capt. Laura Caballero and Liana Shrader from Virginia National Guard Facilities Management section and TSgt. Yvette DeBlanc, MSgt. Tracey Yetter and SMSgt. Melissa Lindsay of the Virginia National Guard Counter Drug program also spoke to the Girl Scouts about their roles in the Virginia National Guard. The event proved to be a learning experience for both the women of the Virginia National Guard and the Girl Scouts.

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