FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A group of elementary students got a rare opportunity to visit Fort Riley for an inside look at what soldiers do on a daily basis at the installation as they train for combat.
On Friday, 130 students from Stewart, Schilling and Sunset elementary schools in Salina will descend upon Fort Riley’s Marshall Army Airfield as the invited guests of 601st Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade.
The aviators are community partners with Salina schools.
Officials explained the goal behind giving the children a glimpse of military life.
"One is to foster our community partners and get our soldiers to interact with these kids who really look up to them. We also want to have a positive vantage point for these kids on our soldiers and the things they do on a daily basis. It brings a lot of joy to us because they’re excited about it and we’re excited to have them here as well," said Lieutenant Colonel Allan Lanceta, Battalion Commander.
The kids got to see different attack helicopters up close and learned about the weapons systems and technology that soldiers train on.