Air guard recruits at Country Jam

Many country music stars through the years have sung about love of country and expressed gratitude for those who serve in America’s military, so it makes sense that the military has come to one of the country’s largest country music festivals.

The Air National Guard Mobile Experience stopped at Major Mortgage Country Jam while on its national tour to give attendees a chance to get information about the Air National Guard and participate in free interactive activities to learn more about what life is like for an Air Guardsman or woman.

The Mobile Experience will be at Country Jam all day today in Mack and is located near the VIP area to the right of the stage.

Anyone who is 13 years or older can participate in Mobile Experience activities, which include simulated basic training exercises, tech training, a uniform selection process and a reconnaissance mission simulation. Those younger than 13 need to have a parent present.

“It’s designed to guide participants through the career path of Air National Guardsmen and women,” said Nikki Verheye, spokeswoman for the Mobile Experience, which includes five touring vehicles.

Master Sgt. Jorge Gonzalez, an Air National Guard recruiter, also is in town to answer questions about the Air National Guard, why it’s different than the Air Force and what responsibilities are required of Air National Guard members.

“We’re an easy way for people to serve our country and have their everyday life,” Gonzalez said.

The Air National Guard has two bases in Colorado — Denver and Greeley — where members travel for service when required, he said.

In addition, Gonzalez highlighted the educational benefits of the Air National Guard, specifically when it comes to paying for in-state college, which was a primary reason he joined at 28 after six years in the Air Force.

Interested men and women can learn more about the benefits and requirements of the Air National Guard at the Mobile Experience.


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