Huntingtown NJROTC sees the White House
The Huntingtown High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps had an experience to remember when it recently had an opportunity to visit the White House in order to tour the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the East Wing of the White House to see the Christmas decorations.
The cadets were treated to an added bonus when they were standing on the steps of the Navy staircase of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building facing the West Wing when suddenly a motorcade of presidential vehicles arrived directly in front of them. A flurry of activity ensued as secret service agents and aides exit the vehicles and one of them opens the rear door of the armored Cadillac as Vice President Mike Pence exits the vehicle. He turned, pointed at the group and walked over to greet and shake hands, poses for a few photos, and passes along some advice before he is whisked away to a meeting in the White House’s Situation Room.
The cadets then headed off to the East Wing to tour the Christmas decorations, which proved to be as amazing as one would expect from a Presidential home. From the gold star on the Christmas tree to the hallway of red Christmas trees made of tens of thousands of cranberries.
Another surprise awaited the cadets later on when they were given an opportunity to tour the White House Press Room where they were offered the opportunity to take photos on the stand where Sarah Huckabee Sanders can be seen addressing and taking questions from members of the press.
At the Eisenhower Executive Office Building was a tour of the vice president’s personal office, and a rare opportunity to step out on his personal balcony overlooking the West Wing. The cadets also learned about the three departments that used to occupy the EEOB; State, War and Navy and how one could tell which department one was in by the symbol on the doorknobs.
Pence later tweeted about the group, “Great to welcome ROTC students to @WhiteHouse! So grateful for their dedication to serving our nation.”
Huntingtown NJROTC students Cadets Oliana Cooley, left, Ethan Hanks, Gaby Rodriguez-Velez, Zac Montgomery, Kylie Hartwell, Corrina Curtin, Jennilee Loc, CDR George Hartwell, Jessalee Loc, Taiyo Tougas, Skye Bielstein, Jack Davidson, Chloe Niedzielski, and Danny Schneider were given an opportunity to tour the White House Press Room.
Vice President Mike Pence, front row second from left, visits with CDR George Hartwell, the Huntingtown High School NJROTC Senior Naval Science Instructor and his cadets on a recent trip to the White House.