Hunt­ing­town NJROTC sees the White House

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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.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

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.

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