German High School hosts CBRN mentorship program

Soldiers and students from Kaiserslautern High School in Germany recently participated in a 21st Theater Sustainment Command mentorship program, run by the 7th Civil Support Command's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear team.

The 773rd Civil Support Team participated in the program for the first time. The mentorship program began five years ago and was later updated to include the 21st TSC.

"This is the first time that the 773rd CST has been involved in the mentorship program," 773rd CST Commander Lt. Col. Leslie Dillard said. "Mentorship programs are important to the development of not only the students but also to the soldier. Sharing your life's experiences with our future keeps them engaged."

The mentorship program was created to interest students in pursuing a career in the CBRN field and to understand why it is important to take applied science classes, as they might need those skills in their future careers. Through the program, students also had the opportunity to talk to soldiers and explore the broad range of careers within the military.

"It was a great opportunity for us to get out in the local community and interact with the high school students and for them to ask us questions about how chemistry relates to our job in the military," 773rd CST Sgt. Brandon Taylor said. "It was a good learning experience for them and now they know what they learn in chemistry class can help them achieve future career goals and opportunities."

In the near future, KHS students will be able to shadow CBRN soldiers and HAZMAT specialists to see what a career in the CBRN industry would entail.