Hawaii Marines Take Drug Awareness
Message To Big Island School
By Lance Cpl. Iain A. Schnaible
HILO, Hi(Dec. 8, 2000) Students at Waiakea High School here
had an eventful morning Friday when a United States Marine Corps
CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter landed on the school's field carrying
a load of Marines and Sailors from MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
The Marines visited Waiakea as a part of the Community Drug Awareness
Program, which is aimed at guiding students away from drugs and
encouraging them to stay in school.
The students ringed the area surrounding the field and watched
as the CH-53 made its descent. Marines and Sailors hurried out the
back ramp when the bird landed and immediately began to set up their
Rio Cole, a Waiakea High School sophomore,
struggles for one more pull up during the Community Drug Awareness
Program Dec. 8.
( Photo by: Lance Cpl. Iain A. Schnaible)
The booths run by the servicemembers included educational booths
on the topics of nuclear, biological and
chemical warfare countermeasures, first aid, physical training and
crime prevention. All of the displays had overlying tones of resisting
drug abuse and staying in school.
"It's all about community relations throughout the islands,"
said Cpl. Jeremy T. Riglesberger, nuclear, biological, chemical
chief for Headquarters Bn., MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. "It shows
that Marines are willing to go out and help the community in any
clime and place."
Waiakae students could be seen marveling at the cargo bay and cockpit
of the helicopter during tours guided by the pilots, challenging
for the schools pull-up crown, gawking in awe at military working
dogs demonstrating their pursuit and capture training, and observing
demonstrations of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
One of the most popular exhibits, other than the CH-53, was a military
working dog brought along by the Military Police Department. The
dog and its handler demonstrated obedience training and pursuit
and capture procedures with the use of a military working dog handler
wearing a padded wrap over his arm to protect against the German
Shepherd's vicious bite.
A normal day at school is exactly the opposite of what the students
at Waiakea High School experienced Friday when a visit from K-Bay
Marines and Sailors provided hours of fun and learning during a
"The Marine's visit was a lot of fun," said Lisa Williams,
a Waiakea sophomore. "I learned a lot."
"Staying in school and away from drugs is an important message
we are trying to send," said Riglesberger.
Through all of the fun and games, the message the servicemembers
aimed to distribute throughout the population of the school, a message
of sobriety and hard work, seemed to be received loudly and clearly
by the many young minds at Waiakea High School.