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Hillside High School Students Tour Picatinny
For Broader Army Perspective

Hillside Students Tour Picatinny


A group of students comprised mainly of JROTC cadets from Hillside High School toured a variety of facilities at Picatinny Arsenal on Nov. 4 to learn more about the type of work performed at the installation and get a broader perspective on U.S. Army operations.

The visitors also included Hillside students who are involved with STEM subjects, and six participants in the Army’s Future Soldier Program who have already enlisted and will later report to basic training.

Students visited areas of Picatinny involved with the development of robots for explosive ordnance disposal, mortars, howitzers, and an advanced self-propelled howitzer.

Students also received a briefing on the history of Picatinny by DEVCOM Armaments Center Historian Jeff Ranu. Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Alexander Burgos also spoke to students, describing his experience and various assignments during his career. The student visit was sponsored by the Picatinny Arsenal STEM Office.

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Capt. Brian Fydenkevez of the U.S. Army North Jersey Recruiting Company said the tour helps to provide a broader view of the U.S. Army than what is often depicted in movies or on the news. “This gives us an opportunity to showcase not only the 150 jobs that we have in the Army but also a lot of support that goes on--this total Army that we have. It also gives them a chance to interface with my Soldiers and see the people behind the uniforms.”

Ethan Guzman, a participant in the Future Soldier Program with an interest in becoming a combat engineer, was interested in the use of robots for explosive ordnance disposal. “I had read about it in articles but had never seen it in action.” Rangely Rangel said that she was attracted to the Army Reserves because she would still be able to attend college while deciding on which major to pursue.

Wednesday- November 30, 2022