The 31st Seabee Readiness Group (SRG) table was a popular stop Tuesday, Oct. 30, as Pacifica High School in Oxnard hosted a Career Day.
The rocket launcher helped.
Seabees brought several displays, including training grenades and the rocket launcher, to the Pacifica gym and got a big crowd in return.
“The kids seem really interested,” said Builder 2nd Class Rodney Sikes. “I’m getting a lot of questions about what we do and where we go — and if the weapons are real.”
The 31st SRG wasn’t the only Navy presence at Career Day. Most of the participants, in fact, were from Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC). Commands with displays included Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 and VAW-116, Underwater Construction Team 2, the Engineering Duty Officer school, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, the 30th Naval Construction Regiment, Fleet Readiness Center Detachment Southwest, Commander Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing, Naval Air Systems Command and Naval Branch Health Clinic.
Fitness experts from Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) also attended, as did a team from Child Youth Programs.
“This is a really nice mix,” said Mark Fargo, the social science instructor at the school who organized Career Day. “This allows our students to see how diverse the Navy is and see that there are both military and civilian jobs at the base.”
NBVC is the largest employer in Ventura County, with 19,000 workers.
Fargo said it’s critical that in this economy, today’s students know about the many options available to them.
“I think it’s important to give kids as many choices as possible about what they can do with their lives,” he said.
Sikes called the event “awesome.”
“So many of these kids pass by the base every day,” he said. “The fact that we can come to this high school and educate these kids about what we do on the base and overseas is really good.”
Amanda Haskell of MWR said many people assume you have to be in the military to get a job on base.
“This helps people know about the wide range of options,” she said. “My first job was as a lifeguard on base.”
Oscar Fregoso, an 18-year-old senior, called the event “pretty cool.”
“We get an idea of what they can do,” he said of the Navy personnel.