Approximately 3,400 students attended the EMS/Military Expo on Friday, Jan. 27, at University High School in Orange City, Fla. University High School juniors and seniors along with students from other area high schools (DeLand, Deltona, Mainland, New Smyrna Beach, Pine Ridge and Spruce Creek) visited the Expo.

Dr. Neal Finkelstein of the Army Research Lab meets with crew members of the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven-Two, also known as Proud Warriors based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

Many demonstrations from the 50 federal, state and local agencies in attendance, to include the Navy Bomb Squad with their full-up robotics equipment, highlighted the day. Based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven-Two—also known as Proud Warriors—was a particularly crowded booth, as well as the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy recruiting commands who brought in games and music.

Helicopters were everywhere as 18 helicopters, from places both near and far, landed on campus during the morning hours to include: Florida Hospital Flight One Helicopter; Flagler County Fire Flight Helicopter; Orlando Air Care; U.S Coast Guard HH-60; U.S. Coast Guard Dolphin MH-65 (Jacksonville); Volusia County Sheriff Department Air One; Vietnam Pilots Association Cobra Gunship; ShandsCare (Gainesville); and Orange and Seminole County Sheriff helicopters.

Students had the opportunity to meet members of the federal, state and local programs from around the state and learn about possible future careers in emergency management and in the military services. Perry Revlett, head athlete trainer for University High School and Program Director for the EMS/Military Expo, was very appreciative of all the military services supporting the event.