To assist recruiting efforts and raising awareness in Ohio, seven educators and community representatives along with Commanding Officer Cmdr. Benjamin Martin and support personnel from Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Ohio visited Norfolk, Virginia during an Educator Orientation Visit (EOV), August 3-4.

The EOV is a Navy Recruiting Command program with a main focus of showing educators the various facets of the Navy and the many career paths available to students.

During the visit, the group received tours aboard guided-missile destroyer, USS Stout (DDG 55), a submarine, USS John Warner (SSN 765), an aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), toured the harbor with Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2 and ended their visit with a tour at ACU-4.

Prior to the EOV, Dean Kirkmeyer, a senior assistant dean of the college of engineering and computing at Miami University said he had minimal knowledge of the types of careers the Navy provides.

"I chose to come on this trip so that I could learn more about the breadth of opportunities available to students in college and to assist in my support role of the Navy ROTC program," said Kirkmeyer.

Susan Roth, a health professions pre-professional advisor at University of Cincinnati, expressed her amazement of what the Navy has to offer after speaking to a wide range of enlisted and officer personnel.

"I'm glad I was able to see the Navy in a way I never have before," said Roth. "This visit has been an eye opener and I think I've seen what amazing opportunity it can be for our young folks either before medical school or after, when they’ve earned their way in."

For one New Albany High School educator, Lori Cheney, the experience has been incredible and has allowed her to see things she never thought she could see.

"Attending this trip is helping me increase the amount of awareness available to our students of the United States Navy and what it has to offer," said Cheney. "I'm particularly amazed at what our young men and women are able to do and the amount of training they receive in order to carry out their responsibilities."

Cheney also shared that she's already raising awareness by posting to her social media pages and will continue sharing with her professional development community, reporting to the board of education and continue discussing with her students about the opportunities the Navy has to offer.

Additionally, the group visited USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), VRC-40, VFA-34, Naval Air Station Oceana, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek and the Navy Exchange. All of the NRD Ohio educators interests largely included learning and understanding the training pipeline, the roles and responsibilities of Sailors and what the Navy has to offer so they are able to ensure Navy career information is available in their schools.

Navy awareness is an important element in recruiting America's best and brightest for naval service and the EOV is one tool used for local educators to learn, understand and share the Navy's story and the many benefits that come with serving in the United States Navy.

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Updated March 1, 2017 (kbh)