Marilyn Reynolds has been a teacher in the Lower School since 2011 and has ties to MacDill Air Force Base through her husband Roy’s role as the Business Financial Manager for Special Operations Forces (SOF) there. She was able to work with Roy to start a tradition for the summer camp she runs here called “Little Captains” by bringing SOF soldiers to campus for a demonstration. The demonstration was a part of a community outreach program of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) which is intended to strengthen its ties within the community.
Campers were thrilled with the opportunity to see the SOF team land their helicopter on the football field at Farragut. The campers were also able to interact with the soldiers and learn what it’s like to be in the military. They operated a drone, used night vision goggles, and climbed aboard the helicopter to learn the inner workings of a cockpit. The soldiers even spent time to talk one on one with the kids.
“To have camp attendees get a hands on experience like that is priceless, especially with the special forces.”
Reynolds said she again will have the “Special Forces” week for her Little Captains camp in the summer of 2016.