A Sikorsky HH-60G Pavehawk from Moffett Air National Guard Base landed on the field of Sinnott Elementary School May 30. Maj. Ken Yambing, the CDTF Team Hawk commander, spoke about the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), which led to the designing, creating, and building of the helicopter. He also talked to the students about having a growth mindset, and how making good decisions throughout your life can help you obtain some awesome jobs such as a pilot, first responder, teacher, etc.
SFC Mark Anthony Karandang, CDTF Civil Air Operations NCOIC, encouraged students to be kind to one another, and emphasized teamwork and healthy eating. He even led students and staff in an oath so they can be honorary members of their team. Officer Brian Hinkley of the Milpitas Police Department mirrored the message of making good decisions in life, such as teamwork, being kind, and eating healthy. This event reached over 900 individuals and was coordinated by MSgt Jeannie Lam, a third grade teacher at Sinnott Elementary School and a member of the 129th Rescue Wing. Milpitas Board of Education Trustees Michael Tsai and Kelly Yip-Chuan was also in attendance.
The following dignitaries were also in attendance:
Officer Kita Inthasack, School Resource Officer
Officer Chris Nicholas, Traffic Safety Officer
Counter Drug Task Force (CDTF)
TSGT JESUS ORTIZ, CDTF Team Hawk NCOIC
TSGT BRADLEY BOTHELIO, CDTF Team Hawk Special Missions Aviator
SSGT RYAN GUERRA, CDTF Team Hawk Special Missions Aviator
CAPT TREVOR STINSON, CDTF Team Hawk Aircraft Commander
TSGT JOSEPH ZHANG, CDTF Communications NCOIC
SSGT AARON PICKARD, CDTF Team Hawk Pararescueman
SSGT THOMAS POST, CDTF Team Hawk Pararescueman