I would like to take this opportunity to emphasize the profound partnership that the Louisiana National Guard and the DoD STARBASE program have shared in service to the youth of Louisiana. Through the DoD STARBASE program, our local youth experience awareness of critical skills needed for the progression of scientific discovery, technology, and innovation.
Through this process, we are able to assist in opportunities that foster academics, knowledge, abilities, and professional attributes directed to enable skills and future desires of these young participants. As a result of its continued availability, our members have seen a distinct benefit to our communities, which has subsequently strengthened the role of technology programs across the state.
In 2006, my youngest son, Jacob, attended the DoD STARBASE program at Camp Beauregard in Pineville, Louisiana. I recall how excited he was at the end of each day to talk about what he had learned. The program sparked an interest in aviation, which he still has today. Jacob is a senior in high school this year and plans to attend Louisiana Tech next year and major in Aviation. The relationship between the Louisiana National Guard and the DoD STARBASE program is strong and will continue to grow as our partnership fosters. We will continue to support the DoD STARBASE Inspire goals under the DoD STEM Education Strategic Plan as an added cornerstone to our community outreach program. As interest in science and technology programs become more and more critical, DoD STARBASE remains our primary strategic partner to meet the needs of local and state stakeholders to foster economic development and growth of our employee workforce.
Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I continue to encourage the use and expansion of DoD STARBASE programs across the country to provide a unique variety of formal and informal STEM programs and opportunities to the broadest spectrum of our young citizens.
Glenn H. Curtis
The Adjutant General