Fire Explorer post learns about military

Mar 26, 2022

MATTAPOISETT — Members of the Mattapoisett Marion and Rochester Explorer Post 343 met recently to observe Military Night.

The explorers group features young people with an interest in learning more about fire service. At Military Night, which was held at Mattapoisett Fire Department headquarters, members of the U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard explained what the military does, specific characteristics of the branches and requirements to serve in the military.

Explorers learned also learned about Mission 22, an organization that supports veterans, and the issue of veteran suicide. Everyone in attendance did 22 pushups to help remember the veterans that have lost their lives to suicide.

Explorers then presented research projects on historic military personnel such as Army Major Richard Winters and Navy Seal Chris Kyle.

At the end of the night the group watched a brief video by “Band of Brothers,’’ which featured veterans of World War II explaining what they went through and some major events of the war.

Military members who visited were: E4/IC William Kingsbury from the U.S. Navy; Sgt. 1st Class Richard Tater from the U.S. Army, and MST2 Chelsie Sandoval from the U.S. Coast Guard.