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Sway Threlkeld, Biloxi High School Junior ROTC cadet, watches the 81st Security Forces Squadron perform a military working dog demonstration at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Sway Threlkeld, Biloxi High School Junior ROTC cadet, watches the 81st Security Forces Squadron perform a military working dog demonstration at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel and local high school Junior ROTC cadets place their hands over their hearts during the singing of the national anthem at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel and local high school Junior ROTC cadets place their hands over their hearts during the singing of the national anthem at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron perform a military working dog demonstration at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron perform a military working dog demonstration at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class Hannah Reichert, 81st Infrastructure Division firefighter, demonstrates how to quickly put on firefighter gear at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class Hannah Reichert, 81st Infrastructure Division firefighter, demonstrates how to quickly put on firefighter gear at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Staff Sgt. Codee Potts, and Airman 1st Class Hannah Reichert, 81st Infrastructure Division firefighters, assist Riley McElfish, Bay High School Junior ROTC cadet, with operating a fire hose at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Staff Sgt. Codee Potts, and Airman 1st Class Hannah Reichert, 81st Infrastructure Division firefighters, assist Riley McElfish, Bay High School Junior ROTC cadet, with operating a fire hose at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Local high school Junior ROTC cadets begin a relay race at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Local high school Junior ROTC cadets begin a relay race at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Retired Master Sgt. Steve Hinton, Biloxi High School instructor, competes in the football throwing competition at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Retired Master Sgt. Steve Hinton, Biloxi High School instructor, competes in the football throwing competition at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Biloxi High School Junior ROTC cadets compete in the tug-of-war competition at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Biloxi High School Junior ROTC cadets compete in the tug-of-war competition at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Diversity Outreach Day Sept. 15, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event consisted of 10 Mississippi gulf coast high school Junior ROTC units viewing an 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration and receiving information about Air Force opportunities and accession requirements with an emphasis on STEM. They also competed in several team building activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Ten Mississippi gulf coast high schools participated in the fourth annual science, technology, engineering and mathematics diversity outreach day Sept. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. here.

The purpose of the event was to educate students on the opportunities the Air Force can provide and inspire them to pursue a STEM career in the service.

Airman 1st Class Hannah Reichert, 81st Infrastructure Division firefighter, said the event provides the students an opportunity to know what they’re getting into if they were to choose a career field they were shown.

Airmen from seven different career fields had the opportunity to brief the students about their job, perform demonstrations and answer questions at the end of their time slot.

Security forces, fire department, office of special investigations, cyber, air traffic control, 403rd wing personnel and weather departments were in attendance.

In previous years the STEM diversity outreach day event was held in one of the large aircraft hangars here, but this year they expanded their venue.

“Based on feedback from the schools, we pulled them out of the hangar and we placed them outside as a captive audience so everybody is focused on the presentation at hand,” said Gerald Cross, 81st Force Support Squadron school liaison officer.

The event was well received by the students in attendance.

“It’s really interesting learning the diversity of the different jobs,” said Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Madelyn Carmichael Junior ROTC student from St. Martin High School. “It shows my group that there are different types of jobs other than pilots in the Air Force.”