- Members of the San Ysidro School District boarded the guided-missile destroyer, USS Kidd (DDG 100) for a one-day embarkation as part of the Leaders to Sea (LTS) program, Sept. 28.
LTS is a program hosted by Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) which provides leaders from business, education, and civic organizations an opportunity to fly aboard a Navy warship, experience daily operations of Sailors, and become familiar with the capabilities of the Surface Force.
"The Leaders to Sea program is an important aspect of public outreach which gives opportunities for local leadership to come aboard a U.S. Navy ship and spend the day touring around, talking to our Sailors and seeing what they do on a day-to-day basis," said Kidd Commanding Officer Cmdr. Paul Bieraugel.
While the school district members were on board, they were able to tour most areas of the ship. Kidd Sailors gave in-depth information in each area including the ship's bridge, engineering spaces, and combat systems.
The school officials who visited the Kidd are a part of a recent partnership with SURFPAC called "Partners of Education" (PIE). This partnership is the first Type Commander and school district partnership in the history of PIE. PIE is a collaboration between San Diego Surface Ships and the San Ysidro School District that is dedicated to the advancement of elementary schools in that area.
Recently, Sailors from Kidd attended a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at its partner school, Ocean View Hills Elementary School. Kidd's commanding officer was the guest speaker for the event, which also included speeches from several of the students and ended with a fire drill demonstration for the Sailors in attendance.
"It was a great opportunity to interact with the students and also with the community," said Bieraugel. "We were able to listen to several students speak about the remembrance of Sept. 11 and I was also able to share my experiences with Sept. 11 and remind them about what the military is doing today to prevent the type of events like Sept. 11 from ever happening."
Naval Surface Forces hosts a Leaders to Sea event bi-monthly. For more information about the program, or to inquire about participating, please contact the SURFPAC Public Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.