In May, College of Western Idaho (CWI) was invited by the Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee to attend an exclusive event that recognizes Idaho employers for their support of the National Guard and Reserves. CWI was selected for a number of reasons to attend the 2015 Statewide BOSSLIFT event, held May 14-15, at Gowen Field. In addition to hiring military personnel, CWI students have also participated in Internship opportunities at Gowen Field.
Gloria Keulman, administrative assistant for CWI’s School of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, participated on behalf of the College. The event provided an opportunity to learn what the National Guard and Reserves do when they are on duty and the rigorous training and technology they use in preparation to protect and defend the United States. Attendees experienced multiple training simulators, operated various military hardware and equipment, and were able to fly in a Blackhawk helicopter over Boise.
The first day’s activities culminated with a flag ceremony and an evening award dinner acknowledging the National Guards and Reserves and thanking employers who support their activities. The second day ended with a ceremony honoring the cities of Boise and Meridian with nose art on two A-10 Thunderbolt Two airplanes. Boise Mayor, Dave Bieter, and Meridian Mayor, Tammy de Weerd, helped unveil the “Pride of Boise” and “Pride of Meridian” artwork on the airplanes.