NM National Guard starts camp for Española youth

Updated: 06/27/2014 2:54 PM | Created: 06/27/2014 2:07 PM
By: Web Staff

Soldiers and airmen with the New Mexico National Guard educated Española kids about the dangers of drugs and gangs during a brand new camp.

The inaugural "Camp Victory" took place at the National Guard's readiness center on June 21.

The day-long camp was the brainchild of retired Army Guard Col. Joseph Macaron and retired Air Guard Col. Victor Carlin. Members of the NMNG Counterdrug Support Program, assisted by soldiers of the 1115th Transportation Company, taught 32 middle school students about the benefits of school and gun safety, as well as the dangers of substance abuse and gang membership.

"Today is a day that's going to change your life," Macaron told the campers. "It's about caring about the person next to you. It's about caring about becoming a good person."

Each camper also received a Meal, Ready-to-Eat--or MRE--along with a short lesson on how to prepare it for lunch. 

"We need to reach these kids in junior high," Macaron said, "because by the time they get to high school, it's often too late."

View photos from Camp Victory below. On a mobile device? Click here.

Camp Victory participants practice saluting in formation at the Espanola Readiness Center June 21. Sgt. Stephen Danner of the 126th Military Police Company is setting the example in the foreground.
Photo: Crystal Mallary, New Mexico National Guard

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