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James Monroe High School Viking Battalion Attends Virtual Event at U.S. Army Fort Futures – Pathfinder Arena

James Monroe HS - Viking Battalion Virtual Event Attendees
James Monroe HS - Viking Battalion Virtual Event Attendees
Photo Credit: 1SG(R) Charles A. Mujica
  • Posted on October 22nd, 2020
  • Story by: 1SG(R) Charles A. Mujica
  • 8th Brigade
    Event Nontraditional Learning

LOS ANGELES, CA -- On the 14th of October 2020 cadets from James Monroe High School – Viking Battalion attended a “Live” On-Line virtual event at the U.S. Army Fort Futures – Pathfinder Arena. The Pathfinder Arena is a cutting-edge virtual experience hosted by a live host. Inspiring panelists from the U.S. Army took to the virtual stage and spoke about how they’ve been able to leverage their personal passions and talents and turn them into a career path. The 45-minute show consisted of a panel of Soldiers, a video presentation, and live a Q&A session. This was a first of its kind virtual program for the Army.

Pathfinder Arena hosted an online career panel meant to connect with High School Juniors and Seniors in a compelling way for them to learn about how their interests and personal passions can fit into a potential career after high school. The panelists came from a variety of career backgrounds including theatre, neuroscience, computer technology, aviation, and even a professional skydiver, among others.

To fully engage the students, Pathfinder Arena provided a created and cutting-edge interactive virtual experience. When the students enter the virtual Pathfinder Arena they were greeted by a live virtual host, who will introduce three inspiring panelists from the U.S. Army. Each panelist took to the virtual stage and spoke about how they’ve been able to leverage their personal passions and talents and turn them into a career path.

The 45-minute show consisted of a panel of Soldiers, a career presentation, a live Q&A with the panel. This event was attended by 23 cadets who were interested in finding additional information on different career paths that are available in the U.S. Army. During the virtual event, the cadets were briefed by 3 soldiers who have a variety of backgrounds. The panel consisted of SSG Neil French (Warrior Fitness Team Member), MAJ Christopher Bizar who was a member of his Junior ROTC program in high school and was commissioned from the Senior ROTC program. The last panelist was MAJ Allison Brager, Ph.D. (Warrior Fitness Team Member) who is the author of “Meathead – Unraveling the Athletic Brain”. In 2018, MAJ Brager won 8 gold medals and 1 silver medal in track and field at the Gay Olympics held in Paris, France. On the 17th of October 2020, MAJ Brager will begin her Astronaut training – Go Army!

In conclusion, the cadets learned how with motivation, setting goals, discipline, and commitment, anything is possible for them. The “Live” event was meant to show how anyone is capable of making a mark on their lives and others. As MAJ Brager stated, “Plan your career around your lifestyle, not your lifestyle around your career”.


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U.S. Army Fort Futures – Pathfinder Arena
U.S. Army Fort Futures – Pathfinder Arena
 U.S. Army Fort Futures – Pathfinder Arena
U.S. Army Fort Futures – Pathfinder Arena