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German cultural exchange students visit D-M

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jaymes Hines, 563rd rescue group executive, talks to a group of students at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 23, 2015. Hines spoke to students from Buena Vista High school as well as a group of German cultural exchange students about the mission of the 563rd RQG. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jaymes Hines, 563rd rescue group executive, talks to a group of students at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 23, 2015. Hines spoke to students from Buena Vista High school as well as a group of German cultural exchange students about the mission of the 563rd RQG. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nikki Yogi, 355 Training Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II student pilot, speaks to a group of students at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 23, 2015. Yogi prepared students from Buena Vista High school and cultural exchange students from Dresden Germany for a tour of the 357th Fighter Squadron where they were educated on the mission of the A-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nikki Yogi, 355 Training Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II student pilot, speaks to a group of students at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 23, 2015. Yogi prepared students from Buena Vista High school and cultural exchange students from Dresden Germany for a tour of the 357th Fighter Squadron where they were educated on the mission of the A-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

Students from Buena Vista High school as well as cultural exchange students from Dresden Germany wait in line to climb into an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Ariz., April 23, 2015. The students were all given the chance to sit inside an A-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

Students from Buena Vista High school as well as cultural exchange students from Dresden Germany wait in line to climb into an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Ariz., April 23, 2015. The students were all given the chance to sit inside an A-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

Buena Vista High school students and German cultural exchange students pose for a photo in front of an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Ariz., April 23, 2015. The students are part of the Sister City Program which allows students from foreign countries to visit the U.S. and experience our culture. During the visit to D-M the students toured the 563rd Operation Support Squadron, 357th Fighter Squadron and the Control Tower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

Buena Vista High school students and German cultural exchange students pose for a photo in front of an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Ariz., April 23, 2015. The students are part of the Sister City Program which allows students from foreign countries to visit the U.S. and experience our culture. During the visit to D-M the students toured the 563rd Operation Support Squadron, 357th Fighter Squadron and the Control Tower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz -- Buena Vista High school students and cultural exchange students from Redebeul, Germany, toured D-M April 23.

The 30 students went to three units learning about the Air Force and the missions here in a hands-on environment.

The students first received a mission briefing of the 563rd Rescue Group from Capt. Jaymes Hines, 563rd RQG executive.

"The biggest take away and message I wanted to impart was how the United States Air Force integrates and relies on our Combined and Joint partners," Hines said. "Specifically for the students, I wanted to make sure that they continue to keep an open mind about their futures and hopefully I was able to inspire or spark an interest in not just military careers but science and technology in general."

After learning about the rescue mission the students were able to visit the 357th Fighter squadron where they were educated on the A-10C Thunderbolt II. They watched a video that displayed the A-10's capabilities and then were able to sit in the aircraft.

"I felt overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge pilots need to know in order to fly but the experience was eye opening and very interesting," said Sam Finney, Sierra Vista Unified School District student.

To conclude the base visit, the students went up into the air traffic control tower.

"The students enjoyed themselves very much," said Randi Buros, Sierra Vista Sister Cities Commission member. "Especially getting to see the inside of an Air Force base to see some of the equipment and get up close with experts to explain it."