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PHOTO CAPTION:  Esmeralda Aceituno, Jack F. Macy Intermediate School, and Spc. Gustavo Sebran, 206th Broadcast Operations Detachment, read a teleprompter at the 222nd BOD July 25 in Bell, Calif., practicing to be prime-time television news casters.  Photo credit:  1st Lt. Fernando Ochoa

July 29, 2013
By 1st Lt. Fernando Ochoa

BELL, Calif. – Students from Jack F. Macy Intermediate School, Montebello, Calif., visited the 222nd Broadcast Operations Detachment July 25 in Bell, Calif., during a field trip to learn more about how videos are made.

Sterling Schubert, a principle in the Montebello Unified School District system, escorted youths to the U.S. Army Reserve Center, where the 222nd BOD drills and trains. “I saw a need for documenting our school history,” said Schubert. “This is a great opportunity for these kids to see a working unit. They really liked the editing section.”

The 222nd BOD is a U.S. Army Reserve public affairs unit. Located at the Gen. George S. Patton Army Reserve Center in Bell, Calif., it is made up mainly of broadcasters who operate a live radio station and produce news videos for television broadcast. The 222nd has deployed to Iraq twice in 2004 and 2009.

“Our commander, Maj. Trevor Lomas, who works with Mr. Schubert, invited him to bring the children to see how a broadcast unit works,” said Sgt. 1st Class Alyn MacLeod, unit 1st Sgt. “They are very enthusiastic and we are happy to have them.”

The children have been learning how to make videos a long time. Working with organizations such as the Los Angeles Library system and Operation Street Kidz, they have been taught video oral history and camera work.

Students from this school district begin learning video skills in the 6th grade and by the time they graduate from high school, they will have six years or training and experience. They hope to someday work in the entertainment field.