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Education leaders jump from 34-foot Airborne tower with JROTC cadets

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Tuesday, June 11, was VIP Day at the Muscogee County Junior Cadet Leadership Camp (JCLC).

Education leaders and family members rode in school buses from Columbus State University to Fort Benning's Airborne School in order to support the cadets.

Superintendents, school board members, and retired Colonel Roy Plummer were among the special guests in attendance.

Many of these leaders not only showed up to observe the JROTC in action, but also participated with them in an exercise of courage and overcoming fears by jumping from the Airborne zip line tower.

Eddie Tyler, Superintendent of Eufaula City Schools, was one of the guests who jumped with the cadets. He says the experience was a rush.

"This is the first time I've ever done anything like this.  I wanted to come out today and watch our cadets. We're very proud of them and what they do," says Tyler.

LTC Robert Koester, Public Affairs Officer for the Muscogee County School System JROTC program, says the event was about overcoming obstacles.

"Everyone's afraid of heights," Koester says. "So they get the opportunity to meet it head on. There's only one way up, and there's only one way down."

JCLC is currently taking place from June 9 to 14, with over 310 cadets in attendance.

The zip line tower at Airborne School is 34 feet high. 

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