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Government Camp Engages Future Leaders in National Security

By Amanda Morad | July 31, 2013

Mariya Mar-Liu reflects on her week at Government Camp at the closing banquet.
Photo by Patrick Wright

Heather Myhrberg, 16, is a rising junior in high school and is interested in working with the FBI when she completes her education. She, along with a group of other high school students, spent a week on and off Regent University's campus July 15-19 for the College of Arts & Sciences annual Government Camp.

"I really enjoyed being able to see many different government jobs," said the Stafford, Va., homeschooler. "This has definitely convinced me that I want a government job one day."

Myhrberg and her campmates visited many military and government sites in the Hampton Roads, Va., area, including the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Norfolk NCIS Office, Langley Air Force Base, Fort Story Army Base, ACADEMI military training facility, and Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC).

At these sites, campers experienced things often off-limits to civilians. They learned about government leadership, military organization, national security and foreign intelligence from top military, political, academic and corporate leaders in the national security and counterterrorism world. They talked with Marines, held military-issue weapons, watched attack dogs in action and stood on tactical training sites.

"NCIS was definitely one of the highlights of this trip because I realized it was nothing like the TV show," said student Mariya Mar-Liu from Sacramento, Calif. "It was interesting hearing about counterterrorism from one of the special agents at NCIS."

"My favorite field trip throughout this week was to Langley Air Force Base, with the various jets flying overhead while we watched the K-9s jump through obstacles and attack training dummies in very thick Kevlar suits," said student Marc Partee from York County, Pa. "It was absolutely amazing."

This is the sixth year Regent has hosted this camp. It has been featured on and in Newsmax Magazine.

The five-day marathon camp culminated in a banquet featuring Admiral Vern Clark, U.S. Navy (Ret.), as keynote speaker. Additionally, students offered remarks on their experiences at camp.

"We had the opportunity to listen to one of Regent's prestigious faculty members, Dr. David Meyer, talk about a number of things, and his vast knowledge amazed me," Partee explained at the banquet. "I also appreciated how he took the time to sit and talk with me personally about planning a future in politics."

Each year, Government Camp students walk away with a level of government and military education that most civilian adults will never have. But the hope is that they also walk away with something just as valuable—a clear sense of the future and their ability to make a difference in the world.

"I undoubtedly learned a lot in this one short week," Partee said. "I would like to attend Regent University in the future because of its great government program, and I know I will not only grow in knowledge but in spirit also like I did this week."

Learn more about Government Camp and keep an eye out for 2014 dates.

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