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Homestead Campus President Joins Civic Leader Tour Hosted by Air Force

Dr. Jeanne Jacobs

MDC Homestead Campus President Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs

Miami, March 13, 2009 - Miami Dade College (MDC) Homestead Campus President Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs recently became more acquainted with the Air Force. She was among a select group of 35 Miami leaders who participated in a two-day “Civic Leader Tour” to get a closer look at Air Force operations.

“Brigadier General William Binger and the Homestead Air Reserve Base have been instrumental in the growth and development of the Homestead community,” Dr. Jacobs said.  “Having the opportunity to participate in the Civic Leaders Tour with 34 other community leaders was a wonderful experience and opportunity to learn more about our military’s mission and to build relationships that will benefit our students and the community.

The group, consisting of business owners, educators, legislative assistants, local elected officials and medical professionals, hopped aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker, an aerial refueling tanker aircraft, and traveled to Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. Aboard the KC-135, they witnessed Mako fighter pilots flying up to refuel. They also visited Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. 

Aircraft operation is familiar territory for Dr. Jacobs. The Homestead Campus houses the college’s renowned Eig-Watson School of Aviation. Established in 1992, the school uses industry-standard training aircraft, state-of-the-art labs, as well as flight and air traffic control simulators for an optimal learning experience. The school recently hosted Chinese aviation professionals from Shanghai and Shenzhen.

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