EDWARDS AFB – The Scorpion Robotics teams at Desert Jr.-Sr. High School were recognized recently with several flag presentations. During their regular practice Feb. 12, they were joined by Maj. David Pangilinan, 452nd Flight Test Squadron, who recently returned from a deployment. Pangilinan presented an American flag that was flown on one of the last Operation Enduring Freedom missions into Bagram, Afghanistan by a C-17 Globemaster III.
“It was something I wanted to do for the team since they gave me their support over the Christmas holidays by sending a care package filled with total awesomeness,” said Pangilinan.
Each team also received a flag that was flown on an RQ-4B Global Hawk in recognition of the accomplishments of both teams. Both teams were recipients of the Control Award during qualifying tournaments. The award is given to a team that demonstrates exceptional coding prowess and innovative use of sensors. The flags were presented by Derek Brown, from the 452nd FLTS, on behalf of the Global Vigilance Combined Test Force civic outreach program.
After the presentation, Pangilinan stayed to watch the Varsity Team practice their interview technique for an upcoming competition. The Junior Varsity Team was able to demonstrate their robot while they practiced driving the robot.
“They seemed to be pretty successful in accomplishing their goals in getting the whiffle balls in the goals and maneuvering their robot to the right spots,” said Pangilinan. “I thoroughly enjoyed watching them work together…it was a treat.”