Learning leadership skills at Utah Guard Freedom Academy
Published: July 31, 2012 09:28PM
Updated: July 31, 2012 06:32PM
Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Kelsey Keel, Cassie Wood, Bridnee Blackburn and Brian Robinson are introduced to their weapons during a simulation at Freedom Academy, at Camp Williams, Utah on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

About 100 high school student body officers from around Utah are participating this week in the Utah National Guard’s 51st annual Freedom Academy.

The academy, which got under way Sunday and continues through Friday, features classes and activities aimed at helping the students learn leadership skills, according to a news release. It also promotes patriotism and provides motivation to get involved in the National Guard.

Students on Tuesday toured Camp Williams, where they learned about weapons and saw engineering equipment demonstrated, according to the release.

On Wednesday, they were to visit the Utah Air National Guard Base, while the schedule for Thursday features an Apache helicopter demonstration.