Fleet Week comes to Garfield High School

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Garfield High School students got an up-close-and-personal treat for Fleet Week.

The U.S. Navy and Marines created an entrance like no other at the school Friday, impressing students who couldn't let go of their cellphones and posted pictures and videos to social media.

While there were plenty of opportunities for selfies inside the helicopters, the event also served as a chance for service members to mentor potential recruits.

Dominique Pascale joined the Navy right out of high school and knows what it's like to be young and at a crossroads when it comes to the future.

"At that age, you're not 100 percent sure," Pascale says. "You know everybody, they either want to go to college or they're working with family. And you're always the one that stands alone in the military."

Garfield High School junior Adam Gacek, however, says he's been sure since age 13 that he wanted to join the Marines. He'll be doing so once he graduates.

The first Fleet Week was celebrated in San Diego in 1935.

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