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Rumsfeld Receives Scouting's Highest Commendation
American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith

Posted on 05/26/2006 6:45:24 PM PDT by SandRat

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2006 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld received scouting's highest honor from the Boy Scouts of America here today.

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Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld (right) receives the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, May 26. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, USN   

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"I'm very honored to accept scouting's Silver Buffalo Award," Rumsfeld said during a breakfast sponsored by the National Eagle Scout Association. "Since its earliest days, the Boy Scouts have cultivated leadership and good citizenship, a service that has been recognized since the United States Congress first chartered the Boy Scouts back in 1916."

The Silver Buffalo Award, created in 1925, is bestowed upon those who give "truly noteworthy and extraordinary" service to America's youth. Notable recipients include Charles A. Lindbergh, Norman Rockwell, Gen. Colin Powell, Walt Disney, Hank Aaron, Bob Hope, Vince Lombardi, Neil Armstrong, Charles M. Schulz and 14 U.S. presidents.

Rumsfeld became a Cub Scout in 1941 and rose to Eagle Scout in 1949. In 1975, he received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, an award that acknowledges Eagle Scouts who have distinguished themselves in business, professions and service to their country, Boy Scouts officials said.

The secretary said that outside of his Pentagon office door is a small folded American flag that Boy Scouts distribute to servicemembers.

"The flag has a little note with it that says, 'Here's a flag for your pocket, so you can always carry a bit of home.' That small flag shows that so many Americans and so many Boy Scouts recognize the importance of the duty of each members of the military," he said. "That recognition is greatly appreciated by all those in uniform."

He said tens of thousands of Scouts have gone on to join the military. "By putting on our county's uniform, they are living up to the highest ideals of the Scout oath," he said. "Our country is truly blessed to have such wonderful young people, willing to sacrifice so much for the cause of freedom."

The secretary said many people throughout the U.S. government have been Scouts. "I'm told that about half of the current members of the Congress have participated in scouting in one way or another," he said. "And 27 were Eagle Scouts."

Life is not always a "smooth, steady" upward climb, he said. Life is "filled with choices, and often one does not know the impact of a decision until a good many years later," he said.

The secretary said one of his life's important choices came when he was 12 years old and wanted to quit the Scouts. He sent a letter to his father, who was on a Navy carrier in the Pacific during World War II, saying he wanted to leave the Scouts. Rumsfeld's father sent a note back to his son telling him that is was OK for him to quit.

"After all, he said, quitting is easy," Rumsfeld said. "He said, 'You can quit one thing, and then quit another. And soon you're a quitter.' Even at age 12 I got the message. I stayed in scouting and it was one of the best decisions I've made."

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KEYWORDS: award; boyscout; boyscouts; bsa; commendation; dod; eaglescout; highest; receives; rumsfeld; scout; scoutings; secdef; service

SCOUTING HONOR - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld speaks with Eagle Scout Phillip D. Stewart, winner of the Young American Award, at the Silver Buffalo Awards at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2006. Rumsfeld was presented the Silver Buffalo, the Boy Scout's highest commendation.
Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

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Silver Buffalo Medal


1 posted on 05/26/2006 6:45:27 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: RonF; AppauledAtAppeasementConservat; Looking for Diogenes; Congressman Billybob; Pan_Yans Wife; ...
SCOUT SALUTE!


2 posted on 05/26/2006 6:46:46 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Rummy is da MAN.


3 posted on 05/26/2006 6:48:04 PM PDT by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
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To: SandRat

This should go a long way towards driving the homos and their ACLU comrades over the edge.


4 posted on 05/26/2006 6:50:02 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Mexico. The number one importer of "poverty" and crime to America.)
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To: SandRat

Good for Rummy!


5 posted on 05/26/2006 6:52:12 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Let all creation sing of salvation. Let us together give praise forever!)
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To: SandRat
YO Scout! I second that salute. It was great to hear our SoD is an Eagle Scout.
The man is honorable. I don't care what the scum of the earth have to say about him. He serves his country with honor.
6 posted on 05/26/2006 6:53:30 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Tax-chick

Yeah, if we get the Webelo's vote in 2006 we're home free.


7 posted on 05/26/2006 6:54:43 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: SandRat

Boy Scouts of America's

Tribute to the Military

Click here.

http://www.bsalegal.org/downloads/bsa_military_tribute.swf


8 posted on 05/26/2006 7:03:54 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Paladin2

You beat me to it...:)

What a Man's man.


9 posted on 05/26/2006 7:09:40 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: bnelson44
sniff,..sniff,...sniff......sniff

WOW!!!!

10 posted on 05/26/2006 7:10:53 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: ppaul; manwiththehands; indcons; TeenagedConservative

ping


11 posted on 05/26/2006 7:36:25 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: SandRat

you know, I wanted to be a scout, and my parents wouldn't let me for many reasons. The one I remember was "you have to go door to door and sell stuff." Plus there was the logistics issue. Missed opportunity. damn.


12 posted on 05/26/2006 9:19:59 PM PDT by steel_resolve (George Bush - Complete Failure)
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To: steel_resolve
There's still time to be an adult Scout and lead. Don't worry about not knowing we train you.

Here turn up the volume and enjoy this

Boy Scouts of America's
Tribute to the Military

13 posted on 05/26/2006 9:24:55 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Rummy - 1954

14 posted on 05/26/2006 9:42:18 PM PDT by concentric circles
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To: SandRat
Way to go Rummy ;o) !!!!!!!!
15 posted on 05/26/2006 9:44:56 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: shield

check out the link at 13


16 posted on 05/26/2006 9:46:06 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat; steel_resolve
Don't worry about not knowing we train you.

And it's only an hour a week.
; )

17 posted on 05/26/2006 10:05:35 PM PDT by SmithL (I voted)
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To: SandRat
I have known one man, personally, who earned the Silver Beaver. He was Dr. Carl A. Zapffe, Scoutmaster of Troop 35 in Baltimore, Maryland for 41 years. I was there when Dr. Zapffe came into the meeting room in the basement of the Church of the Redeemer on Charles Street, with the intention only of bringing his own son into the Troop.

But he saw the chaos that Troop was in, and its desperate need for new adult leadership. So he stayed, and became its Scoutmaster. That was one of the turning points in my life, because I learned from that man, and I am honored to have been one of the first Eagles that Troop turned out in the "Zapffe era."

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18 posted on 05/26/2006 10:44:10 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: SmithL

Yep, an so far I'm up to the year 2798. LOL


19 posted on 05/26/2006 10:50:56 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Rumsfeld for President bump


20 posted on 05/26/2006 10:51:55 PM PDT by Hop A Long Cassidy
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To: Congressman Billybob

Now you know two. I have the Silver Beaver as well.


21 posted on 05/26/2006 10:53:04 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

It is not an easy task to become an Eagle Scout, it takes a lot of ambition and many other qualities.


22 posted on 05/26/2006 11:12:27 PM PDT by garylmoore
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To: SandRat
"After all, he said, quitting is easy," Rumsfeld said. "He said, 'You can quit one thing, and then quit another. And soon you're a quitter.'

I LOVE THIS!!

Congrats to Rummy!!

I love Scouting too! It's the greatest!

23 posted on 05/27/2006 1:56:11 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: garylmoore; Tax-chick
It is not easy to be a mom to two in-process Eagle Scouts either!

We spend so many of our weekends working on merit badges, or my husband and sons are gone, such as next weekend at Camporee.

I can't wait to be done with Personal Fitness and Cycling...

24 posted on 05/27/2006 1:59:41 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: SandRat
I have the Silver Beaver as well.

Yay!! I would have guessed as much, however, so I am not really surprised.

25 posted on 05/27/2006 2:00:40 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: MarMema

But think how healthy you'll all be!


26 posted on 05/27/2006 4:29:44 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let all creation sing of salvation. Let us together give praise forever!)
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To: garylmoore

Don't I know my son is an Eagle with 3 palms and a Hornaday Conservation Award holder at the Bronxe level.


27 posted on 05/27/2006 5:38:57 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Please give my congrats to you son for all his hard work.


28 posted on 05/27/2006 7:53:55 AM PDT by garylmoore
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To: garylmoore

Will do. Now he's an Aerospace Engineer building missiles for the Nation's defense.


29 posted on 05/27/2006 8:44:35 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Congratulations, to you and your son.


30 posted on 05/27/2006 8:45:53 AM PDT by SmithL (I voted)
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To: SandRat
Technically, this is not scouting's highest award. This is the highest award which can be given by the BSA, but there is one other which is higher given by the international scouting organization.

That said, this is very high indeed. One of my old scoutmasters got the Silver Beaver, and he was the only one that I personally knew who got anything as high.
31 posted on 05/27/2006 8:50:01 AM PDT by Frumious Bandersnatch
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To: Frumious Bandersnatch
One of my old scoutmasters got the Silver Beaver, and he was the only one that I personally knew who got anything as high.

Check out my FR profile page. You now know two.

32 posted on 05/27/2006 8:53:09 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SmithL

Will do. Now he's an Aerospace Engineer building missiles for the Nation's defense.


33 posted on 05/27/2006 8:54:11 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

The Hornaday is harder to earn than Eagle.


34 posted on 05/30/2006 5:48:48 AM PDT by RonF
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