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Face of Defense: Eagle Scouts Soar in Intel Battalion
American Forces Press Service | Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, USAF

Posted on 07/29/2010 6:29:25 PM PDT by SandRat

ARLINGTON, Va., July 29, 2010 – The Utah National Guard's 141st Military Intelligence Battalion will deploy to Iraq in a few weeks with 83 soldiers who have earned Eagle Scout badges from the Boy Scouts of America.

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These 83 soldiers with the Utah National Guard's 141st Military Intelligence Battalion have earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. The battalion will deploy to Iraq later this year. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. First Class Scott Faddis
  

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“It’s easy being a battalion commander of Eagle Scouts, because you don't have to worry about them,” said Army Lt. Col. Matt Price, the battalion commander and a scout leader for his sons, who include three Eagle Scouts. “They have high values, because they have been taught that as young men. You can trust them.”

The 286-member unit is in field training at its pre-mobilization site, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

During a recent meeting with civilian employers, Price said, he asked all the Eagle Scouts in the room to stand. Almost half of his unit stood up. So during the next battalion formation, the Eagle Scouts were asked to stay behind for a group photo. That is when they counted off as 83 Eagle Scouts representing all ranks and many military occupational specialties.

The unit’s senior noncommissioned officer, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Lofland, is a scout master.

“We feel like [part of the] the scout program,” Price said. “To me, the Scout Law is similar to Army values.”

Price said he believes Robert Baden Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts, would be proud of his creation. “We’re celebrating 100 years of Boy Scouting this year, and if he could look back and see what is going on, he would be quite happy.”

In Iraq, the battalion will conduct human intelligence missions with Iraqi security forces. “We will be directly training and advising them how to do force protection,” Price said.

Price said he appreciates the uniqueness of his citizen-soldiers. They are older and college educated, with more real-world experience as teachers and police officers, he noted.

“I am bringing a group of community leaders with me to Iraq,” he said.

Price said his Eagle Scouts also bring additional skills to the Guard. “The Boy Scout program itself teaches young men to be men,” he said. “You teach them values. … You are teaching them survivability skills. They are used to camping, and used to roughing it.”

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men, according to published reports. The title is held for life.

Between the ages of 12 and 18, a Scout will work to achieve Eagle rank by earning 12 required merit badges and nine elective merit badges. He also must demonstrate “Scout Spirit” through the Boy Scout oath and law and through community service and leadership, which includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages.

Earning the Eagle Scout's badge was "the only thing I had done in my life that led me to think that I could make a difference; that I could be a leader," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told an estimated crowd of 45,000 gathered on 12,000 acres on Fort A.P. Hill, Va., as part of the annual National Scout Jamboree yesterday.

"It was the first thing I had done that told me I might be different, because I had worked harder, was more determined, more goal-oriented, more persistent than most others," Gates said.

Price said the key to scouting is service to others.

“To be able to protect yourself and your family but also look outwards and help others,” he said. “These are different kinds of soldiers. They look beyond themselves. We are bringing a higher quality of citizen-soldier with us who is looking for ways to help other people.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: Utah; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: battalion; eagles; intel; scouts

1 posted on 07/29/2010 6:29:29 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: RonF; AppauledAtAppeasementConservat; Looking for Diogenes; Congressman Billybob; ...

2 posted on 07/29/2010 6:30:00 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

As the proud mother of an Eagle Scout - God bless ‘em!


3 posted on 07/29/2010 6:36:53 PM PDT by cblue55 (Choose life; abort Obamacare)
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To: SandRat
I was really enjoying reading that untill I got to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates part. It seems he like forgot a lot of what Scouting tought him.
4 posted on 07/29/2010 6:37:29 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has it limits.)
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To: SandRat; Jeff Head

I earned the Eagle award in 71. Opened many career opportunities for me. I owe it to my parents who kept me in Scouting.

83 in one unit.....Wow !


5 posted on 07/29/2010 6:55:00 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

I am a proud scoutmaster...Troop 332 ROCKS.....!


6 posted on 07/29/2010 7:07:15 PM PDT by Bullfrogg (American by birth, Irish by heritage, and hellraiser by choice)
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To: Squantos

Received my Eagle Scout award in 1963...it’s been a blessing in my life since...Thank You BSA for teaching me the values of God, Life and Liberty!


7 posted on 07/29/2010 7:14:17 PM PDT by Hotdog
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To: Bullfrogg

Salute !

Tough job these days. I am not a scoutmaster but I teach wilderness survival to scouts an their families....

Hope yer well....


8 posted on 07/29/2010 7:16:18 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Hotdog

It really does give one good base for leadership an ethics to expand on the rest of our lives.

My medal an certificate along with congrats from Nixon are framed an on my den wall....

I see a lot of the eagle patches but have not attended a court of honor in years. Does the BSA still award the medal ?


9 posted on 07/29/2010 7:22:54 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

Thanks!

Teaching young boys how to survive in the wilderness
is awesome. They may need it one Day....you are a
true scouter. Keep up the good work...

Bullfrog


10 posted on 07/29/2010 7:24:39 PM PDT by Bullfrogg (American by birth, Irish by heritage, and hellraiser by choice)
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To: SandRat
During a recent meeting with civilian employers, Price said, he asked all the Eagle Scouts in the room to stand. Almost half of his unit stood up. So during the next battalion formation, the Eagle Scouts were asked to stay behind for a group photo. That is when they counted off as 83 Eagle Scouts representing all ranks and many military occupational specialties.

I would have been having deja vu as I was leaving the room as asked. Did he just say "You Webelos go cut some nice green willows. Just wait outside, we will roast hot dogs after the meeting". Talk about a kick in the slats.

11 posted on 07/29/2010 7:27:35 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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I can’t get enough of hearing about Boys Scouts. I’m the proud Mother of two Eagle Scouts, they are the best!!


12 posted on 07/29/2010 8:05:45 PM PDT by Jenny217
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To: Squantos

I gave a speech for a young man receiving his Eagle Award about 10 years ago...they did give the metals out then...what I noticed was the back side of the Eagle was ground off flat (mine has full feathers on the back)...I mentioned this to my son who is involved in Scouts and he said they now award the Eagle Metal that looks like mine...I guess someone thought it would be a cost savings but it didn’t last long...Let’s face it...for those that have earned it know how hard it is and they should receive the “full” bird...


13 posted on 07/29/2010 8:17:38 PM PDT by Hotdog
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To: Hotdog

Yep....mine is full bird as well....

Grateful for the info.

Nite !


14 posted on 07/29/2010 8:24:28 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: SandRat

“You can trust them”, Only until it comes to chow time baby. We are a hungry bunch in the field. Awesome story! Thanks SandRat.


15 posted on 07/29/2010 10:22:51 PM PDT by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: Squantos

Just checked mine. Full Bird! May, 1983. Proud Asst. Scoutmaster and father of a Life scout (in two months).


16 posted on 07/29/2010 10:27:16 PM PDT by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: Hotdog

I earned mine in 1963 as well. I pinned it on my son in 2003. One of the proudest days in my life.


17 posted on 07/29/2010 10:30:52 PM PDT by mike70
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To: Squantos; SandRat

I took a training course at Philmont dealing with various aspects of older boys, venture, explorers and in a regular troop. There were several leaders from Utah, all were Mormons.

The Mormon church places Scouting in high regard and has troops at many churches. They early recognized the problem with keeping older boys interested and developed solid retention programs and activities.

Since the Guard unit is from Utah, Probably mostly or all Mormon, the fact there are many Eagles is to be expected.

Taking training at Philmont is a fabulous experience. You stay in a leaders tent village, have classes in the Phillips mansion and meet great scouters. All you need is to ask your council office and they will likely get you hooked up.

I’m an Eagle since about 1956 and am a 47 year veteran scouter


18 posted on 07/30/2010 4:13:41 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... The winds of war are freshening)
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To: bert

Worked at Philmont three summers when I was a scout an attended it twice with my troop.

Stationed in NM later in in military an I was up there or around it as much as possible.....

Awesome country to hike an camp in.

Still go hunting mulies an elk around there every year....m

NM politics suck yet it is a beautiful landscape...


19 posted on 07/30/2010 10:11:28 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

Yes, the BSA still awards the medal. The presentation kit includes the medal, a patch, a pin, a mother’s pin, a father’s pin, and a mentor’s pin. That last, new since any of you earned Eagle rank, is awarded by the Eagle to an adult who he views as having been important to him. Some Eagles buy one or two more from the Council office and award more than one, although it is not usual.

I do not have the medal or patch. I do have a father’s ping. I have about 5 mentor’s pins.


20 posted on 07/30/2010 11:34:11 AM PDT by RonF
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To: RonF

I remember the Mother Pin but not the Father pin.....all good as it takes a lot of help to keep a kid on the path ........

Mentor Pins ......yes, a very good idea. Wonder if they are retroactive ?

I have a few folks that helped me that I would like to give one . Let em know “officially” I have never forgotten their efforts.

Thanks for the information.

Stay safe !


21 posted on 07/30/2010 12:18:15 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

The recipients of the Mentor’s pins are not officially recorded in BSA records, so I imagine you could just go and buy a couple and present them.


22 posted on 07/30/2010 12:45:52 PM PDT by RonF
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To: RonF

Good deal ........I will. Long past due, aside from my thanks to em every time I see em.

I am grateful for your time Ron !

Stay safe !


23 posted on 07/30/2010 12:48:14 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: SandRat
Robert Gates....he seems to have forgotten a few lessons he learned coming up thru the ranks to Eagle Scout.


24 posted on 08/22/2011 7:25:40 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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