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    Scout Jamboree may let military inspire future leaders

    2013 National Scout Jamboree

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Julius Clayton | U.S. Army Sgt. Chris Boyer, a cavalry scout with Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron 150th...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. William White 

    14th Public Affairs Detachment

    FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. - More than 1,000 service members converge in southern W. Va. this week in support of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in Fayette County.

    Service members from all branches, with the help of the Joint Interagency Task Force, will support the jamboree with elements of security, medical, aviation, communication and logistics as well as ceremonial event support, said task force officials.

    “This is a great mixture of forces from all of the services that are here to support an operation that teaches young men and women leadership, honor and values,” said Army Col. Harrison Gilliam, operations officer for the state of W. Va.

    The military may also use the opportunity to gain the attention of young leaders and promote interest in the armed forces.

    “The skillsets that our services have taught us to protect our freedoms, we can use to protect and influence the young men and women that are our future leaders,” said Gilliam.

    This is the first jamboree held in West Virginia following past events held at Ft. A.P. Hill, Va. The jamboree, scheduled to run from July 15 to 24, gives scouts a unique opportunity to interact with other scouts and participate in outdoor adventure activities.

    The Jamboree is also an opportunity to build positive association between the military and civilian communities, Gilliam said.

    “The civilians know what we’re about and I think they’re glad to see us out here supporting something on the home front,” said Gilliam. “It’s important to remind them that we’re there, not just to go somewhere and fight, we’re here if they need us.”



    Date Taken: 07.14.2013
    Date Posted: 07.15.2013 10:02
    Story ID: 110199
    Location: WV, US

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