Providers, Boys Scouts focus on confidence-building during visit

13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kucera

Date: 11.18.2013
Posted: 11.22.2013 16:56
News ID: 117256
Providers, Boys Scouts focus on confidence-building during visit

FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers from 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) hosted a group of Boy Scouts and leaders from Troop 845 from Coppell, Texas, for a tour of Fort Hood Nov 16. The visit is part on an on-going program with Boy Scout troops from across the state to help introduce them to military culture, overcome challenges, work on team build and learn about Fort Hood history.<br /> <br /> The Boy Scouts received a class from Sgt. Derrick Palmer on military drill and ceremonies, had a full meal at the Black Jack Dining Facility. They also visited the 1st Cavalry Division’s Horse Cavalry Detachment, the 1st Cav. Div. Museum, and participated in a teambuilding challenge at the 1st Cav. Div. obstacle course featuring obstacles such as the high wall, a balance beam and a rope wall.<br /> <br /> Spc. Collin Rush, a wheeled-vehicle mechanic assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), helped out the team of Non-commissioned officers touring the troop around. <br /> <br /> “I just like being around the next generation of America, just kids in general,” Rush said. “They could be a next-generation Soldier and if I can get one of them interested (in serving), my job’s done.”<br /> <br /> The troop scout master, Gary Scott, and his entire group drove in their own personal convoy three hours from the Dallas area to take part in the opportunity to introduce a group of young boys to the military culture of the American soldier. <br /> <br /> “I like the boys to have an experience they don’t get to have at home. To have a real-world obstacle course that Army personnel have trained on, then to show the boys how to overcome their fear with the challenges, it’s just great,” Scott said.<br /> <br /> Once the troop moved on to the Cav. Museum, they took a few moments to read and try to understand the history that was set before them, paying particular attention to the section dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. <br /> <br /> “We appreciate everything that the armed forces do for our country. To allow these young guys the chance just to spend a day or two with soldiers is something they won’t ever forget,” said Scott. “This one will be etched in their brains for a lifetime.”