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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
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.
“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.”