MANSFIELD, OH - We Americans truly have wonderful and brave souls who are willing to fight, support and give all, for us to live in a free country. On Saturday, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Ashland County took the time to gather together at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio, in support of the US Airforce troops preparing to deploy. Twenty-three boys and seven leaders from Ashland County Boy Scout Troop 506 presented hand folded pocket flags to the men and women of the 179th AW to honor their service.
Garry Kaufman, boy scout leader said, “During the summer months of 2016 was when we started planning this project. The boys started making the flags and putting this all together on the first Monday of March. It took them two meeting days to have the folded paper flags made.”
“The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts do many activities such as campouts, hiking, pinewood derby, rain gutter regattas and lots of other fun things for the boys to learn and make long-lasting friendships,” stated Jay Watson, first-year leader.
Both Kaufman and Watson expressed that today’s experience was wonderful and they thought that handing these flags out to the airmen made a positive impact on the Boy Scouts and the men and women of the 179th Air Wing Squadron.
1st Lt. Paul Stennett (Public Affairs Officer) took the time to talk with the Boy Scouts and their families about the importance of being a part of the Air Force and what duties it entails. Stennett said, “What the Boy Scouts have done today was awesome.” He went on to say this was a great opportunity for the 179th AW to interact with the community and, it was great to have the Boy Scouts come out and take the time to fold the flags to show their gratitude and recognize the troops for their service. It’s one of those unique opportunities that doesn’t happen every day.
1st Lt. Paul Stennett explains. The experience was not only good for the men and women of the 179th AW, but it also helps the boys to learn about the honor and respect that goes into serving their country. With this experience, the Cub Scouts learn about service to others. Many individuals are inspired by events like these and choose to make a lifelong path of serving other people, doing something bigger than themselves.
Written by Ariel Figueroa Photos by Ariel Figueroa & Joe Lyons