Boy Scout Connection Found in War Zone

I recently found an article on about a former Scout being reunited with an Assistan Scoutmaster while both of them were overseas.

SOUTHWEST ASIA, March 30, 2006 — For 96 years, the Boy Scouts of America has provided a common ground for thousands of boys, teens and men across America.

For one 6-year-old Tiger Cub member, an affiliation with the Boy Scouts and one particular assistant scoutmaster led him to become an outdoorsman and an airman.

Airman 1st Class Ian Zerby, now 19, is an emergency management journeyman with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron here.

Ironically, his former Boy Scout leader and mentor, Chief Master Sgt. David Tarnowski, is also stationed in the area. He’s the chief flight engineer for the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron.

The two, from Troop 829 in Youngstown, N.Y., recently had a reunion after not having seen each other for several years.

“I recognized his face, but he was taller,” said the chief adding, “He’s actually taller than I am.”

Zerby said he definitely knew who (the chief) was, but snickered, “He’s a little more grey.”

You can read the whole article and see a picture of Tarnowski and Zerby here.

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