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Scouts Canada Invites All Canadians to Join “Good Turn Week”

Posted on 22 March 2012 by Press Release

Scouts Canada LogoOttawa, ON – March 21, 2012 – One “Good Turn” can make someone’s day. Imagine what 100,000 “Good Turns” could do! Scouts Canada has designated April 14–22 as Good Turn Week and is calling on all Canadians to step up and join them by doing a “Good Turn” for a friend, family member, neighbour or the community.

“Scouts Canada’s National Youth Network created Good Turn Week as a way to inspire every Scout to do something great. We invite Canadians to emulate Scouting’s virtues and make the effort to deliver a simple act of kindness,” said Dylan Reinhart, National Youth Commissioner and Chair of the National Youth Network of Scouts Canada. “It’s really not difficult to do, and our goal is simple: to foster a stronger sense of community and friendship in Canada through consideration for and assistance of others.”
Good Turn Week exemplifies the principles of Scouting: to always help others. A recent York University study found that people who did Good Turns saw a marked increase in their happiness and self-esteem. In its third year, the Week not only encourages Scouts but also challenges all Canadians to recognize the importance of doing a “Good Turn” and taking the time to go above and beyond.
“Good Turn Week is an opportunity for all Canadians to put into practice the values that we teach our youth,” said Steve Kent, Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors of Scouts Canada. “We’re proud of the efforts our Scouting youth have undertaken to create a week that inspires numerous acts of Canadian goodwill. With each simple act of kindness, we can help make Canada a stronger community.”
During the week Scouts Canada members will be out in the community doing Good Turns. After each good deed, they will pass along a ‘Good Turn’ bracelet and encourage them to “pay it forward” – creating a cycle of goodwill that will spread throughout communities across Canada.
There are countless ways to do a “Good Turn”. From passing along a parking ticket with time left on it to a driver who’s just parked, to assisting an elderly neighbour with their yard work, the possibilities are endless. Canadians can share their “Good Turn” on the Scouts Canada website by texting “Good Turn” with a description of their good deed to 51051 or submitting it via scouts.ca/gtw.
Doing a “Good Turn” is a practice rooted in the values of all Scouting youth: Beaver Scouts (ages 5–7) promise to “help take care of the world;” Cub Scouts (ages 8–10) promise to “do a good turn every day;” and Scouts (ages 11–14), Venturer Scouts (ages 14–17), Rover Scouts (ages 18–26) and volunteers promise to “to help other people at all times.”
For more information or to see what Good Turns Canadians are doing visit: scouts.ca/gtw

About Scouts Canada

Scouts Canada, the country’s leading youth organization, has more than 100,000 members nationwide representing every faith and culture. Scouts Canada groups offer programming in more than 19 languages reflecting Canada’s multicultural landscape and communities. Kids in Scouts have fun adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t discover elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. For tens of thousands of children and youth across Canada, Scouts is the start of something great. For more information visit scouts.ca
Scouts Canada is a not-for-profit organization (Charitable Registration No. 10776 1694 RR0028) and a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

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Birthday Cake for Founder's Day

Founder’s Day

Posted on 22 February 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Birthday Cake for Founder's DayHappy Founder’s Day from the ScoutingNews Staff!

Founder’s day is celebrated all throughout the world in remembrance to Lord Baden-Powell. Today is his birthday (born in 1857). Did anyone make him a cake?

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts throughout the world are celebrating today as Thinking Day. Interestingly Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, Olave, share the same birthday. This is why Founder’s Day and Thinking Day fall on the same day. It seems we need a few cakes.

B-P’s final farewell was written before his death to be published after he left. Take a moment to share it with your friends, Scouts or not. Think about the meaning and ideals of the Scout Oath and Law. Lastly, think about Scouts all over the world. 35 Million young men and women in 162 countries living by these ideals and doing their small part to leave the world a little better than they found it. You’re a Scout, be proud.

“Dear Scouts – If you have ever seen the play “Peter Pan” you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of good-bye.

Remember, it is the last time you will ever hear from me, so think it over.

I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have as happy a life too.

I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn’t come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man.

Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.

But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. “Be Prepared” in this way, to live happy and to die happy- stick to your Scout Promise always when you have ceased to be a boy – and God help you to do it.

Your friend,

Robert Baden-Powell”

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Korea National Jamboree

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BSA Contingent to Korea National Jamboree

Posted on 31 January 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Korea National JamboreeBSA Contingent to Korea National Jamboree
By ScoutingNews Staff

This year’s 13th Korea National Jamboree will be held in Goseong, which was the 17th World Scout Jamboree campsite and located within the Gangwon Province, Korea.

The BSA’s International Division is currently seeking nominations from Scouts and Scouters between the ages of 14 and 26 to form a contingent and participate in this exciting and culturally diverse event. The contingent will include 24 Scouts/Venturers and 6 adults. The actual dates of the Jamboree are from August 2nd to August 8th, 2012. The contingent will gather on July 30, 2012. The cost for this event per person is $2500, which includes travel, lodging, food, event fee, tent, patches, bags and a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!

Those interested must be nominated by International Representatives and local councils. For nomination forms, BSA asks that you find them at the International Division Website. Nomination deadline is March 30, 2012. To find out more about Scouting in Korea, visit the Korea Scout Association’s web site.

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Scouts represented at COP17

Posted on 13 December 2011 by ScoutingNewsStaff

The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS) have recently sent representatives to participate in the UN’s COP17 Conference on Climate Policies in Durban, South Africa. With 30 Million youth Scouts throughout the world, WOSM has a large impact on teaching youth how to care for and appreciate the environment. Both organizations believe in responsible stewardship of the environment so generations of Scouts and Guides have a place to get outdoors and learn.

You can read more about WOSM’s participation at Scout.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chinese Educators Learn About Scouting

Chinese Educators Learn About Scouting

Posted on 05 December 2011 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Sam Houston Area Council - International Scout CommitteeHOUSTON, TEXAS – On December 5, 2011, the Sam Houston Area Council’s International Scouting Committee shared insights about the Boy Scouts of America and its counterparts from around the world with a Chinese delegation of educators – largely consisted of principals – from Xi’an in the Shaanxi Province, People’s Republic of China. The trip was coordinated by the Houston Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Development department. The delegates made their stop at the Cockrell Scout Center before visiting with area school administrators.

Tyler Smith, Coordinator of Special Projects from the Mayor’s Office, stated that the interest was primarily on “educating young men to be civic-minded citizens and how to be leaders of society by example.”  The International Scouting Committee organized a panel of six volunteers and professional Scouters led by Dan Ownby, a Sam Houston Area Council Board Member and a newly elected member of the World Scout Committee.  The panel presented and answered questions about morals and ethics; how the Scout Oath is put into practice; public service; the educational aspects of Scouting including advancement, leadership, life skills and citizenship; and how local Chinese scout units incorporate cultural aspects into their program.

Until recently, there has been little interest in establishing a Scouting program in the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese delegation recognized that they had a “misperception about the Scouting program” and had thought that it was mainly a military program for youths. That perception was dismissed after having heard the history of how Scouting had started by Lord Baden-Powell right before World War I and how different countries have adopted their own National Scout Organization to meet the aims of Scouting today. “We are pleased to provide guidance to these educators and hope that Scouting’s character building program can begin to reach mainland China,” stated Dan Ownby. The Scout Association of Hong Kong is home to 95,000 uniformed Scouts and the Scout Association of Macau has 36 groups with a total of about 5,000 members. Evidenced by their wanting to visit with the Sam Houston Area Council and by their engaging conversation with the panel members about the Scouting program, there is renewed optimism that their new found interest will spark further discussion or even action to charter a new National Scout Organization in the People’s Republic of China.

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Award-Winning American Band Performs with Algerian Boy Scouts

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Award-Winning American Band Performs with Algerian Boy Scouts

Posted on 25 February 2011 by Press Release

Drummers from Louisiana’s Southern University Marching Band entertained residents in the Algerian cities of Algiers, Bentalha, Sidi Fredj and Tiaret from January 31 to February 5.

For band member Alexander Riggins, a trip to a Muslim Boy Scout camp in Sidi Fredj made him feel at home.

“They were taking pictures with us, hugging us, greeting us,” Riggins said. “It was like we were one big family.” Some scouts are keeping in touch with him on Facebook.

Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and supported by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in cooperation with the Algerian Ministry of Youth and Sport, the band’s visit to Algeria was the second leg of a North African tour. Before arriving in Algeria, the band experienced the Maghreb’s hospitality when they performed in Morocco.

Riggins said musical tours like this build bridges of understanding among diverse cultures.

“I think it is beneficial because, first, you get to learn a new culture,” Riggins said. “Do something that you have never done before, experienced a different society, a different way of life.”

The 14 drummers are members of one of America’s top collegiate marching bands. With 225 members, the band is a leading innovator of performance styles and plays at America’s most storied venues including the Super Bowl, the American football championship.

Throughout the North African tour, band members engaged with audiences and performed with other musicians. In Morocco, they were joined on stage by deaf drummers, and in Sidi Fredj, Boy Scout musicians joined them in an impromptu performance.

In Bentalha, the group performed to a standing-room-only audience at FOREM, a nongovernmental organization. FOREM provides vocational training for women widowed during an era of terrorist attacks and promotes psychological health for their children and families.

Following the show, the group made a three-hour journey to Tiaret, where they played to a packed house of 600 at a local theater.

The band held its final performances during two half-times at basketball games in Algiers. More than 1,200 spectators watched as the percussionists played complex rhythms with perfect precision.

Lawrence Jackson, director of bands for the university, said the trip to Algeria was a memorable experience.

“I hope that someday we get to go back,” Jackson said. “The young people were so welcoming and happy to see us.”

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North American Scout Associations to Host 24th World Scout Jamboree

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North American Scout Associations to Host 24th World Scout Jamboree

Posted on 13 January 2011 by Press Release

Scouts from every corner of the world will soon have the experience of a lifetime at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The bid to host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is a combined effort of the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada, and the Scout Association of Mexico. This will be the first time the World Scout Jamboree has been held in the United States in more than 40 years.

The bid to win the 2019 World Scout Jamboree was voted on by the World Scout Conference, which comprises 160 national Scout associations that represent 220 countries and territories around the world. The 160 associations make up the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and each member association is able to send Scouts to represent their country at a world jamboree.

The North American bid committee began its work in 2009 and met six times to plan the bid process. A youth contingent from Canada, Mexico, and the United States submitted its bid to the World Scout Conference, and toured the West Virginia site. The group wanted to experience the site firsthand and gather photos and other testimonials to support its presentation to the World Scout Conference in Brazil in January.

For 12 days, thousands of young people from around the world gather in a tented city for activities and adventure during a world jamboree. Young people will learn to swim, meet others, and create lifelong friendships. Scouts have an opportunity to interact and participate with others from different cultures and to build solidarity and understanding across cultural and geographical boundaries.

The Summit, the Boy Scouts of America’s newest high-adventure base and the permanent home for the BSA’s national Scout jamboree beginning in 2013 and continuing in 2017, consists of 10,600 acres.

“Scouts who attend the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at The Summit will, for the first time at a world jamboree, be able to participate in white-water rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking. We are very pleased that the conference saw the wealth of new and exciting activities that will be available at this site and will make it available to young people in the program,” said James Turley, international commissioner.

Aimed at 14- to 17-year-olds, Scouts attend the world jamboree in groups called contingents. They are encouraged to meet other Scouts from different cultures, religions, and countries, ultimately learning that strangers can become friends. The event is supported by thousands of international adult volunteers.

While Scouts Canada has hosted a world jamboree in the past—1955 and 1983—this will be the first time that Asociación de Scouts de México, Asociación Civil will share hosting duties with Canada and the United States. “The Asociación de Scouts de México is proud to join Scouts Canada and the Boy Scouts of America to host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. The opportunity before us is magnificent because the Asociación de Scouts de México is a smaller Scout association and most likely would never host a world Scout jamboree on our own. Here, we will combine our talents and our cultures to bring what will prove to be one of the most incredible, successful jamborees ever!” said Presidente Nacional Omar Lugo Aguirre.

To enhance international contingents’ visit to North America, some Scouts will begin this trip in Mexico, where they can immerse themselves in more than 3,000 years of Mesoamerican culture. Also available will be tours of Canada’s vibrant cities and unspoiled wilderness. U.S. tours will include Washington, D.C., the Grand Canyon, and Hollywood.

“There has always been a wonderful relationship between Scouts Canada, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Asociación de Scouts de México,” said Mike Scott, international commissioner for Scouts Canada. “The planning process for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree will help develop this friendship and spirit of cooperation even more. This event will involve and engage a huge number of our adult volunteer leaders and young people in a process that will immerse them in different cultures and cause them to be terrific ambassadors for Canada.”

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit http://www.scouting.org/.

About Scouts Canada
Scouts Canada was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. With a membership of about 146,000 it is the second largest Scout association in North America. Scouts Canada has always been in the forefront of world Scouting, providing leadership and financial support to other Scout associations. Scouts Canada hosted the last world Scout jamboree held in North America in Calgary in 1983. For more information on Scouts Canada, please visit www.scouts.ca.

About the Asociación de Scouts de México
The Asociación de Scouts de México has always been a leader for Scouting in Spanish-speaking countries throughout the Americas. It continues to host large regional events and provide leadership to several Scout associations. Founded in 1920, the Asociación de Scouts de México is headquartered in Mexico City and boasts a membership of more than 30,000 members, making it one of the largest Scout associations in Latin America. For more information on the Asociación de Scouts de México, please visit www.scouts.org.mx.

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12th Chemical Company Demonstrates PackBot 510 to Boy Scouts

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Schweinfurt Boy Scouts enjoy time with 12th Chem. Co. Soldiers

Posted on 18 December 2010 by admin

 The Boy Scouts of Schweinfurt Troop 55 and two Cub Scouts from Pack 630 spent the day with the 12th Chemical Company, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, on Conn Kaserne here recently learning how to be a chemical soldier.

All the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are children of soldiers currently living in Germany, and they participated in a number of activities set up by the 12th Chem. Co. platoons.

One station was learning about the Biological Integrated Detection System. The scouts saw how a BIDS is set up and run. They each had a chance to sit in the captain’s chairs, use the video surveillance system, hear what the system does and see its features.

12th Chemical Company Demonstrates PackBot 510 to Boy ScoutsAnother station highlighted the Fox vehicle and the 12th Chem. Co.’s reconnaissance robot, the PackBot 510.

“I really liked going into the Fox vehicle and being in the driver’s seat,” said 9-year-old Tyr Eriksson, a native of Cape Coral, Fla.

The scouts saw firsthand what it would take to be a Fox crew member. They tried on helmets and talked through the headsets’ communication systems, which was a hit with the scouts.

Learning about the robot was also popular. The scouts said they enjoyed watching the robot’s uses and capabilities.

The final station was decontamination, which consisted of two parts. First the decontamination platoon Soldiers showed the scouts how to wash and spray the chemical contamination off of vehicles with the M12 Pump. The system is used to pressurize and heat the water coming out of the decontamination system and into hoses. The scouts were shown how to give hand movements to safely position the water flow and vehicle movement. The second half of the station had the scouts mopping down the vehicles, which is the application process of a decontamination detergent.

“It was nice to have the Families there to see what the Soldiers do at work,” said 1st Lt. Jennifer Montgomery, a native of Rock Falls, Ill., and the platoon leader for the 12th Chem. Co.’s reconnaissance platoon.

Story by: Spc. Randi Diggs
Photo by: Aislinn Amig

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Harford County Celebrates Accomplishments of a Local Eagle Scout

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Harford County Celebrates Accomplishments of a Local Eagle Scout

Posted on 18 May 2010 by Dan

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrated Eagle Scouts with a reception held Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Bel Air, Maryland. Twenty people including local Eagle Scout alumni and BSA staff joined BSA National Eagle Scout Association National Director, Bill Steel, and Baltimore Area Council BSA Executive Board member Tom Owsley in recognizing the accomplishments of Alex Griffith. As the Scouting movement celebrates its 100th anniversary an emphasis is being placed to reconnect with Eagle Scout from all years. A recent poll by Harris Interactive showed that over 13,000 Eagle Scouts reside within the metropolitan Baltimore area. 

At the reception key note speaker, Mr. Steel announced that 16-year old Harford County Resident, Alex Griffith, has been awarded the National Eagle Service Project of the Year for his Eagle Scout Service project. Alex’s project was chosen from over 50,000 Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects in 2009. This award will be presented at the National Council Annual meeting at the end of this month in Dallas, Texas. 

Alex attracted national media attention when he decided to raise funds and build a playground for the orphanage in Krasnoyarsk, Russia where he was adopted from at the age of 11 months for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Through this project and over more than two years, Alex, along with the assistance of his Boy Scout Troop (Troop 809) and other volunteers, dedicated countless hours to raising over $60,000 for the purchase of the elaborate playground. In April 2009, Alex and a crew of Boy Scouts and leaders travelled to Krasnoyarsk with the playground kit and spent two weeks assembling the playground. They worked alongside Russian youth, overcoming language and cultural difference. 

Alex has been recognized for his efforts as a 2009 CNN Hero of the Week, one of 28 Heroes selected from over 9000 nominations from 100 countries. Alex is here to tell us about his Scouting experience. 

The Eagle Scout award is the highest rank a boy can attain in the BSA. Only 4% of all registered Scouts earn this coveted mark of success. A Scout must complete 21 merit badges, serve in a leadership position successfully for six months in their Scouting group, show Scout Spirit, and complete the capstone Eagle service project.  Once the requirements are met the Scout takes part in a board of review with adults from his group and the larger Scouting community.  

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project provides a Scout with the opportunity to demonstrate leadership of others in the completion of a significant project to benefit his school, church, or community.  Normally the service project involves over 100 hours of effort by the Scout and individuals who assist him. In 2009, total project hours of Eagle Scouts throughout the metro area was 87,972 hours. In Harford County 54 youth achieved the rank of Eagle. 

The Baltimore Area Council, BSA is initiating a number of opportunities for Eagle Scouts of all ages to renew their commitment to serve others. First among these is the “Eagle Reserve” an alumni and affiliation network of Eagle Scouts in the Baltimore area. Realizing that many Eagle Scouts are not in a place in their career or family life to be able to devote time as a unit volunteer the Eagle Reserve connects Eagle Scouts to the countless options to serve others, and perhaps help the next crop of Eagle Scouts.  All Eagles are encouraged to contact kmcclelland@baltimorebsa.org or 443-573-2540 for alumni information and updates.

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U.S., Iraqi Firefighters Help Educate Scouts on Fire Safety

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U.S., Iraqi Firefighters Help Educate Scouts on Fire Safety

Posted on 13 May 2010 by admin

In the United States, firefighters are generally held in high regard, considered heroes and protectors. In Iraq, firefighters do not have the same image as their U.S. counterparts.

Someone had to do something.

Two Soldiers assigned to the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Division – Center, Lt. Col. Gary Esson, the senior fire service advisor and a native of Joplin, Mo., and Spc. Michael Burris, a fire service advisor and Fayetteville, N.C., native, both with the Provincial Reconstruction Team – Baghdad, have spent nearly a year working to make life for Iraqi firefighters a little bit better.

The first step was to improve living standards inside Iraqi fire stations.

“If there was an [American Base] closing, we would contact them for any furniture that they would give up,” said Esson. “Items like desks, beds and chairs, your basic living items.”

The second step was to get the Iraqi firefighters proper recognition throughout the local community. According to Esson, Iraqi firefighters are not held in the same high regard as the police.

An opportunity for the second step came, May 2, in the form of a “Camping Day,” sponsored by the 72nd Joint Area Support Group. Visiting Iraqi Boy and Girl Scouts had the opportunity to participate in events that included fire safety.

“It gets kids excited seeing what emergency services are doing,” said Esson. “Iraqi kids are the future of the country, they are the next generation. They will grow to trust the fire department and hopefully put trust in other government services.”

The fire safety presentation was a joint effort between Soldiers assigned to the 414th CA Bn., firefighters with Kellogg, Brown and Root Inc. and Iraqi firefighters. They worked together to demonstrate various pieces of fire-fighting and safety equipment and also gave helpful tips on what to do in case of a fire.

“It is important that the public be aware of the fire department and look up to them,” said Burris. “This is the first time they took it upon themselves to show the public who they are.”

Burris has worked alongside the Iraqi firemen and said he enjoyed spending time with them and building bonds with his fellow firemen.

“They are firefighters, like the guys back home where I work. They are good people,” said Burris. “They put themselves in harms way every time they go out. If they are willing to get shot working for their people, I will do my best to get them the training and equipment they need.”

Burris and Iraqi firefighter Kareem Kasim showed a bit of teamwork while participating in a three-legged race. The pair came in first place against two other Iraqi firefighter teams. After he stopped laughing, Burris said that he’d had a funny thought.

“I was cracking up: What kind of war story is this? A three-legged race with a 50-year-old Iraqi man,” said the smiling Soldier.

Story by Sgt. Phillip Valentine of the 366th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

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