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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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Iraqi Boy Scouts Interact With American Forces

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Iraqi Boy Scouts Interact With American Forces

Posted on 06 February 2010 by admin

U.S. Air Forces Central, Baghdad Media Outreach Team
Courtesy Story
Date: 02.06.2010

“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

This creed is followed by Boy Scouts around the world and is no different here in Iraq.

A troop of 10 Iraqi Boy Scouts had the opportunity to interact with Air Force and Army personnel while observing equipment used to survey weather patterns during a visit to the Victory Base Complex Jan. 23.

“This is a great opportunity to build the U.S. military and Iraqi relationships,” said 1st Lt. Jeff Aiello, who organized the event, deployed from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. “The kids enjoyed the tour at the Iraq Meteorology Organization and would like to come back again.”

U.S. Forces like to use these kinds of opportunities to build long-lasting bonds with the people of Iraq.

“This was really fun,” said Ali, one of the Scouts. “I am going to tell my friends at school so they come next time.”

The Boy Scouts program in Iraq has been active for nearly a century; it’s run by the Ministry of Education and has nearly 100,000 members, according to the Victory Base council website.

“This is a great program for the Iraqi children and a great opportunity for the American forces to continue a special relationship with the Iraqis,” said Master Sgt. Mario Viray, Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission-Air Force weather instructor, deployed from Nellis AFB, Nev. “We were also able to learn a little bit more about the culture and traditions of the great Iraqi people.

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