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Leap Frogs Help Boy Scouts Celebrate 100 Years

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Leap Frogs Help Boy Scouts Celebrate 100 Years

Posted on 29 September 2009 by admin

090926-N-5366K-037SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, known as the Leap Frogs, parachuted onto the USS Midway Museum in San Diego Sept. 26 to help the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrate 100 years of scouting.

Nearly 800 scouts, scoutmasters and friends assembled on the flight deck of the longest-serving aircraft carrier in Navy history to see the performance of the Leap Frogs during the opening ceremony of the scouts’ Midway Overnight Adventure.

There was an air of excitement as the scouts prepared for the night’s activities, but as the Leap Frogs’ aircraft flew toward the ship, all noise and movement stopped momentarily. As soon as the Leap Frogs exited the aircraft, there was a loud roar and a big “hoo-yah” from the scouts.

The parachutists swirled colored smoke above San Diego as they made their way to the 25 by 100-foot bow section of the ship for a precision landing.

A sea of khaki shirts covered in multi-colored patches waited eagerly to shake hands with the Leap Frogs after they landed.

“That was really cool,” said Zachary Dickman, a scout in BSA Troop 446 from Scottsdale, Ariz.

Like many of the scouts, it was the first time Dickman had seen the Leap Frogs perform and he said it was the best part of his day.

The event brought 30 scout troops together from San Diego Imperial County, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Scottsdale.

The event, which took two years to organize, was a collaborative effort between the BSA and the USS Midway Museum, said Randy Seefeldt, a scoutmaster and the Midway Overnight Adventure chairperson.

“I knew it would be a great experience for the boys,” said Seefeldt. “They love seeing high-adventure stuff. It was wonderful!”

Several members of the Leap Frogs also began their lives of adventure with the Boy Scouts and were proud to help inspire service among the young scouts.

“It meant a lot to be in San Diego, jumping onto the USS Midway with the Boy Scouts of America,” said James Woods, safety officer for the Leap Frogs. “There are still values in America. In a world where things are being taken away from us constantly, we still have the Boy Scouts of America. We still have a place where we can come and show them that they matter and that they mean something.”

The Leap Frogs are based in San Diego and perform freefall parachuting demonstrations throughout the United States to showcase Navy excellence.

The team is made up of elite warriors from Naval Special Warfare (NSW), including U.S. Navy SEALs (sea, air and land commandos), special warfare combatant-craft crewmen and NSW parachute riggers.

For more information about the Navy Parachute Team, visit www.leapfrogs.navy.mil or for information about Naval Special Warfare programs, visit www.sealswcc.com.

For more news from Naval Special Warfare, visit www.navy.mil/local/nsw/.

Story Number: NNS090929-01
Release Date: 9/29/2009 12:30:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michelle Kapica, Naval Special Warfare Public Affairs

Photo Credits:
090926-N-5366K-037 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 26, 2009) Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) William Davis, assigned to the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, shows boy scouts how to pack a parachute. The Leap Frog team parachuted onto the bow of the ship during the opening ceremony of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary celebration overnight camp-out on the USS Midway Museum. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michelle Kapica/Released)

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Navy Helps Boy Scout Troop Learn to Survive

Posted on 22 June 2009 by admin

090530-N-2959L-310Boy Scouts from Coronado, Calif., received survival training from some of the Navy’s best survival training instructors at the Warner Springs Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training facility May 30-31.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 806 got a glimpse into the wilderness survival training military members learn while at the survival course.

“The boys are here working on a wilderness survival merit badge,” said Scout Master Matt Pittner. “They are supposed to learn how to survive in cold or hot weather situations, how to get food and water and everything you need to know in case you would get lost in the woods.”

Three Navy SERE instructors volunteered to teach trapping and hunting techniques, navigation and fire building.

“[The instructors] taught us different styles of shelters at this training, and I think that the instructors were more experienced,” said scout Daniel Chapa, 14.

Scouts also learned the importance of using only what they had in survival situations. For example, the scouts worked through a crash-landing scenario and had to navigate through the wilderness to find a safe base camp. Instructors taught the scouts to construct a shelter using only a parachute and anything else they could find around them. Later in the night, some scouts slept in the structures they had built earlier.

“After we built our shelters, I went to go hang out with a few of my friends, but their shelters collapsed so we had to sleep under the stars on the parachute,” said scout Sam Ruiz, 11. “But it was fun to work together with my friends and hang out.”

Former Navy E-2C Hawkeye pilot Roger Chapa completed the SERE course in 1982 and knew his 14-year-old son, Daniel, would benefit.

“I believe that young men should be exposed to the type of training they got up there,” said Chapa. “The survival portion of the training is actually pretty good from what I remember. It gives you a good idea on how to make it out there on your own.”

Scout mother Juli Ruiz thought the course would be exciting and would expose her son to a different side of the military.

“I think it’s really great, especially for our troop in Coronado because so many of the families are military,” said Ruiz. “It exposes the boys to a different side of the military other than what they see their parents do. It was a really great opportunity for him, and we thought it would be something that would be exciting and memorable for him as well.”

“The training they received here is years ahead of what they would have received at a Boy Scout summer camp,” explained Pittner. “This is truly something that they are going to remember forever.”

For more news from Naval Special Warfare Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/nsw/.

Story Number: NNS090615-04
Release Date: 6/15/2009 1:08:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique M. Lasco

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Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

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Distinguished Eagle Scout Award Recipient Urges Juniors to Mentor Others

Posted on 09 May 2009 by admin

GREAT LAKES (NNS) — The commander of Navy Region Midwest was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America April 28.

The award was presented to Rear Adm. Douglas T. Biesel by his former Scoutmaster Thom Helmacy of Coudersbort, Pa., during the 2009 Northeastern Illinois Council Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner at Naval Station Great Lakes.

Distinguished Eagle Scout AwardThe award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.

“I challenge you to think about integrity as you are faced with challenges; do not compromise your integrity because it’s rare if at all possible to get it back,” Biesel told the new Eagle Scouts. “Without integrity all other attributes are nothing.”

Biesel, who earned his Eagle Scout in 1972 in has distinguished himself throughout his career as a naval officer.

“We are so pleased and honored to learn of the selection of Admiral Biesel by our National Boy Scouts of America organization for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award,” said John H. Mosby, chief executive officer, Northeast Illinois Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“In studying the history of the award since its inception in 1969, only the highest quality of individuals have been selected for this distinct and rare award, and Admiral Biesel most certainly fits that mold.”

The National Eagle Scout Association Committee selects the award recipients. The members of the selection committee are all recipients of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

“Admiral Biesel’s leadership by example and personal ethical and moral values reflects the same standards we apply in scouting, and so it is a natural choice for him to have been selected for this honor,” Mosby said.

“The relationship between the Navy and the Boy Scouts has been long-standing, especially here locally. Admiral Biesel has been a key part in continuing that strong relationship since arriving here earlier this year.”

In addressing this year’s Eagle Scouts, Biesel challenged them to lead by example.

“Lead by example; mentor others, and congratulations to all the new Eagle Scouts. God bless you, your families and the Navy and the finest country on the earth,” Biesel said. “I am really, really honored. Thank you for this distinguished Eagle Scout award. It has been a great pleasure serving this great nation as a naval officer.”

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was implemented in 1969 and since that time approximately 1,793 nominations have been approved. Only the local council of the Eagle Scout’s principal residence may nominate. Nominations may not be made for posthumous awards.

“I am really, really honored. Thank you for this distinguished Eagle Scout award,” Biesel said. “It has been a great pleasure serving this great nation as a naval officer.”

Distinguished Eagle Scouts include former President Gerald R. Ford, former Chiefs of Naval Operations Adm. Jay L. Johnson, Adm. Carlisle Trost and Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, Jr.; astronauts and naval aviators Neil Armstrong and Capt. James Lovell and Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld.

Biesel enlisted in the Navy in 1975 and attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, R.I. Following NAPS, he graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and was designated a naval submarine warfare officer in 1983.

Following nuclear power training, he completed sea assignments aboard USS Lapon (SSN 661), USS Michigan (SSBN 727-Blue), USS Annapolis (SSN 760) and a command tour aboard USS Philadelphia (SSN 690). He has also served on numerous staffs and as commander of Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash. Prior to assuming command at Navy Region Midwest, he served on the staff of the chief of naval operations in programming and budgeting.

For more news from Commander, Navy Region Midwest/Naval Station Great Lakes, visit www.navy.mil/local/midwest/.

The following story was written by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Thomas J. Miller.

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