Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Twenty-five members of Pawleys Island Boy Scout Troop 360 recently camped at the Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, NC.
The group toured the Crash Rescue Fire Department during a weekend stay on base. Scouts were accompanied by six assistant Scoutmasters and two parents on the trip.
Mike Robino, father of Riley Robino who is working on an Eagle Scout project, said Sargent Keuhn and his team of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Marines demonstrated how they perform their firefighter duties.
“Our boys did drills to see who could put on the firefighters’ gear the fastest,” Robino said. “They also learned marching and formation skills from their guide, Corporal Jeff Payne. They got to dine at the ‘mess hall’ with active Marines.”
“The highlight of the visit was a tour of the HMH 464 Heavy Lift Helicopter Squadron called the ‘Condors.’ Captain Dan Alger is a pilot of the CH-53 and also an Eagle Scout.”
“He answered questions from the youth and told them how achieving Eagle Scout helped him reach his goals. The visitors learned valuable life lessons and gained memories that will surely not be forgotten.”
Young men taking the tour were Daniel Amidon, Bo Averette, Marshall Bass, Michael Carlton, Cole Dorn, Luke Eades, Jacob LaRochelle, John Maser, Mo Mears, Chris Mermon and Alex Mills.
And, Juston Patterson, Kaleb Pieterse, Clayton Register, Jesse Robinette, Riley Robino, Gabriel Rollins, Hayden Rollins, Chase Skinner, Weston Stokes, Ben Stover, Tyler Tomko, Jason Walters, Banks Ward and Cole Whitehurst.
Assistant Scout masters were Sam Averette, Jason Mears, Rich Mermon, Chris Register, Mike Robino and Alan Walters. Other adults were Andy Cardwell, Lance Rollins and Brian Tomko.
The troop is sponsored by St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Scouts saw the MCAS C-12 flight line where the national anthem is played and American Flag is paraded during base ceremonies.
Marines provide aviation support and services to enhance readiness, quality of life for operating forces and families, according to the organization’s website, www.newriver.marines.mil
For certain community events, the Marine Corps demonstrates tactical vehicles and equipment, such as machine guns, anti-tank missiles, artillery, night-vision optics, armored vehicles, amphibious vehicles and communications equipment.