Scouts Donate Care Packages

Story by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

An Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 67, of Mesquite, Texas, organized a donation drive and brought ten boxes of care packages, destined for Soldiers of the 13th Corps Support Command in Iraq, to Fort Hood Feb. 1.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest of seven distinct ranks recognized by the Boy Scouts of America.

A scout can only attain the rank of Eagle Scout after fulfilling the requirements of all the lower ranks, earning 21 total merit badges, fulfilling a leadership role in their troop, and planning, developing, and giving leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or the scout's community.

Michael T. Curtis, the 14-year old scout from Forney, Texas, organized the care-package drive as the final step in attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

"All the Soldiers in Iraq are helping us, and I wanted to give back," said the scout.

"It shows there are still people out there in the community who support what we're doing," said Pvt. Mitchell C. Crislip, an administrative clerk with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 13th COSCOM.

"Each box has about eight care-packages, to make approximately 80 packages in total," said Matthew D. Curtis, the scout's father and the scoutmaster of Troop 67.

In addition to sending boxes of supplies, the scout included letters to Soldiers from the scouts of Troop 67, said the elder Curtis.

"I think it shows the Soldiers how much the community really does care about us," said Spc. Anthony L. Grant, an administrative specialist with HHC, STB, 13th COSCOM.

"We had to appeal to the district because he wanted so badly to do this for the Soldiers," said the scoutmaster, "I commend him for working so hard."

"I don't think I can put it into words, just how honored we are to be able to be a part of this," said the scout's father.

According to Master Sgt. Dorothy Glowinski-Lyons, the COSCOM logistics noncommissioned officer in charge, the boxes will be repackaged and sent to COSCOM Soldiers in Iraq.

For his efforts, Michael was awarded a 13th COSCOM Certificate of Appreciation and a COSCOM coin.


Maj Jay R Adams
Maj. Jay R. Adams, public affairs officer of the 13th Corps Support Command, verifies the service project paperwork for Michael T. Curtis, an Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 67, of Mesquite, Texas, as Scoutmaster Matthew D. Curtis and Spc. Anthony L. Grant, an administrative supply specialist with 13th COSCOM, look on. Photo by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson, 13th COSCOM Public Affairs