NCAC Honors Enlisted Service Members
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Fifth Annual Scouting Salutes the Military Event Hosted on Capitol Hill Honors Exemplary Enlisted Members, Recognizes Meritorious Service
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) delivered keynote speech
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) honored for service to nation
WASHINGTON, DC (October 31, 2013) - National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA) hosted its fifth annual "Scouting Salutes the Military,” honoring one active duty enlisted member from each of the five Service branches who exemplifies the values found in the Scout Oath and Law. The following servicemen were honored: Sergeant (SGT) Robert D. Keifer (Army), LS2(AW/SW) Leonardo N. Correia (Navy), Senior Airman (SrA) Bradley T. Baker (Air Force), Staff Sergeant (SSgt) James H. Delecki (Marine Corps), and Petty Officer Chad Lyman (Coast Guard).
|From left: Petty Officer Chad Lyman, Senior Airman Bradley T. Baker, Sergeant Robert D. Keifer, Staff Sergeant James H. Delecki and LS2 Leonardo N. Correia.|
"The five service members honored by the National Capital Area Council embody some of the most cherished values the Boy Scouts and our military hold dear—honor, loyalty, obedience, reverence, selflessness, and courage,” stated Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). "These young men represent the very best of our military and, indeed, our country and should be commended for their distinguished service. I am honored to participate in this year’s event and congratulate the Boy Scouts of America and the National Capital Area Council for its leadership and for its commitment to our nation’s youth and our men and women in uniform.”
The Joint Chiefs of Staff and Senior Enlisted Advisors for each Service branch provided candidates for consideration who fit the following criteria: an enlisted (E4-E6) service member who has displayed exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service, heroic deeds and/or valorous actions.
"We are proud to recognize these five outstanding honorees for their commitment to service, youth and our nation. Each demonstrates leadership within their community and their actions embody Scouting’s principles,” says Les Baron, NCAC Scout Executive/CEO. "Most of these servicemen were Boy Scouts as youth and we are honored to celebrate the shared dedication of the military and Scouting to duty, God and country.”
Scouting Salutes the Military is generously underwritten by General Dynamics, allowing sponsorship and guest participation to have a direct impact on the critical youth programs provided NCAC. The benefit dinner will support the outreach programs of the Council, which serves more than 56,000 youth in the Greater Washington DC Metro area, southern Maryland and northern Virginia. The Transatlantic Council (TAC), Boy Scouts of America will also be supported at the event. For more than 60 years, TAC has served our military’s families and their children while they are overseas.