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Thu, 23 May 1991 16:52:00 EDT
Many people have asked me why I chose the nickname "Blackeagle".
Is is a militant way of stating that I am a black Eagle Scout? Does it
mena other things other than the obivous? Please allow me to explain, in
hopes that once you read this, you will understand that I chose a very
approviate name for myself.
For starters, let's see what you know about the eagle. Yes, its
the symbol of our country, appearing on everything from our coinage to the
symbols of our highest leaders. Eagles are known for their keen hearing and
eyesight, their beauty and grace, and for protecting and defending their own.
West Germany --the Federal Republic of Germany (now called Germany)
uses the eagle as their official symbol as well. Not the bald eagle, which is
embodied as the United States of America's offical one; but instead, the black
eagle, which is found throughout North America and in Europe. I have spent a
total (so far) of seven years in Germany. I went there initially with my
parents; later, I returned there to the same places that I spent part of my
As a youth, I became a member of a Boy Scout Patrol while in Germany.
Several Patrols comprise a Troop. The first patrol I belonged to wore a red
circular patch with a black border and the words "B.S.A." at the bottom. In
the center was a outstreached black eagle. We wore this on our right shoulders,
below the flag. We were the EAGLE PATROL.
The Honor camper society of the Boy Scouts of America is called the
Order of the Arrow. Members of the Order are elected by those not in the Order,
the election is based upon good camping habits, willingness to serve and good
Scouting spirit. I declined election the first time in 1972; in 1973 I was
again elected, and after conferring with my Scoutmaster, undergone the Ordeal
and was entered into the books as a member of the Transatlantic Council's OA
Lodge, which is called the BLACK EAGLE LODGE. (The Gamenowinik Lodge, the
Lodge of the Direct Service Council, gave me my Indian name four years ago.
They presented me with a certificate for service to Scouting in Europe and
called me "settummanque", which in the language of the Delaware Indians, mean
When I moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky, I attended school in the Rose
Terrace Military Community. While there, I served as the first commander of the
Fort Knox Junior Military Police Detachment, part of the Provost Marshall's
office (it later became a Explorer Post and I served as honorary Commander).
I also attended Fort Knox High School and was a member of the JROTC program
there. The mascot of FKHS is the EAGLE and the black eagle holding in its
beak five roses while sitting on a terrace serves as the centerpiece of the
flag of the Community of Rose Terrace, where I served as its youngest and first
Vice Mayor from 1974-75 and again from 76-77.
The most frequent reference to my nickname occured in 1975, when I
became Fort Knox's first black Eagle Scout. I went on to direct the Scouting
programs--boy AND girl--two years later. I also became a member of the Boy
Scouts of America's National Explorer Cabinet, serving as Area Explorer Chair
for Kentucky and Tennessee and as the National Chair of the Explorer Public
Information Association (called NEPIN). I later served as Special Assistant
to two National Explorer Presidents and became a member of the National
Communications Committee because of my interest and work on the youth level.
Oh, by the way, the emblem for the national cabinet is the eagle. Its is also
the central emblem of most position patches of the BSA.
For my work with several agencies at Fort Knox, the Commanding General
presented me with the Commanders's Award for Public Service. I received it
the week before I graduated from FKHS. I also received an award naming me a
Honorary Colonel of the Military Police from the installation Provost Marshall.
Finally, I received two separate commissions the Governor of the Commonwealth
of Kentucky naming me a Kentucky Colonel--the highest civil honor there is in
Kentucky. Have you ever seen a military colonel before?? If you have, you will
know what she or he wears on their field clothing...a BLACK EAGLE.
That is my goal in the military...to become a black eagle. I work at
it every day, and as a reminder, you will find those things which got me where
I am today...on my desk, a Eagle Patrol emblem, a picture of Eagle Gym and Fort
Knox High. and a copy of my Eagle Scout Card....on the wall, my Kentucky
Colonel commission and a military commission...and a set of subdued rank
insignia for the grade of Colonel.
That is why I call myself "settummanque...or if your prefer,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City