Hi Everyone....a *short* update!
Deirdre LaRock (butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM)
Sun, 11 Aug 1996 23:59:05 -0400
Yes sir re, Dee makes some GREAT brownies....I've eaten four already
(I didn't have lunch today so that I can come over here *finally*).
I want to thank her publically...she's been nice enough (and I didn't
ask her, we Scouters do stuff like this!) to capture the Digests for
the past few days and as you can read, I've answered a couple or so
from her email account here.
And of course, the coffee's ALWAYS GREAT!!!!! *heheheheee*
A short update on what I'm doing here at Fort Benning....first, we're
working hard on getting all of us ready for the plane flight on either
Wednesday or Friday of this coming week. We were supposed to leave on
Tuesday, but there has been complications dealing with a soldier's
legal problems and with some other stuff from the old unit, so we're
ahead and behind at the same time.
I was supposed to come out here on the first day, before the training
started...but the training started faster than my personal plans, and so
personal plans took a backseat to what I do for a living now.
Finally, this morning, we were given permission to leave the "starship"
area (it's really beautiful as far as Army facilities are concerned...but
also at the far end of the world as far as location on the installation is
concerned!) today. So after a one and a half-hour bus ride and a transfer,
I finally made it here to the core part of Fort Benning (The "starships" are
actually self-contained huge barracks...I live at Kinsman Barracks,
overlooking the vast forest of the post from the third floor south. There are
also five other large barracks which can hold 1000 soldiers and support
personnel on the sub-post. The sub-post also has its own post office,
recreation center, dental and medical facilities and even two gyms).
Fort Benning was, like Forts Knox, Sill, and Hood, a HUGE outpost of Scouting
both boy and girl. At one time, there were 9 Troops and 14 Packs on the
post; today, there's only two Troops that I know of and three Packs, and as
Dee has been informing me, the command here is not very supportive of Scouting
as their predecessors has been. I'll still search around and see if I can
find some more support for her Pack..... The Post was the core of a District,
and like those other installations, they were supported professionally and
volunteer-wise as well.
It's hard to do things on a military installation without the support from the
"head honchos", and recently, the military leaders have been concentrating on
retaining the young single soldier or airman or sailor or Marine. Yes, there
is a strong family support structure here, but not as strong as the single
soldier structure. Hence, the Scouting "base of power" has eroded and there's
just not a simple answer to this problem.
As for me, I've been talking electronically to Jessica since Thursday,thanks
to my boss's boss, and have been sending her email from my America Online (tm)
account, the only account I can access here right now. Also, I've been back
in "teaching mode", showing my fellow people how to get online and how to send
and get email (a critical task for this unit).
I've also been doing some PT (have to, because the gaining unit wants me to
lose some weight!!) and learning and working with new officers and new enlisted
people that I've previously never interacted with before (the unit is large and
we have lots of people doing a lot of great things...so I don't get a lot of
time regularily to sit around and just *talk* with people until now.
Finally, I want to thank those that have sent Jessica (and Dee) some mail
asking about me....I'm doing fine and I think that Jessica is doing okay (at
least her and her mother are doing well from what I've been told).
*whew*!! That's it. No really "news", just a waiting game while we get
ourselves ready for the European mission. Oh yeah....I've got a *real* flak
jacket, lined with Nomex!! Now I'm REALLY ready for those flames *laughter*!
Settummanque!@HEY! Scouters are the BEST people in the WORLD!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City