Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Philmont Overflights
Re: Philmont Overflights
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 21:26:27 EDT
You know, this is all very great, but I am afraid that letters to your
elected officials--without a SOLUTION included--are not going to change a
You can't just say "I don't think you should fly over Philmont anymore",
because the first question from top Air Force leaders (the first of many in
which you won't be able to provide a sufficient answer to) will be "Okay,
where do you think we SHOULD train?" I doubt that very many SCOUTS-L members
have the knowledge to even suggest another range. I know I sure don't.
Besides, there is a reason the aircraft are flying in that location (imagine
that!). The same type of reason our arctic survival school is in
Alaska...why our water survival school is in Florida...why our jungle
survival school was in the Philippines. We try to train in the environment
that we might be based in or deployed to.
I'm sure that the wildlife has adapted to hearing the planes fly overhead, so
I'm guessing that most are just mad that Philmont isn't as far removed from
civilization as they want it to be. I suggest you enjoy as much as you can
given the circumstances.
The world is becoming a smaller place...
Bob Mayhew, Jr.
(and active-duty Air Force member!)
Catalina Council / Papago Lodge #494
(Eagle, Owl, Vigil)
p.s. Does anyone else find it interesting that the complaints are coming