Soldier helps in Cub Scouts' advancement
October 22, 2009
FORT KNOX, Ky. - Capt. Brian E. Kinsella, a 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Soldier, visited Cub Scouts Oct. 18 in Achorage, Ky., to assist a group of Webelos from Pack 110 in earning their citizenship badges.
Kinsella is one Soldier of many who are taking part the command's effort to get active in the community.
In addition to helping the Webelos (the last level in the Cub Scouts before advancing as a Boy Scout) earn their badges, Kinsella, a Freehold, N.J., native, presented awards, spoke to Boy Scouts and families and had a question and answer and show and tell session.
Kinsella discussed topics such as law, community service, government services to citizens and how taxes work. Afterwards he handed out awards to the Webelos.
During his talk, Kinsella spent 30 minutes speaking about who he is, what he did during his deployment to Iraq, why he serves as a Soldier and his personal experiences.
"It was powerful to see how interested these kids were and what the Army really does. I tried to tie everything back to being able to serve in more ways than just a uniform, whether it be local community service through your church, school or boy scout troop. There are a myriad of ways to serve."
Kinsella, the 3d ESC commander's aide-de-camp, spent 15 minutes answering questions from youth and adults alike. He says he was asked a variety of questions to include "what was your interaction with people in Iraq, what were missions like, what type of people served with you'"
"I was very impressed with how sharp these young men were," Kinsella said. "They asked very astute questions and they were all very engaged. When the time was up these kids came up afterwards and continued to ask questions."
During the show and tell the scouts were allowed to wear Kinsella's improvised outer tactical vest and kevlar. He also showed what his first aid kit contained and the new Army combat shirt.
"It was rewarding to share (my) experience with the kids and give them information on what we as Soldiers are doing to build and sustain peace in a foreign nation (and) why it is important to serve and why I personally serve."
Story by Spc. Amanda Tucker, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) public affairs. For queries, contact 3d Sustainment Command Public Affairs at: (502) 624-8601. For high-resolution photos and stories by the 3d Sustainment Command, please contact the Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System by calling (678) 421-6612 or access them online at http://www.dvidshub.net/units/3sce.