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NEWS | June 26, 2020

Boy Scout Troop 23 lends helping hands across JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

By U.S. Army North Public Affairs U.S. Army North Public Affairs

For three days over the June 20 weekend, Boy Scouts from Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston’s Troop 23 replaced the ramp at the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Detachment near Brooke Army Medical Center as part of a member’s Eagle Scout project.

According to the detachment’s operations officer, Marine Capt. B.C. Broden, also an Eagle Scout, the ramp was originally built about 10 years ago.

Despite the rotting boards, the Scouts found that the construction was very sturdy. The foundation of the ramp was steel, and the screws holding the boards had rusted into it, making tearing up the ramp a very physically demanding task.

Ultimately, with the help of crowbars, the Scouts prevailed, and the ramp now allows wounded warriors easier access to the family area and playground behind the attachment. Two other Eagle Scouts, James Geddie and Brann Calvetti, helped in financing the project to pay for materials.

Just prior to that, the troop members helped to complete another Eagle Scout project, which involved the construction of two U.S. flag collection boxes. These boxes, placed at the Scout Hut and the Thrift Store at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, provide a place for families to place their worn-out flags, so they can be retired properly.

Troop 23 meets at the Scout Hut at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. For more information, email or or visit