I share this story in honor of my dad, Marty Hovey, who suffered a stroke in October 1997 and is unable to do it on his own.
Marty retired from the Air Force after 21 years. He was assigned to Vance three times during those 21 years. He also accomplished his ultimate goal of being a pilot for Northwest Airlines in his home state of Minnesota before his stroke.
Dad joined the Scout-ing program in 1962 in Litchfield, MN, at the age of 10.
During the early years he achieved the rank of First Class while holding the offices of scribe, assistant patrol leader and patrol leader. He transferred to several troops as his family moved around, and in 1968 he joined Troop 304 sponsored by American Luther-an Church in Echo, MN.
There he accomplished Star and Life ranks as patrol leader and later senior patrol leader.
This is also the Troop he was a part of when he earned his Eagle on May 7, 1970.
Boy Scouts offered a chance to make friends in each new community he moved to and this, I believe, served him throughout his service in the Air Force.
Each military assignment was a different job in another city with new people.
The skills he learned in Scouting provided him with the tools to be a dedicated instructor, a strong leader and a remarkable role model.
I feel the Scout Law is the foundation that gave my father the desire to join the military and lead an honorable life. In my childhood I remember looking up to him and not just as my father but as an example of a person I could always turn to and respect. It was because of his affectionate memories of Scouting that I joined Girl Scouts and eventually earned my Gold Award.
It is thanks to the lessons and values taught by this program that my dad remains active in his community as a volunteer at Intregris Bass Baptist Health Center. The ideals of Scout Law live on in his heart today.