By Miguel De Santiago, Fort Bliss Bugle Staff:
(El Paso, Texas, Jan. 25, 2018)
A Girl Scout troop based at Vista Del Futuro Elementary, an east side charter school, received a combat-flown flag Jan. 18 at the school from two pilots assigned to the 204th Military Intelligence Battalion as a sign of gratitude for a care package the troop sent to their unit in Afghanistan.
“People donate stuff all the time and people don’t often see the fruits of their labor,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dylan Ferguson, a Brownie co-leader when not fulfilling his duties for the Army. “So I wanted the girls to be able to see where this care package went.”
Girl Scout Troop 55928 put together a care package in honor of Veterans Day as their community service project last year and successfully sent a massive 50-pound package consisting of toiletries, snacks and other comfort items to Ferguson’s unit in Afghanistan.
“It was great, especially the size of it,” said 1st Lt. Geanna Hiller, one of the pilots who the presented flag to the Girl Scouts. “It was very generous. We could tell that they put a lot of time into it, and being that it was Mr. Ferguson’s Girl Scout troop, it meant a lot.”
“And the cookies, they only come out at a certain part of the year, so that was a real sweet treat to get the Girl Scout cookies,” added Hiller.
First Lt. Piper Newman, also a pilot, presented the flag with Hiller. Parents and staff looked on as their Girl Scouts received recognition for their act of kindness.
“They’re a wonderful organization because they contribute and they learn to give back to their community,” said Yvonne Whitman, principal of Vista Del Futuro Elementary. “And that’s what we look forward to here, that our kids learn to give back to their community.”
In addition to the flag, the troop also received certificates of appreciation and special care package patches to add to their uniform.
“Being overseas in the military, it really means a lot to still be receiving care packages and not forgotten,” Hiller said.
The troop has one year under its belt and will continue making a difference in the community.
“I’m so excited that they came and presented the girls with this,” said Jacquelyn Lara, troop leader. “We’re very proud of everything they’re accomplishing.”