In 2013, Boy Scouts beautified areas of Athens with projects such as helping Athens Rotary plant trees on Jefferson Street and helping other groups improve the Farmers Market.
Each year, Mayor Ronnie Marks receives requests from Scouts seeking community service for an Eagle Scout project.
“Through Scouting, these young men learn about their community, give back to their community and build leadership skills that will empower them as they further their education and enter the workforce,” Marks said.
Marks will host the annual Athens-Limestone Community Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday as a fundraiser for the Arrowhead District, which includes Athens and Limestone County. The event will be held at the Beasley Center. A table sponsorship is $500. Individual seats are $75. Breakfast will be served.
Each year, the Scouts honor someone in the community with a Heart of an Eagle Award, and this year’s recipients will be local veteran groups in the county:
• Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
• American Legion Post 49
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4765
• Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 511
• AMVETS Post 21
• Ardmore Veterans
• Disabled American Veterans Chapter 51
The guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Frank D. Turner, who assumed command of the United States Army Security Assistance Command at Redstone Arsenal in September 2011.
For information on sponsoring a table or buying a ticket, contact Rich Hayes with the Greater Alabama Council at 256-221-9822.
Turner’s first assignment was with the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he served as a Company and Battalion Fire Support Officer, Battery Executive Officer and Commander, Bravo Battery. Next, he served as the Battalion S3 and Brigade Fire Support Officer with 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized).
Later, Turner held staff positions in the Programs, Analysis and Evaluation Directorate, Headquarters, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, followed by assignments as the Assistant S3 and S3 of the Division Artillery and Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division (Light).
His next assignment was as Chief, Enlisted Program Objective Force, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, Department of the Army. Turner commanded the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, “Automatic,” from June 1994 to June 1996 at Fort Lewis, Wash. Subsequently, he served as Chief, Joint Vision 2010 Branch in the Operational Plans and Interoperability Directorate, J7, Joint Staff; and Chief, Joint Force Integration, U.S. Joint Forces Command. He commanded 5th Brigade, 78th Division (TS), “We Dare,” from July 2000 until Aug. 2002.
Turner then served at U.S. Army Forces Command as the Chief, G-3 Training Division and Executive Officer to the Commanding General. He next commanded the U.S. Army Developmental Test Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. from Aug. 2006 to July 2008.
From July 2008 through July 2009, Turner served as the Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Accessions Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia. Turner was the 18th Program Manager for the Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program from Aug. 2009 to Sept. 2011.