Lawmaker, soldier meet again
Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mitchem, father of Troop 461 Scout Khameron Mitchem, attended the scouts’ interview with Kingston.
Thomas Mitchem met Kingston earlier this year when the soldier was deployed to Afghanistan. The congressman was in the war zone on a security mission.
The soldier and Kingston took a few moments to catch up after the congressman’s interview with the troop. The two discussed Mitchem’s son, Khameron, and his plans to attend college.
Kingston also met and talked with Khameron, who serves as an assistant scout leader for the troop.
“It is an honor to be able to spend time with such intelligent and promising young men,” Kingston said. “These are the future leaders of America and the skills they learn through scouting will better prepare them for a successful future. They are setting an example not only for their peers but for all of us to follow as well.”
The citizenship in the community merit badge requires troop members to meet with an elected official to discuss issues that impact them and their community. Members of the troop interviewed the congressman, asking him about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, military funding and school lunch programs.
The scouts also talked about freedom of speech and freedom of religion rights. They urged Kingston to continue fighting to protect those rights.
The congressman explained his role in government, the three branches of government and the role each plays in our U.S. residents’ lives.
“Our troop and the Boy Scouts truly appreciate Congressman Kingston taking the time out of his schedule,” troop leader Don Sanker said. “We know how busy he is and it means the world to the boys to have this special opportunity.”