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Adobe Walls District Highlights- October 2012

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Monday, October 1, 2012


District Chairperson – Richard Carter – 806-274-3463

District Commissioner – Vacant

District Executive – Eric Byrne-

October Calendar:


Popcorn 2012

We are 2 ½ weeks into our popcorn sales and hope everyone is pushing hard to make this a successful drive.  Popcorn is the best fundraiser we have and can provide your unit with 100% of its financial support for the upcoming year.  Let’s push hard and get this done!

Monthly Newsletter Submissions

As you may know, each month we put out a newsletter to help keep everyone informed of the happening around the Adobe Walls District.  If anyone wishes to have something put in this newsletter please email me.  The entry needs to be a paragraph and the content needs to be scouting related and info you want to get to Adobe Walls readers.  I must have your submission 10 days prior to the beginning of the month.

Additionally, the Pampa News will be starting a community page in the paper.  Not sure if it will be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, but it will give us the chance as Scouters to put in print what our units are doing and any activities we wish the public to know about.  Please email me or call me with questions, and I will inform everyone when we can start.

Fall Recruitments

2012 Fall Recruitment is just about complete and I am happy to say we have recruited a lot of new cubs and boys into scouting.  It is up to us to provide all scouts with activities and programs that will keep them coming back.

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- October 2012

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Monday, October 1, 2012


District Chairman:  Dean Sather   806-353-9750

District Commissioner:  Joy Kilian  806-679-4236

Hereford Area District Commissioner: HS Fuller,

District Executive: Brian Lamirande  806-358-6500 or

October 2012

 4             District Roundtable

4             Order of the Arrow Lodge Meeting-7:00 pm @ Scout Office

11           G.E Key-3 Meeting – 6:00 pm @ Scout Office

13           Spook-o-ree Weekend #1- Camp Don Harrington & M.K Brown

13           OA Service Day

18           District Commissioner’s Meeting 6:30 pm @ Scout Office     

18           District Committee Meeting – 7:15 pm @ Scout Office

18           Eagle Scout Service Project Review

25           Sea Scout Ship Open House- 5:30-7:00 pm @ Jacks Marine Service

25           Eagle Scout Rank Board of Review

November 2012

1          District Roundtable-Recharter Workshop, 7:00 pm @ St. Thomas the Apostle

3          O.A Fall Fellowship- 8:30 am – 5:30pm @ St. Thomas the Apostle

3          O.A Fall Banquet – 5:30-9:00 pm @ St. Thomas the Apostle

8          G.E Key-3 Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Scout Office

8          District Commissioner’s Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Scout Office

8          District Committee Meeting, 7:15 pm @ Scout Office

10        Popcorn Distribution

13        O.A Service Day—See Lodge 486 Website for Details

18        Eagle Scout Service Project Review –Details Below

25        Eagle Scout Rank Board of Review—Details Below

*District Announcements*


Sea Scout Ship – Open House!!

For the very first time in Golden Spread Council history, I am happy to announce your opportunity to join the inaugural Sea Scout Ship of the Texas Panhandle!! Right here in your local council, youth (Co-ed, Ages 13-20) and adults will be offered the opportunity to participate in the exciting and fulfilling experience that the Sea Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America has to offer!

In partnership with Jack’s Marine Service of Amarillo, we will be holding a recruiting event on October 26th, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Showroom of Jacks Marine Service, located on the Northeast corner of I-27 and Western. For more information contact your District Executive, Brian Lamirande at 806-220-9158 or 806-358-6500 or visit the Sea Scouting webpage on

Late Scout Shop Hours  — REMINDER!!!

October 1, 8 & 15

*Don’t forget we can also order any catalog item from and save YOU the shipping costs.*

District Committee – Positions Now Available

The Golden Eagle District is growing and need your help! We are welcoming candidates to fill vacant district committee positions in this year’s District wide Committee election. We are looking for individuals to fill the following positions: 1) Finance 2) Camping & Program 3)  positions. See the position descriptions and responsibilities links on the Golden Eagle District Website for more details. If you would like to be considered or have a recommendation please contact the Golden Eagle District Chairman, Dean Sather or the G.E District Executive, Brian Lamirande at the contact information listed on the Golden Eagle District Webpage. We welcome ALL suggestions and recommendations!

**District Meetings**

Cub Scout/Boy Scout Roundtable
1st Thursday of the Month – 7:00pm @ St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4100 South Coulter

District Key-3 Meeting
2nd Thursday of the Month – 6:00pm @ Scout Service Center

District Committee Meeting
2nd Thursday of the Month – 6:30pm @ Scout Service Center

District Commissioner’s Meeting
2nd Thursday of the Month – 7:15pm @ Scout Service Center

Eagle Boards of Review
Service Project Review – 3nd Thur. of the Month – 6:30 pm @ St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 S. Bell
Eagle Rank Review – 4rd Thur. of the Month – 6:30 pm @ St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 S. Bell

**Please check the Golden Eagle District Website for Calendar Updates & Activities**


The Golden Eagle District Facebook Page & Connect to your local Community!\

 Roundtable/Commissioner Meeting – District Wide Meeting- Come one, Come ALL!

Adult Leader Roundtable is an excellent opportunity to ensure that YOUR unit is represented and YOUR thoughts, ideas, comments and concerns are heard. This monthly meeting provides a platform for discussion, event planning, training, networking and idea sharing that EVERYONE will surely benefit from. We feature monthly Boy Scout and Cub Scout related topics & fun-filled activities in a warm & welcoming environment!

So bring all of your Pack and Troop adult leaders out to the Golden Eagle Monthly Roundtable & join in on the fun! The meeting is at 7:00 pm on the first Thursday of the month, located in the St. Thomas the Apostle Church Fellowship Hall. Look forward to seeing you there!

Eagle Scout Project Reviews and Eagle Scout Boards of Reviews

Service Project Review – 3nd Thur. of the Month – 6:30 pm @ St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 S. Bell
Eagle Rank Review – 4rd Thur. of the Month – 6:30 pm @ St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 S. Bell

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- October 2012

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Monday, October 1, 2012


District Chairperson-James

District Commissioner-Bob Post-

District Executive-Lindsay Waugh-

October Calendar:

4-North Park Elementary Boy Scout Sign up Night

6-Mustang Graffiti Cub Scout event in Perryton, Guymon, and Dalhart

20-Jamboree on the Air in Perryton, TX

27-Crew activity at Alibates Flint Quarries near Lake Meredith hosted by Crew 264

Cub Scout Round up Nights

Some of the sign-up nights are listed above. If you have any questions, let me know!

Cub Scout Round up Progress

So far, the Lone Wolf District has had sixteen recruiting events. Lone Wolf has passed its Cub Scout membership goals. We will begin Boy Scout, Venturing, and Exploring now, as October begins. A new Communications Explorer Post is in the works in conjunction with Main Street Guymon. More information will be posted about that soon. Roundups for Guymon, Stratford, Booker, Turpin, Spearman, Perryton, and Dalhart all produced around 145 new Cub Scouts total. Three sign up nights remain with Northridge Christian Academy in Guymon, and Follett and Higgins Elementary Schools. The sign up tonight in Higgins, TX, should welcome a new Cub Scout pack to the Lone Wolf District! We are well on our way to having a great recruiting season!

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- October 2012

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Monday, October 1, 2012


District Chairperson–  Joni Mickna – (806)674-7040 (cell)

District Commissioner– Steve Rodriguez (806) 231-3380 

District Executive– Chase Roach  (806) 341-4491

October Calendar:

4      Roundtable

11    District Committee & Roundtable


Hello Quanah Parker District and beyond,

Cub Scout recruitments were over the top great for every Pack in QP. All units added many excited new youth and adults. Congrats to everyone!! Now let’s make sure these boys and adults are having fun and being engaged.  October is now primed for Boy Scout recruiting. Each Middle School Roundup will have a list of all of QP’s Troops, and the new people will contact each unit individually for Troop specific info.

This makes for a crazy hectic couple of  month’s, but it also gets more boys into your units before the Spook-O-Ree. Why is that important? The Spook-O-Ree provides the boys that we promise in recruiting—BB Guns, Archery, etc. That’s important for keeping all the new recruits.

Quanah Parker Roundtable

The District Committee is very excited about Roundtable this year. With high attendance numbers last year we sat down and have spent a couple of months planning for an even bigger year with even more information to help your unit succeed. We have discontinued the Cub Scout, and Boy Scout Program trainer positions to have more group interaction items provided by Unit Leaders. Who better to inform each other on BEST PRACTICES than unit leaders themselves.

So, on October 4th, at 7:00PM we will have Jared Macumber, Cub Master Pack 39-Dumas, teach everyone about Monthly Newsletters, better online contact, and ease of setting up online Troop or Pack information pages.  DON’T MISS IT!!

Concluding the training other units will be encouraged to sign-up to give presentations though out the year. Every unit has something they do really well, and that information can help other units to be the best they can. We look forward to seeing you there, and please bring your thinking caps.  


We are having 3 weeks (October 13, 20, 27) of Spook-O-Ree this year. This is a great opportunity for Boy Scout Troops to be visible among Cub Scouts, and also get some service hours for the boys. Boy Scout leaders contact Scott to find an area to help with (806.358.6500). As for Cub Scout Leaders this is the event to help keep your boys active, and having fun. We always promise fun, and adventure, and that’s what they expect. This is the perfect time to give them the opportunity to do what most kids never have a chance to do—BB Guns, Bows and Arrows, Relay Races, Spook Houses, and tons more Fun Stuff. Register online at

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Santa Fe District Highlights- October 2012

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Monday, October 1, 2012


District Chairperson– George Hall –

District Commissioner– Michael Stavenhagen-

District Executive– Gaylyne Manns-


9       District Meeting

13     Spook-O-Ree MKB

26     Popcorn orders due to council

Popcorn order due

In to the Council on or before October 26th.  Remember it takes a few days to get everyone’s forms and to make sure all is correct.  Give yourself lots of time for this.

I’m excited about Spook-O-Ree at MKB this year.  Hope to see all of you there.  If not at MKB,  I will see you at Camp Don.

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Venturing District Highlights- October 2012

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Monday, October 1, 2012


District Chairman:             Jay Barrett:  806-326-2800 or

District Commissioner:  DeLynn McGehee:  806-681-1623 or

District Executive:           Shannon Scott: 806-358-6500 or


2             6:00 p.m.:  Randall County Sheriff’s Department (Post 5600) Open House at the Randall County Sheriff’s Department

6             1:00 p.m.:  COPE, Troop 87

27           9:00 a.m.:  Amarillo Fire Department (Post 5358) Open House at the Amarillo Fire Dept., Station 1


No dates at this time


Do you know what COPE is all about?  Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience or C.O.P.E. is the challenge course (ropes course) program of the Boy Scouts of America. COPE is a series of physical, mental and emotional challenges facilitated by trained staff directed at enhancing personal growth. If you think you would like to know more, please contact Shannon Scott at 358-6500 or

Scholarship Opportunities

If you have questions about such opportunities, please contact Shannon Scott (Venturing Division) at the Scout Service Center 358-6500.

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Golden Spread Council Highlights- October 2012

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Monday, October 1, 2012


2012 Fireside Chats  NEW

This fall we will hold “Fireside Chats” in many of the communities throughout the Golden Spread Council.  A Fireside Chat is an opportunity for myself and key council-level volunteers (like Board President Puff Niegos) to share with local parents, leaders, and community members what is going on in Scouting at a council level.  It is also an open forum for attendees to ask questions, share insight on local issues, and give feedback. 

I hope you will plan to join me at one of the Fireside Chats listed below.  Feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested in attending as well.  (We only have email addresses for about 60% of our leaders, so please forward this to all the Scouters you know!)

Thanks for what you do for Scouting and the youth in our community!

Andy Price 

Fireside Chat Schedule: Updated Sept 5, 2012 8:15am

Date Community Location
Monday, September 10, 2012 Dalhart Central UMC
Thursday, September 13, 2012 McLean McLean FUMC
Monday, September 17, 2012 Amarillo Kwahadi Kiva
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Dumas Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, September 20, 2012 Borger Knights of Columbus Hall
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 Canadian UMC
Monday, November 05, 2012 Clarendon Clarendon FUMC
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Guymon Victory Memorial UMC
Thursday, November 29, 2012 Hereford FUMC 501 N. Main St
Monday, December 03, 2012 Boise City Scout Hut
Thursday, December 06, 2012 Perryton First Christian Church
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Pampa Nona Payne Room | Community

Injury Reporting 

Unit-level volunteers must report to the council any incident that requires treatment beyond Scout rendered first aid.  If, say, a cut finger or a twisted ankle is treated on site, no report is needed.  If a cut finger requires a visit to the doctor and stitches, the report must be submitted along with any relevent photographs, doctors’ forms etc.  The incident form is located at the link below or on our web site in the forms (safety) section.

Incident Form

New Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award Application Introduced  NEW

The National Court of Honor has completed a revision of the Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award application, which can be found at

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, we will no longer accept older versions of this application.

When submitting the application, please include the full name of the applicant as it should appear on the certificate if the award is granted. Provide as much information as necessary using the space provided on this application. No additional documents should be attached. A case should not be forwarded to the council without a signed statement from the applicant and an eyewitness. Applications will not be considered after a lapse of 12 months from the date of the incident.

Advancement Reports 

Sometimes we develop bad habits over time, despite the best intentions.  We have done this with regard to sales of advancements at our Scout Shop.  We have gotten away from requiring units to turn in Advancement Reports when purchasing merit badges and advancements. 

Beginning in September the Scout Shop personnel will begin (again) requiring Advancements Reports for any units purchasing advancements.  Acceptable documentation is a print out from the Internet Advancement system, a handwritten Advancement Form (available at the Scout Shop), or a printout from TroopMaster/PackMaster (or other unit management software).

Please help us help you recognize your boys by being prepared when you come to the Scout Shop to purchase your advancements!  For more information feel free to contact Donna Haley or Verna Popp at the Scout Shop. 

2012 Spook-O-Ree  

The 2012 Spook-O-Ree takes place this year on October 13 (Camp Don and MK Brown), 20, and 27 at Camp Don.  This fun activity is for all Cub Scouts and at Camp Don, we are offering a “mini” Spook-o-Ree for siblings of Scouts attending the Spook-O-Ree.  For all the information and to register, please visit the links below. Earlybird Discount Fee date extended to Midnight, October 4.


Online Registration

2012 Popcorn Sale  NEW

Sale Timetable

September 21, 28, October 5 & 12    “Fill it Up” Drawings will be held for Academy Sports and Outdoors Gift cards.  Fax or bring photocopies of full popcorn order sheets into the Scout Office before noon on these Fridays.

October 26    Submit the following forms to the Council Service Center by Friday, October 26, 2012:

 Unit Order and Settlement Form – top copy only.

  1. Unit Master Records – top copy only.
  2. $1,500 qualifiers Form
  3. Unit’s Top Sellers Form
  4. Delivery Location Form
  5. Scout Rewards Order Form

 November 10     Popcorn pick up at delivery location and distribute popcorn to Scouts for delivery to customers.

December 5    Submit one check to the council along with a copy of the Unit Settlement Form by Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

Camp MK Brown Ranger  NEW

We would like to announce that Mr. Monte Owens, Camp Ranger at Camp MK Brown, will be retiring from his position effective October 31, 2012.  Monte has been Camp Ranger since Oct 9, 2006 and has done an awesome job.  He and his wife, Denise will be missed.  If you see Monte, let him know how much he is appreciated for his many years of service to the Golden Spread Council.  We are in the final process of hiring his replacement and that person will be announced soon.

Tour and Activity Plan

The new online tour and activity plan has been developed and is now  available at  This is the only authorized form to be used.

When compared to the former tour permit process, the new plan will no longer require signatures or approvals. Rather, as the plan is completed online, the required prerequisites for that type of trip or activity will be displayed.

For any prerequisites that have not been met (for example, not having someone on a trip who has Hazardous Weather training where this training is required), and before being allowed to submit the form, the person completing the form will have to certify that all prerequisites will be met prior to conducting the trip or activity. Once submitted, an email notification will be sent to the council, chartered organization, committee chair, unit leader, and emergency contact to let them know that a plan has been submitted. Receivers of this notification can log in to and review the plan.

Other tour and activity plan enhancements include the following:

  • Because email notifications will be sent once a plan has been submitted, it is important to maintain current leadership information in the system.
  • Links are provided to current program-required training and education.
  • System prompts and warnings are included.
  • You will be able to review and fix any deficiencies flagged by the system prior to submitting the plan.
  • You can store, retrieve, copy, and reuse completed tour and activity plans.
  • Files such as trekking plans and flight plans may be uploaded.
  • Unit volunteers who currently have access to the tour and activity plan will be able to view and update all plans submitted for their unit up to the day before the scheduled tour date.
  • There will be leader certification of the plan prior to submission.

Access to the Tour and Activity Plan is accessible at  You can only access it if you have linked your membership ID number with your myScouting account.

The preferred method of accessing this permit is through the internet but for those who do not have access or simply prefer paper over an electronic version, a PDF version can be found on the tour and activity plan page.

A training video has been developed that guides you through the application process.  This can be found at in the Forms Tab.

Order of the Arrow   NEW

If any Scoutmasters have Scouts interested in doing Order of the Arrow Ceremonies, please have them contact Alan Alexander as soon as possible.  His contact info is:  aalexander199@

Charter Fee increase and name changes 

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, what is now known as the “unit charter fee” will be renamed the “unit liability insurance fee” and will increase in cost from $20 to $40 yearly.

As a result, the new fee will begin with units that have December 31, 2012 charter expiration dates (a charter period beginning Jan. 1, 2013).

All units, including Exploring posts, are required to pay this annual fee—100 percent of which goes into the general liability insurance program—when submitting their charter renewal applications. This fee helps defray expenses of the general liability insurance program.

The reasons for the changes include:

  • The reserves for open claims have increased significantly over the last several years.
  • The average cost per claim has nearly doubled in the last five years.
  • Claims payments have doubled in the last two years compared to a five-year average from 2005–2009.

The general liability insurance policy provides primary liability insurance coverage for registered adults and for all chartered organizations on file with the BSA for liability arising out of their chartering a traditional Scouting unit. This policy provides coverage for claims alleging negligent actions that result in either personal injury or property damage.

A chartered organization is an organization that has applied for and received a current Boy Scouts of America charter to operate a Scouting unit. A chartered organization as defined within the policy shall include the chartered organization, its board of directors and/or trustees, and its officer and employees, in their official and individual capacities. This definition also includes a specific position: chartered organization representative.

Chartered organizations do not need a certificate of insurance. The chartered organization endorsement is a part of the insurance policy contract and is enforceable under the policy contract. Old Republic Insurance Company provides the first $1 million in coverage. Additional policies—all providing primary coverage to the chartered organization—have been purchased so that more than $5 million in primary coverage is provided.

There is no coverage for those who commit intentional or criminal acts. Liability insurance is purchased to provide financial protection in the event of accidents or injury that occurs during an official Scouting activity.

Unit Marketing & Positive Publicity  NEW

We benefit in the Panhandle from local media (newspapers, television, and radio) that are very supportive of Scouting.  They consistently allow representative from Scouting to promote activities & camps, money earning projects, and Scouting in general.  While they have been very supportive of Scouting, it is important to be mindful that media in other markets hasn’t been as supportive and local minds might change any time.  Because of this, the Scout Executive is designated (by Boy Scouts of America) as the only spokesman to communicate with media representatives.

Recently a couple units have appeared on television to promote their local unit money earning projects.  Unfortunately both media appearances coincided with major council-coordinated projects (popcorn in the fall and Camp Cards in the spring).  Additionally, the Scouts who appeared on television were not in complete BSA field uniforms and gave a message that didn’t coordinate with other units in the community and council.  As a result there was confusion on the part of those who saw the appearance.

Any units that wish to appear on television or radio must coordinate with the Scout Executive (Andy Price) to ensure a consistent message throughout the Panhandle.

Any units that wish to promote their activities through local newspapers are encouraged to do so.  Units should coordinate with the Scout Executive (Andy Price) or their local District Executive before contacting print media, again, to ensure a consistent and coordinated message across the media market.

For more information please contact the Scout Executive, Andy Price: or 806-358-6500.

STOP the VIOLENCE Fall Festival  NEW

Presented by Family Support Services on Saturday, Oct. 20 10am-2pm at the Polk Street Methodist Church – 1401 S. Polk

March Against Violence & “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” – 10am

Children’s Games – Bounce House – Collision Course

Music – Food – Community Booths-Fire Department Kids’ Safety House and activities for all ages.

Free Admission (small charge for some activities)

For information, call 342-2500.

Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator Position Officially Approved  NEW

Since the inception of the Religious Emblems Coordinator (REC) concept, it has been recognized that, like so many other Scouting functions, there needs to be a unit-level position to correspond to the council and district. The REC team is now complete with the addition of the Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator (UREC). The UREC is now recognized as a position on the unit committee.

The Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator position was created to strengthen units by building an infrastructure that would create cohesiveness between units and district- and council-level volunteers, ultimately to better serve youth members in the realm of Duty to God.

The responsibility of the coordinator is to educate, motivate, evaluate, and facilitate the religious emblems program at the unit level. In addition to serving on the unit committee, a key function of the position is to serve as the liaison to the District Religious Emblems Coordinator. Of course there is a new patch being developed to accompany the position.

Memorials and Tributes

From                                           for

Brian & Linda Duncan          Dorothy Buzzard

Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Niegos   Bill Dickey

Tom & Sandy Riney              Bill Dickey

Kenneth Wallace                    Bill Dickery

2012 Eagle Scouts

First Name Last Name Troop District
Trevor Tedrick T-87 GE
Jordan  Rivera T-88 GE
Nathan Sweet T-80 GE
Scott   Zimmerman T-87 GE
Ryan Forslund T-87 GE
Thomas Olson T-87 GE
Isiah  Nolan T-1221 GE
Bryce  Watsons T-80 QP
Jacob Talley T-79 GE
Lane  Myers T- 507 AW
Kreg Kelly T-256 LW
Timothy  Grimes T-87 GE
Sean Abbott T-142 LW
Nathan Fike T-86 GE
Hagen  Smith  T-94 GE
Zachary  Johnson T-633 GE
Christopher  Caldwell T-88 GE
Jacob Raab T-10 GE
Daniel Steele T-633 GE
Andrew  Jameson T-1221 QP
Michael  Crane T-124 GE
Brady  Sayers T-4 GE
Aiden  Hamrick T-80 GE
Andrew  Crowell T-94 GE
Keyan Keys TM-6150 SF
Chester  McKnight a T-1221 QP
Salvador  Sanchez T-1221 QP
Eli Bromlow T-104 LW
Joe  Garcia T-1581 AW
Isiah  Robinson T-10 GE
Eric  Bromlow T-104 LW
Connor  Willimon T-551 LW
Jonathan  Wynne C-80 Venturing
Grant Eagleston  T-1776 QP
Timothy  Eklund T-501 AW
Timothy  Whiteley  T-507 AW
Kyler  Jenkins T-10 GE
Blain  Hunt T-264 AW
James  Graham T-199 QP
Steven  Smith  T-73 GE
Jerrod Johnston T-592 AW
Tucker Carver T-127 GE
David  Rice  T-86 GE
Bret  Barnard T-38 LW
Addison Smothermon T-80 GE
David Ballard T-94 GE

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