Distinguished Service Awards
In 1940, the Distinguished Service Award was created to honor those who render service to the Order beyond the lodge level. The award is presented to those Arrowmen who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, area, regional, or national basis. It is given primarily for dedicated service to the Order and Scouting over a period of years. This year, 38 Arrowmen were presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the History and Recognition Show. A dinner was held before the show and a reception afterward.
Dominique Baker is from Winona, Minnesota, and the Gamehaven Council. He is an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 11. Dominique is a senior at Winona State University. He most recently served as the Central Region Chief in 2001. Dominique’s nomination reads in part "... he is an outstanding example of the best youth leadership."
Justin P. Boren is from Torrance, California, and the Los Angeles Area Council. An Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster., Justin also is an investment analyst. He served as the National OA Summit Vice Chief of Lodge Leader Development in 1999 and as NOAC Vice Chief of Training in 2000. His nomination read, "No youth in the Order has, over the past two years, impacted the training process of the Order more than Justin."
Patrick Boyd is from Moosup, Connecticut, and the Connecticut Rivers Council. Boyd is an Eagle Scout and serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster. He currently is a student at Eastern Connecticut State University. Boyd served as Section NE-3A Chief in 1999 and 2000, and as the Northeast Region Chief in 2000. "Pat typifies the true ideals of the Order of the Arrow," his nomination reads.
Steven D. Bradley is from Riverside, California, and the Orange County Council. He is currently a salesman for EIS, Inc. Steven is an Eagle Scout and Executive Board member for his council. Steven served as the Area W4 Adviser from 1996-2000 and is currently the Western Region Chairman. His nomination reads, "Steve’s spirit and devotion to the Order shines through in his every action."
James (Jim) H. Cheatham is from Obion, Tennessee, and the West Tennessee Council. Jim is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member, and a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Jim served as the Southern Region Chief in 2000 and as the Youth Editor for the National OA Bulletin in 2001 and 2002. "Jim is a fine example of a dedicated young man who has instilled the Scout Oath and Law as the tenants of his life," his nomination reads.
Kenneth L. Connelly is from Colleyville, Texas, and currently serves as the Assistant Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. Kenneth most recently served as the Northeast Region Director from 1995 through 2001. "Ken has had a most distinguished professional Scouting career … he was and is always supportive of the Order of the Arrow," reads his nomination.
Michael Devlin Cooper is from Milledgeville, Georgia, and the Central Georgia Council. He is a recent graduate of Georgia College and State University. Devlin is an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster. He has served as the NOAC Vice Chief of Indian Affairs in 2000 and the National Jamboree Vice Chief for the OA Indian Village in 2001. Devlin’s nomination reads in part "... his diligence in leadership and sincere commitment to serving our fellow man is truly an inspiration to all."
Don Cunningham is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the Keystone Area Council. He is an Eagle Scout and student at West Chester University. Don served as the NE4C Section Chief in 2000 until his election as National Chief of the Order for 2001. "Don uses every opportunity to communicate Scouting’s messages and values to both youth and adults," his nomination reads.
Donald G. Diaz is from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Pikes Peak Council. By profession, Donald is a systems engineer. He is an Eagle Scout and currently serves his council as Council Commissioner. Donald served as the Section Adviser for W5A from 1995-1997 as well as numerous NOAC support staffs. His nomination reads in part, "Don has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to Scouting and the OA."
Joshua G. Gana is from Richland, Washington, and the Blue Mountain Council. He is an Eagle Scout and is currently registered as Assistant Scoutmaster. Joshua attends Gonzaga University. He served on the NOAC Special Events Committee in 1998 and 2000 and as the Western Region Chief in 2001. Josh’s nomination reads, "... he has commitment to every endeavor he tackles that is infectious."
Carl E. Head II is from Nashville, Tennessee, and the Middle Tennessee Council. He is an Eagle Scout and currently registered as an Assistant Scoutmaster. By profession, Carl is an educator of children with special needs. He has served on numerous NOAC staffs in publications and shows, and National Jamboree staffs as photographer and videographer. Carl’s nomination reads in part "... he has used his talents as a photographer to tell the story of our Brotherhood and to record it for posterity."
David B. Heaton is from Acworth, Georgia, and the Atlanta Area Council. He is an Eagle Scout and a Venture Crew Associate Advisor, and is attending Georgetown University. David served as the 1999 Summit Vice Chief for the OA Troop/Team Representative Program and as NOAC Lead Cell Trainer for the same program in 2000. "The OA Representative Program Committee was truly youth-run under his leadership," his nomination reads.
Chad F. Heflin is from Baton Rouge, Louisana, and the Istrouma Area Council. He is an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster, and recently graduated from Texas A&M. He currently is a Web designer. Chad served as a Section Chief in 1997, and was the Southern Region Webmaster from 1998-2000. "When he accepts a challenge, he always gives 100 percent in dedication and ability," his nomination reads.
Jordan A. Hitchens is from Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, and the Hawk Mountain Council. He is an Eagle Scout and serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster. Jordan, a student at St. Joseph’s University, served as Section Chief of NE-4A in 1999 and was National Vice Chief in 2000. His DSA nomination reads in part, "Jordan has evolved himself into a highly committed, dedicated, energetic, compassionate, and capable young man."
Mark F. Hogan is from Walpole, Massachusetts, and the Old Colony Council. He is an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster. Hogan served as Section Chief of NE-1B for three-and-a-half years and was on numerous National Leadership Seminar staffs. He was the 2000 NOAC Vice Chief for Athletics. "Mark’s style of leadership is, ‘follow me and I’ll show you the way,’" his nomination reads.
J. Terry Honan is from Cumming, Georgia, and the Tukabatchee Area Council. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the National BSA Committee,. Honan has served on the BSA International Committee since 1975 – serving as its chairman for five years. He has been on the National OA Committee since 1995, serving as lead adviser for Ceremonies at the past two NOACs. His nomination reads, "... his actions speak far more than these words of his cheerful service on which our Order is founded."
Jason Holmes Laney is from Asheville, North Carolina, and the Daniel Boone Council. He is an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster, and is a student at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Jason served as a Section Chief as well as on the staffs of many NOACs, Jamborees and National Leadership Seminars. "It is unique to find the person whose extensive service encompasses all levels," his nomination reads. "Jason Laney is one of those rare, outstanding individuals."
Jeffrey L. Jones is from Rantoul, Illinois, and the Prarielands Council. Jeffrey is an Eagle Scout and currently serves as a Unit Commissioner. Jeffrey served on numerous NOAC staffs, OA Odyssey of the Law staff, and Scoutopia Staff. He also staffed several National Leadership Seminars. "Jeff is a classic example of one of those ‘behind the scenes’ volunteers who toil for years without recognition, making their contribution to the quality of programming at NOACs," reads his citation.
Jason Wayne Kemp is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the Old Hickory Council. Jason is an Eagle Scout and serves in Venture Crew 89. He currently is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jason served as Section SR-7B Chief in 2000 and as the Southern Region Chief in 2001. "Jason Kemp promotes all that is good, honest, and pure in Boy Scouting today," states his citation.
Kurt A. Kuhlmann is from Rock Springs, Wyoming, and the Trapper Trails Council. Kurt is a recipient of the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver. Kurt currently serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 70. Kurt served on 8 NOAC staffs and twice staffed the National Scout Jamborees. Kurt is "…extremely knowledgeable about all facets of the Order, and has been a valued asset to NOAC committees, his section and his lodge," reads his citation.
Bobby Kunstman is from Miami, Florida, and the South Florida Council. Bobby is an Eagle Scout and serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster. By profession Bobby serves as a dorm adviser at Interlochen School in Michigan. Most recently, he served the Order as the 2000 and 2001 Director of the Northern Tier, and was on OA Trail Crew staff in 1999 and in 2000.
C. Sage Lichtenwalner is from Lebanon, New Jersey, and the Central New Jersey Council. Sage is an Eagle Scout and serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 200. Professionally, Sage is a research programmer. Sage was a Section Chief for NE2A and Section Vice Chief for NE2B. He currently serves the Order as the National OA Webmaster and the NE2B Associate Section Adviser.
Don McChesney is from San Leandro, California, and the San Francisco Bay Area Council. Don is an Eagle Scout and serves as the Scout Executive for the San Francisco Bay Area Council. As the BSA National Director of the Boy Scout Division, Don played a key role in helping the Order achieve many of its long-term goals and objectives, including the introduction and inclusion of the OA Troop/Team Representative leadership position as part of Scouting’s advancement requirements.
Carey Joseph Mignerey is from Roswell, Georgia, and the Atlanta Area Council. Carey is an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 69. He currently is a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia. Carey served as the 2000 National Chief and the 2001 National Jamboree OA Scoutopia Director of VIP Relations. "Carey is a team player who is committed to making our Order successful," reads his citation.
Carey L. Miller is from Grapevine, Texas, and the Direct Service Council. Carey is the Associate National Director of the Order of the Arrow and serves on the National Executive Staff of the Boy Scouts of America. In his position of Associate National Director, Carey is involved in all aspects of the program within the Order. "Carey has consistently gone the extra mile to support youth leadership," reads his citation.
Kevin Moshier is from Avondale, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon Council. Kevin is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver. By profession Kevin is a technical services field manager. He serves as an Advisor to a Venture Crew and has served the Order and Scouting on many national and regional events. He served as the Section Adviser to Section W4C from 1999-2001. Kevin is always "…doing his best on behalf of the Order and the youth."
Cameron Mulder is from Sutherlin, Oregon, and the Oregon Trail Council. Cameron is an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster. He currently is a student at Oregon State University. Cameron served as the Western Region Chief in 2000 and continues to serve on staffs of NOACs and National Leadership Seminars. Cameron "…provides a fine example to his fellow Scouts" reads his citation.
Samuel Nitz is from Janesville, Wisconsin, and the Sinnissippi Council. Samuel is an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 405. He is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, majoring in Forest Ecology and Political Science. Sam served as the 2001 National Jamboree Vice Chief of the OA Service Corps. Samuel’s "morals, ethics, and character only solidified his leadership to the program."
Benjamin Pharr is from University, Mississippi, and the Yocona Area Council. Benjamin is an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 71. He is currently a student at the University of Mississippi. Ben served as the 2001 National Jamboree Vice Chief for The Outdoor Adventure Place (TOAP). Ben "…has been an outstanding youth officer and leader for the TOAP teams as well as an outstanding section officer and National Leadership Seminar staff member," states his citation.
Scott A. Schmidt is from Alden, New York, and the Greater Niagara Frontier Council. He is an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 483. Scott is a senior at the University of Buffalo, majoring in Business Administration. He served as the 2000 Northeast Region Chief. Scott’s nomination reads in part "... he is a committed and sincere advocate for the continued service role of the Order."
Dale Edwin Siefker is from Seymour, Indiana, and the Hoosier Trails Council. He is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver. Dale currently serves on his council’s Executive Board and he has served on many NOAC Administrative Service Staffs and as the NOAC Service Lodge Adviser in 1990 and 1996. Dale’s nomination reads in part "... he is always available to guide and lead the youth, while working behind the scenes to find answers to questions and problems ..."
Thomas D. Slaughter is from San Diego, California, and the Desert Pacific Council. He is a recipient of the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver. Thomas is the Command Security Officer for the United States Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center. He has served on numerous security staffs for Jamborees and NOACs. Thomas’s nomination reads in part "... the work the security staff does is amongst the most irksome tasks imaginable at our national events…"
Dustin J. Thomas is from Provo, Utah, and the Utah National Parks Council. Dustin is an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 999. From 1998-2000 Dustin served as Section Chief of W2A, in 1999 he served as the Vice Chief of Special Events at the National Leadership Summit and in 2000 he served as the Conference Vice Chief of Special Events at NOAC. Dustin’s "…endeavors are marked with his typical zeal, and his exceptional service has set him apart from the norm," reads his citation.
Bruce Walcutt is from Austin, Texas, and the Capital Area Council. He is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of his council. Bruce serves on the National OA Committee – Outdoor Program. He also actively serves on several national BSA committees. His nomination reads in part, "Bruce has been a strong, consistent voice for the OA involvement and consideration in these national areas. "
Jay I. Widby is from Augusta, Georgia, and the Georgia-Carolina Council. He is an Eagle Scout and currently serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 2. By profession, Jay is a software consultant for hosptial health care systems. Jay served as SR5 Section Chief in 1999-2000 and the NOAC Vice Chief for Communications in 2000. His nomination reads in part "Jay embodies the principles of the Scout Oath and Law and the Order of the Arrow Obligation."
Luke Wolfe is from Janesville, Wisconsin, and the Sinnissippi Council. He is an Eagle Scout and currently serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster. Luke served as C3A Chief in 1999 and 2000 as well as the Central Region Chief in 2000. "His dedication to live his life by the Order’s Obligation that sets him apart from the rest," states his nomination.
David Yoder is from Sharpsville, Indiana, and the Sagamore Council. He is an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 555. David is a graduate of Butler University. He served as C4A Section Chief in 1998 and 1999 and now serves as the Associate Section Adviser. He has served on many NOAC staffs and Northern Tier OA Voyage staffs. "It is clear to say that David is a strong leader and has been a supporter to many within the organization," his nomination reads.
Andy V. Zahn is from Amana, Iowa, and the Hawkeye Area Council. He is an Eagle Scout and works with Venture Crew 1024. He recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and is now a professional scouter. Andy was Section Chief in 1999 and 2000, and was Section C3B Associate Adviser. He also serves on the staff of the National Bulletin. His nomination reads, "When something needs to get done, Andy is the first one to volunteer and does it without any complaining."