SecDef Gates meeting an Eagle Scout

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (left) shakes hands with Eagle Scout Michael Ward of the Boy Scouts of America in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 26, 2007. A delegation of Scouts presented Gates a copy of their Report to the Nation, which highlights the achievements of the Boy Scouts of America values-based program. Ward is a Scout from the Grand Canyon Council in Arizona. Scout Bryson Hicks (2nd from left) Scout Juan Ramirez (2nd from right) and Maggie Bellie (right) met with Gates in the Pentagon. DoD photo by Cherie A. Thurlby

I notice that the Eagle Scout had not earned an Arrow of Light as a Cub Scout. The other two Scouts in the picture had. Making Eagle isn’t impossible, but it’s a long and tough process.