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Obama Elected President

After a historical election, Senator Barack Obama from Illinois was inaugurated as the first African-American President of the United States. Continuing a long-standing tradition of service, Scouts traveled from around the nation to join the Amangamek Wipit Lodge in participating in the Inaugural Service Corps.

Iraq Desert Storm Operations

The Second Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom was a military campaign that began on March 20, 2003, with the invasion of Iraq by a force primarily composed of troops from the United States and the United Kingdom. The invasion of Iraq led to an occupation and the eventual capture of President Hussein, who was tried in an Iraqi court of law and executed by the new Iraqi government.

GW Bush Elected President

On January 20, 2001, George W. Bush was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States. During the Bush administration the nation suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history. This led the administration to initiate wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq. By the end of Bush’s second term the nation was in extreme economic distress.

September 11th Attack

On September 11th, 2001 (often referred to as 9/11), a series of coordinated suicide attacks on the United States were carried out by al-Qaeda, a terrorist organization. The hijackers intentionally crashed two airplanes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Both towers collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others.

Clinton Elected President

Bill Clinton served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993-2001.

GHW Bush Elected President

“Bush41” as he is known was just that – the 41st President of the United States. As president, George H. W. Bush appeared at the 12th National Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, VA. While walking off the stage at the Jamboree, a Scout gave him a jamboree pin.  He walked a few steps, turned around, and said (not an exact quote), “Scouts trade things.  Here you go.” and gave the Scout his tie clasp with the Presidential Seal on it.

Fall of Berlin Wall

On November 9, 1989 after years of international pressure and a passionate speech by President Ronald Reagan urging Mr. Gorbachev, the secretary general of the Soviet Union, to “tear down this wall” it was finally decided that the Berlin Wall would be dismantled allowing for free travel throughout Germany once more.


Photo fall of Berlin Wall 1989

Persian Gulf War

Operation Desert Storm, popularly known as the first Gulf War, was the U.S. - Allied response to Iraq's attempt to overwhelm neighboring Kuwait. On August 2, 1990, Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait and then on the morning of January 16, 1991, under the auspicies of a UN resolution, Allied forces began the first phase of Operation Desert Storm, also known as Operation Desert Shield. This was a decisive victory for the coalition forces, which liberated Kuwait and advanced into Iraqi territory.

Reagan Elected President

Ronald Reagan was elected the 40th President of the United States in 1980. He would serve two terms as president, leaving office in 1989. While serving as Governor of California, he became active in the Golden Empire Council of the BSA.

USA Defeats Soviet Union at Olympics

Heading into the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the Soviet Union Hockey Team was heavily favored to win its fifth straight Olympic gold medal. They were the best team in the world.

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