Friday, May 20, 2016

[507] MTSU alum Haston honored by Middle Tenn. Council of Boy Scouts

Since 2010, Haston has served as Tennessee’s 75th adjutant general, making him responsible for supervising the Tennessee Department of Military that includes the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee State Guard.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts and requires completion of 21 merit badges and an in-depth project, which must be planned and carried out by the scout. During 2015, the Middle Tennessee Council awarded 361 Eagle Scout ranks, an award earned only by 4 percent of all scouts nationwide, according to a news release from the Middle Tennessee Council.

“Haston represents the ideals of being an Eagle Scout, in his work life and personal life as well,” the release states.

After addressing this year’s Eagle Scout class, the scouts stood and saluted Haston, who was in the Boy Scouts as a youth in McMinnville, Tennessee. He attained the rank of Life Scout with Troops 120 and 37. He was an explorer scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow, the release states. During his time in scouting, he earned the God and Country and Good Turn Awards.

Haston graduated from MTSU (Class of ’79), where he also completed the university’s ROTC program, which led him into his career with the National Guard.

As an adult, he provided assistance to the Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts in Knoxville, Tennessee, as a merit badge counselor and eagle board member. He also served as the chairman of the 2010 100th anniversary of the Council Jamboree, which had over 14,000 in attendance. He has also served as 2014 Council Jamboree chair. He and his wife, Anne, have a son, Travis, who is an Eagle Scout.

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