SAN ANGELO, TX — The Texas Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America presented Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr. (USAF) Ret., with the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle Scout Award during a ceremony at Bentwood Country Club, Thursday, March 29, 2018.
It marked the first time the council has awarded the prestigious honor to an Eagle Scout in the area.
Hawkins was also recognized as the Council’s 21st recipient of its Distinguished Citizen Award. “As we are aware, Ronnie lives by the twelve points of the Scout Law every day of his life,” said Devin Koehler, Scout Executive of the Texas Southwest Council.
During a video presentation, several people that were not in attendance expressed their appreciation for Hawkins and the impact he had upon their lives and the lives of those that served under him. Dr. Brian May shared his experiences with Hawkins at Angelo State University. Other speakers echoed warm memories of their time with Hawkins and the role he played in shaping their lives.
The evening concluded with Hawkins expressing the appreciation of the honors and supporting the Scouting program in its mission “to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”
He also spoke of the role faith played in his life and continues with the Ezra Vision Ministries, an organization helping the people of Haiti. “We can do big things because we serve a big God. I urge you to check out the Ezra Vision Ministries website and sponsor a child.”