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Hobbs earns Eagle Scout rank

Bradley Hobbs, right, with parents Brad and Judy Hobbs.- Alan Sloan/farragutpress
Before taking to flight in the U.S. Air Force, Christian Bradley Hobbs is now flying at the highest level among Farragut’s Troop 59 Boy Scouts.

Hobbs, an 18-year-old senior at Christian Academy of Knoxville, attained the rank of Eagle Scout – the highest Boy Scout rank – during a ceremony Sunday in the chapel at First Baptist Church Concord.

Among the dignitaries present were U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan and Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford. Both spoke glowingly of Hobbs’ accomplishment.

“I think it’s one of the finest accomplishments that a young man can make,” Duncan said. “Christian has accomplished something, becoming an Eagle Scout, that many adult males could not have accomplished.”

Duncan presented Hobbs with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition along with an American flag that, according to the congressman, flew over the U. S. Capitol on Aug. 21, 2003.

Saying he spent two years as a scoutmaster prior to becoming a congressman, Duncan praised Hobbs by pointing out how rare it is to earn Eagle Scout status.

“Only about two or three percent of boys who start in Boy Scouts ever become Eagle Scouts,” Duncan said. “But it was several years before I heard that only 16 percent of (all) boys start in Boy Scouts in the first place … and it’s easy to figure out that only three or four out of 1,000 boys would ever become an Eagle Scout. So I think that shows you why you almost never hear of an Eagle Scout who’s not a great success later in life.”

According to various Troop 59 scout leaders, “about 39 or 40” Troop 59 scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the troop’s 25 year history.

Mayor Ford was equally impressed.

“Congratulations on earning the rank of Eagle Scout – and you can truly say ‘earn it,’ because his parents tell me that he’s spent 12 years working toward this goal,” Ford said. “To the parents (Brad and Judy Hobbs) I commend you, because you have been the driving force behind this young man’s maturity.”

The mayor recognized one of Hobb’s specific accomplishments. “I understand that your Eagle project involved building a prayer garden at the Fellowship Church on Middlebrook Pike,” Ford said. “As you well know, January and February are cold, but you were out there cutting down trees ... and restored a trail that led to the garden area.”

Hobbs has enlisted in the U.S. Air Force’s Delayed Entry Program, and according to his father will report for training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, next July.

“He’s kind of excited about that,” Brad Hobbs said. “All of this is coming together.”

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