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Pull-ups strengthen Boy Scout and McEntire bond

Boy Scouts with Troop 95 from Irmo, S.C., build pull-up bars at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., as part of their Eagle Scout project with help of the 169th Civil Engineer Squadron, Oct. 5, 2013.  The project is a leadership task and final step before earning Eagle Scout. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

Boy Scouts with Troop 95 from Irmo, S.C., build pull-up bars at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., as part of their Eagle Scout project with help of the 169th Civil Engineer Squadron, Oct. 5, 2013. The project is a leadership task and final step before earning Eagle Scout. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

Boy Scouts with Troop 95 from Irmo, S.C., build pull-up bars at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., as part of their Eagle Scout project with help of the 169th Civil Engineer Squadron, Oct. 5, 2013.  The project is a leadership task and final step before earning Eagle Scout. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

Boy Scouts with Troop 95 from Irmo, S.C., build pull-up bars at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., as part of their Eagle Scout project with help of the 169th Civil Engineer Squadron, Oct. 5, 2013. The project is a leadership task and final step before earning Eagle Scout. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Dees, a crew chief with the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, performs a pull up on the newly constructed bars on McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 5, 2013. The new pull bars were built by Boy Scouts from troop 95 from Irmo, S.C. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Dees, a crew chief with the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, performs a pull-up on the newly constructed bars on McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 5, 2013. The new pull bars were built by Boy Scouts from troop 95 from Irmo, S.C. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

Boy Scouts with Troop 95 from Irmo, S.C., build pull-up bars at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., as part of their Eagle Scout project with help of the 169th Civil Engineer Squadron, Oct. 5, 2013.  The project is a leadership task and final step before earning Eagle Scout. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

Boy Scouts with Troop 95 from Irmo, S.C., build pull-up bars at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., as part of their Eagle Scout project with help of the 169th Civil Engineer Squadron, Oct. 5, 2013. The project is a leadership task and final step before earning Eagle Scout. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, South Carolina -- Next time you run on the base track, take a moment to knock out a few pull-ups on the newly built pull-up station.

Boy Scout Troop 95 from Irmo, S.C., came to McEntire to help improve overall base fitness by building new pull-up bars next to the base running track, Oct. 5. Zebulon Morgan, a Life Scout with Troop 95, was tasked with his final requirement. It is an eagle project leadership task and will be his final task to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Troop 95's relationship with the South Carolina Air National Guard in prior projects helped Morgan in identifying a need for pull-up bars.

"We have done Eagle Scout projects on the base before, so we asked if we could assist them," said Morgan.

After the scouts were approved to assist in the building of the bars, Morgan was able to gather fellow scouts to help with the labor. They joined forces with the 169th Civil Engineer Squadron, who provided the supplies and guidance to start the project.

"This is fourth in a series of Eagle [Scout] projects done here at McEntire in a mutually beneficial relationship. The base gets the benefit of the final product and the Eagle [Scout] candidates get to work on a project to attain their Eagle [Scout] rank," said Lt. Col. Glenn Boatwright, Deputy Director Strategic Plans for Operations, South Carolina Air National Guard Joint Force Headquarters.

The scouts were able to work as a team along with supervision from their scout masters and guidance from Master Sgt. Stephen Rector, 169th Civil Engineer Squadron, to build the pull-up station.