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(Clermont, Florida)
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Mr Jeff (Jeffery Kelly)

Mr Jeff is an Eagle scout and served almost 11 years in the Army.  He earned his Eagle in May of 1999 and signed with the Army Dec of the same year. Right out of High School he was flown away for boot camp and AIT training. Upon completion he returned to Central Florida and attended a year of college at Florida Christian College in Kissimmee (Now Johnson Bible College) then came 9/11. It was during his year at FCC he learned that he was being called to active duty to fight in the war against terror in Irag in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. February of 2003 he was whisked off to the Middle East. He went on to serve 2 more deployments to Iraq.  During his 3rd deployment in August of 2008 a roadside ambush left him injured and unable to continue on with active status. Feb 2011 Jeff was finally medically retired from the job he loved and sent home to face civilian life.

Jeffery and his family now reside in Oakland where they were the recipients of the 4th built mortgage free house from "Home at Last" a project of West Orange Habitat for Humanity for severely wounded OEF veterans. He has 3 children Jade 13, Lindsey 10 and Clayton 5.

Sadly his injuries left him confined to a wheel chair for 98% of his day due to severe pain at the injury site. Finally Drs were convinced in 2014 that amputation of his injured foot was the only choice left to try to relieve the constant agony. August of 2014 his left foot was removed just below the knee and there has been no slowing him down since. Mr Jeff is also the Scoutmaster of our all new Scouts BSA troop for girls which chartered Feb 1st

Mr Tim (Tim Strickland)

Mr Tim is a 2ndgeneration Eagle scout following his father who earned his Eagle in1939. Tim was awarded Eagle in 1978 and was fortunate to attend theworld Jamboree in 1979 held in Sweden. In 1980 Tim worked with the USAmbassador in Sri Lanka as an exchange student. Tim was commissioned as aNaval officer in 1987 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1989.In 1990 he piloted a Navy P3C aircraft tracking and prosecutingSoviet submarines operating in the Pacific Ocean. During Operation Dessert Stormhe flew over 200 combat mission hours in Iraq. Mr Tim went on to buildthe most successful audio production company in Hawaii, On the RockRecording, and worked with companies such as OWN Network, MTV, CBS, Discovery Channel and worked closely with Scott Caan, JasonScott Lee, DB Sweeney, Hawaii 5-0 actors and others.  Timis married and has 3 children the oldest of which is a troop member andworking towards the Eagle rank. Tim’s wife Jo is a Chaplain at a localhospital and together they own several vacation villas here in theClermont area. He and his family are active members at Family ChristianCenter.

Mrs Dianne (Dianne Marin)

Mrs Dianne is a SCOUT MOM from the word go :). She has 3 boys... Her oldest is an Eagle Scout and attending college while the 2 younger boys are active members of the troop. Her middle on currently a Life scout working on Eagle and the youngest not too far behind. Mrs Dianne came to Florida in 2006 from New Jersey. She became CubMaster in 2008 with Cub Scout Pack 998 and in 2010 was a founding member of Boy Scout Troop 998 when her oldest crossed out of cubs. She loves the outdoors and many of the adventurous camping activities that the boys get involved with. She is very knowledgeable on the mechanics of scouting and teaching scout skills. Mrs Dianne is a great asset for the boys troop and is now also Assistant Scoutmaster of our all new Scouts BSA all girl troop.