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December 8, 2011
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Luther Strange
Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
Alabama Attorney General
Suzanne Webb (334) 242-7351
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(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Luther Strange will be presented the
Distinguished Eagle Award in a ceremony to be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday,
December 8, at the Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street, Suite 2200, in Montgomery.
The press is welcome to attend. The Distinguished Eagle Award is the highest
recognition of the National Eagle Scout Association. In addition, 57 Alabama Boy Scouts
will be recognized for receiving the Eagle Scout Award for 2011.

“I am truly honored to receive such a prominent award from an organization
that upholds the highest levels of character and leadership,” said Attorney General
Strange. The dignity of the National Eagle Scout Association is inspiring to young men
across our country, and the distinction of this award is a true honor that makes me
proud of my experience as an Eagle Scout.”

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award recognizes men who have reached the
highest national level of success in their field more than 25 years after becoming an
Eagle Scout. Past recipients include U.S. Presidents, military officers, educators and
business leaders. Attorney General Strange was nominated by Alabama’s Tukabatchee
Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Three other Attorneys General who also have received prominent awards from
the Boy Scouts of America commented on their Alabama colleague’s recognition as a
Distinguished Eagle Scout. Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna has received
the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and he continues to serve as a board member
with the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America. South Carolina Attorney
General Alan Wilson has received the Eagle Scout Award. Utah Attorney General Mark
Shurtleff serves as Chair of the Utah Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association
and holds scouting’s Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to the organization
and its members.

“I congratulate Luther on receiving this honor. He is an outstanding Attorney
General who exemplifies Scouting’s highest values. I’m guessing he also is now the
tallest Distinguished Eagle Scout, whose lofty stature fits well with Scouting’s lofty
ideals,” said Attorney General McKenna.

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“As an Eagle Scout and lifetime scouter, I know that scouting is the greatest
crime prevention program in the world; and most Eagle scouts excel and contribute
throughout their lives. Congratulations to General Strange on your well deserved
recognition. Your example to our youth is extraordinary. To you I say what I do in
every letter I send to new Utah Eagle Scouts: ‘Soar, Eagle, Soar’!” said Attorney General

“The Boys Scouts of America works to instill the highest principles and values in
boys on their journey to become leaders in communities across the country. This award
recognizes the fact that Attorney General Strange has joined a very special group of
men who continue to live by those ideals, and give back to this fantastic organization,”
said Attorney General Wilson.