January 3, 2017
Former Sea Scout Skipper William J. Howie and his two sons William and Christopher paid a courtesy visit to the National Scout Office on January 3, 2018.
Left to right Hilberto B. Riverol - Executive Director, Skipper William J. Howie, William Howie, Christopher Howie and Nephtali Palma - Program Executive
The Howie’s are on vacation in Belize after moving back to the UK some nine years ago.
William and Christopher joined the Scout Movement as members of the 8th Belize St. Joseph RC Scout Unit and remained there for a number of years before transferring to the Sea Scouts Unit where their dad William J. Howie was the Skipper.
They both joined the Belize Defence Force (BDF) after leaving the Sea Scout program and remained in the BDF for four years. William transferred to the 6th Battalion The Rifles where he served for one year then transferred to the 39th Signal Regiment where he remained for 3 ½ years. Then he transferred to the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire at which time Cristopher joined the same Battalion. They have both served in Cyprus, Germany and most recently in Kabul, Afghanistan on OP Toral 5, in support of NATO commitments.
While serving on OP Toral 5, their duties included guarding the camp, Mission Tasking and Force Protection which has been their primary duty.
While serving in Kabul, Christopher received the Commander’s British Forces Afghanistan Commendation for performance above current Rank by acting as 2IC Section Commander within the Platoon for spotting drones during the night using thermal and night sight while providing security for the camp and assets.
The Howie’s say a big thank you to the Scouts of Belize. They both had this to say “Scouting contributed in making us independent and mature and we learned valuable skills which helped us massively in our military careers”.
Congratulations to Christopher and William, we are proud of you guys. We are also proud of dad William J. Howie and Mrs. Howie.