Helicopter pilot to address Boy Scouts
BLACKFOOT — The Boy Scouts Spring Camporee will be Friday and Saturday at the North Bingham County Park west of Shelley. It is open to all members of the Grand Teton Council.
Retired Blackhawk helicopter pilot Nic Transtrum will speak Friday evening.
Transtrum was born and raised in Blackfoot. He enjoyed Scouting growing up and is an Eagle Scout. He earned his Eagle in 1991 by helping to improve the ball fields by State Hospital South.
Transtrum entered the U.S. Army in January 2001 at the age of 26. As part of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky., Transtrum served as a chief warrant officer and pilot of UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.
He flew about 80 combat missions over Iraq, assaulting known terrorist camps and cells.
He was permanently injured in an aircraft incident while conducting a nighttime air assault mission.
Transtrum returned to Blackfoot where he and his wife, April, are raising their five daughters—Hailey, age 8, Katie, 5, twins Erika and Mckenzie, 2, and Brianna, 5 months.
Other events at the Camporee include a compass course, demonstrations from the Red Baron model R/C airplane club, archery and hatchet-throwing.
Scouts can pre-register today at the Boy Scouts office, 205 S. Meridian, Blackfoot.
On Friday, Scouts can register at the Camporee in the North Bingham County Park near Shelley. The cost is $5 per person.