A Scout will raise to the rank of “Eagle”  this Sunday October 5, 2014 for making our display case for the Visitors Center


He is David Tactikos of Winchester


He is a senior at Handley High School. Troop 9. The F&I War Foundation wishes to give a huge thanks to David and to Mr. Tony Manzione.


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See Newsletter about the genesis of this project now completed.  Click on Newsletter Volume 8 Issue February 2013 and scroll down until you see the article on the David Tactikos

Portion of that newsletter on the Eagle Scout Candidate David Tactikos presented here below:

The Education and Outreach Committee is pleased to announce the establishment of a partnership with Boy Scouts America, Shenandoah Area Council. After an initial meeting and a tour of the Fort Loudoun Site, local Scout leader Tony Manzione has expressed an interest in working with the French & Indian War Foundation to generate projects that would help boy scouts in Winchester achieve the highest rank possible – that of Eagle Scout.

Boy Scouts aspiring to attain the rank of Eagle must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath, service and leadership. This would include a detailed service project that the Eagle candidate plans, organizes, leads and manages.

Luckily, the FIWF has a handful of such projects that we are trying to achieve, so the partnership is a perfect fit and provides an outstanding “win-win” scenario for both groups.

The first project, being managed by Eagle Scout candidate, David Tactikos, is the construction of a display case for the FIWF at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitor on Pleasant Valley Road. This display offers the opportunity to put artifacts and period items of interest in the public eye and inform visitors, and the local citizenry, of the historical significance of the Fort Loudoun site.

The display case will have brochureboxes attached to the sides to house informationalliterature provided by both the FIWF and the Visitor Center.

Sally Coates, the manager of the Visitor Center, has graciously offered space for the FIWF to place the display and has been involved with the project since its inception.The display case will match the contemporary look of the display furnishings at the Visitor Center and will have a “wall” backing that resembles the exterior of Fort Loudoun as it may have looked back in the 1700’s. The interior will be lined with felt and the case will contain a locked storage area beneath to house display items that can be rotated at the discretion of the Visitor Center.

A wall track will facilitate the hanging of pictures, if they are desired. David and Tony presented their proposal to the FIWF at the December Board meeting and received an enthusiastic endorsement. The projected completion date of the case is May 2013.

Any members wishing to provide suggestions for display content may contact: