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The Pittsburgh Chapter of NESA facilitates the administration of a number of awards recognizing the merits of Eagles spanning all ages. 

  • The Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (Adams Award)
  • The National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA Award)
  • The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA Award)

To learn more about each of these awards, select them from the navigation drop-down menu, above. Contact information for the NESA Awards Committee is below. 

NESA Awards Committee Chair - Ron Herring

Ron Herring spent his entire career at Mine Safety Appliances Company (now MSA-The Safety Company).  He started in 1983 as a sales rep in New Jersey in MSA's Safety Products Division and worked his way up to being its Vice-President, General Manager.  When the Safety Products Division was combined with MSA’s Instrument Division, Ron was promoted to Vice-President, Global Product Leadership where he served for 5 years as MSA’s Chief Technology and Chief Marketing Officer.  Ron then moved to Europe to become President of MSA’s International operations in Europe, the Middle East, India, Russia and the Caspian Region, and after 4 years, he became Senior Vice-President, and President of all of MSA’s International operations outside of North and South America.  In 2016 Ron moved back to the Pittsburgh area and retired from MSA in October, 2017 after over 34 years with the company.

Ron Herring became an Eagle Scout in 1977 as a member of Troop 86 (Chingarora District) in Marlboro, NJ (Monmouth County Council) after having earned his Arrow of Light in P155. He attended Philmont Scout Ranch as a youth and was a member of the Order of the Arrow.  In 1998 Ron became the Cubmaster of P161 for 2 years in the Greater Pittsburgh Council.  After that, he was a committee member of P161 for 2 years and then the Webelos Den Leader for another 2 years.  When his two sons joined T17 he ran the citizenship merit badges for the troop, was involved in the venture crew, and served as an Eagle Scout sponsor for several boys.  In 2004-05, he served as the Community FOS chair for 2 years in the Japeechen District.  He also served on the Board of the Greater Pittsburgh Council for a year in 2010-11 before he moved to Berlin.  His sons Robert and James are both Eagle Scouts.

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