Being a Girl Scout is not just about selling those famous cookies and raising money; it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to earn the honor of wearing a Girl Scout vest.

Clare Edmonds, an eighth grader at New Century International Middle School in Fayetteville, knows all about working hard to obtain her goals.

Edmonds has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and is currently at the Cadette level with local Troop 1471.

“I have 16 badges from Girl Scouts as a Cadette and I’m currently working on winning the Silver Award badge,” she said.

According to, the Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. This award displays to the community that the Cadette is a determined, dedicated leader working to improve her community.

“Receiving the Silver Award badge is going to be a really big accomplishment for me because it takes a lot of hard work,” said Edmonds.

Edmonds had the opportunity to brief Lt. Col Mike Johns, Fort Bragg’s deputy provost marshal, on her efforts to earn her Silver Award by making the community a better place.

It was then suggested Clare participate in Operation Enforce Standards on Aug. 23, said Maj. Christine M. Whitmer, Fort Bragg’s provost marshal operations officer, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne).

Whitmer said the monthly operation is an effort to target areas within the Fort Bragg community that require special emphasis in the areas of distracted driving and speed enforcement.

“It’s a way for the MPs to get out and be proactive in the community,” said Whitmer.

Once the MPs identified and pulled over the “distracted driver,” they were given one of two options — a ticket or a brief from Edmonds.

As most people would assume, the majority of the drivers opted for the brief from Edmonds.

“I assisted the MPs by giving a brief to anyone who was pulled over for distracted driving, and I listed the dangers it caused,” said Edmonds.

Parents hope for their children’s safety at all times and knowing the dangers can be a great preventive measure.

“From a dad’s perspective, it makes me feel good to have a 13-year-old who is going to be driving in a couple of years understand the importance of not being distracted while driving,” said Clare’s father, Col. Mark L. Edmonds, director of Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command. “I think her involvement in the helping the community is terrific; I would encourage all parents to support their children to volunteer within the community.”

Overall, Clare had a very positive influence on the operation said Whitmer.

“Everyone that I briefed was very cooperative by listening to the dangers of distracted driving,” said Clare. “I had a lot of fun participating in the operation and the hour that I helped the MPs seemed to fly by.”

“We will definitely be seeing more of this young lady as a future leader,” said Whitmer. “She is very driven, goal-orientated, and well-spoken for a person of her age.”

“I enjoy community service projects; it helps make the world a better place,” said Edmonds.