Editorial Salute - 7/26/12

There's a great, little hand-made sign near the main entrance to Hunter Army Airfield that reads: "Heroes Live Here."   And just like all of America's military installations, do they ever.  At Hunter are Coast Guard aviators, Marines, several Army units, active and reserve, including the 3rd ID's combat aviation arm, Garrison Command, and the multi-state, regional ROTC Command.  In addition, we're also blessed to have at Hunter two great special- operations units.  The all-world, elite, night-flyers of the 3/160 Special Operations Aviation Regiment, better known as the "Night Stalkers."  And their special operations brethren, the amazing, combat-ready, battlefield-dominating men of the 1/75 Ranger Regiment.

Yesterday, across the southern-expanse of Savannah's Forsyth Park, marched this proud Ranger battalion, a core-part of the unit's change of command ceremony.  Departing was Ranger Colonel Mike Foster, who after more than two-years in command, moves now to a prestigious fellowship assignment at Harvard University.  Taking over command of the 1/75th is Ranger Lieutenant-Colonel Rob Harman.  Born, literally, at Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the Ranger Regiment, itself, Lieutenant-Colonel Harman comes to the battalion with considerable Ranger and combat experience, and  most recently graduated from the Army War College. We thank Colonel Foster, wife Reggie, and family for their stellar-service here.  And welcome Lieutenant-Colonel Harman, wife Isabelle, and their family to the battalion, to Hunter, and to the steadfast-support of the Greater Savannah community.