Editorial Salute - 8/23/12

Two weeks ago, Colonel Richard Clarke, exchanged an eagle for a star, as he was formally promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General.  Commissioned in the infantry upon graduation from West Point,  General Clarke has connections to Georgia and Savannah, arriving here in 2004, to command Hunter's 1/75th Rangers, then moving over to Fort Benning in Columbus to take command of the entire 75th Ranger Regiment.  Follow-on assignments included the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, and his current position as Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in New York.

A graduate of the National War College, Rich Clarke has amassed a truly distinguished Army career, with many more accomplishments and well-deserved promotions yet ahead for this stellar leader.  He's a terrific reminder, both of how sought-after commands in Savannah, Hinesville, Beaufort and King's Bay are, and how well so many of these officers do beyond their tours, within our great, military-supportive region. Our congratulations to Savannah-alum, Brigadier-General Rich Clarke, and sincere thanks for his more than two-decades of service in defense of our nation.