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Change of Command for Local Ranger Battalion

They're honoring Army Rangers for their role in the Middle East, recognizing more than 200 for their roles in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Now there's a welcome home, and a farewell, on the Rangers' 30th anniversary. While soldiers fresh off a homecoming were rewarded for their roles in the Middle East, they also said goodbye to the man who led them in battle.

Two hundred of the Rangers' finest were honored in historic Forsyth Park yesterday. Thirty years ago, the first battalion laced up their boots. Now, soldiers like PFC Michael Grimm earned their place in Army Ranger history. "Tradition plays a big part of it," he told us. "It's a great place to come and be a part of the 1st Battalion."

Soldiers received their awards and said goodbye to their commander, Lt. Col. Michael Kershaw. "It's hard," Kershaw said. "That's part of the job, but you got to move on."

In a change of command ceremony, he turned over the reigns of command to his former classmate, Lt. Col. Richard Clarke.

"It's wonderful to just be with the 1st Battalion with such history," said Clarke. "It is truly an honor for me to be here."

While the awards are nice, PFC Grimm says being home is even better. He also knows the homecoming could be cut short at a moment's notice. "Today, tomorrow, three months from now, we're always on call," he said. "That's what we're here for."

While some Rangers, like Grimm, received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, a few others were awarded Purple Hearts.

As for Lt. Col. Kershaw, he's headed to Washington, DC, and from there he will head up an infantry brigade in Fort Drum, New York.

Reported by: Don Logana,

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