The Soldier's Medal for heroism was awarded Wednesday at Hunter Army Airfield, by Major-General Stephen Fogarty, Commanding General of the Army's Intelligence and Security Command, to Captain Graham Inman, a pilot with the Army's 224th Military Intelligence Battalion, stationed at Hunter. In January of 2011, Captain Inman ran into a neighbor's burning home, three times, and by doing, saved the lives of a woman and her two children. Heroics, above and beyond, illustrating the great dedication, and in Captain Inman's case, along with so many others, the unquestioned courage of our military members, whether deployed or living here among us.
But this week, there's also some very sad news. Once again, our 3rd ID Combat Aviation Brigade, already stung by the loss of too many of their unit soldiers in Afghanistan, now must part with another. Chief Warrant Officer Curtis "Scott" Reagan, a proud and fitting CW-5, having attained the highest rank in the close-knit CW community, passed away last week, of a non-combat related illness, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. A family man, respected by his peers, and one of the truly great-guys, say close friends, CW-5 Reagan resided in Rincon with his loving and dedicated Army family. This was to have been his last deployment, having decided to retire upon returning home. He has now made a flight of a different kind, ascending to Heaven, there to serve with an honored-unit, the one reserved for America's very special and courageous warriors, to be missed, mightily, here, by family, friends, and his fellow soldier-aviators.