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75th Ranger Regiment First Battalion holds change of command


It's been a week of big changes for our armed forces, with the president's announcement on Monday of plans to wind down the war in Iraq.

On Thursday, change came right here at home when a new leader took command of the Hunter Army Airfield 75th Ranger Regiment First Battalion.

The outgoing commander, Col. Robert Harman, said he's leaving a battalion that's ready for anything. The battalion just returned from Afghanistan in the spring, and right now, they're shifting the focus of their training as America shifts the focus of its foreign policy.

Their goal now is to be ready to fight in any environment, anywhere in the world.

"There's also the thought process of jungle, to get ourselves back into that mindset," said Harman. "We're very comfortable in the desert, but we're trying to shift our training somewhat to make sure that we're ready for any type of environment."

Harman handed over commands to Lt. Col. Brandon Tegtmeier on Thursday in a ceremony.

Tegtmeier said he is excited to take over such a strong group of men and women.

"Well, first it's an incredible honor," Tegtmeier said. "You know the battalion commander is no more critical than any other guy in the unit. It's actually pretty humbling to be in the same crowd as these guys."

This isn't the last stint in the desert for these Rangers though. They're due to ship back to Afghanistan early next year for another four month deployment.

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