Editorial Salute - 6/30/11

Change happens. Last week, Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Jose Aguilar relinquished command to Army Lieutenant-Colonel Ed Kovaleski. Colonel Aguilar made a significant  impact at Hunter during his two-year tenure.  His primary, day-to-day role was managing the installation's facilities, so that the Army's Combat Aviation Brigade, Rangers, Night Stalkers, and other Army, Coast Guard, Marine and Air Force/Air Guard units there, could efficiently function, train and fulfill their missions, while he also tended to the needs of the military families.   Colonel Aguilar did a superb job with all of that, reinforcing Hunter's vital role as the Army's premier power-projection platform.

He accomplished even more during his tenure, notably in his outreach role within the Great Savannah community.  Working closely with the school district, he oversaw construction of a new elementary school, serving both on-and-off-post children.  He played a key, red-tape-cutting role, in bringing the Starbase initiative to Hunter, a great program, providing science, math, engineering and technology experiences for public-school 5th graders. In sum, he took his community-ambassador role to an elevated-level, benefitting both community and post.  Colonel Aguilar, wife Suzanne, and family now move to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he'll be the Chief of Staff for the Army's Engineering School.  We wish the Aguilar's all the very best in their new assignment. As one door closes, a new one opens.  We now proudly welcome another distinguished combat veteran, Lieutenant-Colonel Ed Kovaleski, wife Marcie, and family to Hunter Command, and to our very military-supportive, coastal communities.