More than 200 volunteers helped ensure each of the approximately 9,500 graves at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery has a miniature American flag placed beside it in time for Memorial Day, said assistant director Todd Newkirk.
From a field of 51 teams of two Ranger-qualified service members, Team 23 from Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade won the title of "Best Ranger" for the 2018 Best Ranger Competition April 15 at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Morning run kicks off three days of grueling competition that will push teams to cover more than 60 miles with little time for food and sleep before the best team in the military is selected Sunday afternoon.
Guests for 6 p.m. CST Thursday event in the performing arts building on Samford Avenue include Medal of Honor recipients retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, and retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Livingston, recalling their service in the war and Joe Galloway, a war correspondent and co-author of the 1992 book, “We Were Soldiers Once…and Young” will deliver the keynote address.
Called Columbus Salutes the Centennial, the free event featured living history performances, rock climbing , military displays and other equipment to recognize the post that was established as Camp Benning in 1918
While 1st Sgt. Jeffery Valentine was a staff sergeant and instructor with the 4th Ranger Training Brigade in 2005, he volunteered to be body-cast as an historic soldier museum figure to be displayed at the new National Infantry Museum and Soldier