12 pax were on hand this morning at Columbia’s Fort Jackson US Army base for a Change of Command ceremony honoring Lt. Colonel Chris “Beano” Forsythe who has been reassigned to the Eisenhower School for National Security in Washington, DC.
12 F3ers were among around 100 civilian onlookers and about 250 members of the US Army Recruiting Battalion at the Fort Jackson Officer’s Club today to watch the ceremony. An invocation was given, and flowers were presented to the wives and families of the honorees. The colors were presented, and the Army Band played the National Anthem. Some very kind words were lauded upon Lt. Colonel Beano who leaves his post as the #1 recruitment team in the entire Army. There was a ceremonial exchange of flags between Beano, the new commander, and the Command Sergeant Major. Beano said a few words – including an acknowledgment of the F3ers present, and then the incoming commander gave some brief remarks. The ceremony concluded with the singing of the Army Song, and Beano and his wife greeted those present in a receiving line. Several of his officers were visibly moved by his departure and referred to the man we know as Beano as “the best commander I have ever had.”
We, too, shall miss Beano. In just a few short months, he has brought an intensity and a discipline to our F3 workouts that we would not have experienced otherwise. We wish well Chris, his wife Julia, and their twin sons Jack and Alex as they depart for new challenges. The door is always open for your return, and you will always be welcome in Columbia!
The Warrior Ethos:
I will always place the mission first, I will never accept defeat, I will never quit, and I will never leave a fallen comrade.