Thank You!

We, the undersigned, as duly elected representatives of our respective veterans organizations, are for retaining the Black Beret as a unique symbol of earned accomplishment solely for U.S. Army Rangers. The Army-wide issuance of the Ranger Black Beret would erode the power of the symbol.

We do, however, support the efforts of General Shinseki in transforming our Army into a more lethal, deployable and professional armed force.

Thank you,

Emmett Hiltibrand, President,
75th Ranger Regiment Association
Jim Grimshaw, President,
U.S. Army Ranger Association
Minor Kelso, President,
Ranger Infantry Companies of the Korean War
Phil Piazza, President,
Merrill's Marauder's Association
Jim Joiner, President
101st Airborne Division Association
Wayne Lawley, President,
Special Forces Association
John Kormann, President,
17th Airborne Division Association
Bob Nesbitt, President
187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team Association
Merle W. McMorrow, President,
517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team
We would also like to thank individuals in the following organizations for visiting '': - The United States Senate - Office of the Secretary of Defense - Headquarters, Department of the Army - USAF Headquarters - Southern Command - U.S. Navy Aviation - Ft. Bragg, home to the 82nd Airborne and USASOC - USAF Special Operations - US Army Korea - US Army South - Tank-automotive and Armaments Command - The Army War College - Motorola - Defense Information Systems Agency - Defense Energy Support Center - Ft. Irwin - Department of Justice - Soldier System Center - Soldier and Biological Chemical Command - 5th Signal Command, US Army Europe - US Army Europe - Army National Guard - US Army Europe, home to the 98th Area Support Group - Elmendorf AFB - Ft. Hood - Ft. Carson, home to 10th Special Forces Group - Boeing Aircraft - Air Force Institute of Technology - Ft. Polk, home of the Joint Readiness Training Center - USMC Reserves - - Air National Guard - US Armed Forces Stationed in Japan. - Ft. Campbell - The Army's Intranet - Ft. Lewis    
More to come!