Pursuant to the constitution of the USMRA, especially that part which states: "…to honor and support those who are in keeping with the highest RANGER TRADITIONS," once again this year, we establish this day to honor those veteran instructors who have served with distinction here at Camp Frank D. Merrill (CFM) and are still serving as members of USMRA.
Each of these men has served as an instructor here at CFM or other historic locations of mountain Ranger training. Each honoree has devoted himself to service of our country in peace and in war. Each has trained those Ranger students under their charge and instilled in those students the highest traditions of the Ranger legacy, selfless leadership and the desire to serve our country.
Every student who attends Ranger training here at CFM participates in a planning phase before each training operation. Within the confines of CFM, the planning is conducted at one of six structures located throughout the camp that are known as "planning bays."
To honor these men and mark this occasion, today we are placing a sign on each of the six Ranger planning bays to honor this year’s veteran Ranger instructors who are still serving, each in his own way. These signs will be displayed at the planning bays for a period of one year, when a new group of six veteran CFM Ranger instructors will be likewise honored.
The honoree's name is placed in a replica of the traditional Ranger battalion scroll patch including the year each honoree became a Ranger. The scroll patch is laid on an olive green field in which the text of the Ranger Creed has been embossed.
The signs were designed by Ranger Brian Cunningham.