Rusty Dennen covers military affairs and the environment for The Free Lance-Star. .
New commander at Fort A.P. Hill
A West Point graduate with three combat tours under his belt is the new commander at the 76,000-acre Army base, which straddles Caroline and Essex counties. Lt. Col. Peter Dargle took over in a ceremony today.
He replaces Lt. Col. John Haefner, who is moving on to the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. Prior to coming here, Dargle worked for the Joint Staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. Central Command.
As the sound of small-arms fire from ranges popped in the background, Dargle told a crowd assembled under two tents near Romenick Hall that, as the military transitions from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, “Fort A.P. Hill is uniquely postured to answer that call to accomplish our mission–providing the best training anywhere.”
Over 90,000 troops from all branches of the military trained at Fort A.P. Hill last year. See tomorrow’s story for more details.