During ceremonies for induction on Thursday, the Special Forces, Psychological Operations, and Civil Affairs communities recognized eight new recruits and veterans as distinguished and honorary members as well as one Army unit.
The inductions, which are known as distinguished or honorary members of regiments, serve as a bridge between former soldiers and active-duty personnel, according to Maj. Gen. Patrick Roberson, deputy head of the US Special Operations Command. “We must thank those who helped make our past successes possible. These guys can teach us a lot, Roberson added. In the event on Thursday, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Lamb, who comes from a military family, was inducted into the regiment while dressed in a World War II outfit. In the aftermath, Lamb observed, “It’s humbling. We weren’t the ones who did it. We were supported by giants who served as my best friends, substitute fathers, or kept me out of trouble.” On Thursday, retired Brig. Gen. Ferdinand Irizarry, the regiment’s outgoing honorary colonel, retired Col. James Wolff, the regiment’s incoming honorary colonel, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Kohring, the regiment’s outgoing honorary command sergeant major, and Sandoval, the regiment’s incoming honorary command sergeant major, were also honored.