- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 17, 2005

Many operations retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Forrest K. Foreman conducted during his military career will remain unknown.

But the name of the former Green Beret and original Delta Force member will never be forgotten thanks to his best friend, retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur A. Hutchins.

Yesterday, Sgt. Maj. Hutchins took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new athletic field, which will include a memorial that bears Sgt. Maj. Foreman’s name. Sgt. Maj. Hutchins, 62, donated $250,000 toward the construction of the newly christened Veterans Field that will be on the grounds of the Calverton School in Huntingtown, Md.

“I think most people don’t even come close to having a clue about the sacrifices veterans make,” said Sgt. Maj. Hutchins, whose son Ryan is a sophomore at the school. “They’ll know he was someone of importance and that he was a Green Beret … a special person.”

The 5-foot-tall blue and gray granite column will stand near the multipurpose athletic field and will have a bronze plaque with Sgt. Maj. Foreman’s name inscribed on it.

The two men served together in the Green Berets and formed a fast friendship — one that not even the horrors of war could break.

“I was in a parachute accident in 1983 and broke 27 bones. I was dead on arrival and he pulled me through all of that,” Sgt. Maj. Hutchins said. “We worked together, served together and took vacations together.”

They were best friends for about 40 years.

Sgt. Maj. Foreman served in Lebanon in 1958, and later served in Vietnam and Thailand as part of the Army’s Special Forces. In 1977, he was selected to be one of the first four original members of the Delta Force, an elite Army counterterrorism unit.

He participated in the 1980 Desert One raid, a failed military operation to rescue 53 U.S. hostages held in Tehran.

“It was his airplane that was hit by one of the helicopters as they were moving around,” Sgt. Maj. Hutchins said. “A number of his people were killed and he narrowly escaped that.”

Sgt. Maj. Foreman was 67 when he died in October, Sgt. Maj. Hutchins said, only a few days after returning from a vacation to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Sgt. Maj. Foreman had gone there with his wife, Isabel, Sgt. Maj. Hutchins and his wife.

Mrs. Foreman fought back tears during yesterday’s ceremony. The two met in 1979 and married in March 2000. “I think this is a great honor and he would have liked it a lot,” she said. “He was a very, very generous person and a great soldier. That was his life.”

Veterans Field will be a part of Calverton’s new Cougar Athletic Complex, a $4.5 million project that has been in the works since 1996. Yesterday’s ceremony included a ribbon-cutting and a performance of the national anthem by Calverton’s All-School Chorus.

Officials of the school, which enrolls 400 students from prekindergarten through 12th grade, said the facility will boost their athletic programs and honor those who served their country in the military.

“This field will be named Veterans Field in honor of all those who served our country,” said Greg Zecca, the school’s athletic director. “I am honored that Forrest Foreman will be honored at this complex.”

David Spaulding, a junior and co-captain of the school’s lacrosse team, said the field’s name and the memorial will not be taken for granted. His team will be one of many that will use the new field.

“We’ll come back to look after college, and we’ll remember what’s been going on with the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism,” said David, 17. “It’s a great reminder and the dedication is for a great cause.”

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