Dedication honors former 7ID leader

7th Infantry Division
Story by Staff Sgt. Mark Miranda

Date: 12.27.2013
Posted: 01.07.2014 12:43
News ID: 118897
Dedication honors former 7ID leader

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Soldiers and family members crowded into the newly named Col. Darron Wright conference room Dec. 27, to dedicate it in memory of the former 7th Infantry Division operations officer.<br /> <br /> More than 200 soldiers, family and friends attended the ceremony honoring Wright, who died Sept. 23 while conducting “a standard MC-6 parachute jump at Sicily Drop Zone,” according to a statement from Fort Bragg, N.C.<br /> <br /> Wright, who died at age 45, was honored with a speech by the 7th Infantry Division Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza.<br /> <br /> “It’s a special day for the 7th ID, and for the family of Col. Darron Wright,” said Lanza. “Darron was a presence and today we commemorate his life and celebrate his achievements.”<br /> <br /> Wright, of Mesquite, Texas, had an active duty career that was interwoven with service in the 7th Infantry Division. During his 26-year career, he served at all three stateside locations where the 7th ID “Bayonet” flag has flown: Fort Ord; Fort Carson; and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. <br /> <br /> The dedication ceremony gave Darron’s friends and family members their first look at the bronze plaque on the door to the conference room with the words, " May we never forget those past and present who answered the call to defend us and provide the blanket of freedom we sleep under every night.”