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1st SFG (A) Children Dominate the Kids Qualification Course

 The Army Special Forces Qualification course or “Q Course” is commonly considered some of the most rigorous training in the military. Passing the entire course can take up to two years and upon graduation, Soldiers earn the title “Green Beret.”

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Enid High grad awarded Silver Star for Afghanistan mission

Green Beret Sgt 1st Class Brian Seidl has been awarded a Silver Star for his actions during a deadly confrontation with the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Read the story below from Sgt Seidl’s hometown newspaper,  the Enid, Oklahoma News & Eagle:

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Crested Butte ski-making brothers forge tools for 10th Special Forces

For six years, brothers Caleb and Morgan Weinberg have sculpted their Romp Skis for skiers, delivering top-shelf, individually crafted toys for powder hounds.

The order from the soldiers in the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was different. Those elite Green Berets, weighing up to 225 pounds, not including their 75- to 100-pound packs, needed tools for traversing deep snow. And the kicker: Some of them aren’t accomplished skiers, so the skis needed to be short — 165 and 175 centimeters — enabling a quick, easy turn.

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Cape Fear Profile: Retired lieutenant colonel dedicated to giving

From the back seat of his armored Toyota Land Cruiser, Lt. Col. Rob Pickel locked his eyes to scan the vast mountains of Pakistan’s Lower Dir province. It was February 2010, and his convoy was traveling toward a girls’ school that extremists had threatened to flatten. Threats were prevalent at the time, but American soldiers who were in Pakistan to train the country’s military were more concerned about violence at crowded markets in Peshawar.

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A Green Beret Reflects On Necessity Of Strong Relationships With Local Allies

FORT BRAGG, NC – Green Berets are historically some of the Army’s toughest Soldiers. They’ve been to hell and back since the days before the beret, since World War II when small teams of Soldiers conducted unconventional warfare behind enemy lines, often under the umbrella of the Office of Strategic Services. Special operators fought guerrilla warfare in Europe and the Pacific and later in Korea and Vietnam. (President John F. Kennedy authorized the green beret in 1961.)

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Two Special Forces Medal of Honor Recipients Inducted
as Distinguished Members Into Special Forces Regiment

The Third Annual Great Americans Shoot Honors
Laura Berry and Raises Over $1.25 Million

Patriotic Americans Gathered to Shoot Sporting Clays to Say Thank You to The Great Americans.

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Interview with David Guernsey, Jr.
Executive Director of Special Forces Charitable Trust

The Special Forces Charitable Trust, a military nonprofit that provides meaningful and sustainable support, through programs and services, to the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets) Community, has just successfully completed its Third Annual Great Americans Shoot.

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$1.25 million raised at the Great Americans Shoot

The Third Annual Great Americans Shoot took place at Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, CA and raised $1.25 million.

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Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Medal of Honor Memorial Fund

2nd Annual Gary Gordon MOH Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk

Saturday August 27th at 9:00AM EST
Participation can be in-person or virtual.

Gordon1MSG Gary Gordon
Gary Gordon was born in Lincoln, ME in the year 1960. At the age of 18, he joined the United States Army. On October 3rd, 1993, while serving as Sniper Team Leader during the Battle of Mogadishu, MSG Gordon distinguished himself by actions far beyond the call of duty.

When a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by enemy fire, and there were no ground forces nearby to secure the crash site, Master Sergeant Gary Gordon and Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart volunteered to be sent to the crash site to protect the four critically wounded men from oncoming Somali militants. Equipped with only a sniper rifle each and a pistol, these men fought their way to the injured men and valiantly protected them.

When SFC Shughart had been fatally wounded, and MSG Gordon’s rifle ammunition had been entirely depleted, MSG Gordon returned to the helicopter wreckage to recover a rifle with the last five rounds of ammunition. Then, he selflessly handed the rifle to the injured pilot with the words “Good luck”, and he continued to defend using his pistol until he was fatally wounded. The actions of these extraordinary men saved the pilot’s life.

MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart were each posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on May 23rd, 1994 for their heroic service above and beyond the call of duty.

Gordon2The Event
You can participate in person in the 5K Fun Walk/Run virtually from anywhere in the world if you cannot make it to Lincoln for the race in person. Virtual participants will also receive the event T-shirt, a commemorative medal, and a racer’s bib in the mail.

Whether you are in Lincoln or are a virtual participant, the event is going to be really fun and memorable!  We hope that you will participate in this event no matter where you are in the world.

REGISTER FOR THE 5K

The Memorial
We are keeping the legacy of MSG Gary Gordon and his team alive by building a six-foot tall statue of Gary atop a piece of marble. The Memorial will include plaques, which will list the names and units of all the men who made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia. The Memorial will reside in Veteran’s Park in Gary’s hometown of Lincoln.

The Funds
The Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT), a certified nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is accepting donations for the Gary Gordon MOH Memorial Fund. All net proceeds from the race will go to the Gary Gordon Medal of Honor Memorial Fund, which goes toward erecting a statue Memorial with plaques for MOH recipient MSG Gary Gordon and his team.

Make a Donation
If you can not make it to the event in person or virtually, but you would still like to make a donation, click the link below. Please include that the donation is for the MSG Gary Gordon Memorial Fund when making your donation. Thank you.

DONATE TODAY!


Town donates to Gold Star Families Memorial – Moultrie News

June 14 was a special day in Mount Pleasant, as it was the ground breaking for the South Carolina Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at Patriots Point. The cost to construct the memorial is upwards of $65,000, and the organization was just shy of that goal.

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Green Beret medic could be next Vietnam War MOH recipient

The story of Green Beret Gary Michael Rose’s heroism is an epic of classified warfare and a stinging media scandal, but it might soon end with a Medal of Honor.
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To hell and back

A team of Green Berets are sent to take out a terrorist leader of the Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, a terrorist group with links to the Taliban, and after falling into a deadly trap, must fight their way off a mountain to survive.

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North Carolina couple awarded for lifetime of philanthropy

A very special honor for a special couple from Denver, North Carolina.  We thank them for all of their charitable work.

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The Great Americans Shoot Aims for Another Record Breaking Event for Special Forces Charitable Trust and Other Military Nonprofits

NEWHALL, CA  – The Third Annual 2016 Great Americans Shoot takes place at Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, CA from September 23-25 and is aiming to surpass the previous two years’ fundraising records.  The charity sporting clay shoot has been expanded to three days to benefit the Special Forces Charitable Trust (www.specialforcescharitabletrust.org) and other military nonprofits that provide support to active duty service members and veterans.  Nearly $3 million has been raised since the Shoot’s inception in 2014.

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