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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) honor the fallen and their families at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, family members, and friends of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as The Legion, gathered together on Gabriel Field to remember their fallen during a Memorial Ceremony, May 18th.

To a passerby, Gabriel Field may resemble a typical parade field where units conduct ceremonies, training or host unit events, but to the families and Soldiers of the Legion, it is more than that. It is hallowed ground. It is a place of remembrance.

Soldiers prepare to assist Col. Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), in the laying of a wreath at one end of Gabriel Field in remembrance of the heroic service of the unit's fallen during a Memorial Ceremony May 18, 2013.  Gabriel Field was named in honor of Specialist 5 James P. Gabriel, who was one of the first Green Berets to be killed in Vietnam. It is memorialized with 57 markers placed around the perimeter of the field, each shadowed by an oak tree in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in training or combat operations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

Soldiers prepare to assist Col. Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), in the laying of a wreath at one end of Gabriel Field in remembrance of the heroic service of the unit’s fallen during a Memorial Ceremony May 18, 2013. Gabriel Field was named in honor of Specialist 5 James P. Gabriel, who was one of the first Green Berets to be killed in Vietnam. It is memorialized with 57 markers placed around the perimeter of the field, each shadowed by an oak tree in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in training or combat operations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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5th Special Forces Group, 2nd Battalion “The Legion” Dedicates Building in honor of Mr. Gary Beikirch

 

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5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families and friends from 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as The Legion, gathered together on the morning of September 22nd, 2012, to pay tribute to a veteran and former member of the unit.

The tribute was in the form of the newly dedicated battalion operations complex, now named Beikirch Hall, for 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A), in honor of Mr. Gary Beikirch, a Medal of Honor recipient.

Col. Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Lt. Col. John R. Dyke, commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th SFG (A), join Mr. Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor recipient and former member of the 5th SFG, and his wife Loreen, in front of a plaque recognizing the newly dedicated Beikirch Hall, the headquarters for 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A), Sept. 22, 2012. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

Col. Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Lt. Col. John R. Dyke, commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th SFG (A), join Mr. Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor recipient and former member of the 5th SFG, and his wife Loreen, in front of a plaque recognizing the newly dedicated Beikirch Hall, the headquarters for 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A), Sept. 22, 2012. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

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Jordanian Special Operations Forces, 5th Special Forces partner for Best Warrior Competition

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – For the first time in its history two joint teams, consisting of soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Jordanian Special Operations Forces, competed in the 3rd Annual Best Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Center, Hashemite Kingdom in Jordan, May 8th-12th.

Despite having less than two weeks to train and prepare for the contest the two joint teams, made up of four U.S. Special Forces and three Jordanian SOF soldiers each, finished sixth and twelfth overall out of 22 teams that entered the 4-day competition. 

Special Forces Soldiers from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) compete with select members of the Jordanian Special Operations Forces in the 3rd Annual King Abdullah II Best Warrior Competition, 8th-12th May 2011, in Amman, Jordan. (U.S. Army photo)

Special Forces Soldiers from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) compete with select members of the Jordanian Special Operations Forces in the 3rd Annual King Abdullah II Best Warrior Competition, 8th-12th May 2011, in Amman, Jordan. (U.S. Army photo)

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Soldiers volunteer to help Boy Scouts earn merit badge

 

Written by Spc. Kelly Fox
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Volunteers from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) helped Boy Scouts from the Middle Tennessee Council earn their Rifle Merit Badge on Fort Campbell October 16th. The Soldiers taught the Scouts gun safety and familiarization using the .22 caliber rifle.

“Safety is the number one factor in shooting guns,” said Master Sgt. Mike Peden, a volunteer instructor for the training. Peden also put the Scouts in scenarios and asked them questions regarding the situation so they have a better understanding on why safety is so important.

Three fundamentals for safe gun handling are to point the weapon in a safe direction, keep finger off the trigger, and do not load until ready to fire, he said. Peden said it is important to discuss gun safety because accidents happen every day.

Dave Davis (center) instructs Boy Scout Jared Barham on a Fort Campbell firing range Oct. 16th. Scouts from the Middle Tennessee Council received weapons training from volunteers to earn their Rifle Merit Badge.  (Photo by Spc. Kelly Fox)

Dave Davis (center) instructs Boy Scout Jared Barham on a Fort Campbell firing range Oct. 16th. Scouts from the Middle Tennessee Council received weapons training from volunteers to earn their Rifle Merit Badge. (Photo by Spc. Kelly Fox)

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Worst and best military experience of Randy Allen Emerson

 
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Jessica Emerson

Author Jessica Emerson  is the winner of the “Most Heroic” Kiwanis “Interview a Veteran” essay contest. We are pleased to present her essay.

Randy Allen Emerson was born on March 8, 1965 in Barre, Vermont, and entered the U.S. Army on March 7, 1984.  He spent his first two years stationed in Illesheim, Germany, and then was transferred to the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY with the 3/327 Infantry unit.

One of his most prized accomplishments was becoming a “Ranger”.  He was Department of the Army selected for recruiting duty where he served in Monroe, Michigan, for three years.  He then attended the Special Forces selection course at Ft. Bragg, NC, and then onto completing the qualification (Q) course where he became a Green Beret Engineer.  He was destined to be part of the Middle East conflicts as he had become fluent in modern Arabic, and also Persian Farcy languages.  Ft. Campbell is designated to the Middle East, so he was then transferred back to Kentucky. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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