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5th Special Forces Legionnaires at Fort Campbell welcome new group Commander

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – The Soldiers of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as the Legion, welcomed a new commander July 12th.

Colonel Scott Brower relinquished command of the Legion to Col. John Brennan during a ceremony held here at Gabriel Field.

Brigadier Gen. Christopher Haas, commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), praised Brower for his leadership, high standards, and outstanding results.

Col. John Brennan accepts the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Colors from Brig. Gen. Christopher Haas, commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, as he assumes command from Col. Scott Brower during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, July 12th, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Spec. Seth Plagenza)

Col. John Brennan accepts the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Colors from Brig. Gen. Christopher Haas, commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, as he assumes command from Col. Scott Brower during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, July 12th, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Spec. Seth Plagenza)

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Fort Campbell 5th Special Forces Operations Complex Memorialized as Howard Hall

 

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

5th Special Forces based at Fort Campbell, KYFort Campbell, KY – Bob Howard grew up in Opelika, Alabama, in a house on a hill accessed by a single road. At the bottom of the hill living in two houses on either side of the road were two families, each with several boys that were both older and bigger than him.

Bob Howard was a smart boy. He knew the odds were not in his favor if he challenged the boys, so every day on his way home from school he would devise a different plan to get past the boys and up the hill to his home without getting into trouble.

Colonel Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), is joined by Mrs. Melissa Gentsch, daughter of retired Army Col. Robert Howard, following the dedication of the 5th SFG (A) headquarters building in honor of Col. Howard July 3rd, 2013, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

Colonel Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), is joined by Mrs. Melissa Gentsch, daughter of retired Army Col. Robert Howard, following the dedication of the 5th SFG (A) headquarters building in honor of Col. Howard July 3rd, 2013, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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Fort Campbell Special Forces Operations complex memorialized as Williams Hall

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special Forces based at Fort Campbell, KYFort Campbell, KY – The Medal of Honor is our Nation’s highest military honor awarded for valor.  It is for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, and is awarded by the president of the United States on behalf of Congress.

To someone who does not know the true meaning of the award, it may be viewed as merely a medal that hangs around one’s neck, but it is much more than that. It is prestigious and comes at great sacrifice and selflessness.

Col. Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Lt. Col. Andrew Hanson, commander of 1st Battalion, 5th SFG (A), join Bartley Williams, son of Maj. Charles Q. Williams, a Medal of Honor recipient and former member of the 5th SFG, in unveiling a plaque June 5, during a ceremony naming the battalion’s operations complex as Williams Hall. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

Col. Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Lt. Col. Andrew Hanson, commander of 1st Battalion, 5th SFG (A), join Bartley Williams, son of Maj. Charles Q. Williams, a Medal of Honor recipient and former member of the 5th SFG, in unveiling a plaque June 5, during a ceremony naming the battalion’s operations complex as Williams Hall. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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5th Special Forces Legionnaires at Fort Campbell welcome new Battalion Commander

 

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

5th Special Forces based at Fort Campbell, KYFort Campbell, KY – The Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomed its new commander June 13th.

Lt. Col. Andrew Hanson relinquished command of the battalion to Lt. Col. David Diamond during a ceremony held here at Gabriel Field.

Col. Scott Brower, commander of the 5th SFG (A), commended Hanson for his leadership, vision, and outstanding results.

Lt. Col. David Diamond accepts the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) colors from Col. Scott Brower, commander of the 5th SFG (A), as he assumes command from Lt. Col. Andrew Hanson during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, June 13th, 2013. (U.S. Army photo)

Lt. Col. David Diamond accepts the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) colors from Col. Scott Brower, commander of the 5th SFG (A), as he assumes command from Lt. Col. Andrew Hanson during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, June 13th, 2013. (U.S. Army photo)

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5th Special Forces Group “Legion” dedicates building at Fort Campbell in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Ashley

 

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families and friends from 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as The Legion, gathered together on the morning of May 23rd, to pay tribute to a former member of the unit.

The tribute was in the form of the newly dedicated battalion operations complex, now named Ashley Hall, for 3rd Bn., 5th SFG (A), in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Ashley, a Medal of Honor recipient who paid the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the lives of others. Ashley was represented at the ceremony by his son, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Darrin Ashley, his daughter-in-law, granddaughter and nephew.

5th Special Forces Group teams are joined by members of the Ashley family following the dedication of the 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG (A) operations complex in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Ashley, Jr., May 23, 2013. Ashley was represented by (L to R) his nephew, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and son, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Darrin Ashley. Representing the 5th SFG (A) is (L to R) Command Sgt. Maj. Lyle Marsh, command sergeant major of the 3rd Bn., 5th SFG (A), Lt. Col. Lewis Powers, commander of the 3rd Bn., 5th SFG (A), Col. Scott Brower, commander of the 5th SFG (A), and Command Sgt. Maj. Dwayne Cox, command sergeant major of the 5th SFG (A). (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sam Shore)

5th Special Forces Group teams are joined by members of the Ashley family following the dedication of the 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG (A) operations complex in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Ashley, Jr., May 23, 2013. Ashley was represented by (L to R) his nephew, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and son, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Darrin Ashley. Representing the 5th SFG (A) is (L to R) Command Sgt. Maj. Lyle Marsh, command sergeant major of the 3rd Bn., 5th SFG (A), Lt. Col. Lewis Powers, commander of the 3rd Bn., 5th SFG (A), Col. Scott Brower, commander of the 5th SFG (A), and Command Sgt. Maj. Dwayne Cox, command sergeant major of the 5th SFG (A). (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sam Shore)

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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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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) honor Gold Star families

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special ForcesFort 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 honor their fallen during a Memorial Ceremony May 19th.

The annual ceremony is an opportunity to pause and remember their fallen brethren, who lived lives that had meaning and that made a difference to their families, fellow Soldiers, and those in far off lands.

5th Special Forces Group on Gabriel Field honoring their fallen brothers during a Memorial Ceremony May 19th.

5th Special Forces Group on Gabriel Field honoring their fallen brothers during a Memorial Ceremony May 19th.

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Legionnaires welcome new group Commander

 

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

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Soldiers of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomed home a familiar face as its new commander August 12th.
 
Col. Mark Mitchell relinquished command of the Legion to Col. Scott Brower during a ceremony held here at Gabriel Field. 

Brower, who becomes the Group’s 34th Commander, first and foremost recognized the exceptional service of the soldiers standing before him and those currently deployed.

Col. Scott Brower accepts the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Colors from Brig. Gen. Edward Reeder, commander, U.S. Army Special Forces Command, as he assumes command from Col. Mark Mitchell during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, August 12th, 2011. (Photo by 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs)

Col. Scott Brower accepts the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Colors from Brig. Gen. Edward Reeder, commander, U.S. Army Special Forces Command, as he assumes command from Col. Mark Mitchell during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, August 12th, 2011. (Photo by 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs)

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