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5th Special Forces Group “The Legion” holds Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

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

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – The Soldiers of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as “The Legion,” welcomed a new Command Sergeant Major during an Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, March 7th.

Command Sgt. Maj. Lyle Marsh assumed responsibility as the 29th Command Sergeant Major of the Special Forces Group during the traditional passing of the sword. The passing of the sword signifies the relinquishing of responsibility and authority from the outgoing to the incoming Command Sergeant Major.

Colonel John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) passes the traditional sword to Command Sgt. Maj. Lyle Marsh, signifying the passing of responsibility from the outgoing senior noncommissioned officer of The Legion to the incoming during an assumption of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Campbell, KY, March 7th, 2014 (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

Colonel John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) passes the traditional sword to Command Sgt. Maj. Lyle Marsh, signifying the passing of responsibility from the outgoing senior noncommissioned officer of The Legion to the incoming during an assumption of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Campbell, KY, March 7th, 2014 (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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5th Special Forces Group hosts Blood Drive at Fort Campbell

 

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – On March 6th, the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) hosted a blood drive in support of the local American Red Cross at Fort Campbell, KY.

More than 80 Soldiers and family members from The Legion and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) selflessly volunteered to help save a life.

According to Carolyn Petty, a Donor Recruitment Representative for the Red Cross in Nashville, TN, there were 60 productive units of blood donated to the Red Cross throughout the day which can help the organization save up to 180 lives in the future.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) hosted a blood drive in support of the local Red Cross on March 6th at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) hosted a blood drive in support of the local Red Cross on March 6th at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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Fort Campbell’s 716th Military Police Battalion carries out Air Assault Training

 

Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – In the last hours of darkness, January 27th, soldiers from the 1st Platoon, 218th Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), assembled in their company area with their body armor, helmets and assault bags full of gear.

The arms room issued them weapons. The area had a low murmur of activity as the military police prepared for an upcoming mission.

Soldiers from 1st Platoon, 218th Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), escort detainees to a secure area during an air assault training mission Jan. 27, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Searching and interrogating detainees can yield valuable intelligence. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers from 1st Platoon, 218th Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), escort detainees to a secure area during an air assault training mission Jan. 27, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Searching and interrogating detainees can yield valuable intelligence. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) celebrates 52 years of service

 

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

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Past and present members of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) family gathered together here last week for its annual Reunion Week festivities.

This year marked the unit’s 52nd anniversary of its activation, which originally took place September 21st, 1961, at Fort Bragg, NC. Although a time to celebrate, the “reunion” has become much more than just an annual gathering throughout the years.

The 5th SFG (A) has a storied history written by very quiet professionals, but more importantly they are a family that encompasses Veterans, past and present, families and friend of the Legion for generations past.

Col. John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Mr. Steve Woods, son of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, Mr. Frank Roe, and Col. Frederick Prins, deputy commander of the 5th SFG (A) join together for a picture at the Group’s 52nd Reunion Picnic 21 held on Gabriel Field on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 21, 2013.  Approximately 49 years after Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, a Soldier with the 5th SFG (A) during the Vietnam War, was pronounced missing and presumed dead in Vietnam his remains were finally found just days before the Group’s Reunion in Cambodia.

Col. John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Mr. Steve Woods, son of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, Mr. Frank Roe, and Col. Frederick Prins, deputy commander of the 5th SFG (A) join together for a picture at the Group’s 52nd Reunion Picnic 21 held on Gabriel Field on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 21, 2013. Approximately 49 years after Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, a Soldier with the 5th SFG (A) during the Vietnam War, was pronounced missing and presumed dead in Vietnam his remains were finally found just days before the Group’s Reunion in Cambodia.

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What a Special Forces ‘Legion Detachment’ is made of

 

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

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – A Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha is designed to be comprised of 12 highly trained Green Berets.

The team typically includes two of each specialty to include: weapons, engineering, medical, communications, and intelligence sergeants. The teams are led by a detachment commander, assistant detachment commander and a senior Special Forces team sergeant.

A Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) continues movement during a two-day competition that began on September 9. The Green Berets totaled more than 30 miles beneath their feet with a minimum of 50 pounds on their backs and completed various events designed to test their knowledge and abilities as a team. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sonya Dame)

A Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) continues movement during a two-day competition that began on September 9. The Green Berets totaled more than 30 miles beneath their feet with a minimum of 50 pounds on their backs and completed various events designed to test their knowledge and abilities as a team. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sonya Dame)

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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 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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