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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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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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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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Fort Campbell Special Operations units welcome Challenge

 

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

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – An adult sporting a neon rainbow mow hawk or an oversized colorful tutu may attain disapproving glances in many societies, but it is a motivator to others.

On any given weekend across the nation you can find Americans of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels wearing their personalities as they participate in a vast variety of fun runs or fitness competitions from Tough Mudders and mud runs to foam festivals.

Two ladies take a second to pose for a photo at the finish line of the Special Operations Forces Warrior Challenge hosted by the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) on June 8th, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Photo By: Spec. Seth Plagenza)

Two ladies take a second to pose for a photo at the finish line of the Special Operations Forces Warrior Challenge hosted by the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) on June 8th, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Photo By: Spec. Seth Plagenza)

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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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Tennessee Titans give to Green Beret Families

 

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

5th Special Forces160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell, KY – Members from the Tennessee Titans’ community relations team took time on March 5th to visit the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, KY, to make heartfelt contributions to the two units.

On behalf of Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. they donated $5,000 in grants to the veteran associations of the two elite organizations.

Members of the Special Forces Association receive a heartfelt donation from the Tennessee Titans Community Relations staff. Bob Hyde, Titans Vice President of Community Relations, and Jerry Blessing, Titans Community Relations Event Coordinator, on behalf of Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs)

Members of the Special Forces Association receive a heartfelt donation from the Tennessee Titans Community Relations staff. Bob Hyde, Titans Vice President of Community Relations, and Jerry Blessing, Titans Community Relations Event Coordinator, on behalf of Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs)

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5th Special Forces Group Green Beret speaks the right language

 

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

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – In an emergency room or a hospital you will find a group of people who all have one thing in common; they need medical care. The level of care might range from a common cold, to a broken bone or life threatening trauma.

Our society has not only grown to rely on, but also to trust in our medical system and the care provided, whether it is a medic on an ambulance or by doctors in the emergency room.

Special Forces medical sergeants with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) learn invaluable skills during training with the staff and doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Soldiers spend a four week rotation at the well known training hospital in order to keep their minds and skills sharp.  (Courtesy Photo)

Special Forces medical sergeants with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) learn invaluable skills during training with the staff and doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Soldiers spend a four week rotation at the well known training hospital in order to keep their minds and skills sharp. (Courtesy Photo)

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5th Special Forces Group Green Berets compete for title “Best ODA”

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Approximately 24 men stood receiving a mission brief on what was to come. At this point there was no turning back; in less than 24 hours they would watch the sun rise, set, and rise again enduring a series of events designed to test their minds and bodies to the max, proving they exceed the Special Operations Forces’ attributes.

Green Berets from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as The Legion, exited a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at approximately 10:00am on September 11th, 2012, and parachuted directly into a water drop zone marking the beginning of their 40-plus mile journey.

A Special Forces Operational Detachment A from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) continues movement during a two-day competition that began on September 11. The Green Berets totaled more than 40 miles beneath their feet with a minimum of 50 pounds on their backs. (Photo by Pfc. Seth Plagenza)

A Special Forces Operational Detachment A from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) continues movement during a two-day competition that began on September 11. The Green Berets totaled more than 40 miles beneath their feet with a minimum of 50 pounds on their backs. (Photo by Pfc. Seth Plagenza)

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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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