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5th Special Forces Group “Legion” honors fallen during ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Each year the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) family gathers on Gabriel Field to honor Legionnaires who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Saturday, May 17th, was no different as it brought together the Group’s Soldiers, Families, and friends, both past and present, to remember their fallen brothers.

Gabriel Field, named in honor of Specialist 5 James P. Gabriel, one of the first Green Berets to be killed in Vietnam, was memorialized with markers placed around the perimeter of the field.

A Soldier from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) places a rose on the marker of an oak tree on Gabriel Field during the Gold Star ceremony May 17, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Soldiers, Families, and friends, both past and present, gathered together to remember, reflect, and celebrate the lives of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. (Sgt. Seth Plagenza)

A Soldier from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) places a rose on the marker of an oak tree on Gabriel Field during the Gold Star ceremony May 17, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Soldiers, Families, and friends, both past and present, gathered together to remember, reflect, and celebrate the lives of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. (Sgt. Seth Plagenza)

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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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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 (Airborne) Soldier continues to break records

 

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

5th Special ForcesClarksville, TN – Most people consider completing a half marathon or full marathon once in their lifetime a major achievement; and rightfully so.

In the case of Marc Dibernardo, a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army, competing in these events, in what most would consider extreme conditions, is a way to raise awareness and support to causes that are very dear to him – wounded warriors.

What is so extreme about the way he competes in races you may ask? Consider the fact that he races wearing either a gas mask or full military gear (including helmet, body armor, and boots). It is safe to say that either of these scenarios would cause significant impairments for the average racer.

Dibernardo has broken world records wearing both.

Staff Sgt. Marc Dibernardo, a member of the U.S. Army, crosses the finish line of the Go Commando Half-Marathon in Clarksville, Tenn., Oct. 20, 2012, in a time of 1 hour and 51 minutes.  Although, not yet officially confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records, the finishing time was nine minutes faster than the record established by Guinness. In order to qualify for the record he had to complete the race in full military gear; including uniform, helmet, body armor, and boots. (Photo courtesy of Maj. Brandon Bissell)

Staff Sgt. Marc Dibernardo, a member of the U.S. Army, crosses the finish line of the Go Commando Half-Marathon in Clarksville, Tenn., Oct. 20, 2012, in a time of 1 hour and 51 minutes. Although, not yet officially confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records, the finishing time was nine minutes faster than the record established by Guinness. In order to qualify for the record he had to complete the race in full military gear; including uniform, helmet, body armor, and boots. (Photo courtesy of Maj. Brandon Bissell)

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5th Special Forces Group Legionnaires’ achievement recognized

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – The Safety Officer award was presented to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jonathan Pace, Battalion Warrant Officer for 2nd Battalion, 5th SFG (A); and the Supply Excellence Award was presented to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Truman Mays, Property Book Officer for the 5th SFG (A), and his staff, during a ceremony at the 5th SFG (A) headquarters June 26th.

Pace was recognized for his exemplary planning and execution of an incident-free battalion-level unconventional warfare exercise that was conducted in the fall of 2011. His efforts improving the unit’s vehicle and motorcycle safety programs were also highlighted.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Truman Mays, Property Book Officer for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), is presented the U.S. Army Special Forces Command Supply Excellence Award by Brig. Gen. Edward M. Reeder, Jr., Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Forces Command, during a ceremony June 26th, 2012, at the 5th SFG (A) headquarters. Mays received the award on behalf of his units' Property Book Office team, who will represent USASFC at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Supply Excellence Award competition later this month. (Photo by Sgt. Kerry Otjen)

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Truman Mays, Property Book Officer for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), is presented the U.S. Army Special Forces Command Supply Excellence Award by Brig. Gen. Edward M. Reeder, Jr., Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Forces Command, during a ceremony June 26th, 2012, at the 5th SFG (A) headquarters. Mays received the award on behalf of his units’ Property Book Office team, who will represent USASFC at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Supply Excellence Award competition later this month. (Photo by Sgt. Kerry Otjen)

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‘Horse Soldier’ statue dedicated near Ground Zero

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division5th Special Forces

New York, NY – “It was as if the Jetsons had met the Flintstones,” stated Capt. Will Summers, former Special Forces team sergeant for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), as his team linked up and operated with members of the Afghan Northern Alliance just weeks after the 9/11 attacks.

A decade later those same words would resonate throughout the Winter Garden Hall in Two World Financial Center near Ground Zero as Vice President Joseph Biden, standing before the Ground Zero flag, spoke to the audience assembled for the dedication of a larger than life bronze statue depicting those same Green Berets.

Green Berets from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) walk alongside the newly dedicated De Oppresso Liber statue as it made its way down 5th Avenue as part of the New York City Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11th, 2011. (Photo courtesy of Spec. Kerry Otjen)

Green Berets from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) walk alongside the newly dedicated De Oppresso Liber statue as it made its way down 5th Avenue as part of the New York City Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11th, 2011. (Photo courtesy of Spec. Kerry Otjen)

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USSOCOM votes 5th SFG (A) language program best of the year

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was recently chosen as the 2011 United States Special Operations Command top Command Language Program during a Language & Cultural Seminar at Fort Walton Beach, FL, August 30th, 2011.

The 5th SFG (A) has received the award four of the last five years. In addition to winning the USSOCOM award in 2007, 2008, and 2009, the Group was the 2009 runner-up for the Department of Defense Command Language Program of the Year.

Due to the enduring requirement for Green Berets to train and communicate with foreign host nation forces, 5th SFG (A) has continued to refine its language program over the years to support the current operational tempo. As part of that refinement process, the Group developed a six-month intensive language training and enhancement course in 2010. «Read the rest of this article»

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