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Green Beret Hector Valleortiz returns to Fort Campbell after 17 years

 

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – New Special Forces leader is determined to always be there for the troops.

Command Sergeant Major Hector J. Valleortiz took on the mantle of leadership of 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), as Command Sgt. Maj. Sean D. Mullins passed him the colors in a Change of Responsibility Thursday morning at Gabriel Field on post.

“My focus as Command Sergeant Major for 4th Battalion is to be there for the troops and support them to the fullest,” Valleortiz said.

Valleortiz began his Army career 25-years-ago as a mechanized infantryman.

From left to right, Lt. Col. Brian Mulhern and Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Valleortiz 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), posed with their spouse at a Change of Responsibility on Fort Campbell, Ky. Oct. 4, 2019. The Change of Responsibility is a ceremony in which previous commands relinquish authority and responsibility to a new command. (Sgt. Christopher Richardson)

From left to right, Lt. Col. Brian Mulhern and Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Valleortiz 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), posed with their spouse at a Change of Responsibility on Fort Campbell, Ky. Oct. 4, 2019.  (Sgt. Christopher Richardson)

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5th Special Forces holds Change of Command ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – On Friday, July 12th, 2019 Soldiers, Family members and friends of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) gathered at Fort Campbell Kentucky for a change of command ceremony on Gabriel Field.

During the ceremony, Col. Lewis Jay Powers relinquished command of 5th SFG (A) as he passed the Group’s colors to Col. Joseph W. Wortham. The passing of the colors is an Army tradition symbolizing the passing of responsibility from one commander to another.

Maj. Gen. Edwin J. Deedrick Jr., the commanding general of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), hosted the ceremony, shared with the audience his observations about the two commanders, and thanks the Soldier’s families, past and present, of 5th SFG (A).

Maj. Gen. Edwin J. Deedrick Jr., the commanding general of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), passes the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) colors to Col. Joseph W. Wortham, 5th SFG (A) commander, during the 5th SFG (A) change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., July 12, 2019. (SSG Iman Broady-Chin, 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Edwin J. Deedrick Jr., the commanding general of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), passes the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) colors to Col. Joseph W. Wortham, 5th SFG (A) commander, during the 5th SFG (A) change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., July 12, 2019. (SSG Iman Broady-Chin, 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)

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5th Special Forces Group holds Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Jacob Mahaffey
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, family members and friends gathered together on Gabriel Field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, July 16th, 2015, for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) change of command ceremony.

Col. John W. Brennan commanded the 5th SFG (A) from August 2013 until today as he passed the Group’s colors to Col. Kevin C. Leahy. The passing of the colors is an Army tradition symbolizing the passing of responsibility from one commander to another.

Col. Kevin C. Leahy, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), salutes his formation during the closing of the 5th SFG(A) change of command ceremony on Gabriel Field, July 16, 2015. (Sgt. Seth Plagenza, 5th SFG(A) Combat Camera)

Col. Kevin C. Leahy, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), salutes his formation during the closing of the 5th SFG(A) change of command ceremony on Gabriel Field, July 16, 2015. (Sgt. Seth Plagenza, 5th SFG(A) Combat Camera)

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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) honors fallen warriors at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Jacob Mahaffey
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Family members and Soldiers honored the fallen Legionnaires of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as The Legion, during the annual 5th SFG (A) Memorial Ceremony on Gabriel Field May 16th, 2015.

The heavy rain and low clouds did not deter Soldiers or family members from paying their respects. In the true uniqueness of the Legion, the steady downpour enhanced the sense of commitment displayed to all present.

Col. John W. Brennan, the commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), prepares to move a memorial wreath into place during the annual 5th SFG(A) Memorial Ceremony on Gabriel Field, May 16, 2015, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)

Col. John W. Brennan, the commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), prepares to move a memorial wreath into place during the annual 5th SFG(A) Memorial Ceremony on Gabriel Field, May 16, 2015, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)

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5th Special Forces “Legion” 2nd Battalion changes command at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY  – Soldiers, families and friends with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as “Legion,” welcomed their new commander July 24th, 2014.

During a ceremony held here at Gabriel Field, Lt. Col. John R. Dyke III relinquished command of the 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A), to Lt. Col. Solomon Woods, a native of Chicago.

Prior to the relinquishment of command, Dyke had the honor of attaching a Valorous Unit Award to the 2nd Bn. colors.

Lt. Col. John R. Dyke III, the outgoing commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne),shakes the hand of Lt. Col. Solomon Wood, the incoming commander of 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A), July 31, 2014, during the 2nd Bn. Change of Command ceremony. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

Lt. Col. John R. Dyke III, the outgoing commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne),shakes the hand of Lt. Col. Solomon Wood, the incoming commander of 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A), July 31, 2014, during the 2nd Bn. Change of Command ceremony. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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5th Special Forces Support Battalion hold change of command at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
5th Special Forces Group

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families and friends with the Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as “Legion,” welcomed their new commander July 24th, 2014.

During a ceremony held here at Gabriel Field, Lt. Col. Fred L. Dela Cruz relinquished command of the GSB, 5th SFG (A), to Lt. Col. Anthony J. Boniface Jr. a native of Albany NY.

Lt. Col. Anthony J. Boniface Jr., incoming commander of the Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), salutes the battalion formation at the close of the GSB change of command ceremony held July 25, 2014, here at Gabriel field. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

Lt. Col. Anthony J. Boniface Jr., incoming commander of the Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), salutes the battalion formation at the close of the GSB change of command ceremony held July 25, 2014, here at Gabriel field. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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5th Special Forces Group’s 4th Battalion changes command at Fort Campbell

 

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families and friends with the 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as “Legion,” welcomed their new commander July 17th, 2014.

During a ceremony held here at Gabriel Field, Lt. Col. Joseph Lock relinquished command of the 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to Lt. Col. Michael Harris.

“I characterize this day as bittersweet, because we’re saying goodbye to the Locks, who are a true Legion power family,” said Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th SFG (A). “It is also sweet today, because we welcome Mike [Lt. Col. Harris] and Bren [spouse of Lt. Col. Harris] into the Legion fold for the very first time.”

Col. John W. Brennan (right), commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), receives the 4th Battalion colors from Lt. Col. Joseph Lock, outgoing commander of 4th Bn., 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony held July 17, 2014, here at Gabriel field. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

Col. John W. Brennan (right), commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), receives the 4th Battalion colors from Lt. Col. Joseph Lock, outgoing commander of 4th Bn., 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony held July 17, 2014, here at Gabriel field. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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5th Special Forces Group (A)’s 3rd Battalion holds change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), welcomed their new commander July 1st, 2014.

During a ceremony held at Gabriel Field, Lt. Col. Lewis J. Powers relinquished command of the 3rd Bn., 5th SFG (A), to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman.

“Under the command of Lt. Col. Powers, 3rd Battalion has successfully executed hundreds of missions of critical importance across the entire Middle East,” said Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th SFG (A). “From combat operations in remote locations of Afghanistan, to critical advise and assist missions in Iraq, and other locations throughout the Central Command’s area of responsibility—3rd Battalion has always risen to the challenges before them and emerged victorious.”

Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), passes the colors to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman, the incoming commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony, July 1, 2014, held at Gabriel Field. (Pfc. Robert Vanegas)

Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), passes the colors to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman, the incoming commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony, July 1, 2014, held at Gabriel Field. (Pfc. Robert Vanegas)

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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 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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