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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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My Two Cents: Grapplers

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN – Being able to defend yourself is nothing new, but in today’s world, it’s become even more important.

In the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, self defense is just one of the many benefits of the training. It’s a discipline.  It’s respect.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on “grappling”, especially ground fighting.  BJJ was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting, and eventually came to be its own combat sport.

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Matt Reel announces bid for Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District

 

5th Generation Tennessean, public servant and Special Forces Green Beret to bring life of dedication, service to the U.S. Congress

Matt Reel for CongressCenterville, TN – Matt Reel, a 5th generation Tennessean and Special Forces Green Beret with a long history of public service, has announced that he will run for Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District. Matt, who has spent his life serving not only the people of his home state, but also his country as a member of the Untied States Army Special Forces, will bring his dedication and experience to Congress as an advocate for the people of Tennessee’s 7th District.

Coming from a long line of service members, preachers, teachers and farmers, Matt and his family have lived, worked and attended school in every corner of Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District.

Matt Reel

Matt Reel

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Veteran shot down in Vietnam spoke to 5th Special Forces Group Soldiers at Fort Campbell

 

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

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – A Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war spoke to Soldiers from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Fort Campbell, KY January 23rd.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Barry Bridger, from Bladenboro, North Carolina, spoke to the Special Forces Soldiers about life as a POW and how important survival training can be.

Bridger was conducting combat operations during his second tour in Vietnam on January 23rd, 1967, when his plane was shot down over hostile territory. The next six years of his life were spent in Vietnam’s infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison camp. «Read the rest of this article»

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1st Brigade Combat Team and 5th Special Forces Group join for combined training exercise at Fort Campbell

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and 1st Brigade Combat Team (Bastogne), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) came together for a combined training exercise on Fort Campbell January 12th-14th.

Special Forces Soldiers taught a class on communications and all-terrain vehicles to the Bastogne Soldiers. This was the second time the units came together in less than a month’s time.

The previous training event was hosted by 1st Brigade and involved firing of tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile system, also known as TOW missiles, according to the event coordinator, a Green Beret in 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group.

Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division receive training on all-terrain vehicles from 5th Special Forces Group Jan. 12 on Fort Campbell. The training concluded a five-part combined training exercise between the two units. (Spc. Robert Venegas, 5th SFG(A) Combat Camera)

Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division receive training on all-terrain vehicles from 5th Special Forces Group Jan. 12 on Fort Campbell. The training concluded a five-part combined training exercise between the two units. (Spc. Robert Venegas, 5th SFG(A) Combat Camera)

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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 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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LEAP President Passes the Torch

 
Joe Shakeenab

Joe Shakeenab

Clarksville, TN – LEAP Board President Katrina Bufkin passed the torch of leadership to President elect Joe Shakeenab. “While Joe’s term as President, officially begins January 1st, 2013, he has already made an impact on LEAP by laying out a Plan to assist the organization in building capacity” commented Richard “Reason” Garrett.

Joe has the distinguished honor of being a retired Special Forces Warrant Officer (Green Beret) with 28 years of military service. He spent 20 years of service with the 5th Special Forces Group. During his years of military travel to the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, He grew accustomed to sacrificing so others could have better opportunities in life. Today, he continues to take this concept with him and impart such principles in others. «Read the rest of this article»

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Former Green Beret Joe Shakeenab to read poetry at APSU on August 30th

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In 1993, a young Green Beret named Joe Shakeenab sought shelter from the hot sun in the African nation of Somalia. Sitting in his combat fatigues under the shade of a tent, he pulled out a notebook and a pencil and began scribbling a few lines of verse.

“When you’re gone on deployments, that’s the way you go on with yourself, just to maintain your own mind,” he said. “I wrote about what I’d seen and what I thought. I told the experiences through poetry.”

Joe Shakeenab

Joe Shakeenab

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Tennessee Titans Owner Bud Adams Named First Winner of Salute To Service Award

 

Adams recognized at NFL Honors event for outstanding efforts in supporting the military community

National Football League - NFLIndianapolis, IN – The NFL named Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. the first recipient of the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA, the League’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor. In its inaugural year, the award acknowledges exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support U.S. service members and veterans.

Adams was announced as the winner during the NFL Honors award ceremony and gala in Indianapolis this evening.  As part of the prize package, a $25,000 contribution will be made by USAA in Adams’ honor to the aid societies representing all five military branches. «Read the rest of this article»

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