245th Special Forces Qualification Course to graduate July 10

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http://news.soc.mil/releases/News Archive/2009/July/090708-02.html

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, July 8, 2009) – One hundred and 10 Soldiers will earn their Green Berets following the successful liberation of Pineland, the fictitious nation that serves as the setting for the Special Forces Qualification Course culmination exercise, capping more than a year of training to become Special Forces Soldiers.

The 245th graduating class will walk across the stage at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville July 10 at 11 a.m., and will receive their diplomas and the Yarborough Knife, a field knife designed for and issued to each graduating Special Forces Soldier.

On Thursday, the graduating Soldiers will don their Green Berets for the first time during the Regimental First Formation at the JFK Memorial Plaza here at 4 p.m. During the Regimental First Formation, two men, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Harley Davis and Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Galen Kittleson, will be inducted as Distinguished Members of the Special Forces Regiment, an honor reserved for those men who have made significant contributions to the history and legacy of the Green Berets.
After graduation, the new Green Berets will be assigned to the Army’s five active-duty Special Forces groups and two National Guard groups, and are expected to soon deploy with their operational detachments.
 
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