Five Soldiers named SFQC Distinguished honor graduates


running up that hill
Jan 3, 2007
in Wonderland, with my Alice

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Feb. 25, 2011) —Five Soldiers named Distinguished Honor Graduates at Special Forces Qualification Course graduation Feb. 17 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.
Capt. Thomas P. Womble, Sgt. Robert M. Branch III, Staff Sgt. Edward J. Knaeble, Sgt. Jesse D. Pearson and Sgt. Jaron T. Browne were selected as Distinguished Honor Graduates for outstanding achievement representing each Special Forces occupational specialty.
Since graduating the course, these Soldiers have officially joined the Special Forces community and have been assigned to one of the Army's active-duty or National Guard Special Forces Groups.
These Soldiers spent the last year or more training in core tactical competencies, specialty skills, survival, language and culture skills for their future endeavors as Special Forces officers, medics, engineers, communications specialists and weapons experts.
The final test for these Soldiers is Robin Sage, a culmination exercise set in the fictional country of Pineland, which stretches across 15 North Carolina counties. During this time Soldiers infiltrate Pineland, a war-torn country to establish and prepare guerrilla forces to support a resistance movement.
Upon completion Robin Sage, Soldiers graduate to join the Special Forces brotherhood, earning the right to wear the Special Forces tab and don the highly coveted Green Beret.
The Special Forces Qualification Course is conducted by the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, the premiere training center for Civil Affairs, Military Information Support Operations and Special Forces, developing agile, adaptive special-operations Soldiers.