Soldiers to don Green Berets Oct. 1


running up that hill
Jan 3, 2007
in Wonderland, with my Alice Archive/2009/September/090930-02.html

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Sept. 30, 2009) – One hundred twenty Soldiers will don the Green Beret for the first time Oct. 1, as they reach the end of more than a year of intensive training in the Special Forces Qualification Course, taught at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

During the 4 p.m. ceremony at JFK Memorial Plaza, current members of the Special Forces Regiment will welcome the new Green Berets into the Special Forces brotherhood.

On Oct. 2, the Soldiers will take part in an official graduation at the Crown Center in Fayetteville at 11 a.m., where they will receive their diplomas and a serial numbered Yarborough Knife, made specifically for the Green Berets. The guest speaker at the graduation will be Command Sgt. Maj. Parry L. Baer, command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

During the Regimental First Formation, the Special Forces Regiment will induct Cpt. (Retired) Isaac Camacho as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment. Camacho is a Vietnam War Special Forces veteran who escaped to freedom from a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp after more than 20 months of confinement.

The graduating Soldiers will use their newly honed skills – as Special Forces detachment commanders, weapons sergeants, engineer sergeants, communications sergeants and medical sergeants – as they join the five active duty and two National Guard Special Forces groups.

Soldiers stand in formation, preparing to don their Green Berets for the first time, during a Regimental First Formation ceremony. (Photo provided by USAJFKSWCS Public Affairs)
Just got back from it, it was cool to see from the other side, not having to sweat my ass off standing at attention.