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  • Army rejects appeal from soldier discharged after confronting accused Afghan rapist

    01/30/2016 7:25:44 AM PST · by kindred · 24 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics ^ | 09/22/15 | Judson Berger
    Decorated soldier being kicked out of Army after shoving Afghan police commander accused of raping boy Army axing Green Beret who stood up for Afghan rape victim EXCLUSIVE: Even as the U.S. military denies reports that American troops were told to ignore Afghan child abusers, an 11-year Green Beret who was ordered discharged after he confronted an alleged rapist was informed Tuesday that the Army has denied his appeal. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland earlier this year was ordered discharged by Nov. 1. He has been fighting to stay in, but in an initial decision, the U.S. Army Human Resources...
  • Army postpones planned discharge of Green Beret who confronted accused Afghan rapist

    10/06/2015 7:01:54 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Oct 6, 2015 | N/A
    The U.S. Army has postponed the planned discharge of an 11-year Green Beret who confronted an alleged child rapist in Afghanistan in order to give him a chance to appeal. An army spokesman said Tuesday that Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland will be given 60 days to file an appeal with the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records. “While the material in Sgt. Martland's file required that he be considered by the QMP (Qualitative Management Program) board, it is our desire to ensure every soldier receives fairness and due process and we continue to act accordingly,” the spokesman...
  • The Green Beret who beat up the Afghan child rapist speaks out [forcibly discharged from service]

    09/29/2015 7:20:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/29/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We recently learned that Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland had his appeal denied by the Army as he seeks to prevent his forced discharge from the service. The chain of events stems from his participation in the beating of a pedophile Afghan local police official who had chained a local boy to his bed and repeatedly raped him. (I’m skipping the “alleged” here since the official confessed to holding the boy captive.) Now, with the date of his discharge rapidly approaching, Martland has found an ally in one California congressman and is taking his side of the story public....
  • Army Discharges War Hero Who Blew Whistle on Afghan Rape (Soldiers Raping BOYS)

    09/24/2015 6:31:48 PM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies
    WASHINGTON Beacon ^ | September 24,2015 | Morgan Chalifant
    Rep. Vern Buchanan (R., Fla.) is demanding that the decorated Green Beret who blew the whistle on U.S.-allied Afghan forces raping boys be reinstated by the Army immediately. Buchanan labeled war hero Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland’s dismissal from the force a “national disgrace.” Martland stood up for an Afghan rape victim in 2011. “Driving Sgt. Martland out of the Army is a national disgrace,” Buchanan said in a statement. “He stood up for American values and should be commended, not punished.” This week, reports surfaced that U.S. soldiers and Marines have been instructed to ignore suspicions of Afghan forces...
  • Army Kicking Out Decorated Green Beret

    09/22/2015 7:01:29 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | As seen on The Kelly File
    Quinn said that they brought the police commander to their camp, where he confessed to the assault. When the man shrugged his shoulders and laughed in their faces, they threw him to the ground. Quinn explained that it wasn't meant to be revenge, but to send the message to the man and to the other local policemen that sexual assaults would not be tolerated.
  • MSG Roy Benavidez Medal of Honor Ceremony

    09/20/2015 8:03:17 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 37 replies
    US Army ^ | February 24, 1981 | US Army
    Benavidez had a total of 37 separate bullet, bayonet, and shrapnel wounds from the six hour fight with the enemy battalion. He was evacuated to the base camp, examined, and thought to be dead. He couldn’t open his eyes because of the amount of blood that had dried over them. He couldn’t talk, because he had been hit in the mouth with a rifle butt and his jaws were locked. As he was being placed in a body bag among the other dead, he was suddenly recognized by a friend who called for help. A doctor came and examined him...
  • Rhode Island remembers Green Beret killed in Friday's Afghanistan attack

    08/10/2015 3:19:28 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 9, 2015 | N/A
    The Green Beret killed Friday in Afghanistan was a Rhode Island native who was being remembered Sunday as a “true patriot.” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) offered condolences to the family and friends of Master Sgt. Peter Andrew McKenna who died when the Taliban attacked the U.S. military’s Special Forces base near Kabul International Airport. Two other American soldiers were wounded. “I join all Rhode Islanders in mourning the loss of Sgt. McKenna, a truly great citizen, soldier, person and patriot,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said on Twitter late Saturday.
  • Green Beret tells of shooting Taliban in CIA job interview, loses Silver Star for it

    07/19/2015 6:08:32 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jul 19, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    A Green Beret who was awarded the Silver Star, then saw it stripped away because he killed a Taliban bombmaker, is telling why he did it, as conveyed in a CIA job interview he conducted nearly four years ago. Maj. Matt Golsteyn said the insurgent was a known maker of improvised explosive devices (IEDS) and was in the presence of such components. He considered him an armed combatant, so he shot him. Army Secretary John McHugh, who revoked the award, told The Washington Times through a spokesman that Maj. Golsteyn “assassinated an unarmed Afghan.” The soldier’s words, and Mr. McHugh’s...
  • Panel urges ex-Green Beret hero out of Army with VA benefits

    06/29/2015 2:51:54 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/29/15 | EMERY P. DALESIO
    An Army officer who was accused of tracking down and killing an unarmed bomb-making suspect in Afghanistan is being recommended for an honorable discharge even though a military panel that looked into the case determined his conduct was unbecoming an officer. The military panel at Fort Bragg reached the finding late Sunday concerning Maj. Mathew Golsteyn. Army Special Forces Command spokeswoman Maj. Allison Aguilar said Monday that if the decision is upheld by a review board Golsteyn would be discharged under honorable conditions allowing him to keep nearly all veteran's benefits.
  • Obama Admin Gets Sick Revenge on Green Beret Who Worked With GOP to Free American Hostages

    As the American people have watched the horrific rise and expansion of the radical Islamic State group over the past year or two, they have also witnessed helplessly as several Americans have been taken hostage and executed by the radical Islamic jihadists. Such atrocities spurred a member of the Army’s Green Berets to contact Congress and blow the whistle on the Obama administration’s policies dealing with rescuing American hostages. But while American hostages held by terrorists barely garner a nod from the administration, whistleblowing about it certainly gets their attention, as Lt. Col. Jason Amerine has found out. Amerine, who...
  • Dad: soldier son killed in training crash deserves Arlington Cemetery burial

    05/30/2015 2:45:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 30, 2015
    A soldier from the Louisiana National Guard who died alongside Marines in a training accident deserves to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, his father said Saturday. Former Green Beret Stephen Florich told Fox & Friends it is a “travesty” his son has been denied that honor because he was not on active duty at the time of his death. Most active duty or retired military members of military service are eligible for in-ground interment at Arlington. Members of the reserves or National Guard are not eligible unless they have been on active duty. “I think my son was very...
  • Panel to decide if former Special Forces officer Matt Golsteyn will be thrown out of Army

    04/08/2015 3:25:56 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 8, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    A former Green Beret officer who was stripped of one of the military’s top awards for heroism by the Army secretary will soon face a panel of officers that can throw him out of the service, according to the officer’s lawyer and Army officials. Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn will face an administrative hearing known as a board of inquiry the week of May 18, according to a memorandum sent March 26 by the panel’s top officer, Col. Stuart Goldsmith. It is believed the board will review evidence against Golsteyn in the 2010 death of a Taliban bomb maker that...
  • Green Berets Helped Rebuild Afghanistan

    01/10/2015 11:05:54 AM PST · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    The Fayettevill Observer ^ | 1/10/2015 | D Brooks
    Just days after the terrorists struck, Green Berets from the Fort Campbell-based 5th Group were in Afghanistan. In more than 13 years since, the Special Forces presence in the country has been a constant. Thousands of soldiers have given years out of their lives to the Afghanistan mission. Many have been wounded. Many have died. In the process, they say, they have built the foundation for a future in a country that has known decades of war. “Back then, there was no (Afghan) army,” Schwartz said. “Really, all their equipment was predominately Soviet, and it was left over from the...
  • Former Delta Force Doctor is Top Rural Doc in America

    12/26/2014 6:28:47 AM PST · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/26/2014 | C Carroll
    Dr. John “Rob” Marsh was already more than 12 hours into his workday last Tuesday when he rolled up to a tiny darkened house in Vesuvius, an out-of-the-way town in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. “His willingness to come out here when we need him — well, it’s the kind of attitude you don’t find that much anymore,” she said. “We’re just fortunate. Tirelessness and the confidence to operate alone in a crisis — key requirements for rural physicians — were drilled into him in his previous job as the doctor for the Army’s elite Delta Force antiterrorism unit. Read the...
  • Top Green Beret Officer Forced to Resign Over Affair With WaPo Reporter

    06/25/2014 12:38:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 117 replies
    A legendary Special Forces commander was quietly forced to leave the U.S. Army after he admitted to a love affair with a Washington Post war correspondent, who quit her job to secretly live with him for almost a year in one of the most dangerous combat outposts in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Special Operations Command never publicly disclosed that highly-decorated Green Beret Major Jim Gant was relieved of command at the end of a harrowing 22 months in combat in March 2012. His commanders charged in confidential files that he had "indulged in a self-created fantasy world" of booze, pain pills...
  • Seguin High graduate dies in Afghanistan

    11/15/2013 12:38:51 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 32 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | November 15, 2013 | Alia Malik
    San Antonio — A Seguin High School graduate and Special Forces soldier died Wednesday of injuries from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, according to the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise. Staff Sgt. Richard L. Vazquez, 28, graduated in 2004 from Seguin High and was a resident of Louisiana at the time of his death, according to the paper. He served on the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, colloquially known as the Green Berets.
  • Movie Alert: Hot Docs premiere Unclaimed finds a Vietnam veteran left behind for 44 years

    04/25/2013 7:37:38 AM PDT · by mkleesma · 20 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | 04/25/13 | Linda Barnard
    Special Forces Green Beret Master Sgt. John Hartley Robertson had forgotten how to speak English over the 44 years since he was left behind in the Vietnam War. But he never forgot that he was a father, husband and an American soldier, born in Alabama, shot down over Laos in a 1968 classified mission.
  • Green Berets Sign Letter Supporting 2nd Amendment

    01/30/2013 7:12:12 AM PST · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    SOFREP.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Blake Miles
    The following letter was disseminated and signed by over 1,000 current and former Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets) in support of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, specifically as a defensive measure against tyranny. The letter was compiled through the joint efforts of current and former Special Forces personnel over at www.ProfessionalSoldiers.com , and quietly disseminated for signatures among secure, vetted circles.Protecting the Second Amendment – Why all Americans Should Be Concerned We are current or former Army Reserve, National Guard, and active duty US Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets). We have all taken an...
  • Congressman Connolly D-VA – Veterans Unqualified to Serve in Congress

    10/31/2012 12:42:02 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 29 replies
    Las Vegas TSG Business News ^ | 29 Oct 2012 | unk
    Virginia Congressman: Veterans “Unqualified to Serve” in Congress Because Deployments Prevent Veterans from Serving Local Communities Fairfax, VA – Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) shocked constituents by suggesting that military Veterans are unqualified to serve in Congress because their deployments prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into the districts they hope to serve in Congress. Congressman Connolly is running against Colonel Chris Perkins, a retired officer who served most of his more than 24 years in uniform as an Army Green Beret deployed overseas. Connolly has repeatedly suggested that Perkins’ lack of local involvement because of his military career makes...
  • Congress to probe security flaws for Libya diplomats

    10/07/2012 8:43:51 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 3 replies
    (CBS News) WASHINGTON - CBS News has learned that congressional investigators have issued a subpoena to a former top security official at the US mission in Libya. The official is Lt. Col. Andy Wood, a Utah National Guard Army Green Beret who headed up a Special Forces "Site Security Team" in Libya. Lt. Col. Andy Wood led a 16-member Special Forces site security team responsible for protecting U.S. personnel in Libya. / CBS News/Andy Woods The subpoena compels Lt. Col. Wood to appear at a House Oversight Committee hearing next week that will examine security decisions leading up to the...
  • August: Obama's State Dept Pulled Security Teams Out of Libya

    10/07/2012 9:40:00 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 7,2012 | AWR Hawkins
    A "Site Security Team" member claims he and his team were pulled out of Libya in August despite the fact that U.S. officials in Libya wanted more security.
  • Congress to probe security flaws for Libya diplomats

    10/06/2012 12:36:01 AM PDT · by couchpotato1072 · 3 replies
    (CBS News) WASHINGTON - CBS News has learned that congressional investigators have issued a subpoena to a former top security official at the US mission in Libya. The official is Lt. Col. Andy Wood, a Utah National Guard Army Green Beret who headed up a Special Forces "Site Security Team" in Libya... Lt. Col. Wood has told CBS News and congressional investigators that his 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force called a Mobile Security Deployment team left Libya in August, just one month before the Benghazi assault. Wood says that's despite the fact that US officials in...
  • President Obama To Receive Honorary Green Beret, Induction Into Special Forces Association

    08/30/2012 11:06:49 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 85 replies
    Theduffleblog.com ^ | August 30, 2012 | unknown
    Fort Bragg, NC – The White House Press Office announced today that President Obama will soon be inducted into the Special Forces Association and receive an honorary Green Beret. Officials have said the honor will be bestowed in an upcoming September 11th ceremony at Fort Bragg. The honorary beret comes in recognition of the President’s decisive role in covert operations throughout the world during his term — including the killing of Osama bin Laden last year in Pakistan, and his combat action in Afghanistan months ago.
  • Green Beret, two daughters killed in North Carolina Blaze

    03/06/2012 3:12:42 PM PST · by OldCorps · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 6, 2012 | Nina Mandell
    A Green Beret and his two young daughters were killed in Raleigh, N.C., when their home was engulfed in flames early Tuesday morning. Authorities told local TV station NBC-17 that Edward Cantrell, 36, covered himself with a blanket and reentered the burning home in an effort to save his daughters but never made it out. He had returned from Afghanistan less than a year ago. As the brave soldier tried to fight flames to save his children, his wife went next door to an Alzeimer’s care facility to call for help. The center’s employees said they can’t believe Cantrell has...
  • After 43 years, MIA hero is ‘coming home'

    02/22/2011 10:27:38 AM PST · by llevrok · 21 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 2/22/2011 | KRIS SHERMAN
    Forty-three years ago this month, U.S. Army Spc. 4 James Leslie Moreland vanished during a fierce battle at Lang Vei, South Vietnam. He would later be awarded a Silver Star for heroism that night and be promoted to sergeant first class while listed as MIA – missing in action. Now, his remains positively identified using DNA from five family members, the Green Beret medic is coming home. Sisters Linda Brown of Puyallup and Edna Anita LeMoine of Olympia and brother Donald Moreland of Lakeside, Calif., are relieved, grateful, tearful. “I’ve never given up, and I’m so thankful that after all...
  • Police: Members of Street Gang Suspected in Lansdowne (VA) Attack

    04/27/2009 6:16:51 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 28 replies · 1,892+ views
    LANSDOWNE, Va. - Prosecutors say it seems gang members are beginning to attack innocent people after the arrests of four people in the brutal beating of a Lansdowne woman and the murder of her husband in March. Rushing from the Loudoun County courthouse too upset to speak, the family of accused killer Darwin Bowman went to hire him an attorney. Bowman could face the death penalty for the murder of William Bennett and the attack on his wife Cynthia. In court via closed circuit feed from jail, Bowman wore an orange jumpsuit and a grim expression. He and three other...
  • Neighborhood Shaken by Bizarre Murder Mystery

    03/23/2009 1:59:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1,927+ views
    NBC Washington ^ | Mon, Mar 23, 2009
    Early Sunday morning, deputies found a man's body in a grassy area next to Riverside Parkway in Lansdowne. A woman was found in critical condition nearby. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office got a call at around 5 a.m. A witness had spotted a white van and people outside of it screaming and reported a suspicious vehicle. When deputies arrived, they found the body of the man. He had suffered severe head trauma. The woman wasn't discovered until the sun started to rise. She was in a grassy area across the street, over a fence. "We found the blood on the...

    08/02/2008 9:55:49 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 52 replies · 422+ views
    email | 01 August 2008 | To The Point News
    THE GREEN BERET COURT MARTIAL Written by To The Point News Friday, 01 August 2008 US Army Green Beret James T. (Smokey) Taylor was awakened in the early morning hours of November 5, 2007, when an intruder broke into his home in Knoxville, Tennessee. He investigated the noises with one of his many weapons in the house. "It was just after Halloween, on Monday morning at 4:30," Taylor testified in his trial. "I heard this commotion at the door and grabbed my fishing gun, a little .22 revolver, to see what was going on. "I got to the front door...
  • Green Berets Recount Deadly Taliban Ambush-(video at link)

    04/20/2008 6:47:23 PM PDT · by Flavius · 29 replies · 312+ views
    cbs ^ | April 20, 2008 | cbs
    CBS) With all the focus on the war in Iraq, we don't hear much about the war in Afghanistan any more, even though the U.S. is fighting the Taliban nearly seven years after they seemed to be defeated. And we hardly ever hear from the elite, secretive U.S. Special Forces who are leading that fight. But a Green Beret team wanted to talk to 60 Minutes to honor the men they lost when they were ambushed by hundreds of Taliban fighters two years ago. Not since "Black Hawk Down" in Somalia have we heard a story of a small band...
  • Retired Green Beret shoots intruder, gets court martial

    01/30/2008 9:00:28 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 121 replies · 1,892+ views
    MKS Views ^ | 1/29/08 | n/a
    BREVARD, Jan. 19, 2008 - Retired Army Green Beret James T. (Smokey) Taylor got his court martial this weekend and came away feeling pretty good about it. Taylor, at age 79, is one of the oldest members of Chapter XXXIII (The Larry Thorne Chapter) of the Special Forces Association.He was placed on trial by fellow Chapter XXXIII members under the charge of “failing to use a weapon of sufficient caliber” in the shooting of an intruder at his home in Knoxville , TN , in November. The court martial, of course, was very much tongue in cheek. The event itself...
  • A Real Life Jack Bauer

    02/25/2007 2:17:06 PM PST · by Palladin · 11 replies · 860+ views
    Watcher Magazine ^ | Nov. 2006--Jan. 2007 | Dan Marvin
    Reflections of a Green Beret LTC Daniel Marvin is the author of "Victory Edition - Expendable Elite - One Soldier's Journey Into Covert Warfare" and a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars The Psyche of a Trained Military Assassin By Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Marvin, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired) Watcher Magazine Contributer November 30, 2006 PEOPLE should know who and where I was when, like a human robot, I eagerly and without question participated directly as an "operative" in government sponsored illegal activities perpetrated by certain powers against any individual, government or activity who would attempt to disrupt the...
  • Dead soldier's parting gift: $100,000 party

    11/19/2006 3:33:02 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies · 2,153+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Saturday, November 18, 2006 | Bob Sipchen
    Dead soldier's parting gift: $100,000 party By Bob Sipchen Los Angeles Times LAS VEGAS — Shortly after Jeffrey "Toz" Toczylowski's last mission in Iraq a year ago this month, friends received a message. "If you are getting this e-mail, it means that I have passed away," the missive said. "No, it's not a sick Toz joke, but a letter I wanted to write in case this happened." The Army Special Forces captain, 30, said he would like family and friends to attend his burial at Arlington National Cemetery, "but understand if you can't make it." The message, distributed by a...
  • Party for a hero

    11/17/2006 10:58:45 AM PST · by slowmo · 10 replies · 549+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 17, 2006 | By Bob Sipchen, Times Staff Writer
    Rounds of sadness and joy Before he died in Iraq, 'Toz' had an order for his Green Berets: Attend my Arlington burial, then take this $100,000 for a party in Las Vegas. By Bob Sipchen Times Staff Writer November 17, 2006 SHORTLY after Jeffrey "Toz" Toczylowski's last mission in Iraq a year ago this month, friends received a message. "If you are getting this e-mail, it means that I have passed away," the missive said. "No, it's not a sick Toz joke, but a letter I wanted to write in case this happened." The Army Special Forces captain, 30, said...
  • Remembering Martha Raye

    06/18/2006 10:49:43 AM PDT · by anymouse · 29 replies · 1,315+ views
    SOLDIERS Magazine ^ | August 1995 | Sgt. Daniel L. Bean
    MARTHA Raye, the big mouth of comedy with the big heart for the Army’s special forces, would have turned 79 this month. "Colonel Maggie of the Boondocks," as she was called by her friends in the armed forces, died last October. A special exception to policy was obtained for Raye to be buried in the military cemetery at Fort Bragg, N.C., a request she made two years before her death. Raye accumulated numerous honors and distinctions as an actress, humanitarian and armed forces supporter. They ranged from the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Oscar for entertaining troops in Vietnam to the...
  • Green Beret saluted (Death of a hero)

    02/28/2006 10:16:10 AM PST · by LouAvul · 11 replies · 1,056+ views
    modbee ^ | 2-28-06
    Husband, son and comrade mourned, remembered in family video, mom's poem. TURLOCK, CA — It was the moment that Larry Gonsalves said he would dread. His son's favorite song, "The Ballad of the Green Berets," was echoing through the chapel. "I don't know if I will be able to hold it together," the elder Gonsalves said of the ultimate test in the funeral Monday for his son Chad Gonsalves, 31, a Green Beret killed in Afghanistan on Feb. 13. As emotions and tears washed over the family, a recording of Sgt. Barry Sadler sang: "… her Green Beret has met...
  • Bodies of Special Ops Servicemembers Recovered in Afghanistan (Tears)

    07/05/2005 4:03:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 639+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 5, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON, July 5, 2005 – Coalition forces have located the bodies of two U.S. servicemembers who had been missing in Afghanistan's Kunar region since June 28, military officials in Kabul announced today. The servicemembers, part of a special operations team, had been conducting counterterrorism operations in the region. The military said the two servicemembers were taken to the U.S. military hospital at Bagram Air Base, where they were pronounced dead. Another member of the team was located July 4 and airlifted to the Bagram hospital with injuries that officials said are not life-threatening. The whereabouts of one other team member...
  • Carolina Volunteers Recognized for Contribution to Special Forces

    06/28/2005 8:07:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 494+ views
    America Supports You ^ | June 28, 2005 | Kathleen Devine
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., June 28, 2005 – "Nowhere do citizens directly contribute so much to the training of military forces as you do here.” The speaker, Maj. Gen. James W. Parker, was referring to the citizen volunteers who support the culminating event for Special Forces training, the unconventional warfare exercise known as “Robin Sage.” "To be successful fighting against terrorists takes a different kind of military force with a unique skill set, one schooled in unconventional warfare,” Parker, the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Commanding General, said, "and each of you directly contributes to the...
  • Wal-Mart billionaire John Walton dies in plane crash(Vietnam Vet,Silver Star)

    06/27/2005 7:54:07 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 108 replies · 3,257+ views
    AFP ^ | 06/28/05
    Wal-Mart billionaire John Walton dies in plane crash55 minutes ago WASHINGTON (AFP) - John Walton, a billionaire heir of retail giant Wal-Mart, died when the small home-made plane he was flying crashed in a national park in Wyoming, authorities said. Walton's plane crashed at 12:20 pm local time (1820 GMT) shortly after taking off from Jackson Hole Airport in Grand Teton National Park, the National Park Service said in a statement. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. "Walton, the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft, died on impact and was later pronounced dead at the scene...
  • Tin Soldier An American Vigilante In Afghanistan,Using the Press for Profit and Glory

    05/25/2005 5:46:04 AM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies · 2,028+ views
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | Jan/Feb 2005 | Mariah Blake
    Tin SoldierAn American Vigilante In Afghanistan, Using the Press for Profit and Glory By Mariah Blake In April 2004, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier named Jonathan Keith Idema started shopping a sizzling story to the media. He claimed terrorists in Afghanistan planned to use bomb-laden taxicabs to kill key U.S. and Afghan officials, and that he himself intended to thwart the attack. Shortly thereafter, he headed to Afghanistan, where he spent the next two months conducting a series of raids with his team, which he called Task Force Saber 7. By late June, he claimed to have captured the...
  • Two Green Berets receive Silver Star medals

    03/10/2005 11:37:23 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 10 replies · 772+ views
    Kansas City.com ^ | Mar. 11, 2005 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Two Green Berets who carried wounded comrades out of danger as gunfire continued around them during separate incidents in Iraq were awarded Silver Star medals Thursday. The Silver Stars - the Army's third highest award for actions in combat - were pinned on Master Sgt. David Miles, 37, of Powellton, W.Va., and Master Sgt. Kelly Mahon, 40, of Virgil, Kan., during a ceremony at Fort Campbell. Miles killed or directed the killing of up to 20 Saddam loyalists on April 7, 2003, at a bridge overpass south of Baghdad where they had set up fighting positions...
  • Ex-Army trumpet player awarded Silver Star for saving comrade

    12/18/2004 11:47:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 607+ views
    Charleston Daily Mail ^ | Friday December 17, 2004
    W.Va. soldier awarded Bronze Star for actions in clash near Iraqi-Syrian borderFORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- An Army trumpet player turned Green Beret was awarded Thursday with a Silver Star, the Army's third highest award for combat valor. Staff Sgt. Charles Good was credited with exposing himself to enemy fire on the Syrian/Iraqi border to assist in getting a critically wounded comrade into a Humvee, then negotiating in Arabic a ride from an Iraqi man for them when the Humvee became crippled by enemy fire. "Something took over me," said Good, 34, of Altoona, Pa., after the brief ceremony. "That's pretty...
  • Family Is Fighting To Let Sergeant Die A Soldier

    10/12/2004 2:55:14 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 22 replies · 673+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | October 10, 2004 | Nancy Barr Canson
    KARNACK, Texas – Staff Sgt. James Alford is still alive and, so far at least, is still on active duty. Sent home from Iraq with a terminal brain disease in mid-2003, Sgt. Alford, 25, was expected to die before Christmas of last year. But monthly injections in his brain of an experimental drug are keeping him alive, without improving his condition. The decorated Green Beret soldier is in a vegetative state because of the ravages of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD, a degenerative brain disorder similar to mad cow disease. But now that he has outlived his prognosis, his wife and...

    09/16/2004 7:47:31 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 484+ views
    Private Email | September 16, 2004 | Don Bendell
    > The author of this letter is well known in the Canon City, Penrose, Pueblo area. He is an author of numerous books and a businessman in Florence, Colorado. He is a retired member of the "A-team" Green Berets. > > AN OPEN LETTER TO SEN. KERRY > > My wife had rotator cuff surgery earlier this year and the recovery is > terribly painful. Then she developed staph-epi infection, and they > had to cut the same scar open and operate on her again. Just thinking > about the pain and anxiety of facing that painful surgery a second...
  • An open letter to Senator John F. Kerry: (from a Green Beret)

    08/24/2004 8:43:29 PM PDT · by Jen · 45 replies · 1,820+ views
    unknown | Don Bendell
    An open letter to Senator John F. Kerry: My wife had rotator cuff surgery earlier this year and the recovery is terribly painful. Then she developed staph-epi infection, and they had to cut the same scar open and operate on her again. Just thinking about the pain and anxiety of facing that painful surgery a second time in the same scar makes me cringe. That experience, however pales in comparison to what I am going through right now in my heart. The old hurts are surfacing and the feelings of betrayal by fellow citizens, and their leader stirring them up,...
  • In Afghanistan, an ex-Green Beret sets up a private prison

    07/12/2004 7:21:09 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 15 replies · 712+ views
    Time ^ | July 19, 2004 | By Tim McGirk
    Time July 19, 2004 Notebook His Own Abu Ghraib In Afghanistan, an ex-Green Beret sets up a private prison By Tim McGirk When Afghan authorities raided the house of a former Green Beret named Jonathan (Jack) Idema in Kabul last week, they were startled to find a makeshift prison. Inside were three Afghan prisoners hanging from their feet. Five more men were locked up and badly beaten. Another example of prison abuse by U.S. forces? No, this do-it-yourself Abu Ghraib was a private jail being run by Idema and two other Americans who, along with several Afghan helpers, appear to...
  • Green Beret's Strange Suicide

    05/11/2004 10:42:21 AM PDT · by hardhead · 23 replies · 249+ views
    MONUMENT, Colo., May 11 (UPI) -- Early one Sunday evening in March, Army Special Forces soldier Bill Howell fed his 7-month-old daughter a bottle and fell asleep with her for half an hour on the couch. It was a minor moment of domestic tranquility, a contrast to his most recent five-month deployment in Iraq. Home just three weeks, Bill was settling back into the family life he shared with his wife, Laura, and three children near Fort Carson. But by 9:27 p.m., things had gone horribly wrong. That is when a 911 dispatcher received a call from Laura Howell: "My...
  • U.S. Green Berets Train Mali Troops

    03/21/2004 3:14:48 PM PST · by csvset · 3 replies · 184+ views
    SF Gate ^ | March 17, 2004 | EDWARD HARRIS
    <p>TIMBUKTU, Mali -- U.S. Green Berets ran mock ambushes Wednesday in the sand dunes of central Mali, where Malian troops fired blanks at a pretend enemy -- and shouted "bang! bang!" when the blanks ran out.</p> <p>The exercise is part of a months-long American effort to train troops in Mali and three other impoverished West African nations where Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida are alleged to have operated. The Associated Press was among the first media allowed to observe.</p>
  • A Letter from my Brother

    03/19/2004 5:36:31 PM PST · by aft_lizard · 36 replies · 292+ views
    personal | march 19th | private
    Here is an email from my brother stationed in Iraq, seeing as its the one year anniversary of the beginning of the war. I know its short but he gives some quick and simple insight of Iraq. Carry on brother. Mom and Dad decided to write and let you know whats going on here.We are stationed in Baqubah NE of Bagdhad and things so far have gone OK for us here.We are accomplishing much here with the locals and affecting things well.Noone has been hurt and I hope it stays that way,I try to watch CNN but when they talk...
  • Ex-green beret to Kerry: 'You are a liar'

    03/01/2004 8:31:36 PM PST · by treeclimber · 19 replies · 259+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | February 26, 2004 | Ron Strom
    A former Special Forces green beret who served in Vietnam has touched a nerve with fellow veterans after penning a scathing column hammering Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. In the article, he calls Kerry "...a bald-faced, unprincipled liar and a disgrace, and you have dishonored me and all my fellow Vietnam veterans."
  • Former Green Beret Captain's Letter To Kerry

    02/27/2004 3:58:43 AM PST · by Shane · 16 replies · 376+ views
    http://www.donbendell.com/ ^ | unknown | Bendell, Don
    To: John F. Kerry My wife had rotator cuff surgery earlier this year, and the recovery is terribly painful. Then, she developed a staph-epi infection, and they had to cut the same scar open and operate on her again. Just thinking about the pain and anxiety of facing that painful surgery a second time in the same wound, makes me cringe. That experience, however pales in comparison to what I am going through right now, in my heart. The old hurts are surfacing and the feelings of betrayal by fellow citizens, and their leader stirring them up, are breaking my...