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A powerful punch in small packages
By Staff Sgt. Darron
Salzer
Army National Guard
ARLINGTON, Va. (USASOC
News Service) — At any given
moment there are small teams
of elite Soldiers deployed around
the world who are conducting operations that many may never
hear of. The Soldiers, often referred to as Green Berets, are
members of Special Forces — an
Army-specific special operations
force — and are considered by
many to be among the best in the
world when it comes to unconventional warfare and increasing the
combat potential of forces around
the globe.
Of the seven Special Forces
groups within the Army, two are
part of the Army National Guard:
the 19th SFG and the 20th SFG.
Army Guard Soldiers from
those units have been a key part
of the special operations forces
capability during the conflicts in
Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as
around the world.
“Over the past 12-13 years,
Guard Special Forces have not
only provided additional force
structure to special operations
forces at large, but we’ve continued to prove that Guard [Special
Forces] teams are on par with our
active-component counterparts,”
said Army Maj. Joseph Bauldry,
deputy chief of the Special Operations Branch at the National
Guard Bureau.
“Guard Soldiers are often more
experienced than our active-component counterparts,” Bauldry
said, “in not only the current conflict, but also in the things we Special Forces previously did, such
as conducting Joint Combined
Exchange Training and Foreign
Internal Defense missions.”
Both are the kinds of missions
Bauldry sees Special Forces returning to again.
“I see us revisiting the mission
sets that predominated the 1980s
and 1990s as well as continuing to
those opportunities after they are done
at work, on the weekends, or when they
are tired,” said Army Maj. Sam with the
Special Forces Underwater Operations
School in Key West, Florida, “but they persevere through it and that’s why I think
there is a different level of dedication
— not better, not worse — but there is a
different level of dedication that National
Guard members have in contributing to
the defense of our nation.
“I know that it is hard for teams to get
together, let alone to get extra time to do
training and prepare to fight our nation’s
battles, but they work really hard down
here, and I would put them on par with
any active-duty combat dive team.”
Being fully qualified is vital though,
and the balance between civilian jobs
and maintaining competency in Special
Forces skills is what Sam said makes the
Guard unique.
“I think it is vital that Guard members hold the same qualifications that
the active-duty members have,” he said.
“Guard members are unique though, in
that they go above and beyond to keep
those skills, to maintain those skills, or to
advance those skills and it’s not easy to
do. I would argue that it is harder to do in
the National Guard than it is in the active
component, where the active-duty guys
are training during the duty day.”
The constant training provides a
team or unit the ability to effectively and
efficiently do what Special Forces do
best.
“We train specifically in skill sets that
enable us to work with indigenous people
and cultures around the world,” said Army
Master Sgt. Rick, an operations sergeant
with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 20th SFG
(Airborne). “For us, operating as a small
package with a powerful punch, it’s a costeffective way to accomplish the needs of
the nation in certain scenarios, instead
of sending in a whole battalion. Basically,
we are a force multiplier and that’s kind of
our bread and butter in Special Forces.”
It’s a capability that lends itself to the
atmosphere surrounding Special Forces
around the world.
Bauldry encourages anyone interested
to try out for the team.
“It’s a rewarding opportunity and I
would encourage all those who are interested to try out. We are always looking for
strong candidates who are looking for a
challenge and who want to get more out of
their Guard experience,” he said.
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A Soldier from 20th Special Forces Group, Army National Guard, performs a back roll entry into the water
during training and re-certification at the U.S. Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School, June 22 in
Key West. Even after their initial training to be part of Special Forces, Soldiers -- known as Green Berets -- must
continue to attend schools and train just to maintain proficiency in their specialty skill sets, like combat diver.
support contingency operations
around the world. We will stay
busy,” he said.
In addition to their training and
combat experience, the Citizen
Soldiers of the Army Guard Special Forces bring another capability to the table: the knowledge
and experience they have gained
from their civilian careers. Those
skills strengthen their knowledge
and abilities while in uniform.
Bauldry said prevalent careers
among many Army Guard Special
Forces Soldiers are local and federal law enforcement.
“U.S. Army Special Operations
Command, or USASOC, has taken
note of this capability that the
active component just does not
have,” he said. “USASOC is looking to the Guard to leverage this
law enforcement knowledge and
latest techniques, which is often a
critical component in fighting the
seeds of insurgency and lawlessness in many nations.
“Soldiers who are Guard members, that’s their full-time job, every day,” he said.
Despite any institutional differences, every Soldier must
complete the Special Forces
Qualification Course, or Q Course,
before they can call themselves a
Green Beret.
While Baudry said training
continues to evolve, it typically begins with small-unit tactics. That
is followed by separate training in
one of five military occupational
specialty-specific training areas.
Included among those areas is
training for officers, weapons sergeants, engineering sergeants,
medical sergeants, and communications sergeants.
“Soldiers then rejoin for an unconventional warfare culmination
exercise, where they put together
everything they’ve learned,” and
work as small teams to complete
the exercise, he said.
Next, Soldiers go through the
Special Forces training pipeline,
consisting of survival, evasion, resistance, and escape — or SERE
— training, and language training. “After successful completion
of all of this training, Soldiers are
awarded Special Forces tab and
can then don their Green Beret,”
he said.
The training doesn’t stop there.
Bauldry said Special Forces Soldiers can also go through highaltitude military parachuting, or
military free fall school, and combat diver school — just two out of
a handful of schools — depending
upon what role the Soldier will
have within the assigned unit.
That special training often requires constant recertification,
a task that can be challenging
for Army Guard Special Forces
units.
“National Guard Special Forces members have to seek out
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resources, the Army continues to actively do business
with industry partners with
the Army Materiel Command, or AMC, procuring
one out of every six federal
contract dollars.
Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, AMC’s deputy commanding general, addressed
the command’s business opportunities with more than
200 professionals at the
Association of the United
States of the Army, or AUSA,
Update for Industry, Jan. 16,
at the Jackson Center.
“We have fewer dollars
available, but there are still
a lot of numbers going into
these business opportunities,” McQuistion said.
AMC executes two-thirds
of the Army’s contracting
budget through its Army
Contracting Command, or
ACC. The largest percentages of contracting dollars
go to weapon systems and
knowledge-based services.
As one of AMC’s nine major subordinate commands,
ACC has about 6,000 contracting professionals across
the world who conducted
more than 170,000 contracting actions totaling $50 billion last fiscal year. They did
this while managing $184 billion in existing contracts.
As contract specialists
operate under the pressures
of a changing fiscal environment, initiatives like Better
Buying Power 3.0 are intended to be warfighter-focused
and encourage a culture
of cost consciousness, professionalism and technical
excellence.
“We need to think about
how we do things differently
than we have done over the
past 15 years to make sure
we aren’t just maintaining
the edge, but that we maintain our superiority and capabilities,” McQuistion said.
She said partnership and
collaboration with industry
are key to finding value, services, and equipment that
our fighting forces must
have to conduct operations
and missions.
“We must continue together to find opportunities
to do better with these constrained resources,” McQuistion said.
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was inducted as a Distinguish Member of the Regiment (DMOR) in a ceremony by MG Wendt held at VFW Post 8541
recently. The ceremony was attended by members of Chapter XV, other area VFW’s and American Legion posts and
distinguished guests.
Eglin Spouse’s Club is
having 80’s Cosmic Bowling
from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jan. 27
at Shoal River Lanes (5204
South Ferdon Boulevard,
Crestview). Cost is $6.50 for
bowling only or $10 for bowling and lunch, $1 extra for
non-ESC members. Bowling
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Laughing and loving
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The Eglin Chapel will
host this free marriage seminar from 11:15 a.m. -12:30
p.m. on Jan. 29 and Feb. 5,
12 at the Chapel Center. A
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but please bring a bag lunch
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Registration for youth
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Youth Center. Cost is $50
per youth or $100 per family. Players must be age
5 prior to March 10, and
under age 13 prior to May
30. Volunteer coaches and
officials are needed. For
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with a valid military photo
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for military family, friends,
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Hangar 3 will host “Family Day” Jan. 24. Games and
crafts start at 12:30 p.m. and
the movie “Maleficent” will
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popcorn, bingo and prizes.
A parent or guardian of children ages 16 and under must
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Dogged reservist behind win for ailing C-123 crewmen Movie packs theaters, hits home with locals
to contaminate a crew member, there’s now science
available that leads us to understand that, in fact, there
is this dynamic equilibrium
of the solid residue with the
air above the residue…”
Bottom line, it seems, is
the VA accepts the possibility that Agent Orange residue
could have become airborne
and harmed reservists.
Carter said he found VA
and Air Force officials more
close-minded during a fouryear slough to try to win
Agent Orange-related care
and disability compensation
for crews and maintainers who were assigned to
reserve squadrons that
operated at three bases from
1972 to 1982.
Ill, fatigued and in chronic
pain, Carter said he fell victim to dark moments after
IOM last fall delayed release
of its report by three months.
Carter worried that if IOM
decided against the crewmen and their claims, he
might not be strong enough
to continue the fight.
Since 2011, Carter has
led an intense bureaucratic
battle with his parent service
and VA, writing scores of
letters, compiling scientific
records and internal reports
from multiple agencies, contacting news media, creating
a C-123 Veterans Association
website and blog to explain
what the latest evidence
showed and how former
crewmen were suffering,
and posting all documents
online for scientists and the
public to study.
Carter, now 68, did all this
having nothing to gain personally. He has been rated
100-percent disabled since
1990 when he suffered spinal
injuries in a fall off an Army
truck on the last day of the
Persian Gulf War.
But Carter also has three
illnesses tied to Agent Orange. Peripheral neuropathy
was diagnosed in 1978 after
he began losing feeling in my
feet at age 32. By 2011 he had
prostate cancer and needed
heart surgery. When a C-123
crewmate died suddenly,
Carter queried other former
crewmen and learned of
more with illnesses associated with Agent Orange.
Yet claims these reservists filed with VA routinely
were denied because the Air
Force maintained that the
former “spray birds” had
posed no environmental hazard to reserve crews, having
been decontaminated during conversion for reserve
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By KELLY HUMPHREY
Northwest Florida Daily News
The military-friendly Emerald Coast has embraced
“American Sniper” in a big
way.
The film tells the story
of Iraq War Navy Seal Chris
Kyle, the most prolific sniper
in American history. It has
shattered box-office records
across the country, and attracted swarms of movie-goers to local cinemas.
Shalimar residents Shan-
non and Matt Sapp went to
see the movie on Saturday
at the Regal Sun Plaza Stadium 8 theater in Fort Walton Beach.
“We wanted to get tickets
for the 7 o’clock show, but by
the time we got to the window it was sold out,” Shannon said. “We bought tickets
for the 7:25 show, and it was
packed.”
Dozens of Daily News
readers repeated similar
stories of sold out showings
at local theaters. Warner
Brothers Studios estimates
page. “No one said a word after the movie was over - not
a dry eye in the theater.”
Jaina Mann saw the movie at a Saturday morning
matinee at the AMC Destin
Commons 14.
“Military spouses will
totally relate to Taya Kyle
(Chris’ wife),” she wrote.
“When it was over, everyone
got up in silence.”
According to many viewers, that response was very
common.
“When the movie was
over, the only sound you
sure to dioxin. Meanwhile,
members of Congress began
to press officials to explain
what Carter and others
found.
One Senate staffer who
worked with Carter noted
his passion and that he was
“on the right side of the science and facts here. That
was a frustrating issue for all
of us: how much logic we introduced in our discussions
with the VA, and yet it was
more or less a blank stare
from them for over three
years.”
By December, with the
IOM release date reset,
Carter told his wife Joan he
would skip the trip east and
listen from their home in
Colorado. But she said he
should be in that room, whatever the decision, to support
former crewmen who might
be there supporting him.
Wes asked Joan to join him.
“It felt wonderful to have
her in the room when that
report was read. She gave up
a lot,” Carter said.
Looking back, he said, it
should have been VA officials
fighting for C-123 veterans,
not one of their own rated
by VA as catastrophically
disabled.
Lincoln at his second
inaugural, said Carter, didn’t
promise “to care for him
who shall have borne the
battle — only if he can talk
us into it.”
WARNER BROTHERS | AP
In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Bradley
Cooper appear in a scene from “American Sniper.”
could hear were sniffles even from the men in the
audience,” Shannon Sapp
said. “I think people in our
community have a real appreciation for the military,
and this story just brings
that home.”
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missions.
Through a Freedom of
Information Act request,
however, Carter got an Air
Force report from 1994
showing one aircraft he had
flown on, nicknamed Patches, was described as “heavily
contaminated” with dioxin,
enough so that work crews
preparing it for display at
a museum wore protective
suits.
Carter also discovered
that in 1996 Air Force tried to
stop a contract to sell C-123s
because of contamination.
Another document showed
officials struggling with how
to dispose of the retired aircraft because even burying
them could contaminate the
ground. They were broken
apart and melted.
Carter’s work on the C123 issue grew from about
15 hours a week that first
year to 40. He has spent
thousands of dollars on
travel, postage and other
costs. As VA continued to
deny claims based Air Force
official findings the aircraft
posed no harm to post-war
crews, Carter urged other
scientists, at universities
and government agencies,
to reviews air and surface
samples collected from a few
C-123s in the mid-1990s and
one as late as 2009. In 2013
an agency of the Center for
Disease Control weighed in
and also found crew expo-
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that the film will bring in
$105 million over the fourday, Martin Luther King
holiday weekend. That obliterates the previous record of
$48.6 million set by the Kevin
Hart movie “Ride Along” in
2014.
The film’s story seems
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viewers, military and civilian alike.
“The theater was packed
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lots of military personnel,”
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on the Daily News’ Facebook
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scientists, physicians and
experts on VA regulations
and benefits held the first
of a series of meetings to
review and interpret the
report and make recommendations to VA Secretary Bob
McDonald.
Erickson noted that it
was VA that ordered the
IOM study and it welcomes
the findings “because the
better we understand environmental issues, the better
we’re able to care for these
veterans.”
The IOM findings reflect
a deeper understanding of
how dioxin contamination
on interior surfaces of these
aircraft behaved, he said.
“Though we thought before – and this certainly was
the Air Force position – that
a dry residue was rock solid
and it wasn’t going anywhere
and it wouldn’t be available
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quite likely
experienced
non-trivial
increases in
their risks
of adverse
health
outcomes.”
The findings likely
mean that
VA will find
more of these reservists
eligible for VA medical care
and disability compensation
if they suffer from one of 14
ailments presumed to be
caused by Agent Orange.
Dr. Ralph L. Erickson,
VA director of Pre-9/11-Era
Post-Deployment Health,
said Deputy Secretary Sloan
Gibson and other senior staff
were briefed on IOM findings last Thursday before
public release. That day a
“technical work group” of
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Retired Air Force Reserve Maj. Wes Carter
almost didn’t travel to
Washington D.C. last week
where, to his surprise, he
heard an independent panel
of scientists verify what he
had dogged the Air Force
and Department of Veterans
Affairs about for almost four
years.
The Institute of Medicine
said Carter and up to 2100
other former reserve air
crewmen and maintainers
of C-123 aircraft, flown for
a decade after the Vietnam
War, were indeed exposed to
toxic residue from Agent Orange herbicide sprayed from
some of the same aircraft
during the war.
The IOM also found it
plausible that exposure
“exceeded health guidelines
for workers in enclosed settings. Thus, some reservists
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