The Green Beret Family
There are currently seven Special Forces Groups, two of which are National Guard Special Forces, which are headquartered in seven states: Washington, North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Colorado, Utah, and Alabama. The National Guard Special Forces Groups also have subordinate units in 17 states. Special Forces Soldiers are also headquartered in Okinawa, Japan and Stuttgart, Germany.
Special Forces Soldiers’ missions involve: Counterterrorism, Direct Action, Foreign Internal Defense, Special Reconnaissance, and Unconventional Warfare. The global security environment remains one of uncertain and persistent conflicts, wherein our nation’s Special Forces will continue to play a leading role in waging unconventional warfare and building partner nation capacity.
The Green Berets motto, “De Oppresso Liber”, means “To Free the Oppressed”; that motto reminds us all that freedom is not free. Known as the “Quiet Professionals”, Special Forces Soldiers maintain a proud history of not seeking recognition for their deeds, but recognizing that they are accountable to the American public. These “Quiet Professionals” represent 62% of the casualties in the Special Operations Community since 9/11, and the need for their special brand of military expertise has never been greater.
An unknown future awaits every Special Forces Soldier, as it does for his Family back at home. Spouses and children are never far from their Soldier’s next deployment or extensive training, and often the Families are not told where their Soldier is going, what he is doing, or when he’ll be home. In the general “Big Army,” deployments usually are at a ratio of one day overseas, two days at home; however, the Special Forces deployment rotation is one day deployed, 0.69 days home. This means that a Green Beret Soldier with a 15-year-old child has been home for only five years of that child’s life.
Special Forces Spouses and children face a unique hardship. A wife is proud of her Soldier’s service to his country, and she understands what it takes to be a military wife. But the uncertainty and fear can be overwhelming, and Families rely on the camaraderie and support of other Special Forces Families.
Children do not have the choice that their parents did; children do not sign up for a military family life. Their father’s absence weighs heavily on them, and each transition is difficult. A returning Special Forces Soldier comes home to a Family needing a husband and father, and while the joy of a reunion is real, it has to be approached with care. These pressures, at home or downrange, increase as deployment rotations tighten.
When Green Berets are asked to answer the call, they do not hesitate. They protect us, and our freedom, whenever they are called to do so: anywhere, anytime, anyplace. When Special Forces Soldiers and their Families call upon us, SFCT, for support, we need to be able to consistently answer that call – as they never cease doing so for our nation.
The need to answer the call has never been greater, and we ask each and every one of you to answer the call too by helping SFCT provide meaningful and sustainable support to these Soldiers and their Families. When these men carry out their missions, they know that SFCT supports their Families back at home.
SFCT was created to help the entire Special Forces Community. YOUR support of the Special Forces Community through SFCT directly supports our nation’s most elite U.S. Army Soldiers and their Families as they honorably serve our nation and protect our freedom. Thank YOU for strengthening the SFCT Community!
Areas of Responsibility
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington