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Old 10-03-2008, 10:25   #1
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Why We Fight Now - The Global War on Terror

RELEASE NUMBER: 081002-03
DATE POSTED: OCTOBER 2, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: USASFC(A) premiers new documentary
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 2, 2008) — The U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) held a movie premier screening of a new documentary entitled, “Why We Fight Now - The Global War on Terror” Wednesday night at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School here.

The event was hosted by the USASFC(A) commanding general, Brig. Gen. Michael S. Repass. Dignitaries that were present included Tony Rand, N.C. state senator; Tony Chavonne, City of Fayetteville mayor; Tommy Bolton, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army; Lt. Gen. Robert Wagner, commanding general of U.S. Army Special Operations Command; Maj. Gen. John Mulholland, who recently relinquished command of Central Command’s Special Operations Command; and Maj. Gen. Thomas Csrnko, commanding general of the USAJFKSWCS.

“For the benefit of our nation and the world, it is time that the truth be known about the United States Army Special Forces - who we are, what we do - and what great potential we bear for the advancement of freedom, peace and stability across the world,” said Repass. “Though Special Forces have been traditionally known as the ‘Quiet Professionals,’ we can no longer afford to be the ‘Silent Professionals.’ For the military and diplomatic ‘challenges of our time,’ this story must be told.”



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Old 11-28-2008, 06:46   #2
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The files can be saved to your computer by right clicking on each link, selecting "save target as", "save link as", etc, and then selecting where you want the files saved (i.e. My Documents); then at your leisure view them from where you saved them with a video view like Windows Media Player. The videos are not too small to maintain decent viewing quality, so I have given the approximate video size behind each link.

Recommend you watch them in the order we have them mirrored below:



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Old 11-28-2008, 22:15   #3
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"It's time that the truth be known who the U.S. Army Special Forces are..." BG Repass USASF Commanding General.

With all due respect, Sir, I completely disagree. The only people who need to know who we are and what we do, are the bad guys just before a bullet pierces their skull. Everyone else should live peaceful, productive lives not needing to know Special Forces exists or worrying if the person standing next to them is wearing a vest filled with dynamite and nails...

We will do our job quietly and professionally. The only recognition we need is from our peers. Our success will be measured by the lives lived in the peace and freedom we provide our country.
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Old 12-01-2008, 12:57   #4
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"It's time that the truth be known who the U.S. Army Special Forces are..." BG Repass USASF Commanding General.

With all due respect, Sir, I completely disagree. The only people who need to know who we are and what we do, are the bad guys just before a bullet pierces their skull. Everyone else should live peaceful, productive lives not needing to know Special Forces exists or worrying if the person standing next to them is wearing a vest filled with dynamite and nails...

We will do our job quietly and professionally. The only recognition we need is from our peers. Our success will be measured by the lives lived in the peace and freedom we provide our country.
Great quote Mark and, for the most part, I agree. But the General is living the hell of making sure that SF assets assume their proper role in "the fight." Today, now that GWOT is sexy and well-resourced, everyone is suddenly either an expert in the field or capable of becoming one through correspondence courses and OJT. There is a significant push - likely succeed – to train and equip the General Purpose Force (GPF) to take on train-and-equip roles previously seen as requiring the highest levels of specialized training.

There are those who’re arguing that SF should be more like the Ranger Regiments and SEAL Platoons, and focused more on seeking and destroying HVTs, leaving the “lower-hanging fruit of the GWOT” to GPF, who can “quickly be brought up-to-speed” through MTTs and the Instructor Training Course.

I think the OPSEC constraints on publicizing what SF does should be as narrow as the eye of a needle, but it should be there. Just as the British (and other) SAS benefit from the glimpses of their work and successes, without compromising security, we too must be able to sell our services in the corridors of Washington, without compromising the secrecy and operational security that makes us effective.

But, again, I generally agree with you. Just think – know first-hand actually – what a crummy job it is to be in Washington trying to “keep things real” as the resources get allocated and the policies get set.

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Old 12-01-2008, 20:56   #5
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Great quote Mark and, for the most part, I agree. But the General is living the hell of making sure that SF assets assume their proper role in "the fight." Today, now that GWOT is sexy and well-resourced, everyone is suddenly either an expert in the field or capable of becoming one through correspondence courses and OJT. There is a significant push - likely succeed – to train and equip the General Purpose Force (GPF) to take on train-and-equip roles previously seen as requiring the highest levels of specialized training.

There are those who’re arguing that SF should be more like the Ranger Regiments and SEAL Platoons, and focused more on seeking and destroying HVTs, leaving the “lower-hanging fruit of the GWOT” to GPF, who can “quickly be brought up-to-speed” through MTTs and the Instructor Training Course.

I think the OPSEC constraints on publicizing what SF does should be as narrow as the eye of a needle, but it should be there. Just as the British (and other) SAS benefit from the glimpses of their work and successes, without compromising security, we too must be able to sell our services in the corridors of Washington, without compromising the secrecy and operational security that makes us effective.

But, again, I generally agree with you. Just think – know first-hand actually – what a crummy job it is to be in Washington trying to “keep things real” as the resources get allocated and the policies get set.

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Old 12-02-2008, 17:55   #6
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Old 12-20-2008, 22:06   #7
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I don't normally reply on threads like this because I don't like politics and retired because of politics on the post I was serving at the time. There is no place for it in the military and that's all there is too it however, I'm not so dumb to think that it has not always been there and will not always be there to some degree somewhere in the rank and file.
With that said let me add my .02 if I may. I was assigned to an SF Group for a short period of time and became enthralled with "The Force." So much so that had I not come down on orders I would probably have retired from there. These men took me under their wing when they saw how interested I was in them and their way of life, and how concerned I was for the well being of their stomachs (Fd Svc Sgt) and began to enlighten me to their way of life through comaraderie and cross training and I will be forever greatful. I took the Q Course through correspondance and passed with flying colors but I would never ever, ever disgrace the memories of the fallen and my friends by sewing a long tab on my class a's or fatiques, and anybody that does should be considered a poser right off the bat. You CANNOT be a Green Beret through correspondance or the class room, you have to fight for it with your mind body and spirit, and then you live it, breath it and never ever quit it.

Let the world know who the Quiet Professionals are gentleman, it's alright to let your guard down on that one situation. They don't have to know how you do what you do but they should be allowed to know that there are soldiers out there in the world that make the world a better place wherever they go. That there is no gang graffiti left on walls or anywhere else these soldiers have fought and served. That if we employed more of these men in our schools after they retire we would have some of the brightest students in the world, with some of the strongest ethics a human being can posses, hopefully creating a nation of unified young adults to fill the ranks of these men. And if we had more of them to run for local, state and federal office we wouldn't have gangs running sections of our cities, and terrorist' threatening our freedom, or innocent people being shot through the walls of their homes in drive-by's. We wouldn't be losing jobs to foreign nations without gaining something in return, and we certainly wouldn't be apologizing to anybody for anything.
And you young soldiers out there now, don't think for one minute that you can be a Green Beret because some puke in D.C. published an order and said it was alright for you to sew on THE TAB because you completed the course thru paper, I threw an Army recruiter out of my house in 1995 for telling my son he would be a Green Beret within 6 months and would have killed him had it not been for my wife and my common sense along with a overwhelming feeling of sorrow that he had been taught by somebody to say that, but I know that somebody had never served in an SF Group.
If they ever do, you are going to be in trouble and we as a people will be headed down the tubes real fast. There was a guy a few years back lurking here that claimed he was authorized to wear the tab because he completed the correspondance course and had served with a reserve group and was scuba, jump, etc, etc qualified - WRONG ANSWER JAKE _ you are not and never will be with that attitude.

I hope I haven't overstepped my bounds

By the way gents I do where a ball cap with The Crest on it, and I do have a sweat shirt with The Crest on it, and I do admit to serving you, and I do admit to being damn proud of it, and I will never, ever stop supporting your efforts wherever you and I may be.
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Old 02-01-2012, 17:09   #10
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Well said.
James, you should know by now, this isn't where your first post should be.

Please reread the board rules and comply.

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