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Special Forces candidates earn their green berets
May 17, 2011 - 6:28:50 PM
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Special Forces graduates stand at attention after receiving their diplomas during a Special Forces Qualification Course graduation ceremony in Fayetteville's Crown Coliseum.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Members of the media are invited to attend the first donning of the green beret for the Soldiers of the 260th Special Forces Qualification Course in a ceremony at 3 p.m. May 19 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.

The event will incorporate the traditional Regimental First Formation ceremony as well as a formal graduation ceremony, where the Army's newest Special Forces Soldiers will each receive their individual graduation certificates.

Media representatives interested in covering the event should contact the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Public Affairs Office at (910) 396-9394, or e-mail pao_swcs@soc.mil.

More than 100 Soldiers from the 260th SFQC have spent the last year or more learning individual specialty skills, unconventional warfare methods and language and cultural skills to aid in their future endeavors as Special Forces officers, medics, engineers, communications specialists and weapons experts. 

Col. Jack J. Jensen, commander of the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) will be the ceremony's guest speaker. Jensen's unit manages most phases of the SFQC, with the exception of regional studies and medical training.  This is will be the final SFQC class to graduate under the watch of Jensen, who will pass the 1st SWTG(A) to a new commander this June.

Retired Master Sgt. Lowell W. Stevens, Sr., will be recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment during the ceremony. 

Stevens enlisted in July of 1959 and served for more than 27 years with the 1st and 5th Special Forces Groups (Airborne), deploying to Vietnam and Okinawa. Following his retirement, Stevens ran range control operations for Camp MacKall, a Fort Bragg training facility used by special-operations Soldiers, for more than 20 years.

The Special Forces Qualification Course is conducted by the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, the premiere training center for Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Military Information Support Operations, developing agile, adaptive special-operations Soldiers.

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