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New Green Berets ready to accept any challenge

Posted June 30, 2011

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— Ninety-six soldiers donned their green berets on Thursday at the conclusion of an Army Special Forces graduation ceremony in Fayetteville.

"I've been striving my whole life to get to this point," Capt. Michael Moad said.

The Special Forces soldiers are skilled in unconventional warfare. They know the psychology of war, immerse themselves in a culture and strike stealthily. About 14,800 soldiers are in Special Forces, and about 3,200 are deployed in 36 countries.

Col. Donald Bolduc, assistant deputy director of Special Forces, said the iconic green berets mean something to people in those outposts.

"I can tell you that, in Afghanistan, it is a ubiquitous sign. It is a signpost. It is a mark of distinction. There are 42 countries there, and all 42 countries know who you are and know what you do," Bolduc told the graduates.

New Green Berets ready to accept any challenge New Green Berets ready to accept any challenge

Moad said he and his fellow graduates can handle the challenges ahead.

"It feels great. It's an extraordinary feeling, a feeling that I've never felt before," Sgt. First Class Henry Adames said. "I've been to many schools in the Army, and this is definitely a feeling that is (best) bar none."

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  • Wendellcatlover Jul 1, 8:26 a.m.

    Congratulations to the newest group of American heroes!!!

  • asjdiw Jun 30, 7:32 p.m.

    God bless you. Stay safe, keep your head down.

  • grasshopperrtp2 Jun 30, 6:33 p.m.

    Fighting soldiers from the sky
    Fearless men who jump and die
    Men who mean just what they say
    The brave men of the Green Beret

    Silver wings upon their chest
    These are men, America's best
    One hundred men we'll test today
    But only three win the Green Beret

    Trained to live, off nature's land Trained in combat, hand to hand Men who fight by night and day Courage deep from the Green Beret

    Silver wings upon their chest These are men, America's best One hundred men we'll test today But only three win the Green Beret

    Delta Force and CIA Marines and SOCOM clear the way Covert missions now in play Special OPS like the Green Beret

    Silver wings upon their chest These are men, America's best One hundred men we'll test today But only three win the Green Beret

    While back at home a young wife waits Her Green Beret has met his fate He has died for those oppressed Leaving her this last request

    Put silver wings on my son's chest Make him one of America's best He'll be a man they'll test one day So