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Beret flash changeover ceremony ties together past, present 5th SFG (A) Soldiers

Beret flash changeover ceremony ties together past, present 5th SFG (A) Soldiers


By 5th SFG (A) Public AffairsMarch 31, 2016

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — The Soldiers assigned to 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) stood in formation wearing patrol caps, awaiting the order to don berets with the new flash. On the command, each Soldier removed their beret from their pocket, adorned with the black, white, yellow and red flash, and placed it on their head.

The 5th SFG(A) conducted a beret flash changeover ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., March 23, 2016. During the ceremony, the Group reinstated the Vietnam-era beret flash, adding a diagonal yellow stripe and three red stripes to the existing black background with white border. The colors symbolize the 1st and 7th SFG(A) Soldiers who served under 5th SFG(A) during the conflict.

For the veterans in attendance, the ceremony brought back memories of a similar ceremony in 1961, in which President John F. Kennedy authorized Special Forces Soldiers to wear the green beret.

"They read the special order that authorized the wearing of the green beret," said Sgt. Major William Schrader, a 5th SFG(A) veteran, who participated in the 1961 ceremony. "We took our baseball caps off, threw [them] up in the air and put the beret on."

Gen. Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, was the guest speaker for the ceremony. Milley is a former SFOD-A detachment commander in the 5th SFG(A).

"This is incredible. This is only the second time in the 55-year history of 5th Special Forces Group that all these green berets have actually…

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