The National Special Forces Green Beret Memorial is honoring the legendary elite U.S. Army Special Forces “Green Beret” Soldiers of every era and the legacy of the Special Forces Regiment with a historic and magnificent world class memorial.
BACKGROUND & TEAM
In 2011, the National Special Forces Association (SFA) officially endorsed and directed Fine Artist Rebecca A. Clark to create The National Special Forces Green Beret Memorial.
In addition to working in partnership with the National Special Forces Association, Rebecca A. Clark also worked with the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, as technical advisors, and several Special Forces Groups at their locations across America to develop a concept to memorialize Special Forces Green Beret Soldiers through a series of monumental bronze sculptures.
Since 2011, this private memorial project and effort has evolved to a comprehensive program, that includes working with the Task Force Dagger Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and advised by a team of retired and distinguished Special Forces Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers dedicated to raising funds to develop, complete and maintain The National Special Forces Green Beret Memorial.
The distinguished Advisory Board project team includes retired three star and two star former U.S. Army Special Forces Commanding Generals, a former U.S. Army Infantry Commanding General, Special Forces Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, Distinguished Members of the Special Forces Regiment, Special Forces Medal of Honor Recipient, and other extraordinary Advisors.
Rebecca A. Clark is the official and exclusively commissioned Artist, working with the Task Force Dagger Foundation to create The National Special Forces Green Beret Memorial.
THE U.S. ARMY SPECIAL FORCES “GREEN BERETS”
The U.S. Military’s premier unconventional warriors, the U.S. Army Special Forces “Green Berets”, also known as the “Quiet Professionals”, are the “Tip of the Spear”. The Special Forces “Green Berets” are a rare breed of specially selected, highly trained and experienced elite Soldiers who cannot be reproduced overnight.
The Green Berets are America’s primary weapons for waging unconventional warfare in an age when conventional conflicts have become increasingly rare. Deployed on every continent operating in remote areas under spartan conditions with a tenuous radio link their only connection to higher headquarters, small detachments of U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets are training their allies to defend themselves against dangerous insurgents, making tough decisions in unheard of situations.
The Special Forces Green Berets deploy and execute nine doctrinal missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counter-insurgency, special reconnaissance, counter terrorism, information operations, counter proliferation of WMD and security force assistance.
There are five active component Special Forces Groups and two U.S. Army National Guard Groups. Each SFG is regionally oriented to support one of the war-fighting geographic combatant commanders.
The cornerstone of the Special Forces Group’s capability is the Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA), a highly trained elite team of 12 Special Forces Green Beret Soldiers, cross trained in weapons, communications, intelligence, medicine, and engineering. The ODA Green Beret Soldier also possesses specialized language and cultural training.
Successes of the U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret Soldiers have resulted in increasing demand for the Special Forces around the globe. In the future, as in the past, Special Forces Green Berets are deployed around the world every day and are called upon to conduct critical missions in the face of overwhelming odds. It is a task they look forward to with confidence because the tradition of the Army Special Forces is one of excellence.
It is because of this standard of courage, honor, integrity and excellence that the modern-day Special Forces Green Berets remain devoted and live up to their Latin motto-De Oppresso Liber-To Free the Oppressed.