• FORT BRAGG- 3rd Special Forces Group (A) Commander, Col. Mark Schwartz recognizes Boy Scout Jacob Netzel, 17 years old, during the group's Memorial Walk Dedication Ceremony on December 2, 2010.

    3rd SFG (A) holds dedication for completed Memorial Walk

    FORT BRAGG- 3rd Special Forces Group (A) Commander, Col. Mark Schwartz recognizes Boy Scout Jacob Netzel, 17 years old, during the group's Memorial Walk Dedication Ceremony on December 2, 2010.

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FORT BRAGG-Soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) prepare to unveil the new Memorial Walk during a dedication ceremony held at Fort Bragg, N.C. on Dec. 2, 2010. The Memorial Walk consists of 28 cement stones honoring the fallen soldiers of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) who were killed in combat since Sept. 11, 2001.

    3rd SFG (A) holds dedication for completed Memorial Walk

    101201-A-6095H--1 FORT BRAGG-Soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) prepare to unveil the new Memorial Walk during a dedication ceremony held at Fort Bragg, N.C. on Dec. 2, 2010. The Memorial Walk consists of 28 cement stones honoring...

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FORT BRAGG- 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers, family members, and friends bow their heads in prayer during the invocation at the Memorial Walk  Dedication Ceremony held at Fort Bragg, N.C. on Dec. 2, 2010. The Memorial Walk consists of 28 cement stones honoring the fallen soldiers of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) who were killed in combat since Sept. 11, 2001

    3rd SFG (A) holds dedication for completed Memorial Walk

    101201-A-6095H--6 FORT BRAGG- 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers, family members, and friends bow their heads in prayer during the invocation at the Memorial Walk Dedication Ceremony held at Fort Bragg, N.C. on Dec. 2, 2010. The Memorial...

  • FORT BRAGG-3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers salute during the honors to the nation at the Memorial Walk  Dedication Ceremony held at Fort Bragg, N.C. on Dec. 2, 2010. The Memorial Walk consists of 28 cement stones honoring the fallen soldiers of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) who were killed in combat since Sept. 11, 2001. 
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    3rd SFG (A) holds dedication for completed Memorial Walk

    FORT BRAGG-3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers salute during the honors to the nation at the Memorial Walk Dedication Ceremony held at Fort Bragg, N.C. on Dec. 2, 2010. The Memorial Walk consists of 28 cement stones honoring the fallen...

  • FORT BRAGG- A 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldier unviels the second stone of the new Memorial Walk during a dedication ceremony held at Fort Bragg, N.C. on Dec. 2, 2010. The second stone honors Sgt. 1st Class Peter Tycz II, who was killed in action on June 12, 2002 while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.  The Memorial Walk consists of 28 cement stones honoring the fallen soldiers of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) who were killed in combat since Sept. 11, 2001. 
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    3rd SFG (A) holds dedication for completed Memorial Walk

    FORT BRAGG- A 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldier unviels the second stone of the new Memorial Walk during a dedication ceremony held at Fort Bragg, N.C. on Dec. 2, 2010. The second stone honors Sgt. 1st Class Peter Tycz II, who was killed in...

  • FORT BRAGG- Family and Friends of fallen Soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) place roses on the newly unveiled stones lining the  3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Memorial Walk following a dedication ceremony held at Fort Bragg, N.C. on Dec. 2, 2010. The Memorial Walk consists of 28 cement stones honoring the fallen soldiers of the 3rd Special Forces Group

    3rd SFG (A) holds dedication for completed Memorial Walk

    FORT BRAGG- Family and Friends of fallen Soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) place roses on the newly unveiled stones lining the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Memorial Walk following a dedication ceremony held at Fort Bragg...

  • FORT BRAGG- A Soldier from the 3rd Special Forces Group (A) places a rose in front of a memorial stone along the group's newly created Memorial Walk.  The 3rd Special Forces Group (A) hosted a dedication ceremony for the Memorial Walkway on Dec. 2, 2010.

    3rd SFG (A) holds dedication for completed Memorial Walk

    FORT BRAGG- A Soldier from the 3rd Special Forces Group (A) places a rose in front of a memorial stone along the group's newly created Memorial Walk. The 3rd Special Forces Group (A) hosted a dedication ceremony for the Memorial Walkway on Dec. 2...

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - On December 2, 2010, approximately 400 friends, family members and Soldiers participated in a dedication ceremony for the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Memorial Walk honoring the Group's fallen heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The walkway had been a work in progress for almost six years and consists of 28 cement stones in chronological order, one for each member of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) who was killed in combat since the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism.
In his remarks, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Commander, Col. Mark Schwartz, took a moment to recognize 17-year-old Jacob Netzel, and all of the other volunteers and contributors who made the walkway possible.
"Not until today has 3rd Group had a Group Memorial to honor our comrades who have paid the ultimate sacrifice through their combat actions on behalf of their fellow operators, their Families, and this great Nation," Schwartz said. "What you see before you today to honor our fallen brothers is greatly because of the leadership, hard work, and determination of Jacob Netzel."
Netzel, a Boy Scout, heard about the Memorial Walk project from his dad, former 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) comptroller. He wanted to take the project on to earn his Eagle Scout Badge, the highest award for a Boy Scout.
Jacob said he chose the Memorial Walkway project because he thought it was an ideal way to remember our fallen heroes, and also to honor his former scoutmaster, SSG Bob White, who was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 26, 2005.
"It's something to support troops that is real. It is more than just putting a sticker on the back of your car. This is really showing support," Netzel said.
Jacob spent the first few months raising enough money to pay for the memorial stones and landscaping. He then had to obtain permission to create the memorial from the Secretary of the Army because there was a moratorium on developing new memorials.
After over two years of waiting, Jacob received the letter of approval from the Department of the Army in June. He then worked with contractors and the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) to complete the project.
"Our Group will always have a place for our Gold Star Families and the Soldiers of this Group past and present to come, honor and pay tribute to the individual and collective sacrifice by our brothers to free the oppressed," Schwartz said.
At the conclusion of the dedication, Gold Star family members and friends came up and placed roses on the newly unveiled stones lining the walkway.

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