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  • Free Fall Spouse Wins YPG Military Spouse of the Year

    Mar 11, 2015

    YUMA PROVING GROUNDS, AZ - While the men and women in uniform are on the front lines keeping the nation free, the military spouse keeps the home front resilient. Stacy Faris, a military spouse and mother of two, at Yuma Proving Grounds Arizona, was honored as the base-level Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year 2015, for the second year in a row. Faris is the family readiness group leader for the Military Free Fall School at Yuma Proving Grounds, which is headquartered by the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School located at Fort Bragg, N.C. The role and title of MSOY brings big responsibilities and new challenges. "I want to reach out to military spouses and families. Urging them to take full advantage of everything this awesome military life has to offer is always a priority for me," she says. "Inspiring people to be involved in their communities both military and civilian is a bonus. In a time of dwindling budgets, it is increasingly important that we take care of our own." As a military spouse, Faris understands the frustrations that many military families go through. "Resilience is key! Waiting for someone else to do something for you is time wasted," she said. "If you have a problem requiring a solution, be a part of the process to find it. If something within your community needs to be changed, be a part of the conversation to make that happen. Learn what you can about military life, don't expect others to teach you." One thing that continues to concern military members and their families is continuing budget constraints. "Our benefits are constantly under attack in Congress. It is terrifying to watch them chipped away time and again," said Farris. "Every little .8 percent taken from our raises, increases in Tricare costs, commissary funding cuts and threats to retirement are gut blows. Those in the military and the families who support them, give up too much to feel like our sacrifices matter only to those who have lived this life." Military life is a unique culture that most do not fully understand. Many military families rely heavily on each other. "No one can understand what you go through day-to-day without living this life," she says. "If you open yourself up to the support system around you, the friends you make could be there for a lifetime. Some of my military friends truly are a part of my family, and I cannot imagine my life without them!"

  • USAJFKSWCS Earns Combined Logistic Excellence Awards

    Mar 11, 2015

  • USAJFKSWCS Inducts Master Sgt. Rodelo as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment

    Mar 11, 2015

  • Fall Festival Enhances USAJFKSWCS Family Business

    Mar 11, 2015

  • USAJFKSWC Students Assist to Save a Life

    Mar 11, 2015

  • Payday Activities

    Feb 3, 2015

    Soldiers at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Grapple With Payday Activities

  • Special Operations Combat Medic Students Take Lead in Emergency Department Rotation

    Sep 5, 2014

    Students attending special operations medical training at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy's Special Warfare Center and School's Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center take the lead during a trauma rotation at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • Gold Star Teens Accept the Challenge

    Aug 11, 2014

    Children of fallen special operations Soldiers have the unique opportunity to walk in their father's shoes through the Gold Star Teens Challenge.

  • SF Instructor: In the Right Place at the Right Time

    Aug 11, 2014

    Special Forces engineer instructor steps in to secure rounds at Fort Bragg.

  • Wendt Takes Command of the Special Warfare Center and School

    Jul 10, 2014

    The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School welcomes new commander.

  • Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School makes its mark on Key West

    Jan 14, 2013

    The U.S. Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School is well-known throughout the military community. However, when tourists and residents flew over Key West, Fla., and saw the school's 50-foot free ascent dive tower on a Naval base, many thought it belonged to the U.S. Navy. That changed on Dec. 7, 2012 when the school hosted a ceremony unveiling the tower's new ink which reads "U.S. ARMY SPECIAL FORCES" on the roof and displays the Army's Special Operations Combat Diver Badge and Green Beret around the sides of the building, making their presence known.

  • Past and present: Newly qualified Civil Affairs Soldiers pin on their regimental insignia

    Dec 23, 2012

    More than 80 U.S. Army officers and NCOs donned the crossed scroll and sword of the Civil Affairs regiment for the first time Sept. 21 during a ceremony on Fort Bragg's John F. Kennedy Plaza, marking their official entry into the U.S. Army's Civil Affairs branch.

  • Local high school unites through common military inspiration, values

    Dec 17, 2012

    Sixteen miles down the road from Fort Bragg, N.C., military Family members and neighbors at Jack Britt High School have spent the past five months demonstrating the same confidence, leadership and dedication practiced each day by the post's airborne and special-operations Soldiers.

  • Elite Snipers Unite for Competition

    Dec 12, 2012

    Thirty-two of the world's best snipers met at Fort Bragg, N.C. to face off in the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Sniper Competition, Dec. 2-6.

  • Robin Sage exercise to run in North Carolina counties Oct. 13 through 24

    Oct 4, 2012

    This month, Special Forces candidates will participate in the Robin Sage training exercise, held within 15 North Carolina counties as the final test of their Special Forces Qualification Course training.

  • Special Forces Qualification Course to incorporate military free-fall training

    Oct 4, 2012

    The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School is prepared to incorporate military free-fall training into the Special Forces Qualification Course. This initiative will increase the regiment's collective forced-entry and global response capabilities.

  • Civil Affairs Qualification Course to hold regimental induction ceremony Sept. 21

    Sep 16, 2012

    Media representatives and members of the public are invited to attend a ceremony recognizing the most recent graduates of the active-duty and U.S. Army Reserve Civil Affairs Qualification Course, at 9 a.m., Sept. 21 on Fort Bragg's John F. Kennedy Plaza.

  • U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers to graduate qualification training Sept. 20

    Sep 13, 2012

    Media representatives and members of the public are invited to attend the graduation ceremony for more than 100 Soldiers from the 270th Special Forces Qualification Course at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 20 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.

  • Special Forces Soldiers graduate qualification training Aug. 9

    Aug 20, 2012

    Class 270 graduates from Special Forces Qualification Course in Fayetteville, N.C. Fort Bragg's John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School held a graduation ceremony at Crown Coliseum complex on Aug. 9, 2012.

  • Special Forces qualification students graduate course, don green berets

    Aug 20, 2012

    More than 110 Soldiers were officially welcomed into the U.S. Army's Special Forces regiment during a ceremony Aug. 9 marking their graduation from the Special Forces Qualification Course.

  • Reeder assumes command of Special Warfare Center and School

    Aug 20, 2012

    One day after relinquishing command of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Maj. Gen. Edward M. Reeder, Jr. assumed command of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in an outdoor ceremony Aug. 16 on Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Reeder to take command of Special Warfare Center and School

    Aug 7, 2012

    Maj. Gen. Edward M. Reeder will assume command of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School during a change of command ceremony at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 on Fort Bragg's John F. Kennedy plaza.

  • U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers to graduate qualification training Aug. 9

    Aug 6, 2012

    Media representatives and members of the public are invited to attend the graduation ceremony for more than 100 Soldiers from the 270th Special Forces Qualification Course at 3:30 p.m., Aug. 9 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.

  • PSYOP Soldiers graduate qualification training, join Army special-operations force

    Jul 20, 2012

    More than 60 service members were recognized as the newest members of the Army's Psychological Operations regiment during a Psychological Operations Qualification Course graduation ceremony July 20 on Fort Bragg.

  • Special Forces Students and Families Share Qualification Course Survival Skills

    Jul 17, 2012

    To clarify Family members' understanding and expectations for the course, women with husbands attending the SFQC held their first "SFQC Survival Skills" orientation meeting May 15 on Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Camp Mackall dedicates facility to long-time range official, Vietnam veteran

    Jul 17, 2012

    The Master Sgt. Lowell Stevens Cadre Professional Development Center was formally named and dedicated during a ceremony May 10 on Camp Mackall's Rowe Training Facility in Hoffman, N.C.

  • Robin Sage exercise to run in North Carolina counties July 21 through Aug. 1

    Jul 16, 2012

    This summer, Special Forces candidates will participate in the Robin Sage training exercise, held within 15 North Carolina counties as the final test of their Special Forces Qualification Course training.

  • Special Forces Advanced Mountain Operations School announces course dates

    May 21, 2012

    The Special Forces Advanced Mountain Operations School, based out of Fort Carson, Colo., is filling its classes of the Special Forces Senior Mountaineering Course throughout the summer of 2012. The school trains special-operations personnel to survive in and move through mountainous terrain during military operations.

  • Special-operations Soldiers share history, experience with local cadets

    May 18, 2012

    Young cadets from a local high school made an after-school visit to Fort Bragg, N.C. the afternoon of April 27 for a behind-the-scenes look at the Soldiers and history of the Army's special-operations force.

  • Special Forces Soldiers graduate qualification training; honor green beret with Soldier's Medal

    May 18, 2012

    The U.S. Army Special Forces regiment welcomed more than 120 men into its brotherhood during a Special Forces Qualification Course graduation ceremony May 17 in Fayetteville, N.C.

  • Strategic-studies symposium for graduate students to be held on Fort Bragg

    May 15, 2012

    Members of the public, academia, media and military community are invited to attend an academic symposium for graduate students studying national defense, security studies and related fields at 8:45 a.m., May 17 on Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Army CID Releases Statement on Captain Bruce Clark Death

    May 7, 2012

    Quantico, Va., May 7, 2012 -- The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, released the following statement today in regard to the May 1, 2012 death of Capt. Bruce Clark:

  • Special Forces training facility to be named after Vietnam War veteran, long-time Camp Mackall offic

    May 4, 2012

    The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School will formally name its cadre professional development center after a Special Forces hero during a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. May 10 on Camp Mackall in Hoffman, N.C.

  • Army announces Reeder as next SWCS Commanding General

    May 4, 2012

    The Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army has announced that Brig. Gen. Edward M. Reeder, Jr. will be the next commanding general of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., according to a May 4 Department of Defense press release.

  • U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers to graduate qualification training May 17

    May 3, 2012

    Media representatives and members of the public are invited to attend the graduation ceremony for more than 100 Soldiers from the 268th Special Forces Qualification Course at 3 p.m., May 17 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.

  • Special Warfare Education Group (Airborne) activates headquarters company

    May 1, 2012

    The newly established Special Warfare Education Group (Airborne) formally activated its Headquarters and Headquarters Company during a ceremony May 1 on Fort Bragg, N.C., taking another step toward building a fully manned and equipped organization dedicated to educating U.S. Army special-operations Soldiers.

  • Special-operations instructors forge occupational therapy

    Apr 30, 2012

    Instructors from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School were introduced to the art of blacksmithing, Feb. 25, 2012, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Continuous improvement and accountability drive SWCS training development

    Apr 16, 2012

    The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School relies on a formal process to keep course-development on track, and measured evaluations and data points for pre-defined course requirements to gauge their designs' strengths and weaknesses. They use a cyclical process of analyzing force requirements and student performance so courses are appropriately designed, developed and implemented, and throughout each phase, internal and external evaluations occurr to ensure nothing is overlooked.

  • Family volunteers recognized for lending helping hands to special-operations students and spouses

    Apr 13, 2012

    Spouses who donated significant time in 2011 and 2012 to support Families connected with the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School were honored during a ceremony April 12 in Kennedy Auditorium on Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Army launches annual Off-Duty Safety Awareness Presentation

    Apr 11, 2012

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. (April 11, 2012) -- In a continued effort to make Soldiers and their Family Members aware of hazards they may face while participating in off-duty activities, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center launched its annual Off-Duty Safety Awareness Presentation.

  • Special Forces Regimental Day marks 50 years of history with the green beret

    Apr 5, 2012

    The past and present of the green beret were celebrated during a Special Forces Regimental Day ceremony April 5 on Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Climb and Conquer: Special Forces Soldiers master the science of gaining the high ground

    Apr 2, 2012

    In Estes Park, Co. -- about a half-mile higher than Denver, the mile-high city -- the Special Forces Advanced Mountain Operations School teach special-operations Soldiers to operate in cold weather, high altitudes and mountainous terrain.

  • Commentary: Women's History Month celebrates accomplishments and sacrifices of female Soldiers

    Mar 28, 2012

    Throughout the month of March, the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School has joined the rest of the U.S. Army in recognizing the past and present roles of women serving in U.S. Army uniforms.

  • SWCS to dedicate Kennedy-Yarborough statue

    Mar 28, 2012

    President John F. Kennedy had a special relationship with the United States Army Special Forces. That relationship was sealed on Oct. 12, 1961, when the President visited Fort Bragg, N.C., to review the troops. At the now-historic meeting between Kennedy and then-Brig. Gen. William Yarborough, Kennedy embraced the iconic Green Beret. That relationship was celebrated with the dedication of the Kennedy-Yarborough statue at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg.

  • Media representatives invited to attend Special Forces Regimental Day April 5

    Mar 28, 2012

    Media representatives are invited to attend a ceremony commemorating the Special Forces Regimental Day at 1 p.m. April 5 at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School on Fort Bragg.

  • Retired Special Forces command sergeant major remembered in Fort Bragg memorial service

    Mar 22, 2012

    Special-operations personnel assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C. gathered in the John F. Kennedy Chapel in order to honor retired Command Sgt. Maj. George E. Miller, Jr., a 30-year Special Forces veteran who passed away unexpectedly March 11.

  • Why is MEDPROS important?

    Mar 21, 2012

    Why is MEDPROS important? Many Soldiers assigned to SWCS have probably heard this question throughout the hallways and training areas across Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall. While many may associate the term with white noise and PowerPoint slides, I'm here to ensure you that MEDPROS -- formally known as the Medical Protection System -- is subject to significant command emphasis across the military because it helps us ensure that our most vital weapons are in top condition: our Soldiers.

  • Psychological Operations Qualification Course sends Soldiers into active-duty force

    Mar 19, 2012

    The Army's Psychological Operations regiment welcomed a new class of service members into its community during a Psychological Operations Qualification Course graduation ceremony March 16, 2012, in Kennedy Hall on Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Special Forces Regimental Day to be held April 5 on Fort Bragg

    Mar 19, 2012

  • Initial-entry Soldiers at Fort Bragg attend spiritual retreat in South Carolina

    Mar 16, 2012

    As any Soldier can attest, initial-entry training is where service members become equipped to face the challenges ahead, but for many of the AIT students at A Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), that equipping is spiritual as well as physical and mental.

  • SWCS to hold memorial service in honor of retired Special Forces command sergeant major

    Mar 15, 2012

    A 30-year U.S. Army Special Forces veteran and valued member of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School civilian staff passed away unexpectedly March 11 due to complications from surgery.

  • Lead Safety: What's all the hype about, and what should you know?

    Mar 14, 2012

    You may have recently heard or even read about the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School's efforts to reduce lead exposure on its firing ranges at Fort Bragg, N.C. The command's efforts to reduce the possible exposures to its Soldiers, civilians and contractors have received a great deal of attention.

  • SWCS recognized in Army's annual public affairs competition

    Mar 14, 2012

    The work of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School's Public Affairs Office has been recognized in the Department of the Army's annual public affairs awards competition, formally known as the 2011 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Awards Competition.

  • Dr. Christian Lambertsen: 70 years of influence on the military dive community

    Mar 14, 2012

    Dr. Christian Lambertsen will go down in history for many significant contributions toward the advancement of science. His 70-year career enabled man to explore air, land, sea and space, Hill said. As a scientist, inventor and environmentalist, his research will live on in academia. The military will remember him for even more: pioneering its special-operations combat dive community.

  • Where this brotherhood began

    Mar 13, 2012

    One small gesture of friendship by a team of Special Forces Soldiers set one young Bolivian corporal on a path toward wearing his own American green beret

  • U.S. Army Civil Affairs Soldiers graduate qualification training

    Mar 13, 2012

    More than 90 soldiers graduated from the Civil Affairs Officer Qualification and Specialist Qualification Courses and entered the ranks of the U.S. Army's Civil Affairs Regiment on March 2 during a graduation ceremony at Fort Bragg's John F. Kennedy auditorium.

  • Civil-Information Overload

    Mar 13, 2012

    Civil Affairs students get a crash-course in Civil Military Operations Center management

  • U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers graduate qualification training

    Mar 13, 2012

    More than 100 Soldiers graduated from the 266th Special Forces Qualification Course and entered the ranks of the U.S. Army's Special Forces Regiment on Feb. 23 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.

  • Robin Sage exercise to run in North Carolina counties March 16 through 30

    Mar 13, 2012

    This month, Special Forces candidates will participate in the Robin Sage training exercise across 15 North Carolina counties as the final test in the Special Forces Qualification Course.

  • Ashes of combat dive pioneer, OSS veteran committed to the sea

    Mar 12, 2012

    Dr. Christian Lambertsen, a World War II combat diver from the Office of Strategic Services and life-long medical scholar, conducted his "final combat dive mission" during a ceremony March 10 when his ashes were committed to the Atlantic Ocean.

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