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.
The Special Forces Regimental Day will begin in front of Kennedy Hall with the dedication of the Kennedy-Yarborough Statue, which was commissioned and donated by Ross Perot. In conjunction with the statue dedication, ceremony attendees will honor the 267th Special Forces Qualification Course graduating class.
The SFQC, which is run and managed by SWCS, focuses on core tactical competencies, specialty skills, survival and regional language and culture skills necessary for Soldiers to join one of the Army's active-duty or National Guard Special Forces groups.
Depending on each Soldier's designated specialty, the SFQC may take anywhere from 52 to 92 weeks to complete. These students break into groups in order to become Special Forces detachment commanders, weapons sergeants, engineers, medics or communications specialists.
The SFQC graduation ceremony marks the formal induction of each Soldier into the Special Forces regiment, where they may first wear the Special Forces tab and green beret before their Family members, peers and friends.
Ross Perot, a life-long special operations supporter and honorary member of the Special Forces Regiment will be the guest speaker at the ceremony.
The statue commemorates President John F. Kennedy's designation of the green beret as the official headgear for all Special Forces Soldiers to then-Brig. Gen. William P. Yarborough, then commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Warfare Center. Yarborough went on the rise to the rank of lieutenant general during his military career.
Interviews with Perot and Maj. Gen. Bennet S. Sacolick, SWCS Commanding General, are available by request.
Media interested in covering this event should contact the SWCS Public Affairs Office at (910) 396-9394, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.