SFC Randall Shughart
Welcome to website of the SFC Randall Shughart (Medal of Honor) Memorial Chapter 64
SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION (SFA).
Welcome to website of the SFC Randall Shughart (Medal of Honor) Memorial Chapter 64 of the SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION (SFA).
Many SFA chapters are named as a memorial to an Army Special Forces individual. So please take a moment on our website to read about our namesake, Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart who received the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, posthumously for actions in Mogadishu, Somalia on 3 Oct 1993. This battle became known as the “Black Hawk Down” incident.
Whether riding donkeys through the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, assembling guerrilla armies in Vietnam, or training paramilitary police to fight drug cartels in Columbia, The United States Army Special Forces (SF), commonly known as the “Green Berets”, have come to represent the most adaptable and specialized organization in the United States' military arsenal. The name “Special Forces” is often used incorrectly by the news media and Hollywood as a catch-all phrase for Navy Seals, Army Rangers or Marine Raiders (MarSOC). But Special Forces is a separate and distinct Army organization under the Special Operations Command. SF was formed in 1952 and the Green Beret headgear was officially authorized by JFK in 1961. SF is the longest-lived of all the Special Operations organizations. Our motto is "De Oppresso Liber," Latin for "To Free the Oppressed." This is a pretty heavy call to duty, and not one that just any military force can live up to. Perhaps this is why the Green Berets' exploits have been commemorated in song, recreated in movies and reported on in countless books. In addition to the combat tactics and reconnaissance these groups perform, Green Berets are trained in languages, culture, diplomacy, psychological warfare, civic affairs and politics to fulfill our mission of training indigenous forces in unconventional warfare.
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