1st Special Forces Regiment: An Evolving Tapestry


Here is a book about the 1st Special Forces by JP Hastings

1st Special Forces Regiment: An Evolving Tapestry

by JP Hastings (Author)

1st Special Forces Regiment: An Evolving Tapestry is about the Heritage, Lineage and History of the men of the United States Army Special Forces Regiment. It is their journey beginning with the formation of the Rangers in the 1600’s that forged a nation out of the wilderness. Through the centuries of overcoming events and driven by necessities that would mature their missions and skills, in to the Army’s Special Forces (Green Beret). It reveals who and what they experienced throughout history and what it takes to earn the coveted “Green Beret”. It also highlights historical snippets that caused some paradigm operational changes. The goal and intent in its publishing: 1) As accurately as possible, tell of the Regiment’s life starting at the roots, through threads leading to its maturing, development and expansion that set forever in time the Heritage, Lineage, and History with Honor and integrity. 2) 100% of the royalties from the sale of the book will be for the Special Forces Association (SFA) for use with charities, and other just causes and events as the SFA sees fit to support our Special Forces Brothers and their families.

Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1532904037/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_bru9CbXS9F4R7

Winners of Raffle

The raffle drawing for the AR-15 and Glock Pistol was postponed to the January Columbus SFA 45 meeting on 1/10/2019 at the AMVETS POST 89. At the meeting we used their drawing tumbler. The event was recorded and the video was posted on our Facebook page. The link is below to see the video of the drawing.

Congratulations to the Winners!!!

First Drawing: David Huffman
Second Drawing: Leon Desonne

Video on Facebook

SFA 45 Raffle

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Special Forces Association Chapter 45 is sponsoring a raffle to raise funds to support the men and families of Co. B, 2nd Bn, 19th SFGA. We have a total of 1000 tickets for sale at $10 each for the chance to win one of two quality firearms. With only 1000 raffle tickets, this provides 1 in 500 odds of winning.

First prize is a custom manufactured AR-15 configured for Three Gun competition, valued at $2800. Second prize is a Gen 3 Glock 17 9MM pistol with an additional threaded, match grade barrel and suppressor with a $200 voucher to cover the tax stamp, package valued at $1400. Refer to the attached flyer for detailed information on the firearms.

The winners have the option to travel to north-west Ohio to receive their prize or provide contact information for a local FFL dealer the firearm can be transferred to. All NFA rules apply.

Tickets can be purchased from select SFA 45 members or by contacting Jim Wetz at 724-208-8671 or JWSFA45@GMAIL.COM.

Note: There are two revisions to the information on the flier and individual tickets. 1. The value of the Glock package did not include the value of the suppressor; the correct value is $1400. 2. The drawing date will be during the first SFA meeting in January at the Columbus SFA meeting location, 1/10/2019

2017 Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor

Six SFA 45 chapter members were inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor during a standing room only ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse on 5 May 2017.

Awardees are wearing the Ohio Medal for Valor around their necks (all standing). Flanked on the left by MAJ Siemer (company commander, B/2/19) left to right are medal recipients and Green Berets: Jeff Gallaher (5th SFG Vietnam), MSG(P) Matt Scheaffer, MSG Dustin Meyer, CW2 Matt Maxwell, MSG(R) Sean Clifton, and CW2 Jordan Grimshaw, flanked on right by Chapter
president Mark Arnold.  Other chapter members sitting including OMHOF for Valor member MSG(R) Norm Lambert  (SSM - Korea, BSM - Vietnam).

This was another remarkable day for the SF Regiment and Ohio's Green Berets
in particular.

Motorcycle Poker Run and Cookout

The Motorcycle Poker Run and Cookout was held Oct 1, 2016. There was 50/50 raffle. It was held at Circleville, Ohio AMVETS building. 

The ride was about 90 to 100 miles enjoyable and safe route with stops at various VFW and American Legion halls. The OSU game was watched on television at the AMVETS site at the end of the Run. It is a huge building and loaded with amenities. 

1st Annual 3 Gun Shoot - AAR

L to R: Butch Betzko, Mark Arnold, B/2/19 GB, SGM Graff and daughter. Our lead sponsors: Pickaway County Sportsmen and Ed Petkovich and Walsingham Group. (MACA Plastics donation arrived before banner could be made for the Shoot.)

L to R: Butch Betzko, Mark Arnold, B/2/19 GB, SGM Graff and daughter. Our lead sponsors: Pickaway County Sportsmen and Ed Petkovich and Walsingham Group. (MACA Plastics donation arrived before banner could be made for the Shoot.)

The Special Forces Association Buckeye Chapter's first Annual 3 Gun Shoot was a marvelous success.  Although almost none of us had ever been to one, several chapter members competed along side over 20 members of B company, 2nd BN, 19th SFG, as well as several sponsors.  Many other members of B company and their families watched the shoot and enjoyed the hospitality of the great Americans of the Pickaway County Sportsmen, Inc. (PCSI).

The Shoot featured a familiarization fire and "warm up" shooting bay, and four shooting bays each with unique target arrays and obstacles for 3 guns per bay.

Chapter member Mark Scott and a team of volunteers from SFA 45 managed and worked dozens of hours to make this a success.  New Honorary Chapter member Jason Conrad was PCSI's anchor man who managed the competition and set up the multiple target arrays with his volunteers from PCSI and others.  Several Green Berets from B/2/19 volunteered as shooting coaches to civilian shooters.  

Special Forces A Team members recently returned from Afghanistan reunited at the Pickaway County Sportsmen range with retired team member MSG Sean Clifton, whose life they saved on a previous deployment.  MSG Clifton was the first guy through the door on a raid into a Taliban compound, and he took three bullets.

A Special Thank You to all our Sponsors. Without your help we could not make this happen.

SF Guys had unique opportunity to coach their wives.

SF Guys had unique opportunity to coach their wives.

Special Forces families at Pickaway County Sportsmen, Inc. 3 Gun Shoot September 2016

Special Forces families at Pickaway County Sportsmen, Inc. 3 Gun Shoot September 2016

8th Annual Golf Outing

Golf Outing AAR: Roger Hobson did a great job of managing what resulted in a very successful event on 30 July. Jesse Boyd, Jan Hauger and Ted Mosure were the event support team. appreciation to chapter members who raised $1900 in hole sponsors, with a special recognition of Jeff Gallaher who recruited five sponsors.

Jesse also did an outstanding job of recruiting sponsors among others who worked hard and landed a large array of door prizes from local businesses. Lessons learned include: getting the word out aggressively and early to non-SF friends who are golfers, and mobilizing the chapter members to land one sponsor each (it’s easy to land one sponsor when you try one to five local people you know well.) 

SFA Raffle for SF MOH Recipients

A SIG M400 AR15 with tactical scope is being raffled by SFA Chapter 88 to fund the travel expenses for the six living Special Forces MOH recipients (and their caregivers) invited to this year's SFA convention in Jacksonville, FL 13-18 June.

  • Tickets are $10 each.

If you wish to buy one or more tickets, then send a check (payable to SFA Chapter 88) or cash to:

SFA 45
2311 Hoxton Ct.
Columbus, OH 43220

  • The tickets will be mailed to your return mailing address.
  • The tickets will also be available at our monthly meetings.

Mark Arnold