Green Berets Bring Special Video And Message To Public Speaking Events

Jon Mueller (far left), Vice President and Chairman of the Scholarship Committee for the U.S. Army Special Forces Association Chapter 60 of MacDill AFB, feels the video works as a recruiting tool, as well as showing civilians where some of their tax dollars have gone in regards to the war on terror.

The Green Berets started in 1953. The berets were worn when Special Forces personnel were in the field for prolonged exercises even though the Army refused to authorize its official use.

Years later, President Kennedy showed his continued support for the Special Forces by calling the Green Beret, “A symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, and a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom.” The Green Berets have played a vital role in securing our freedom since 9/11. The U.S. Army Special Forces Association made a video called, Why We Fight Now, The Global War on Terror, to show the public how they have served our nation.

The film is produced by Frank Capra, Jr., son of legendary filmmaker, Frank Capra, who produced the famous WWII series, Why We Fight. The video has recently been declassified and is being shown in various venues within the Brandon community.

Jon Mueller, vice president and chairman of the Scholarship Committee for the U.S. Army Special Forces Association Chapter 60 of MacDill AFB, said a few months ago the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Ft. Bragg N.C. wanted help from the Special Forces Association to get the video shown in the hopes of getting more recruits.

“As you may know, each service branch now has its own Special Operations Force and the competition to find that really tough, smart and mature young man to join and qualify is fierce,” Mueller said. They also wanted to show civilians what the Army Green Berets have been doing since 9/11, as well as, where some of their tax dollars have gone in regards to the war on terror.

“We initially started this program for the college ROTC cadets, a number of churches, veterans groups, retirement homes and civic organizations have request presentations,” Mueller said. “There is no charge for this program.”

The organization has even offered the video to local JROTC programs and they include a question and answer session at the end of the viewing.

For more information about the video or if you would like to have a screening, contact Mueller at 684-3951. For more information about the Special Forces Association, visit www.specialforces.org.