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  • 07/09/2010 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Fourteen former U.S. Army Rangers, from retired generals to a private first class, who served from World War II to Operation Desert Storm, were inducted on July 9 into the Ranger Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus.

    The guest speaker was retired Gen. William F. Kernan, president of the Ranger Hall of Fame selection committee. During his address, Kernan spoke about the leadership lessons and training soldiers receive at Ranger School: "It taught us what right looks like." He also recognized the sacrifice, commitment and heart it takes join not only the armed services but an elite unit like the Rangers: "Soldering isn't a job. It's a profession. It's a calling. It's for keeps."

    Col. John King, commander of the Ranger Training Brigade, agreed with Kernan. "Serving in the Ranger community itself is about sacrifice, putting your service to your nation and to your unit and to those soldiers to your left and right is the most common thread and putting your own personal needs last," King said.

    The following men also were inducted Friday into the Ranger Hall of Fame: Retired Gen. Joseph T. Palastra, retired Lt. Gen. Jared L. Bates, retired Maj. Gen. James T. Jackson, retired Chief Warrant Officer Gary I. O'Neal, retired Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Voyles, retired Sgt. Maj. Al Brashier, retired 1st Sgts. William D. Block and Earl A. Singletary, former Pfc. Raymond Noel Dye and the Honorable Eugene R. Sullivan.

    Since 1992, the Ranger Hall of Fame’s inaugural year, the Ranger Hall of Fame has recognized the contributions of America’s most extraordinary Rangers. Inductees are selected impartially from Ranger units and associations representing each era of Ranger history. They must have served in a Ranger unit during combat or have been a successful graduate of U. S. Army Ranger School. Each nominee is subjected to the scrutiny of a selection board to ensure the most extraordinary contributions are acknowledged.

  • 07/06/2010 3:49 PM | Anonymous

    Social networking experiment of phony female military intelligence profile fooled even the most security-savvy on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter -- and also led to the leakage of sensitive military information

    By Kelly Jackson Higgins

    Seasoned red team hacker Chris Nickerson initially accepted Robin Sage's LinkedIn invitation because several of his colleagues had, but after making a few inquiries he realized something was fishy about "Robin," a twenty-something woman who purportedly worked for the Naval Network Warfare Command. "Within an hour, I started asking around, 'Hey did you get a friend request from Robin Sage?' ... and [friends] were saying, 'I thought you knew her.' I knew something weird was going on," Nickerson says.

    So Nickerson started hammering away at Robin on Twitter, and quickly figured out it was a fellow red team hacker behind the phony persona. But not everyone caught on as quickly to the phony profile as Nickerson: Robin actually duped an Army Ranger into friending her. The Ranger then inadvertently exposed information about his coordinates in Afghanistan to Robin with his uploaded photos from the field that contained GeoIP data from the camera.

    "You could see them talking about where they were going and where they were in Afghanistan and Iraq ... some were uploading pictures with geolocation information, and we were able to see them," says Thomas Ryan, the mastermind behind the social network experiment and co-founder and managing partner of cyber operations and threat intelligence for Provide Security, who will present the findings later this month at Black Hat USA in his "Getting In Bed With Robin Sage" talk.

    Ryan says Robin's Facebook profile was able to view coordinates information on where the troops were located. "If she was a terrorist, you would know where different [troops'] locations were," Ryan says.

    Robin Sage gained a total of about 300 friends on LinkedIn, counting those who came and went, he says. All three of the phony woman's social networking accounts remain active -- the LinkedIn profile currently has 148 connections, the Facebook profile has 110, and the Twitter account has 141 followers. Ryan officially ran the experiment for 28 days starting in late December and ending in January of this year.

    Among Robin's social networking accomplishments: She scored connections with people in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CIO of the NSA, an intelligence director for the U.S. Marines, a chief of staff for the U.S. House of Representatives, and several Pentagon and DoD employees. The profiles also attracted defense contractors, such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

    Lockheed and other firms made job offers to Robin, some inviting her to dinner to discuss employment prospects. "I was surprised at how people in her same command friended her -- people actually in the same command and the same building," Ryan says.

    Among the security experts who Ryan says initially accepted Robin's invitations were Lares Consulting's Nickerson, Jeremiah Grossman, CTO and co-founder at WhiteHat Security, and Marc Maiffret, who says he figured it out pretty quickly because Ryan used graphics in the profiles that he also uses for his paintball group. Ironically, the once-infamous social engineer Kevin Mitnick is listed as one of "her" connections on LinkedIn as well.

    Grossman says he coincidentally was writing a Facebook bot when Robin's friend request showed up on his placeholder Facebook profile, which he doesn't actually use. The bot program then accepted Robin as a friend. "I look at Facebook and LinkedIn as public record," Grossman says. "What difference does it make if you vet them or not -- you shouldn't be disclosing" private information on these profiles, he says.

    Meanwhile, the real woman in the Robin Sage LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profile photos has agreed to show up at Black Hat USA later this month to introduce Ryan for his presentation. Ryan says he confirmed that using her photo for the social network accounts was legal, as long as none of her personally identifiable information was used, and it was not. The woman apparently posed for photo shoots for a pornographic site, according to Ryan. He found the woman's photo by searching "emo chick" via Google, a reference to the punk/indie style and music.

    "I created a whole profile on that, so that nothing could link back to who she really was," he says. He set up a Blogger account under the name Robin Sage, named after the U.S. Army Special Forces training exercise. Robin Sage is the final phase of special forces training before becoming a Green Beret -- but even that apparently didn't tip off some military and intelligence community people who accepted LinkedIn invitations or Facebook friend requests from her.

    He purposely left several clues that Robin was a fake, including choosing a woman who appeared to be Eastern European and a potential spy, he says. He built a prestigious resume for Robin: a degree from MIT, an internship at the National Security Agency, and her current position at the Naval Network Warfare Command. Her address was that of BlackWater, the infamous military contractor.

    Whenever someone got suspicious and questioned any of Robin's credentials or information, Ryan says he would change it on the fly. He had the perfect comeback for hesitant LinkedIn members: "'Don't you remember we partied together at Black Hat?'" That was usually all it took for them to accept the invitation, he says.

    Ryan's social networking experiment isn't the first of its kind, however. Researchers Nathan Hamiel and Shawn Moyers two years ago at Black Hat demonstrated how they successfully impersonated security icon Marcus Ranum on the social networking site LinkedIn, even fooling Ranum's sister into connecting to the phony Ranum profile.

  • 06/25/2010 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    Col. Douglas Flohr relinquished command of the Ranger Training Brigade on Fort Benning to Col. John King during a ceremony Friday morning at Hurley Hill undefined a place Fort Benning chief Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter called the “heart and soul of the brigade.”

    Speaking against the backdrop of Victory Pond, where all Ranger School students are required to navigate a formidable water confidence course during phase one of the grueling, 61-day training course, Ferriter praised Flohr and his family for their commitment to the brigade and to the country.

    “During his tenure, Doug Flohr produced hardened warriors who continue to lead the way as we execute combat operations overseas,” Ferriter said.

    Col. Douglas Flohr, right, outgoing commander of the Ranger Training Brigade, passes the colors to Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, left, during the change of command ceremony Friday morning. Assuming command from Flohr is Col. John King, center

    Col. Douglas Flohr, the outgoing commander of the Ranger Training Brigade, gives his remarks during the change of command ceremony Friday morning.

    Col. John King, the incoming commander of the Ranger Training Brigade, left, applauds Col. Douglas Flor, the outgoing commander, right after Flohr's remarks Friday morning during the change of command ceremony on Hurley Hill.

    Flohr, a native of West Virginia, spent two years as commander of the Ranger Training Brigade, a unit that is responsible for producing combat-ready leaders capable of executing diverse missions in a variety of terrain.

    The incoming brigade commander, King, was commissioned as an Infantry officer upon his graduation from Campbell University in North Carolina in 1987.

    A recent graduate of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., King returns to Fort Benning where he served as the brigade executive officer of the Ranger Training Brigade from 2004 to 2005. He has also served as the commander of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Polk, La., and as deputy commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky. King has been deployed in support of NATO operations in Bosnia, and combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    As he begins his current command, King said his primary focus will be on tailoring Ranger training to best suit the combat environment soldiers are now encountering in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “We’ve got to make sure, and it’s my responsibility as the commander, to make sure that we’re not training soldiers to fight in 1968, 1975 and so forth,” King said. “We have got to be flexible enough to take lessons learned, that they’re learning in Iraq and Afghanistan, and quickly pull those in and let the soldiers that are going through Ranger School train on those, how to respond, so they’re better prepared when they do deploy.”

    Looking back on his time at Fort Benning, Flohr said he hopes his peers and subordinates will remember him as a leader who supported his Ranger instructors and gave them what they needed to produce battle-ready leaders.

    “He’s a coach, a teacher, a mentor to his instructors,” Ferriter said. “He continually stressed professionalism. He provided his commanders and his Rangers with the freedom and the resources to train. He trusted his cadre to execute the mission.”

    Flohr’s next assignment will take him to Iraq where he’ll be a team chief for the Iraqi Ground Forces Command.

    “Ranger School was established 60 years ago and it continues to provide the nation with some of the best combat leaders the world has ever seen,” Flohr said. “And what I’m most proud of as I transition is the soldiers that we produce here, the future combat leadership in the United States Army. I’m going to join those men in Iraq and I know they’re going to Afghanistan and I get to see the end state of what we’ve done here, so I’m pretty happy about that.”

    Colonel Douglas L. Flohr Biography

    Colonel Douglas L. Flohr was raised in Grafton West Virginia, the oldest son of Samuel and Wanda Flohr. He was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from West Virginia University in 1986. His first assignment was to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (MANCHU), 6th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion Adjutant.

    Following the Armor Officer Advanced Course in 1990. COL Flohr served as the Assistant S3 in 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. From 1991- 1992 he served as the Company Commander for Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, and from 1992-1993 he served as the Commander of the Long Range Surveillance Detachment (LRSD), 104th Military Intelligence Battalion.

    From 1993-1996, COL Flohr was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at West Virginia University. Following this assignment he served as an Observer Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, from 1996-1998. In 1998, COL Flohr attended the United States Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon graduation he was assigned to the Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia where he served as both Battalion and Brigade S3 Operations Officer.

    From 2001-2003, COL Flohr served in the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia, as the Regimental Plans and Liaison Officer. In 2003, he assumed command of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion in Dahlonega, Georgia. In 2005-2007, he served as the Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.

    COL Flohr’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Master of Arts degree in Education from West Virginia University, and a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge. COL Flohr has been married to the former Christina Boyce also of Grafton, West Virginia for twenty-seven years. Christina is a Registered Nurse. They have a daughter and two sons: Rhianna (24), Samuel (22), and Benjamin (12).

    COL Flohr was awarded the Legion of Merit for his tenure as the Commander, Ranger Training Brigade.

    Colonel John W. King Biography

    Colonel John W. King II was raised in Rockingham, North Carolina. He was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from Campbell University in 1987. His assignments include: rifle platoon leader and battalion staff positions with 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry, and held brigade staff positions with 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (M), Fort Polk. LA.

    Following the Infantry Advanced Course in 1992, COL King served as the Assistant S3 in 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (L) at Schofield Barracks, HI. From 1993-95 he served as the Battalion Adjutant and Company Commander of Charlie Company,1st Battalion, 14th Infantry.

    From 1995-2000 he held Observer Controller positions at the Platoon, Company and Brigade levels while assigned to Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center, Ft Polk, LA. In 1999, COL King attended the U.S. Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon graduation he served from 2000-2004 in the 10th Mountain Division located at Ft Drum, NY. In the 10th Mtn Div he held positions to include 1st Brigade, S1, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Operations Officer for SFOR 10, Bosnia, Deputy G3, and 1st Brigade, Operations Officer for OEF IV, Afghanistan. From 2004-2005 he served as the Ranger Training Brigade Executive Officer at Ft Benning, GA.

    From 2005-2007 he assumed command of the 1st Battalion (ABN), 509th Infantry (OPFOR) at Ft Polk, LA. From 2007-2009 he served as the Deputy Commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Ft Campbell, KY during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment was as a student at the United States Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA.

    COL King’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Master degree of Arts in the Humanities from Louisiana State University, and a Masters degree in the Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. His awards and decorations include Bronze Star with first oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf cluster, the Army Superior Unit Award, (Panama), Meritorious Unit Commendation (Iraq), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Bosnia), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Service, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal (3), NATO Medal for Bosnia, French National Defense Medal for Afghanistan, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Wings, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and German Jump Wings.

    COL King is married to the former Kristine L. Bartz of Sacramento, CA. They have a son Trey and a daughter Zoey.

  • 06/21/2010 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Walter J. Borowski, 90, of Derry, NH, died Saturday, June 19, 2010 in his home. Mr. Borowski was born in Derry on January 5, 1920, a son of Alexander and Amelia Borowski, and was a lifelong resident. He served in the Rangers in the US Army, and was the first to climb Pointe du Hoc. Mr. Borowski recently received the French Legion of Honor medal, which is Frances highest honor. As a decorated veteran, February 4th was named Walter Borowski Day in NH. Mr. Borowski was a volunteer firefighter in Derry for many years. He was an avid gardener, and his garden was his pride and joy.

    He is survived by two sons, Thomas Borowski of Derry, and John Borowski of Chelmsford, MA; one daughter, Suzanne Borowski of Murphy, NC; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Celia Dors of Derry; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen M. (Glod) Borowski.

    A calling hour will be held on Tuesday, June 22nd from 9 – 10am in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. A funeral service will follow at 10:00am in the funeral home. The burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Londonderry, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or to the NH Association for the Blind, 25 Walker St., Concord, NH 03301-9977.

    Visit the Peabody Funeral Homes website to leave a condolence note or view others.

    Veteran Profile: Walter Borowski Click to see video.

    The following article was written by Julie Huss, Derry News, September 6, 2007.  

    Having seen death, Borowski embraces life

    Walter Borowski sits in a swing on a sunny September morning admiring the garden greenery and flora growing around him.

    His clear eyes are always anxious to see what nature has given him on a daily basis | rows of onions, corn, perennials, and sunflowers | and two grandiose watermelons that could make any farmer's market proud.

    On this morning, visitors stop by to greet the 87-year-old Borowski, who gently orders them to stroll out through a maze of produce to take a gander at that watermelon.

    "What a crop," he yells from his swing. "And look at those onions."

    This ordinary man from Derry has done volumes of extraordinary things. He is one of only a handful of surviving members of one of World War II's most decorated outfits, Fox Company, 2nd Army Rangers, the soldiers immortalized on the big screen in the movie "Saving Private Ryan," and the first to hit the French coastline on D-Day at Omaha Beach, taking heroic measures to climb the cliffs at Point Du Hoc during the June, 1944 invasion. He earned numerous medals and citations for his military service, including two Purple Hearts, a Presidential Citation, silver star, and bronze star.

    For his achievements, Borowski was nominated and will enter the Pinkerton Academy Hall of Fame later this month.

    But tallying a man's life accomplishments in volumes of war time memories and graphic battle images isn't easy, especially for someone like Borowski, a proud man who modestly won't admit to being a hero at all, and who finds joy these days in a row of morning glories and an occasional hummingbird.

    Born the son of Polish immigrant parents in 1920, Borowski was one of 10 siblings living in a small, white house on High Street. Gardens surrounded the tiny house and an adjoining barn housed cows, pigs, and chickens. Proud parents Alexander and Amelia taught their children to speak Polish and some Russian, while instilling a strong sense of family values.

    Borowski's school years were spent at the East Side School, the Oak Street School, and later Pinkerton Academy where the teen excelled in academics and the Future Farmers of America club. He was the first in his family to go to high school. After high school, he worked in Derry's shoe factories to help support his family.

    "I wanted education so bad," he recalled. "I always had my hand up. If I didn't know the answer, I was just going to ask. I was very proud."

    When war broke out in Europe, Borowski's older brother, Eugene, was one of the first to enlist from Derry, going on to be part of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

    Walter Borowski followed his brother into the military, enlisting in 1942 at 22 years of age, and hoping to be part of the paratroopers, but at 183 pounds, he was told he weighed too much.

    He joined a new Army outfit called the Rangers, with the motto, "Rangers lead the way," a tough group of soldiers enduring grueling exercises and training before being sent to Europe for further training, climbing over and over again on England's White Cliffs of Dover to strengthen the body and prepare for battle.

    As part of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, all of Borowski's training came to a head on a sandy beach at Normandy on that murky June morning in 1944. Preparing for an attack, the Germans had installed dragon-teeth obstacles jutting up from the shoreline waters, that could rip a boat to pieces if attempting to land. The Pointe du Hoc cliffs hid German fortresses within cement walls with machine guns ready to fire.

    Borowski and his men of Fox Company, 2nd Rangers left the landing craft to run toward shore. Gunfire broke out, and soldiers fell quickly. Borowski and the Rangers carried missiles attached to ropes and hooks that would attack to the cliff top so the soldiers could scale the rocky walls. When the missiles misfired, Borowski and a buddy ran back, grabbed another set of missiles and fired again, completing the connection with the cliffs. Soldiers then climbed hand over hand to the top of Pointe du Hoc.

    Thousands died that day. Borowski's brother, Eugene, was one killed in action on D-Day. He is buried in the American Cemetery in Normandy.

    "I was so proud of him," he said. "He was tough. We all stuck together."

    Borowski and the Rangers were used in the war in various ways including aiding thousands of displaced people from all over Europe held at concentration camps as the war's end was near.

    "The smell was so bad," he recalled. "This is when you knew what [you were fighting for]."

    Upon returning to Derry after the war, Borowski built a house across the road from where he grew up, married and had four children with wife, Helen. He became a very active community volunteer, organizing and coaching youth sports. He said he didn't want to be anywhere else.

    "Derry was my hometown," he said. "I never lived any place else."

    He still enjoys digging clams, gardening, and spent many years catching up with war buddies as long as he could get around, often inviting them to his home. He said he was proud of his life and homestead and couldn't think of being anywhere else.

    "All I wanted was a little place," he said. "To find a little piece of property and build a fence and do my own thing."

    Derry town historian and author Richard Holmes wrote an entire chapter about Borowski in his new book, due out later this year. He wrote, "Every hero will always deny that he is a hero." This holds true with Borowski, as to this day, he will say the true heroes on that day in June, 1944, were the nurses in the frontline.

    "The nurses, God bless them, those frontline nurses, what they went through, they deserve all the credit in the world," he said.

    Borowski said he has had many experiences, many memories, and an abundance of painful thoughts from his war time service, but said he's had a good life and all he can do is to live each day and do his best.

    '"Life is what you make it, you give a little, you take a little," he said. "I've had a good life and I've helped people along the way. You gotta do what's right, just do what you gotta do."

    Holmes said Borowski deserves to be in the Hall of Fame to help give young people another role model and to let people understand how much of a "hero" Walter Borowski is.

    "Just look at the face and you can see a Ranger," Holmes said.

  • 06/10/2010 4:20 PM | Anonymous

    My son, SGT Jonathan K. Peney (22), was killed in action on June 1st, 2010 at 1000 EST. Jon is an Army Ranger Medic. He has always wanted to be a soldier. He loves our country. I love my son. The worse possible nightmare to a mother is to see the notification team walking towards you in full dress uniform. But what allows me to grieve is what stands behind those uniforms. I know my son was doing what he loved - protecting our freedoms!!!!! He did not hesitate to go to the aid of another fallen Ranger when a sniper mortally wounded my son. Jon comes home today and I cry not only because I will not see his face and mischief pranks but because most Americans don't understand "freedom is not free". Freedom is earned and respected. Freedom is a privilege. My son is a hero but to me he is my son and child. Jon will be missed but never forgotten. Jon and many others who give the ultimate sacrifice do so with pride and no regrets. God bless America and long may it's flag wave! God bless all who serve in the military.

    I ask that each and every one of you when you see an individual in uniform to acknowledge their presence. This can be done by simply place your right open hand over your heart as you walk by them. Pay for their cup of coffee. Pay for their meal - you don't have to let them know you are doing this kind gesture. Just ask your waitress to pay for them without any grand affair. Our military men and women do not receive enough recognition from us. They deserve kindness. I am a hugging person so I just usually walk up to them and give a hug. Handshakes are good. You never know if that solider sitting at the airport or walking down the street has just returned to our wonderful country from a war torn area. You don't know what those eyes and heart are carrying all for the sake of our freedoms! You don't know if that solider is going to war and doesn't know what to expect he will see. We all need to stand up PROUD to be an American and support our military. God Bless America and all who serve in our military.

    My dear son - welcome home! You did not die in vain! I love you. Mom

    Written by Sue Peney, SGT Peney’s mother today, June 10, 2010

    See related story “Army Ranger SGT Jonathan K. Peney Funeral Services Scheduled” dated June 8, 2010

    These should be relatively firm details but still considered tentative plans because they all depend on the arrival of our beloved "Doc" Peney. These are being forwarded to give an estimate of the timing for all whom are traveling. The family does not want babies nor small children (infants to 5 years old) to attend.

    Bonaventure Funeral Home


    2520 Bonaventure Rd.

    Savannah, GA 31404

    Phone: 912-335-8506

    Fax: 912-335-8521

    Viewing will be on Thursday, the 10th day of June, 2010 from 6 to 9 pm.

    Friday, the 11th day of June, 2010, there will be a 10 am Mass at Cathedral of St John-Baptist, 222 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401.

    Immediately following the Mass, there will be a procession by horse drawn hearse thru the streets of historic Savannah pass Kevin Barry's Irish Pub. There will be a memorial in the 2nd floor Ranger room.

    In lieu of flowers, Kristin has asked that memorials be made to The Rangers Scholarship Fund. This is a merit based scholarship fund to provide assistance to the dependents of Rangers to meet the financial cost of continuing their education. This is a 501(c)3 organization. Interested persons can learn more about this fund by visiting the web site at: http://www.rangersscholarshipfund.org/index.html

    Contributions should be mailed to:

    Rangers Scholarship Fund, Inc.

    P.O. Box 52184

    Fort Benning, GA 31995

    Donations made payable to: Rangers Scholarship Fund Honoring the Memory of SGT Jonathan K Peney

  • 06/08/2010 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    SGT Jonathan K. Peney, 22, was killed during combat in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on June 1st 2010. He was a Medic assigned to 1st Ranger Battalion, located at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, GA. Jonathan was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on July 1st, 1987, but Georgia has been his home since 1999. He is survived by his wife, Kristin E. Peney and his mother, Susan L. Peney.

    The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, June 10th, 2010 from 6-9 PM at Bonaventure Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 11th, 2010 at 10 AM from the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, with Father John Johnson, Celebrant. Interment will be Private.

    Please visit www. BonaventureFH.com and share your thoughts and memories of SGT Jonathan K. Peney with the family (click on the link below). The family request memorials may be made to The Ranger Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to dependents of Rangers in the 75th Regiment in pursuit of higher education.

    SGT Jonathan K. Peney Memorial Website

    Bonaventure Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 912-335-8506.

    Previously posted information:

    Note: On June 4, 2010, Spc. Peney was posthumously promoted to Sergeant

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 2, 2010) A U.S. Army Ranger was killed in action June 1 during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Spc. Jonathan Kellylee Peney, 22, was a combat medic assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.  He was killed by enemy fire while moving under heavy fire to provide aid to a wounded Ranger in the Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

    “Spc. Peney was the epitome of our Ranger Medics – warrior first, expert in advanced medical treatment, and selflessly dedicated to the care of others – even at the risk of one’s own life,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Spc. Peney did not hesitate to move under heavy fire to the care of another wounded Ranger. He is a hero to our Nation, the 75th Ranger Regiment and his family.”

    He was on his fourth deployment in support of the War on Terror with three previous deployments to Afghanistan. For more than two years, he served as a combat medic in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

     “Spc. Peney died while moving to provide life-saving aide to a fellow Ranger,” said Lt. Col. Michael Foster, Commander of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Our Rangers continue to put their lives at risk in support of our nation’s ideals. Keep your thoughts and prayers with them and their Families.”


    SGT Peney was born on July 1, 1987, in Marietta, Ga.  After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Marietta, Ga., in November 2005.  He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning and Combat Medic Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He returned to Fort Benning in June 2006 and completed the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Indoctrination Program before attending the Special Operations Combat Medic Course at Fort Bragg, N.C. Spc. Peney was then assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in November 2007.

    His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Special Operations Combat Medic Course and the U.S. Army Ranger Course (he recently graduated with Ranger Class 5-10 on April 30, 2010).

    His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.  He has also been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with combat star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

    He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal.

    SGT Peney is survived by his wife Kristin E. Peney of Savannah, Ga., and his mother Sue L. Peney of LaGrange, Ga.

  • 05/31/2010 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    Memorial wreaths lay at the base of the Special Forces Memorial Statue, or “Bronze Bruce” at the conclusion of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command and Special Forces Association Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony honored 18 SF Soldier killed in action and more than 90 association members who died this past year. (Photo by SFC Jason Baker, USASFC Public Affairs)

    FORTBRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 31, 2010) – Wives and children, gray-haired retirees and Soldiers in uniform, all gathered at the Army Special Operations Forces Memorial Plaza for a common purpose on Memorial Day, to remember and pay honor to the men who have earned the “Green Beret” and gave their lives in service to the United States.

    This year’s Special Forces Association Memorial Day Ceremony, hosted by the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), honored 18 Special Forces Soldiers killed in combat and more than 90 SF Association members who died this past year.

    “Our older generation is dissipating fast, we had almost 100 last year,” commented Ronnie McCan, President of the Special Forces Association before the start of the ceremony. “We do this to make sure we honor all those who have served, from the Vietnam War to the Cold War and our Soldiers lost in the current wars.”

    Though a Memorial Day ceremony typically focuses on the Service Members who have sacrificed their lives, Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass devoted his time and words to the recognition of the survivors, specifically the Special Forces’ Gold Star Wives.

    “It has been a tough year for the men in the Green Beret.” said Repass. “I won’t try to top the words that were spoke earlier this past week at the USASOC Memorial, rather I would like to talk about those who have lived in the shadows of the gallant men who are found on (the USASOC Memorial Wall). Perhaps by honoring those who live in the shadows, we might best honor the operators who have departed our ranks.”

    Major Gen. Michael S. Repass, commander, USASFC(A) and Ronnie McCan, national president, the Special Forces Association lay a memorial wreath at the base of the Special Forces Memorial Statue, or “Bronze Bruce” at the conclusion of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command and Special Forces Association Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony honored 18 SF Soldier killed in action and more than 90 association members who died this past year. (Photo by SFC Jason Baker, USASFC Public Affairs)

    He started by describing the communities he visited during the 25 funerals he personally attended while serving as the commander of USASFC.

    “In every case in these small towns we have learned how truly extraordinary these operators were in their early lives,” said Repass. “These men were the best, the first, the strongest, the fastest, the most adventurous and yes, the craziest. They were successful before they ever joined our ranks. You can only conclude that their small town upbringing, tight communities, and families that supported the Soldier were responsible for much of their success once they became a Special Forces operator.”

    “We like to think of them as brave and heroic, and so be it,” he said. “The real people I find both brave and heroic are the spouses left behind. They confront dark days every day and somehow they keep it together and move forward.”

    With grief visible upon his face, Repass held back emotion enough to recount the walk from the Fort Myer Chapel to plot 60 where Emily Tinsley’s husband, Capt. John Tinsley, was to be interred.

    “I explained to her that her husband would be interred at section 60, which is also known as the place where America’s valor rests,” said Repass. “I told her I was hugely impressed at her strength and poise at Arlington. In typical SF wife style, she told me that John would be disappointed with her if she was weak. All I can think is, John must be proud.”

    McCan also used his comments to break from tradition by focusing not on the sorrow and grief of the day but on the celebration of the sacrifice given by those in combat to maintain the liberty of this country and ultimately the world, living up to the Special Forces motto, “De Opresso Liber.”

    After the comments by Repass and McCan both came forward and ceremonially placed a memorial wreath at the base of the Special Forces Memorial Statue, nicknamed “Bronze Bruce.” A final role call was read and a bell rang to recognize each name.

    The ceremony concluded with the traditional three-round volley and the playing of Taps. After the ceremony those in attendance gathered together and took pictures at the various memorials at the plaza and shared memories of their service and those they lost.

    Major Gen. Michael S. Repass, commander, USASFC(A) speaks to the audience attending the SF Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony honored 18 SF Soldier killed in action and more than 90 association members who died this past year. (Photo by SFC Jason Baker, USASFC Public Affairs)

    Major Gen. Michael S. Repass, commander, USASFC(A) speaks to the audience attending the SF Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony honored 18 SF Soldier killed in action and more than 90 association members who died this past year. (Photo by SFC Jason Baker, USASFC Public Affairs)

    Mr. Ronnie McCan, national president of the Special Forces Association, speaks to the audience attending the SF Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony honored 18 SF Soldier killed in action and more than 90 association members who died this past year. (Photo by SFC Jason Baker, USASFC Public Affairs)


  • 05/30/2010 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    FORT BENNING, GA (USASOC News Service, May 30, 2010) – A U.S. Army Ranger assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment died as a result of complications due to a spontaneous brain aneurysm on May 29.

    Staff Sgt. Pedro Brandao Lacerda, a Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) instructor with the Regimental Special Troops Battalion (RSTB) at Fort Benning was leading a squad size element of RASP students through physical training on May 28 when he collapsed.  He was taken immediately to Martin Army Community Hospital, placed on life support and transferred to Columbus Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

    Lacerda was born Aug. 11, 1979, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 2005 from Knoxville, Tenn. He completed One Station Unit Training, Basic Airborne Training, the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. There he served as an assistant machine gunner, machine gunner, squad automatic weapon gunner, gun team leader and team leader. In October 2008, Lacerda moved to RSTB to serve as an instructor for new Rangers to the 75th Ranger Regiment.

    He has deployed three times in support of the Global War on Terror; twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

    “Staff Sgt. Lacerda was loved by all and considered the most lethal man in the Regiment with his hands. As an instructor in our Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, he was instrumental in developing Rangers,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “He was instrumental in the 75th Ranger Regiment’s and Army’s Combatives program. His contributions and legacy to the 75th Ranger Regiment will live on in the hundreds of Rangers he trained.”

    Lacerda was part of the first U.S. Army team to compete in the Pan American Jiu Jitsu Championships in Irvine, Calif., last month where he won his first-round match.  Prior to joining the Army, Lacerda competed in the games and won the gold in 1998, 1999 and 2002. He also captured the welterweight title at the 2009 All-Army Combatives Championship on Fort Benning and was instrumental to the development of the 75th Ranger Regiment and Army combatives programs.

    “Staff Sergeant Lacerda was a hard core Ranger and an All – Army combatives champion, yet also was the nicest guy you ever met,” said Lt. Col. Brian Eifler, Regimental Special Troops Battalion Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “We are all going to miss him.”
    Lacerda’s military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Indoctrination Training, the U.S. Army Ranger Course, Warrior Leader Course and CombativesundefinedLevels 1, 2 and 3.

    Lacerda’s awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist’s Badge. He has also been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan campaign Medal with combat star, Iraq Campaign Medal with combat star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.  He will be posthumously awarded with the Army Meritorious Service Medal.

    Lacerda, a native of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is survived by his wife Marina B. Lacerda, his children Yasmin and Pepe, his father Pedro Lacerda, his brother Marcelo Lacerda and his sister Tatina Lacerda; all of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

  • 05/28/2010 7:33 AM | Anonymous

    Lisandra Metzger is comforted by a soldier as he points out the name of her son, Sgt. 1st Class David Metzger, on the USASOC memorial Thursday on Fort Bragg. David Metzger died in October while deployed to Afghanistan.

    Click on the following links to read the full news story; view the video and view photos published by the Fayetteville Observer on Friday May 28, 2010.





    News Story:

    Etched in eternity: USASOC unveils new memorial wall


    Special Operations soldiers remembered

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    View more photos from the ceremony

  • 05/27/2010 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 27, 2010) – Families and friends of 40 fallen Army Special Operations Soldiers gathered together with members, both past and present, of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at the unit’s Memorial Plaza at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 27 to remember the sacrifice of their loved ones.

    The Fallen Special Operations Soldier’s Memorial Ceremony, which is held every year by USASOC around Memorial Day, is a time for the Soldiers of the command to honor the memory of those comrades lost in the past year. During this year’s ceremony, 35 new names of fallen heroes were added to the Memorial Wall with their families and friends in attendance to share the honor.

     “I would like to extend a very special welcome to our Gold Star Families,” said Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, USASOC commanding general. “These are our fellow citizens, our neighbors, many of whom are veterans of service to our great nation themselves. They have provided to our nation that most precious of sacrifices: their sons, their husbands, their brothers and fathers. These are the very men who have brought us together here today. You honor us with your presence.”

    The names of Fallen Special Operations Soldiers dating back to the Korean War have been recorded on the USASOC Memorial Wall since 1994. This year, the wall underwent a reconstruction, and was dedicated in the ceremony as the Fallen Special Operations Soldier’s Memorial Wall.

    “We undertook a collective effort with our friends this year to build a new wall, an edifice which we felt would be more fitting to remember and honor our great warriors, knowing that in no way can we fully do justice to their ultimate sacrifices,” Mulholland said.

    Mulholland thanked and highlighted the efforts of many people instrumental in the development and construction of the wall, saying “throughout this project, what was foremost in the minds of all those people who participated was the sacrifice of our fallen heroes. That is what motivated everyone to make this a reality.”

    Such projects do not fall from trees, he said, but rather are enabled by great American patriots who invest in these visions to make them real.

    “To all these great men and women, and all those who have helped make this wall a reality, I thank you,” he said. “We will never lose sight of the fact that this is but a mechanism to recognize the real reason we are here today, that is honor these great Soldiers.”

    Once the wall was unveiled, each major subordinate operational unit’s commanding officer and command sergeant major placed a wreath at the base of the memorial. Then, as the names of 35 fallen Special Operations Soldiers who died in the past year, as well as five from previous years, were read off by each unit’s command sergeant major, silence took the crowd and only the lone ring of a bell could be heard.

    With the country being at war for nearly 10 years, longer than the Revolution which gave birth to the nation, Army Special Operations has been at the forefront of combat, nation-building and a wide variety of other missions in more than 50 countries around the world.

    “Today we stop to honor a very special group of Army Special Operations Soldiers: those who sacrificed all for their fellow man,” Mulholland said. “These are men who had choices. They were extraordinarily talented and intelligent men who could have done anything they wanted to do.”

    When a nation is fighting a war for more than nine years, “don’t stay in this kind of formation unless you have a passion for it, and these were passionate men,” he said. “These are men who loved what they did and knew they were making a difference in the most dangerous missions around the world on behalf of all of us. They, of their own volition, their own desire, took on our toughest challenges in the toughest locations on behalf of this great country.”

    Mulholland closed with the reading of the inscriptions which are etched into the wall.

    “I think they speak perfectly to its purpose and together say all that needs to be said,” Mulholland said. “One is from John, which reads, ‘Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ No other words could possibly make it clear the ultimate purpose behind the sacrifice made by our fallen heroes: their love for their fellow man, and their love for their country.”

    Below is the main inscription located on the front of the wall, as well as the names of the 35 fallen Special Operations Soldiers added to the memorial this year:

    “Welcome Kinsman, Comrade, Friend. Recorded here on this humble Wall are the names of our fallen Heroes. They were and always will be cherished Soldiers of Army Special Operations, our comrades in arms. Know that they eagerly sought and accepted our Nation’s most difficult missions against our most dangerous enemies. Know that they willingly endured hardship and danger, and at the end, sacrificed all for us. With solemn pride, know that in doing so they proved true to their oath to the Constitution and duty to the Citizens of the United States of America. To them, their example and their memory we humbly dedicate this Memorial.”

    Operation Iraqi Freedom

    • Cpl. Ryan C. McGhee of Fredericksburg, Va., 75th Rgr Regt., Fort Benning, Ga.
    • Sgt. 1st Class Duane A. Thornsbury of Clinton, Md., 10th SFG (A), Fort Carson, Colo.

    Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)

    • Staff Sgt. Keith R. Bishop of Medford, N.Y., 7th SFG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C.
    • Sgt. 1st Class Bradley S. Bohle of Baltimore, Md., 7th SFG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C.
    • Staff Sgt. Rusty H. Christian of Greenville, Tenn., 1st SFG (A), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
    • Sgt. Joel D. Clarkson of Fairbanks, Alaska, 75th Rgr Regt., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
    • Staff Sgt. Jason S. Dahlke of Jacksonville, Fla., 75th Rgr Regt., Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.
    • Spc. Marc P. Decoteau of Waterville Valley, N.H, 4th POG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C.
    • Sgt. 1st Class Alejandro Granado III of Longview, Texas, 20th SFG (A), Jackson, Miss.
    • Pfc. Eric W. Hario of Monroe, Mich., 75th Rgr Regt., Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.
    • Sgt. Josue E. Hernandez Chavez of Las Vegas, Nev., 160th SOAR (A), Savannah, Ga.
    • Cpl. Michael D. Jankiewicz of Ramsey, N.J., 75th Rgr Regt., Fort Benning, Ga.
    • Cpl. Benjamin S. Kopp of Minneapolis, Minn., 75th Rgr Regt., Fort Benning, Ga.
    • Staff Sgt. Andrew T. Lobosco of Somerville, N.J., 7th SFG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C.
    • Capt. Ronald G. Luce Jr. of Julian, Calif., 20th SFG (A), Jackson, Miss.
    • Chief Warrant Officer 3 Niall D. Lyons of Spokane, Wash., 160th SOAR (A), Savannah, Ga.
    • Sgt. 1st Class Shawn P. McCloskey of Peachtree, Ga., 7th SFG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C.
    • Staff Sgt. Shawn H. McNabb of Terrell, Texas, 160th SOAR (A), Savannah, Ga.
    • Sgt. 1st Class David E. Metzger of San Diego, Calif., 7th SFG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C.
    • Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Mills of El Paso, Texas, 7th SFG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C.
    • Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael P. Montgomery of Redmond, Wash., 160th SOAR (A), Savannah, Ga.
    • Sgt. Nickolas A. Mueller of Little Chute, Wis., 160th SOAR (A), Savannah, Ga.
    • Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino of Boston, Mass., 20th SFG (A), Glen Arm, Md.
    • Cpl. Nicholas R. Roush of Middleville, Mich., 4th POG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C
    • Sgt. Roberto D. Sanchez of Ocala, Fla., 75th Rgr Regt., Hunter AAF, Ga.
    • Sgt. 1st Class Severin W. Summers III of Lafayette, La., 20th SFG (A), Jackson, Miss.
    • Capt. David J. Thompson of Pinehurst, N.C, 3rd SFG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C
    • Capt. John Tinsley of Tallahassee, Fla., 7th SFG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C.
    • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Douglas M. Vose III of Roseburg, Ore., 10th SFG (A), Stuttgart, Germany
    • Sgt. 1st Class William B. Woods Jr. of Chesapeake, Va., 20th SFG (A), Glen Arm, Md.

    Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines)

    • Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III of Bethany, Okla., 1st SFG (A), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
    • Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Shaw of Natchez, Miss., 1st SFG (A), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

    Operation Enduring Freedom (Other)

    • Sgt. 1st Class David J. Hartman of Merced, Calif., 95th CAB (A), Fort Bragg, N.C.
    • Sgt. 1st Class Matthew S. Sluss-Tiller of Ashland, Ky., 95th CAB (A), Fort Bragg, N.C.
    • Staff Sgt. Mark A. Stets Jr. of California, 4th POG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C.


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