By Jim Campbell
June 28th, 2018
Special Forces, SEALS, Marine Recon, Rangers and SWOF’s are a special type of individual.
They are willing to daily, when duty calls, put their lives on the line so that the rest of us may live in freedom.
God Bless them and the rest of our men and women in uniform.
Perhaps the most gutsy of the special forces are the SWOF forces.
They will parachute into any environment to rescue others and as their logo clearly states, “That others may live.”
At first blush, I round this to be a rather odd article to appear on Puma’s site.
Then again, she doesn’t call her blog, “Puma by Design,” without good reason.
Veterans’ Tales by Allen Ness
Not me, the author Allen Ness as he discusses below.
I spent the first half of 1998 in Sinai, Egypt as part of the Multi-Force Observers.
It was an awesome deployment, great training that we made up ourselves and absolutely amazing time off.
Twenty-three days of one squad all alone on a remote site, patrols, training, guard duty, all opportunities to build on the basics.
Then two weeks of challenging training, live fires, maneuver live fires, marksmanship, physically brutal stuff late left you full of piss and vinegar after a good nights sleep.
Then a week of travel, Cairo, the pyramids, Israel, the Holy Land, Jordan.
It was the final fun peacetime deployment I had.
After that it was shit hole after shit hole if I can accurately borrow President Trumps description.
I was a Sergeant First Class with nine years time in service, I had a habit of walking hard heeled down the sidewalk but most Paratrooper NCO’s are like that so it was no big surprise to anyone.
Shortly before we rotated back to The Division at Ft Bragg they sent some instructors and allowed some of us to go to Jump Master School.
I was one of the lucky few, it’s considered an embarrassment to have a Platoon Sergeant who sports Basic Wings on his uniform and you cannot serve as a First Sergeant or Company Commander without graduating Jump Master School.