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Alex Quade Covers B1-Bs & Apaches/Task Force Fury

War Reporter, Alex Quade, embedded with Task Force Fury in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as they called in airstrikes with B1-Bs and close combat attack with Apache helicopters in 2007. [Read more…]

Alex Quade: Behind The Stories Of Spec Ops

War reporter Alex Quade takes you behind the stories of Special Operations. She shares more personal stories and challenges behind her Edward R. Murrow Award-winning work covering Special Operations Forces in combat. Extreme storytelling and silent risk-taking are at the heart of what Alex does. [Read more…]

Alex’s Exclusive: First female soldier in Green Beret training fails to complete course

Army Special Forces candidates carry a log during a recent Special Forces Assessment and Selection class at Camp Mackall at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Two female officers have qualified to undergo training to become Green Berets. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army

Army Special Forces candidates carry a log during a recent Special Forces Assessment and Selection class at Camp Mackall at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Two female officers have qualified to undergo training to become Green Berets. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army

The first female soldier to participate in the Army’s initial training program for the Green Berets — side-by-side with men — has failed to complete the course this week, The Washington Times has learned.

The enlisted soldier is the first woman to attend the U.S. Army Special Forces Selection and Assessment, the first step toward earning the Special Forces tab and the coveted Green Beret. The Times reported in July that two female officer candidates have been accepted to attend an SFAS class that begins in the spring.

The female soldier, whom Army officials did not identify by name, had reported to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Sept. 2. She passed the physical fitness test and the first half of the grueling, 21-day weeding-out process, during which 10 percent to 15 percent of her classmates dropped out. [Read more…]

Alex Quade at Wyoming Memorial

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Special Forces Memorial: If We Build It, They Will Come

By Alex Quade

CROWHEART, WY — Bikers in leathers, World War II veterans in wheelchairs, farmers with their children and dogs, joined battle-hardened Green Berets  who’d fought in El Salvador, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Colombia, Panama, Philippines, Cambodia, the Balkans and “a lot of little places that don’t make the news”  —  in a field near the Wind River, surrounded by sage, Indian paintbrush, cottonwood trees, choke cherry bushes and brown and red hills. They were there to dedicate the first memorial to U.S. Army Special Forces in Wyoming and Rocky Mountain region. [Read more…]

Integrating Women into U.S. Army Special Forces: Every Day is a ‘Selection Event’

Then-Army 1st Lt. Kirsten Griest (C) and fellow soldiers participate in combatives training during the Ranger Course on Fort Benning, Ga., in April 2016.

Then-Army 1st Lt. Kirsten Griest (C) and fellow soldiers participate in combatives training during the Ranger Course on Fort Benning, Ga., in April 2016.

By Alex Quade

“I’ve worked with lots of great women at the CIA. They bring super value to the table. It’s going to happen in SF (Special Forces). Get used to it,” retired Special Forces Sergeant Major Billy Waugh, a former CIA Paramilitary Officer, stated.

Waugh, the author of “Hunting The Jackal,” spoke to a room full of skeptical Special Forces brothers at the recent Special Forces Association conference in Jacksonville. [Read more…]

Army accepts first women to attend school to become Green Berets

Special Forces candidates carry a log during a recent Special Forces Assessment and Selection class at Camp Mackall at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Two female officers have qualified to undergo training to become Green Berets. Photo courtesy of the Department of the Army

Special Forces candidates carry a log during a recent Special Forces Assessment and Selection class at Camp Mackall at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Two female officers have qualified to undergo training to become Green Berets. Photo courtesy of the Department of the Army

By Alex Quade – Special to The Washington Times – The Washington Times – Friday, July 22, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Two female Army officers will make history when they report to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in their first step toward earning the Special Forces tab and becoming Green Berets. [Read more…]

Update on “Danger Close” the Movie

13524305_1710287155889371_7814119283243842284_nHollywood update: “DANGER CLOSE” now releasing in 2017. Gravitas Ventures now handling global video on demand & Broad Green Pictures handling domestic Blu-ray & DVD release. [Read more…]

Alex Quade moderates panel of Medal of Honor Recipients

Alex Quade with six Special Forces Medal of Honor recipients.

Alex Quade with six Special Forces Medal of Honor recipients.

Six U.S. Army Special Forces recipients of the Medal of Honor fielded questions and shared their experiences as part of a panel discussion, “A Conversation with Giants,” led by widely respected war correspondent and author Alex Quade. The event was offered during the 2016 Special Forces Association International Conference, in Jacksonville, Fla. [Read more…]

Lessons From A Pioneering West Point Woman

Debra Lewis at Pentagon, 2001. (Courtesy Debra Lewis)

Debra Lewis at Pentagon, 2001. (Courtesy Debra Lewis)

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Adversity is nothing new for combat veteran Colonel Debra M. Lewis, a pioneering woman in the Army. The mother of one, and stepmother of two, retired after thirty years of active duty in 2010.  During her career Lewis was an inspector general, a commander in Iraq, inside the Pentagon during the 9/11 attack, and graduated with the first class of women at West Point in 1980.

“Women have come a long way and we have every reason to be proud. When we arrived to West Point we faced low-to-no expectations on our ability to do anything,” Lewis said.

She and her sisters-in-arms faced open hostility and challenges as the first females at the Academy. “But look at us now:  we have women who’ve graduated Ranger School, women in top-level positions, and we’ve proved we can deal with adversity,” she stated.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/23/embracing-adversity-and-stress-lessons-from-a-pioneering-west-point-woman/#ixzz49h0Vsrc9