Welcome to the Home of Special Forces in Colorado

Welcome to our site, which serves retired and former Special Forces soldiers and friends, the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), located at Ft Carson, Colorado, and the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), with units throughout the United States.

This site contains hundreds of photos and documents located under the Situation link, a Quartermaster store located under Service and Support, along with other useful links and tidbits throughout.

All, as you may know, my company MainNerve and Remy Incorporated are hosting the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain Green Beret Classic this September 19th at the Broadmoor.  While we know that a lot of you do not golf, we are having quite an event that night at the Broadmoor’s Mountain View Terrace with live and silent auctions, music, food, drinks and dancing.  It would be great to see you all there, reservations are 100 dollars per person, 150 per couple and 50 for Active Duty Military.  Please ensure that this gets the maximum participation and remember that we have “stay and play” rates for both golfers and partiers.  Please get with Ms. Bonnie Moss, who is cc’d for more information.

The auctions are a “Pac-Man” standard and we have great items this year including a safari, Florida vacations, weapons, a signed John Elway Broncos shirt, customized neon signs and furniture, spa packages, a night with Chef Troy of the famous TAG restaurant in Denver and much, much more.  Please come on by and get in on the action to help our wounded Green Berets. 

Also, if anyone has anything or knows anyone that would like to donate something for the auctions or for door prizes let me know.  Any help would be appreciated.  If you would like to sponsor a golf team, we still have some openings left and Ms. Moss can give you more information. Remember that the golf tournament is one of a kind (what else do you expect!!) with the chance to win a Harley, long drive in body armor, HMMWV push and Litter Carry….all of course are optional.  We have tons of beer and loads of enjoyment for all. And we will have wounded Green Berets on the Teams using their war stories and outstanding drinking skills to start to network with their golf buddies as they prepare to transition to a new life. 

I sincerely appreciate the effort you can provide to get this out there and make this a great night.  100% of all donations and proceeds will go to the GBF.

Take care and thanks for your attention, friendship and/or business.

Bruce Parkman
The Macalan Group

The Armed Services YMCA, Camp Shady Brook (http://www.campshadybrook.com/
<http://www.campshadybrook.com/> ) and the USO have partnered together to
provide Operation Outdoors, a weekend camp experience for Service members,
Veterans and their families (Single Service members and Veterans are welcome
as well). Their goal is to make military life easier for Service Members,
Veterans and their families by providing quality time to bond away from the
stressors of military life while experiencing the great outdoors at Camp
Shady Brook in beautiful Deckers, Colorado.

Camp Dates:  19-21 Sept 2014; 10-14 Oct 2014 

Cost:  Free for Service members, Veterans and their families. No lodging
fees. Meals and snacks provided.

Events:  Do not be scared by the sample schedule.  This is your time as a
family to bond and get to know other families.  You can schedule as many
events that you like or not schedule anything at all.  Zero pressure.  You
can even plan to use Camp Shady Brook as a "base of operations" and explore
the area.

Things to do at Camp Shady Brook:

Arts and Crafts


Rifle Range for the kids (No POWs allowed on this range but there is a free
range off site on the way to Woodland Park)

Archery Range for the kids

Climbing Wall

Zip line

High Ropes Course

Low Ropes Course

Lake (Swimming, canoeing  and fishing)

Camp Shady Brook is private property.  There is no requirement for a fishing
license.  Bring your own fishing rod, reel and tackle.  You can keep what
you catch and the cooks will even cook them for you!

Campfires with s'mores of course!

There is also a plan to get you to the National Park Service - Florissant
Fossil Beds National Monument in order to learn about the Post to Parks
program and to get free National Park Service passes.  These Park passes
will get you into all of the National Parks across the nation for free! 

Good to Know:

Some cabins are more rustic than others (basic bunk house with electricity
and heat only)

Some of the cabins have full climate control, electricity and attached
showers and restrooms, locker room style for all campers.

Porta-Johns are also available throughout the camp.

There is no linen available.  Please remember to bring sleeping bags,
blankets pillows ,etc.

The Food is well, camp food not the greatest but it is free.  They do have
limited refrigeration for you own personal food stuffs.

Bring a cooler for a more convenient  food stuff storage at your cabin.

Bring a camera.

Bring camp chairs. I had my hammock up all weekend.

Flashlights and headlamps are nice to have handy.

Remember, September and October weather in Colorado can surprise you.  Pack

Most cabins can be driven to for loading and unloading.

You are able to drive your own vehicle if you would like.

If you need transportation, please contact Drew Aquino (see below for
contact info).

The number one perk of Camp Shady Brook is, no cell phone coverage!  Yes,
face to face, old school communication is a must.  There is a land line
available at the main office.  Also, from what I understand there is a weak
WiFi connection at main lodge area. 


Any additional questions please contact,

Drew Aquino, MBA
Military Outreach Director
YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
Southeast Family Armed  Services Center
2190 Jet Wing Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
O: 719.622.9622 / C: 619.467.6068
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Registration Process:

Please fill out the attached Registration Form and send specifically to:

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In the subject line of your email please place the following information:

Operation Outdoors Camp Shady Brook Registration/US Army/WW/10thSFG/Your
Last Name Family/number of people/dates

Ex.          Operation Outdoors Camp Shady Brook Registration/US
Army/10thSFG/Smith Family/3 people/19-21 Sep 2014

Note - If you would like to attend both events.  Please fill out two
separate registration forms and send two separate emails with the
appropriate subject line

In closing

My wife, Wendy and I attended this camp last month along with three other
10th Group families.  We all had a blast.  The kids loved it and the adults
had a lot of "friendly" competition fishing at the lake.  Everyone caught
one and the smallest was a 12 inch Rainbow Trout.  We will be attending both
the September and the October camps as well.  We look forward to seeing you



Reminder that SFA 4-24 has a biography outline for your use

On September 15, 2014, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry.
Command Sergeant Major Adkins will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as an Intelligence Sergeant assigned to Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. Then-Sergeant First Class Adkins distinguished himself during combat operations at Camp A Shau, Republic of Vietnam, on March 9 through March 12, 1966.
Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a Machine gunner with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. Specialist Four Sloat distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of Hawk Hill Fire Base, Republic of Vietnam, on January 17, 1970.
President Obama also approved the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for gallantry in action at the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Additional details on the award to First Lieutenant Cushing will be announced separately.
First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. Cushing distinguished himself during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.
Command Sergeant Major Adkins joined the Army in 1956, at the age of 22. He served in the 2nd Infantry Division until leaving to join Special Forces in 1961. He deployed to Vietnam three times between February 1963 and December 1971; the actions for which he will receive the Medal of Honor took place during his second tour.
After Vietnam, Command Sergeant Major Adkins served approximately two years as First Sergeant for the Army Garrison Communications Command in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He then joined Class #3 of the Army Sergeants Major Academy in El Paso, Texas. After graduation, he served with Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then led training at Fort Sherman’s Jungle School in the Panama Canal Zone. He retired from the Army in 1978.
Command Sergeant Major Adkins and his wife of 59 years, Mary Adkins, currently reside in Opelika, Alabama. They will both attend the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House.
Specialist Four Sloat entered the Army on March 19, 1969 from Coweta, Oklahoma. After completing his training, he was assigned as an M60 Machine Gunner, to 3rd Platoon, Delta Company, 2/1 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.
Specialist Four Sloat was killed in action on Jan. 17, 1970, at the age of 20. On that day, his squad was conducting a patrol, when one of the Soldiers triggered a hand grenade trap placed in their path by enemy forces. Specialist Four Sloat picked up the live grenade, initially to throw it away. However, when he realized that detonation was imminent, he chose to shield its blast with his own body, sacrificing his own life to save the lives of three of his fellow Soldiers.
Dr. William Sloat of Enid, Oklahoma, will join the President at the White House to accept the Medal of Honor on his brother’s behalf.
First Lieutenant Cushing graduated, and was commissioned, from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the class of June 1861. Born in what is now Delafield, Wisconsin, he was raised in Fredonia, New York. Cushing was the commander of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg.
First Lieutenant Cushing was killed in action on July 3, 1863, at the age of 22. On that day, the third day of the battle, in the face of Longstreet’s Assault, also known as Pickett’s Charge, First Lieutenant Cushing’s battery took a severe pounding by Confederate artillery. As the rebel infantry advanced, he manned the only remaining, and serviceable, field piece in his battery. During the advance, he was wounded in the stomach as well as in the right shoulder. Refusing to evacuate to the rear despite his severe wounds, he directed the operation of his lone field piece continuing to fire in the face of the enemy. With the rebels within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed during this heroic stand. His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repulse the Confederate assault. First Lieutenant Cushing is buried with full honors at his alma mater, West Point.