The Indigenous Approach

By 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)

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Welcome to The Indigenous Approach, a podcast where we examine the role of the Nation's Premier Partnership Force across the competition continuum - from cooperation to conflict, and everything in between.

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Command Team Corner - Special Edition Vax Facts
1539
Jan 15, 2021
1st SFC(A) Command Team Corner
548

In this week's Command Team Corner, Maj. Gen. John Brennan reflects on 2020, provides his thoughts on the command moving into 2021, and gives an update on our diversity and inclusion efforts. 

Jan 09, 2021
Special Forces Identity Part 3
3829

When you hear brand names, what they are known for quickly will pop into your mind.  Names like McDonald's, Advil, or even Apple instantly bring a product or company logo to mind.  When the question of who is Special Forces was asked by the 1st Special Forces Command Chief of Staff, COL Ed Croot, he received mixed responses.  COL Croot's study determined that the SF Regiment was undergoing an identity crisis. 
  
  We gathered seven esteemed Sergeants Major from across the SF Regiment to discuss what is the SF identity and if there was an identity crisis. In our last episode, they discussed how the identity crisis affected the force. We now ask the question, how do we address the issue. Those Sergeants Major are:
  
  SGM Dave Friedberg, the Alpha company 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces group sergeant major. Dave joined Special Forces in 1999 and is an original regional support element plank holder. He has multiple deployments in the CENTCOM and INDOPACOM AOR.

CSM Retired Jeffrey Wright. Jeff served in 3 different Special Forces groups and as the senior enlisted leader for 4 joint commands. He served in the army from the cold war to the gulf war to the global war on terror and many points in-between.  

SGM Matt Williams, the 2nd BN 3rd Special Forces group operations sergeant major. Matt joined under the 18x program in 2005. He has deployed to Afghanistan and Africa many times and was an instructor at SFARTAETC. SGM Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2019 for his actions during the battle of Shok Valley, Afghanistan, in 2008.

 CSM Retried Bill Thetford, the USASOC Operations Integrator. Bill joined Special Forces in 1993 and retired in March 2019. Most of his expertise comes from CENTCOM and SOCOM. 

CSM Dave Waldo, the CSM of 4th battalion 1st SWTG.  He joined Special Forces in 2001 and started his SF career in 1st Special Forces Group. He now works to mold the newest generations of Green Berets. 

CSM retired Terry Peters entered the Army as an infantryman Sep 14, 1983, and retired as the 3rd Special Forces Group CSM with 27 years in the Army.  Since retiring in early 2010, Terry has served the SF Community in an advisory role to many leaders and contributes to numerous charities that help SF Veterans and their Families.  He currently serves as the Honorary CSM of the Regiment.

CSM(Ret) Thomas (Tom) Smith, who spent 35 years in SF, starting in 1977 until 2012. He served over 8 years at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School teaching SERE and in the SF Pipeline. Tom served as the U.S. SOCOM CSM for over 5 years, where he created the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy. After he retired, he created the Summit Course in JSOFSEA and continues to teach and mentor senior enlisted leaders.

COL Croot's Research Study:
  Paper
Presentation

WAR ROOM Podcast

 

 

Dec 23, 2020
Special Forces Identity Part 2
3796

When you hear brand names, what they are known for quickly will pop into your mind.  Names like McDonald's, Advil, or even Apple instantly bring a product or company logo to mind.  When the question of who is Special Forces was asked by the 1st Special Forces Command Chief of Staff, COL Ed Croot, he received mixed responses.  COL Croot's study determined that the SF Regiment was undergoing an identity crisis. 
 
 We gathered seven esteemed Sergeants Major from across the SF Regiment to discuss what is the SF identity and if there was an identity crisis. In our last episode, the general consensus was yes, but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Those Sergeants Major are:
 
 SGM Dave Friedberg, the Alpha company 4th Battalion, 1st special forces group sergeant major. Dave joined Special Forces in 1999 and is an original regional support element plank holder. He has multiple deployments in the CENTCOM and INDOPACOM AOR.

CSM Retired Jeffrey Wright. Jeff served in 3 different Special Forces groups and as the senior enlisted leader for 4 joint commands. He served in the army from the cold war to the gulf war to the global war on terror and many points in-between.  

SGM Matt Williams, the 2nd BN 3rd Special Forces group operations sergeant major. Matt joined under the 18x program in 2005. He has deployed to Afghanistan and Africa many times and was an instructor at SFARTAETC. SGM Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2019 for his actions during the battle of Shok Valley, Afghanistan, in 2008.

 CSM Retried Bill Thetford, the USASOC Operations Integrator. Bill joined Special Forces in 1993 and retired in March 2019. Most of his expertise comes from CENTCOM and SOCOM. 

CSM Dave Waldo, the CSM of 4th battalion 1st SWTG.  He joined Special Forces in 2001 and started his SF career in 1st Special Forces Group. He now works to mold the newest generations of Green Berets. 

CSM retired Terry Peters entered the Army as an infantryman Sep 14, 1983, and retired as the 3rd Special Forces Group CSM with 27 years in the Army.  Since retiring in early 2010, Terry has served the SF Community in an advisory role to many leaders and contributes to numerous charities that help SF Veterans and their Families.  He currently serves as the Honorary CSM of the Regiment.

CSM(Ret) Thomas (Tom) Smith, who spent 35 years in SF, starting in 1977 until 2012. He served over 8 years at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School teaching SERE and in the SF Pipeline. Tom served as the U.S. SOCOM CSM for over 5 years, where he created the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy. After he retired, he created the Summit Course in JSOFSEA and continues to teach and mentor senior enlisted leaders.

COL Croot's Research Study:
 Paper
Presentation

WAR ROOM Podcast

 

Dec 10, 2020
Special Forces Identity - Part 1
3184

When you hear brand names, what they are known for quickly will pop into your mind.  Names like McDonald's, Advil, or even Apple instantly bring a product or company logo to mind.  When the question of who is Special Forces was asked by the 1st Special Forces Command Chief of Staff, COL Ed Croot, he received mixed responses.  COL Croot's study determined that the SF Regiment was undergoing an identity crisis. 

We gathered seven esteemed Sergeants Major from across the SF Regiment to discuss what is the SF identity and if there was an identity crisis:

SGM Dave Friedberg, the Alpha company 4th Battalion, 1st special forces group sergeant major. Dave joined special forces in 1999 and is an original regional support element plank holder. He has multiple deployments in the CENTCOM and INDOPACOM AOR.

CSM Retired Jeffrey Wright. Jeff served in 3 different Special Forces groups and as the senior enlisted leader for 4 joint commands. He served in the army from the cold war to the gulf war to the global war on terror and many points in-between.  

SGM Matt Williams, the 2nd bn 3rd special forces group operations sergeant major. Matt joined under the 18x program in 2005. He has deployed to Afghanistan and Africa many times and was an instructor at SFARTAETC. SGM Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2019 for his actions during the battle of Shok Valley, Afghanistan, in 2008.

 CSM Retried Bill Thetford, the USASOC Operations Integrator. Bill joined special forces in 1993 and retired in March 2019. Most of his expertise comes from CENTCOM and SOCOM. 

CSM Dave Waldo, the CSM of 4th battalion 1st SWTG.  He joined special forces in 2001 and started his SF career in 1st Special Forces Group. He now works to mold the newest generations of Green Berets. 

CSM retired Terry Peters entered the Army as an infantryman Sep 14, 1983, and retired as the 3rd Group CSM with 27 years in the Army.  Since retiring in early 2010, Terry has served the SF Community in an advisory role to many leaders and contributes to numerous charities that help SF Veterans and their Families.  He currently serves as the Honorary CSM of the Regiment.

 CSM(Ret) Thomas (Tom) Smith, who spent 35 years in SF, starting in 1977 until 2012. He served over 8 years at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School teaching SERE and in the SF Pipeline. Tom served as the U.S. SOCOM CSM for over 5 years, where he created the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy. After he retired, he created the Summit Course in JSOFSEA and continues to teach and mentor.

COL Croot's Research Study:
Paper
Presentation

WAR ROOM Podcast


Nov 25, 2020
Civil Affairs Role in GPC and Cross-functional Teams
2623

In this episode, members of the Civil Affairs regiment discuss the Civil Affairs’ role in Great Power Competition and cross-functional teams in the 1st Special Forces Command vision.

 

LTC Sam Hayes Sam Hayes is an active-duty U.S. Army Civil Affairs officer serving at the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (SO) (A). He has served with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, USAJFK Special Warfare Center and School, USCAPOC(A), and NATO with various deployment across the Middle East and Africa. Sam has multiple degrees to include a Masters of Art in Information Warfare and Political Strategy from Naval Postgraduate School and a Ph.D. in Organizational Management with a specialization in Leadership from Capella University.

 

MSG Sean Acosta is an active duty Civil Affairs non-commissioned officer currently serving in the 7th Special Forces Group. He has served as a Senior Civil Affairs Instructor USAJFK Special Warfare Center and School, Team Sergeant 83rd Civil Affairs Battalion, and Civil Affairs NCO 81st Civil Affairs Battalion. He has deployed to Southwest Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis from Norwich University. 

 

MAJ Assad Raza is an active-duty U.S. Army Civil Affairs officer serving at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). He has served with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, and the 5th Special Forces Group with multiple deployments across the Middle East. Assad holds a Bachelor of Art in psychology from the University of Tampa, a Master of Art in diplomacy with a concentration in international conflict management from Norwich University, and a Master of Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a doctoral student at Troy University in Alabama

 

MAJ Travis Clemens is an active-duty U.S. Army Civil Affairs officer serving as the 91st Civil Affairs Bn. Company Alpha Commander. He has deployed with CA as a team leader to Tanzania, Senegal, and Niger. Travis has worked in the Joint Special Operations Task Force J35 and Special Forces Bn. S9 where he deployed to Chad.

Nov 12, 2020
Young Lions Leadership Development Program
2204

Brigadier General Marks, the 1st SFC(A) Deputy Commanding General,  speaks with five alumni of the command’s Young Lions leader development program.


A 2019 Young Lions event held in Chicago was highlighted in SOCOM’s Tip of the Spear magazine (Pages 22-23): https://www.socom.mil/TipOfTheSpear/USSOCOM%20Tip%20of%20the%20Spear%20Dec%202019(Web).pdf

LTC Carl Benander is a Special Forces officer and the commander of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). With 13 years in the Special Forces regiment, he has commanded an ODA, SF Company, and Special Operations Task Force and has four deployments with Army Special Operations. He is a member of Young Lions Pride 02 from 2013.

LTC Brian Wong is a signal officer and is the commander of the 112th Signal Battalion, 528th Special Operations Sustainment Brigade (A), which provides communications support to Special Operations Forces worldwide. He has eight years in the ARSOF community, including seven years in a Special Missions Unit, and has been a critical player in the tactical network modernization efforts of the Army and SOF. He is a member of Young Lions Pride 02 from 2013.

MAJ Nicole Alexander is a Civil Affairs officer currently serving as the Secretary of the General Staff at 1st SFC (A). She has 10 years in Civil Affairs regiment and five ARSOF deployments. She was also a member of the Young Lions Pride 02 in 2013.

CPT Kara Hawkins is a logistics officer and is the commander of HHC, 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). She has three years within the ARSOF community, including two deployments. She attended the latest Young Lions event held earlier this year.

SGM Chris Miller is a Civil Affairs NCO and is the Operations Sergeant Major of 92nd CA Battalion, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (SO) (A). He has 11 years in the Civil Affairs regiment and three ARSOF deployments. He is also a member of the latest Young Lions pride.

Oct 30, 2020
Vision 2021 and Beyond
2074

Maj. Gen. John Brennan, Command Sgt. Maj. Ted Munter, Brig. Gen. Steve Marks, and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dave Holton, the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) command team, discuss what brought about the new command vision for 2021 and beyond, the main lines of effort, and the focused priorities that drive the Nation's Premier Partnership Force.

Find the vision document here:
https://www.soc.mil/USASFC/Documents/1sfc-vision-2021-beyond.pdf

Oct 16, 2020
Innovation VS Modernization
2606

COL Ed Croot, 1st SFC(A) Chief of Staff speaks with Chris Brose, author of "The Kill Chain" discussing innovation vs. modernization. Leaning on his experience as a senior policy advisor for the late Senator John McCain and the staff director for the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chris Brose frames how we should think about innovation in the era of strategic competition. 

Oct 01, 2020