War Stories: The Quiet Professionals

Last week, in a 72-hour period of time, we lost 6 of America’s most elite warriors: Army Special Forces soldiers. It was a huge blow to the Special Operations community, but especially the brotherhood informally referred to as the Green Berets.

Army Special Forces truly are the quiet professionals, best known for their unofficial anthem, “The Ballad of the Green Beret,” and are only commonly identified by the color of their headwear, should you be lucky enough to see them in uniform. Their motto, De Oppresso Liber, “Free the Oppressed,” requires that most of their immense accomplishments remain un-publicized, so they often pass up getting the credit for their work in order to be more effective at doing it. Chances are, if a Green Beret is asked the question, “What do you do in the military?” and responds, “I’m in the Special Forces,” he will be met with, “Oh, like Navy Seals?” And he will smile and say, “Something like that.”

Our kids have been lucky to meet several of these elite soldiers, and a more fun-loving and entertaining group of people does not exist.Somewhere in the hardships they’ve endured, we have noticed that they remain grateful for the smallest joys in life and often retain their inner child happily. When our five-year-old found a kid-sized tactical helmet in a charity shop recently, he announced, “You should buy this for me because I want to dress up as a real Green Beret.” That settled the matter. He got more than a helmet in that bargain, and we couldn’t be more proud to introduce the Ballad of the (Tiny) Green Berets.

Finding Storybookland Green Berets

Finding Storybookland Green Berets

Finding Storybookland Green Berets

Finding Storybookland Green Berets

Finding Storybookland Green Berets

Finding Storybookland Green Berets

Finding Storybookland Green Berets

Finding Storybookland Green Berets

 

For this photo shoot we created a custom modern warfare lightroom preset. You can purchase and download all of my lightroom presets and other time saving photography resources and add ons from my etsy shop.

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