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MG Trombitas Takes Command as Chairman, Green Beret Foundation

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The GBF Board of Directors has elected retired Green Beret and Special Operations Commander, Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas as Chairman.

Upon assuming this position, General Trombitas pointed out that “The challenges we face to ensure support of the Green Beret community are enormous. Today U.S. Special Forces have the highest per-capita casualty rate of any unit in the Special Operations Forces. Although U.S. Army involvement in the 15-year ongoing ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has decreased, the worldwide demand for Green Berets is on the rise. I’ve been working in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our guys are engaged all over the world. The Green Berets’ resolve to support this country is unparalleled. I am honored to have this opportunity to serve our Green Berets through the GBF.”

Jennifer Paquette, GBF Executive Director, commented that the Foundation will greatly benefit from the General’s leadership “at this critical time for Special Operations and Special Forces. The intellect, leadership, and commitment that characterized his distinguished career as an active duty officer will now directly impact our Foundation. With General Trombitas, we will meet the current challenges our community faces.”

Major General Simeon G. Trombitas graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1978. He began his active duty career in the 2nd Armored Division and went on to serve three tours with 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His other Commands included Assistant Deputy Director for Operations of United States Army Special Operations Command and Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, 7th Infantry Division. The General’s duty assignments as a general officer were as Commanding General of Special Operations Command, Korea, Iraq National Counter-Terrorism Force Transition Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Special Assistant to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and Commanding General of United States Army South. His final position upon retirement in 2015 was Senior Defense Official / Defense Attache? at U.S. Embassy, Mexico.


Guerrilla Approach – Charity Shirts: S.O.F. “Ivy League” Alumni

Monday, August 3rd, 2015


Guerrilla Approach has produced two new S.O.F. “Ivy League” Alumni shirts. Both shirts are athletic cut, 60/40 cotton/poly blend. Available in sizes M – XL, Charcoal color. 100% of the proceeds from these shirts are donated to the Green Beret Foundation; 50% will be donated directly, and the other 50% will be used to host charity range workshops that also benefit GBF.



Special Forces Veterans Frank Monestere And Bob E. Parsons III Join Green Beret Foundation’s Board Of Directors

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

SAN ANTONIO, TX, July 30, 2015 — The Green Beret Foundation is pleased to announce that two former Green Berets and successful business leaders are joining its Board of Directors, Frank Monestere and Bob E. Parsons III. Los Angeles-based Monestere has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of LegalZoom for more than a decade. Parsons, a resident of Apopko, Florida, is President of Ronin Leadership.

The U.S. Army Special Forces, or Green Berets, take on dangerous missions behind enemy lines to protect our families and freedom. The Green Beret Foundation provides immediate financial assistance and advocacy to those Green Berets injured in the line of duty, to their families, and to the families of Green Berets killed in action. It also provides support through its two legacy programs: the Next Ridgeline, a transition program for Green Berets, and the Steel Magnolias, the sorority for the other Quiet Professionals – the Green Beret’s caregiver.

“We are very excited to have such an influx of talent, dedication, and business world experience come to our board,” said Jennifer Paquette, Executive Director. “These men know intimately the struggles that Green Berets face during active duty and when transitioning to the wider world after their intensive service to our country. Both Frank and Bob bring enormous insight and guidance in our development of Foundation as a whole and specifically The Next Ridgeline.”

Both Frank and Bob will help the Foundation in all its work including its current major program, The Next Ridgeline, which supports former Special Forces soldiers leverage their unique talents for pursuing business careers. The Next Ridgeline Trains, Advises, and Assists Green Berets as they transition from active duty to their communities. As they rejoin their families and begin their journeys finding a new purpose after their active duty service, Green Berets will enjoy a head start thanks to Next Ridgeline. The program provides resources to support this transition across three main pillars: Redirection of their passion and purpose; strengthening Resilience in mind, body and spirit; and Reintegration into the civilian world through employment, mentorship and education.

For more information on supporting the foundation, volunteering or other opportunities to support our Green Berets, visit us at www.greenberetfoundation.org and follow us on social media. The Green Beret Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

The Green Beret Foundation is committed to advancing the truths of the Special Operations Forces:

  • Humans are more important than Hardware.
  • Quality is better than Quantity.
  • Special Operations Forces cannot be mass-produced.
  • Competent Special Operation Forces cannot be created after emergencies occur
  • Most Special Operations require non-SOF assistance.

    Frank serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of LegalZoom, the country’s largest online legal solutions provider for families, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. Prior to joining LegalZoom, Frank was a management consultant and assisted clients in executing technology-focused business initiatives for Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and others. Frank Monestere served as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and as a Detachment Commander in 3rd Special Forces Group (Green Berets) with deployments to Bosnia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

    As an angel investor, Frank enjoys assisting promising early stage e-commerce companies with a focus on veteran owned businesses. In addition, he is active in a variety of veteran assistance programs, to include serving on the Board of Advisors to the Special Forces Charitable Trust.

    Frank holds a B.S. in International Relations from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he focused on operations strategy and management. He is also an active member in the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).


    Bob Parsons is President of Ronin Leadership, a management consulting company that provides strategy, operational improvement, marketing, and leadership development. Previously, Bob served as Chief, Security Force Assistance Proponent Office (Colonel, Special Forces) with the U.S. Army. In that role, Bob was involved in the US Special Operation Command’s (USSOCOM’s) efforts supporting the Department of Defense’s initiative to institutionalize Security Force Assistance (SFA). Prior to SFA, Bob served as Chief of Operations for U.S. Special Operations Command headquarters. As a Special Forces Officer, Bob equipped and advised Iraqi forces to independently plan and sustain counterinsurgency operations and developed one of the most effective Iraqi units in Baghdad.

    Acquiring a residential contracting company in 2001, Bob led the company as President to a threefold sales increase and a 200% improvement in customer retention through a new business strategy and major market repositioning. Bob also served as Director for Strategy and Business Development for the $43B international retailer Sears Roebuck & Co.

    Bob holds a MBA in Executive Management from Baylor University and a B.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of South Florida. His community involvement includes serving as Executive Board Member for the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando, Boy Scouts of America Venturing Crew Committee Chair, and Board of Advisors Member of the Green Beret Foundation.

    Green Beret Foundation – ProAm Shoot 2015

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

    GBF Pro-Am 2015

    The Green Beret Foundation is holding their 4th Annual ProAm Shoot on November 11th at the 37 PSR Gun Club in Bunnlevel, North Carolina. Teams will consist of a wounded Green Beret and a sponsored competitor. The teams will compete in four separate shooting stages for prizes, and participants will also receive giveaways for competing. There will also be an auction in-between stages. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Green Beret Foundation and their efforts in assisting the Green Beret Community and their families.

    For more information, and to register for or sponsor the event, visit www.greenberetfoundation.org/event/green-beret-pro-am-shoot-2015.

    Green Beret Foundation… Raising awareness At SHOT Show

    Sunday, January 18th, 2015

    The United States is emerging from the longest war in its history. It is a war that involved two major fronts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other incursions in hot spots around the globe. This war involved millions of veterans, however much of it was fought by a small group of special operators. Even as most U.S. military are coming home, Green Berets are still serving in the dusty villages of Iraq and Afghanistan.  This won’t change.  It’s the life they lead and one that they are very proud of as vanguards of freedom in dark places around the world. 

    The Green Beret Foundation provides immediate financial assistance to Green Berets who are injured in the line of duty, to their families, and to the families of their fallen brothers. They also distribute funds to support the extended care an injured Green Beret required in the event the VA is unable or unwilling. The Foundation is focused on the immediate special needs of our wounded and is dedicated to the long term health of the Green Beret Family. 

    The Green Beret Foundation is sending a small contingent to “Continue the Fight” and looking not just to raise awareness but to find support from fellow Americans. If you see them stop them, talk to them and work with them. Be sure to visit their website www.greenberetfoundatin.org and their Youtube Channel. Here is a short video of one of those attending Shot Show. 

    Can You Guess Which Country These Special Forces Operators Are From?

    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

    Green Beret Foundation

    This picture is featured on the Green Beret Foundation Facebook page, and showcases SF Operators from multiple countries. Can you identify which countries each of these operators come from?

    2014 Operator Challenge

    Friday, March 21st, 2014

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    Operator Challenge

    The 2014 Operator Challenge is an invitational 5-stage physical and shooting event limited to 100 Operators from the USA and the 117 nations that have been invited to attend USSOCOM’s 2014 International SOF Week. Competitors will compete in events including an obstacle course and steel challenge range, tested through a mixture of shooting barricades, movement with kit, and a simulated wounded Operator. Competitors will utilize carbines, pistols, ammunition, and individual tactical equipment provided by the Operator Challenge Committee. The competitors will be competing for awards and high end prizes.


    A parallel ‘SHOOTING WITH SOF’ event will allow select non-DoD and civilian teams to compete for prizes as well as shoot weapon systems utilized by SOF Operators.


    The 2014 Operator Challenge is being held on May 18th, 2014, the weekend prior to SOFIC and the USSOCOM Global SOF Conference. The competition is being hosted at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s range complex, a 220 acre shooting facility with state-of-the-art ranges, utilized by local, state, and national law enforcement ranges as well as units from the U.S. Special Operations Command.

    The awards ceremony and Operator social will be held on May 20th, 2014 in downtown Tampa. The event will include entertainment, a silent auction, and a raffle prior to the awards ceremony. This event benefits the Global SOF Foundation and the Green Beret Foundation.

    For more information, visit: operatorinc.com/events/5/2014-operator-challenge

    One Of The Many Reasons You Should Support The Green Beret Foundation

    Saturday, January 11th, 2014

    This video is part of the Green Beret Foundation’s “Everyday Heroes in the Special Forces Community” video series about Green Berets and their family members. The videos share the story of these heroes’ military service and their work in their communities as they come home from war.

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting SFC( Ret) Michael R Rodriguez who spent 21 years in the US Army, 15 of which were with Special Forces. He has had numerous combat deployments throughout his career, including Somalia, Afghanistan, and Haiti, as well as Central and South America. He served as an 18D, Special Forces Medic, as well as a Sniper Instructor at the Special Forces Sniper Course. Since retiring, Michael has focused his time on his three sons and his work as a blacksmith. Two of his knives have been auctioned off to raise money for the Green Beret Foundation, and he hopes to do more in the future to contribute to the foundation. Michael has also set a goal to climb the “Seven Summits” and has already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro where he conducted the first ever research on the effects of altitude and elevation on traumatic brain injury, and as a result was inducted into the famed Explorers Club as a Fellow.

    I exchanged a few messages with Rodriguez prior to SHOT Show and he told me he will at the show representing the Green beret Foundation. He told me that they’ve done a lot for him and he wants to do everything to help give back.

    Learn more about the Green Beret Foundation: www.greenberetfoundation.org