US SF soldier receives high honor from the German Army

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    Special Forces soldier receives high honors from the German army
    By John V. Tomassi
    EUCOM Public Affairs Office

    BERLIN (USASOC News Service, Sept. 13, 2006) – In a small ceremony led by the German Minister of Defense, Gen. Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Sept. 12, a U.S. soldier assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, N.C. was presented the highest award the German army can present to a foreign soldier.

    Staff Sgt. Jonathon Zapien, 25, from Houston, Texas, was deployed with the German Special Forces Command to Afghanistan from June to October 2005. While there, he acted as the sole liaison between the German unit and other coalition forces in the region.

    Zapien provided communications support, directed air support, went on regular patrols with the unit and on one occasion played an essential part in saving the life of a German soldier who was injured during an improvised explosive device attack by calling in air and ground medical support.

    Schneiderhan presented the Ehrenmedaille (honor medal) to Zapien on behalf of the German Special Forces Command. This is the first time German Special Forces has presented an award to a foreign soldier.

    The German general, whose son was serving as a medical officer in Afghanistan during the same period, said that Zapien played a critical role on a strong and decisive team and “displays exemplary dedication and an exceptional sense of duty…a sensational warrior with a very soldier-like attitude.”

    Army Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward, U.S. European Command deputy commander also attended the ceremony and echoed comments from Gen. Schneiderhan saying that we are all “truly brothers and comrades in arms. I know Staff Sgt. Zapien will display this award proudly on his uniform.”

    Zapien said it was a great honor to receive this award and that he is “accepting it for all the other soldiers who do amazing things everyday. I’m grateful to receive this on their behalf.”


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  2. Well done that man.


    how long have the KSK been kicking around exactly :wink:
  3. Damn that septic for wearing his "Special Forces" and "Airborne" tabs. The jerk...
  4. I noticed that they don't have to wear black nasty over their eyes like our SF do.
    Lucky barstewards, its a cnut to take off when you go to bed at night.
  5. AND, no outrageous sidies and pornstar bandit tache! (shakes head and wanders away mumbling)
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    no1cares: Did you notice the picture doesn't show his face? Think that was an accident? No black stuff needed!

    Phil306: Yes, our SF people wear there 'tabs,' the Special Forces tab is an award. The 'airborne' tab is a part of the shoulder insignia, for the Special Forces Regiment, worn by all SF Groups. You'll notice all of them on this uniform, are placed with velcro and can be removed, when it is needed. At times one sees the triple canopy like I have in my signature. Note they are all subdued on the battle uniform.

    When attending an award ceremony, this soldier would be required by his command, to be wearing, all of his patches and awards. If you could see his chest, he would most likely be wearing a Master Parachute badge, Combat Infantry badge and maybe a set of Halo wings and/or a Combat Divers badge. All subdued sew ons. (There are subdued metal pin ons as well.)

    At times Americian SF soldiers may wear, their tabs, etc., operationally especially in their role as instructors, to the Afganistan/Iraq Police and/or Army. Or other places, around the world.

    So what was your problem, with the tabs?
  7. Well I for one would like to congratulate SSgt Zapien. KSK may be fairly recent additions to the SF community, but I'm sure they're extremely proficient, as are our US counterparts.
    US special forces may have their detractors, but they have worked miracles in Afghanistan in the last five years. As for the Germans, well, politics aside, no other nation has demonstrated such martial prowess, ever. Instigating TWO world wars within just over twenty years, and drawing them out for, on average, five years, just goes to show that your German soldier is a force to be reckoned with.
  8. My fcuking problem is u seem to be a one man PR task force for all things septic and BORING! All those fcuking badges ON A COMBAT UNIFORM! It makes him look like an 15 year old army cadet with all those badges! Fair play to the bloke for a job well done, but go tell a community that gives a fcuk.

    Personally I would have been more impressed if Tpr Chris Finney RHG/D got something from a foreign government, namely yours, for his bravery seeing as it was Septic stoned blind fcukwit pilots that shot up his Troopthat got him his GC!

    Close the door on your way out and don't come back until that shaven monkey who passes for your commander in chief is replaced by a bullet or the ballot box! :x
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    Different strokes for different folks!

    Perhaps you should calm down and act like a grownup, instead of a child on a tantrum. I'm sure your forces, have had blue on blue incidents and no doubt, will have them in the future just like we will. Like they say, shiet happens!

    As I recall this is the Multinational HQ tread! If you don't like to read my posts, why not just skip reading them?
  10. It's good to see allies recognizing each other and working together.
  11. Yawn, here we go, a nice little informative thread showing a first of a USSF Soldier being given a nice medal by a German in some sort of horrible coloured uniform. Lasts a few posts before another embittered Brit starts going on about wearing badges for a major presentation, George W and blue on blue.

    Allah be praised for the Crusader Dogs fight amongst themselves!
  12. I read them because I live in hope that just ONCE you'll put a thread up that isn't a PR job of an appology for the crap your fcuking country is draggin the rest of the world into!
  13. Fcuking miricle he didn't bring fire down on his own position - oh, forgot, that's the USAF job isn't it! GO AIR NATIONAL GUARD!
  14. mmmm sounds like FaceLikeaPingPongBall has been strafed on his way to work by the Air National Guard and is ungrateful for the free excitement.
  15. Nah, I didn't have a big dayglow orange patch on my car roof or a fcukoff big union flag flying so they left me alone and went straight to the wedding guests firing AKs into the air that was causing such a threat to them... :p