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Patriot Foundation group tours Special Ops firing range

by Jerry Green, Public Affairs Specialist

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Dec 9, 2014) - Soldiers from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command hosted 27 Patriot Foundation members during the group’s tour of Fort Bragg, Dec. 4, 2014. They had the opportunity to participate in live fire training at one of Bragg’s firing ranges.

After an intensive safety briefing covering weapon safety and equipment handling, members were assigned targets and were able to handle and fire many of the weapons used by the Special Operations Soldiers who were hosting them.

“This was the most unique training I have ever experienced,” said Land Deleot, president of the Equitable Land Company. “I was amazed at the expertise and the precision mentality these SOF Soldiers have.”

Each person firing the live rounds was assigned an instructor who provided that added safety measure on the range. Targets were placed at different distances so the members could experience the range distances on which the Soldiers trained.

After the live fire, the special operations Soldiers demonstrated a facility breech at a nearby training site.  Explosions and door and room clearing procedures with weapon firing was part of the training.

“Fantastic,” said Lance Smith, a retired United States Air Force general and former commander of Joint Forces Command. “This was far more than I expected and a great way for the other members of the foundation to see the special operations Soldiers in action.”

The vision of the Patriot Foundation is to provide scholarships and aid for children of killed and wounded soldiers from Ft. Bragg as well as other selected warriors. Additionally, the foundation provides funding for child care for the families of fallen and disabled soldiers whose surviving spouses need to obtain additional job training and professional development.