Instead of donning their Green Berets, Special Forces Soldiers attended the annual 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Harvest Fest as all manner of costumed characters.
Princesses, superheroes, ghosts, ghouls and spooks turned out for food, fun and festivities at the Smith Lake Recreation Area, Friday.
The crowd was large and organizers planned the event to accommodate the turn out.
“We came into it with the estimate of about 3,000. We wanted to be a little on high side rather than the low side,” said Master Sgt. Craig Gilbert, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd SFG (A).
Command Sgt. Maj. Bruce W. Holmes welcomed members of Group Support Battalion, 3rd SFG (A) Soldiers and their Families, but not without acknowledging the recent 3rd SFG (A) Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice or those still healing.
“It’s been a tough week for 3rd Special Forces Group. It’s been a very tough few weeks … we honor our fallen, we care for our wounded,” said Holmes.
Trunks decorated with webs, skulls and pumpkins were filled with candy, and when empty, refilled from large bins stuffed with back-up candy.
Hayrides, bounce houses and games were set up for entertainment and ice cream, candy, barbeque and beverages were provided for attendees.
Families are a vital foundation for Soldiers abroad doing dangerous work and deployed in austere rudimentary conditions, explained Holmes.
“They (Family) are the backbone and the fundamental component that drives Special Forces, so we take time and we give back,” explained Holmes.