Empowering Steel Mags: Green Beret Foundation’s Support for Special Forces Spouses in Germany

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Wednesday April 17, 2024

The Steel Mags Sisterhood is an international group established as a program by the Green Beret Foundation with the goal of addressing the unique and critical needs of qualifying female family members of current and former US Army Special Forces Soldiers. Steel Mags are tough, resilient, focused, caring, resourceful, and dependable women with a mission to support and empower one another, while raising awareness about the Foundation and its programs and services. Steel Mag membership opens the door to unrivaled camaraderie. This social network of women are ready and able to provide a listening ear, caring heart, helping hand, and reliable resources. An enhanced sense of purpose comes from working together toward common goals, to include fundraising and community service projects, that all serve to create a stronger Special Forces Regiment and ultimately a better America.

The Green Beret Foundation proudly extends its support to the Special Forces spouses of 1st Battalion 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Stuttgart, Germany. Being situated in a location distant from major Special Forces Group installations, like the main 10th SFG(A) base at Fort Carson, Colorado, these spouses often lack access to training opportunities to enhance their ability to thrive in the Special Forces lifestyle, as well as a reliable, vetted support system. Their proximity to conflict zones adds further challenges that are only compounded by the absence of familial support in the area.

Even under those unique circumstances, the Germany Chapter of Green Beret Foundation Steel Mags has emerged as a vibrant community, fostering connections through activities like book clubs and informal gatherings. The Foundation is committed to bolstering their efforts to cultivate a robust support system that contributes to preserving not only the fighting force, but also the well-being of Green Beret families. With the belief that the families of service members also serve, both the Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project advocate for providing support and services to these families. The critical training for the Germany Steel Mags was made possible in part by the Wounded Warrior Project, which also supports the Foundation’s Casualty Support, Health and Wellness, and Family Support programs. Twenty members of the Germany Steel Mags Chapter participated in PZI’s Insights for Discovery Program focused on personal and team effectiveness training. This core interpersonal skills awareness course is designed to enhance self-awareness by understanding your own behavioral and communication preferences. The curriculum focuses on quickly adapting and connecting with others using the behavioral preference model and results of included assessments.

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