SAN ANTONIO, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Executive Director of the Green Beret Foundation, Jennifer Paquette, was recently honored by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for her outstanding leadership in support of Special Operations Forces and more specifically the U.S. Army Special Forces "Green Berets."
Paquette was presented the "Patriot Award" on March 2nd at the USSOCOM Care Coalition Conference in Tampa, FL. The prestigious award, established in 2007, recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to support Special Operators and their families.
Green Beret Foundation Chairman of the Board, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Simeon Trombitas, commented on the esteem in which Jennifer is held in the Special Operations community.
"Jen is an incredible asset to the Special Forces community. Her commitment has been incredible in times of great stress. Our Green Berets are much better off for having her support. Her efforts come at a critical time of need for Green Berets because Special Forces global deployment rates are not expected to slow down anytime soon."
As Executive Director of the foundation, Paquette has the responsibility of overseeing and generating the foundation's mission, which impacts on hundreds of Green Berets and their families, combined with raising millions of dollars to support the foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3).
Among Paquette's many achievements in leading the foundation is the founding of the Steel Mags sorority. Realizing that Special Forces have been in the longest war in American history, Jen knew that Green Beret marriages were maturing and children were growing up dealing with the effects of war. As a response to this, she decided to replicate the Green Beret brotherhood by standing up a sisterhood in 2010, named the "Steel Mags."
This program started with a small group of women out of Ft. Bragg, NC and has since grown to be a national group comprised of eight chapters in which the ladies support each other, their local communities, and teach civilian young girls and ladies the philosophies of the Spartan female force.
Uniquely positioned to understand and provide essential support to the SOF community, Paquette has a long history of service to include serving on the Board of Advisors for the National Special Forces Green Beret Memorial Project near Ft. Bragg, NC and is an Honorary Member of the Special Forces Association.
About Green Beret Foundation The mission of the Green Beret Foundation is to answer the call of Green Berets and their families so that they can succeed in their next mission. GBF has assisted 1,118 families since inception in October 2009 and continues to provide programs and services in support of the community on a daily basis. GBF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. For more information visit www.greenberetfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.