Celebrating the Special Operations Command Memorial

Geoff Barker stands at the Special Operatons Memorial he helped to get built.

I had the privilege to spend part of my day with Geoff Barker. He’s a 73-year-old retired military officer who served in special operations with both British and U.S. forces. Now, he spends his days caring for the memories of all special operation warriors.

Barker was a co-founder and now serves as  president of the Special Operations Memorial Foundation. The organization raised money and built a  memorial to honor the special forces who have lost their lives in action and in training. It sits next to the Special Operations Command, SOCOM, based at Tampa’s  MacDill Air Force Base.

Names on the memorial date back to the 1980 failed hostage rescue in Iran – that was prior to formation of the Special Operations Command.

I will have more about the memorial and the warriors it honors later this week. A Special Operations Memorial Day service is planned Friday at the base.

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