The Green Berets were founded under Colonel Aaron Bank in June of 1952 and is thought to be inspired by unconventional warfare units like the Alamo scouts and Philippine guerrillas. The Green Berets have been involved in nearly every major conflict the United States has been engaged in since their inception in 1952.
The statue is subtitled De Oppresso Liber which is Latin for 39to liberate the oppressed39 the motto of the Green Berets. It depicts a Special Forces Green Beret on horseback leading the invasion into Afghanistan. He is holding field glasses in one hand.
The Green Berets carried the AN/PEQ1 SOF Laser Marker SOFLAM a piece of kit that would along with GPS devices become instrumental in the campaign. Working closely with the CIA and Northern Alliance troops under warlord Fahim Khan ODA 555 preceded to call in air strikes onto Taliban positions along the Shomali Plain.
On Oct. 19 Operational Detachment Alpha 595 of the United States Army Special Forces better known as the Green Berets deployed to the Darya Suf Valley. The team of 14 was led by Captain Mark Nutsch also known by the pseudonym Mitch Nelson and included two attached United States Air Force combat controllers.