Rich Hanlon, was sent to us by a fellow Green Beret who saw him commenting on a Special Force's jacket.
He asked him some general questions to see if he wanted vetted into SF Brothers (5000+ Long Tab Forum).
Rich replied he was 1st Group Ft Lewis and 1SOG Cape Canaveral, late 70's early 80's. We're not even sure what the heck he means when he says 1SOG Cape Canaveral as there's no such unit. He then goes on to volunteer he went through Class 5 Ranger School, Benning, Steward, Tallahassee FL 1976 or 77. Winter class, honor grad. Rich goes on to add that he was 1st Group Ft Lewis and 1SOG Cape Canaveral, late 70's early 80's. MOS 11B2Vâ€¦ 1st 323, SF was 18
So lets look at these statements:
1st SFG(A) claims at Ft Lewis Late 70's to early 80's
Of all the years Rich Hanlon, Fake Green Beret could pick, those are probably the worst. 1st Grp was Group inactivated 28 June 1974 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and reactivated 4 September 1984 at Fort Lewis, Washington. Late 70's is after 74 and Early 80's is before 84. He should have done some more research in his lie.
Class 5 Ranger School, Benning, Steward, Tallahassee FL 1976 or 77
Ranger Class 5-76 or 5-77 doesnâ€™t fall in â€œWinterâ€ class time. Steward is spelled Stewart. Ranger School has nothing in Tallahassee. He should have said 6th RTB @ Eglin.
Also, almost all Rangers remember their class number. They instill it into their memory banks. For him to not even remember the year? LOL
11B2V, 1st 323, and SF was 18
V would mean he had a Ranger Tab. Thatâ€™s a false statement. Confirmed by both RTB and his FOIA results. 1st SFG(A) wasnâ€™t even in existence in the years he claims. â€œIfâ€ his claiming 18 as an MOS, he should have add 18C. Had he actually been an 18C, heâ€™d have known that.
We do see an 18 series on his 2-1 however, this is only a slot he filled. Nothing in his records backs up his ability to claim being a Green Beret. We see zero time in his records as having attend, much less graduating the Special Forces Qualification Course. His records also confirm beyond doubt he has no right to claim to have earned the Ranger Tab.
Assigned to a Ranger unit, yes. Ability to wear the Ranger Tab, No
Assigned to a Special Forces unit, yes. Ability to claim being a Green Beret, No