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Nicholas Paea, Green Beret...NOT!!!

What are the chances you sit down across the desk from a guy you’re trying to impress and potentially get a job from and you're BOTH Green Berets? When you 

Click the RED BAR at the bottom of the picture section to see more pictures.

 

Not only that, you both served in 7th SFG(A)…

Not only that, you both served in 1/7 SFG(A)…

 

Not only that, you both served on ODA 721…

This is what happened to Nicholas Paea… LOL

👉Phone call with both Nick and his wife.👈

You can read the entire email sent to us from Mike, who's a legit Green beret, and the guy Nicholas Paea was sitting across from in picture section #20-22. It's well worth the read. Do not have any liquid in your mouth you might spit out while laughing.

The interview was going and Mike (Legit GB) saw Nicholas Paea’s SF ring:

 

 

  SF Ring Mike saw to start the conversation about his time in Special Forces.

 

 

 

 

 

That's when Mike brought up the subject of Special Forces.  Nick was more than willing to talk about his SF exploits. The meeting started going sideways when Nicholas mention he completed the Special Forces Qualification Course without having to go through Robin Sage ( Final FTX in the Special Forces Qualification Course) because he did TDY time with Teams before the Q-Course. (Not Happening). It went further off point when he claimed to have been on ODA 721 the same ODA that Mike was a Team Leader on, within a few years.

What are the chances you sit across from someone and you choose the same ODA that he served on as a TL only years before?

You can’t make this stuff up if you wanted to.

Nicholas Paea the fake Green Beret tells people he served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq with the 7th Special Forces Group. He also claims he received 2 Purple Hearts. He claims one is from being hit by an IED, which gave him a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

He claims a Bronze Star with Valor and is seen wearing a CIB (Combat Infantryman’s Badge) with a star, which means he would have had to seen action in another theater besides the War on Terror. He also wears a Blue Infantry cord, yet is seen wearing it on the wrong side of the uniform!

After Mike reached out to Guardians, we looked into  Mr. Paea. We started digging and found a lot of all of Paea’s claims online. Below is a snapshot of his LinkedIn profile before he changed it.

 He claims 7th SFG, 12 years as an SF Communications Sergeant, and then gives a general description of what an 18E does. A better picture is in the picture section.

 

 

 

 

These were taken by members of the SF community soon after the chatter started about him.

Mr. Paea also did an interview with “The Activist” which is a newspaper at the University of Cincinnati, as you can see below, he claims to be a former Green Beret who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and suffers from PTSD and TBI. He was trying to start a Veteran’s support group at the college, this was also one of the reasons questions got asked, because someone on the board at the college knew Mike, GB who reached out to us and asked him about Nick. SF is a small community, everyone knows everyone and if you don’t, someone you know does. After the questions started, his Vet’s group did not make it too far off the ground.

We found him giving his opinion of a product online:

He gave a speech to the UC Army ROTC about life as an SF operator, we called the LTC there but it was too late because he already gave the talk.

The Disabled American Veteran’s also made him a poster boy due to his claims, according to the below snippet from the website he suffered a brain injury and back trauma while serving in Afghanistan.

We reached out to the SF Schoolhouse and were told:

Paea was a member of Class 2-00 on 16 Dec 99 Started SFQC Communications SGT Course Ph 1 class 2-01;

Admin Recycle to class 3-01 on 24 May 01.

Relieved from SFQC Communications SGT Course Ph 1 class 3-01 for admin reasons on 17 Jan 02.

No record of any additional training.

This means Nicholas Paea the fake Green Beret did not earn the Special Forces Tab, nor did he earn the Green Beret. He has no right to pretend to be one of us.

In the emails, he tells us that he borrowed the uniform, but that does not explain the claims to the SF member at the DAV event in which he claimed SF and all the articles. We really hope he is being honest about the claims to the VA through the DAV,  and that his claim was for the parachute mishap not an injury from a non-existent deployment.

We called Nicholas Paea the fake Green Beret and he couldn’t explain how a “Borrowed” uniform from an Army/Navy store just happen to have both an SF shoulder sleeve insignia and a Combat patch from the exact same unit, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea, he served with while in Korea. He didn’t have a good explanation for that. The chances of that happening are about 0% or less.

Claiming he only borrowed the uniform. The bigger picture is in the picture section.

 

 

 

Hmm, It looks like Nicholas Paea the fake Green Beret was caught in yet another lie as those that served with him in Korea, remember him showing up wearing a Special Forces Tab:

 

Nick claims he never really pretended to be a Green Beret but those that served with him in Korea, remember him showing up with a Special Forces Tab, that he was made to remove.

 

And another guy remembers him wearing the SF Tab also:

 

 Nick claims he never really pretended to be a Green Beret but those that served with him in Korea, remember him showing up with a Special Forces Tab, that he was made to remove.

 

 

 

 

It looks like Nicholas Paea the fake Green Beret started being fake GB while still on active duty. It also looks like he lied about other things also as we see no record of him earning an EIB yet he wears it on his uniform while in Korea.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

EIB is NOT in his records. So it looks like he has been lying about many things for a long time, even on active duty.

 

Here is what he claims (or did claim) on LinkedIn as Honors & Awards:

Additional Honors & Awards:

-Bronze Star with Valor Device
-Purple Heart (2)
-Good Conduct Medal (3) 
-National Defense Medal (2)
-Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
-Combat Infantryman’s Badge
-Army Commendation (3)
-Army Achievement Medal (5)
-Afghanistan Campaign Medal
-Iraq Campaign Medal 
-Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
-Korea Defense Medal
-NCO Professional Development with
-National Defense Ribbon
-Army Service Ribbon
-Overseas Service Ribbon

Here's what we see on his uniform

 Combat Infantryman's Badge, 2nd award, Basic Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Badge, Special Forces Tab, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Medal, UNK*, South Carolina NG Safety Ribbon, Missouri NG Expeditionary Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon

 

 

Here’s what we know:

Rank: Private. The highest rank held was Specialist effective July 2003. Home of Record: Bozeman, Montana, at time of entry into service MOS: Infantry, Infantryman (11B) Service: 

Active Duty from February 1996 to April 2004 

February to October 1996: Training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Fort Stewart, Georgia 

October 1996 to November 1998: 1st Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia 

November 1998 to November 2001: 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina 

Completed SFAS Class 2-00 on 16 Dec 99 

November 2001 to June 2002: Training, Fort Bragg, North Carolina 

Started SFQC Communications SGT Course Ph 1 class 2-01; Admin Recycle to class 3-01 on 24 May 01 

Relieved from SFQC Communications SGT Course Ph 1 class 3-01 for admin reasons on 17 Jan 02. 

June 2002 to April 2004: 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea

Went AWOL while in Korea. Confirmed to wife while one of GOTGB reps was on the phone with both of them.

After much dialog with both Nicholas and his wife Julie, we were able to get Nick to post a public apology. Nick was ready to do it earlier but his wife ordered him to remove it because she was worried about what people would like of her. She didn't seem worried about his lie, only what people would think of her. You can hear that on the phone call we recorded.

Nicholas tried to apologize but his wife ordered him to take it down. It was only after we said we'd contact her work that she agreed to allow the apology. The reason we told her we would contact her work as she was trying to bury his public apology and we felt he had told the lie at company functions. We had to correct that if she wouldn't allow him to.

 

 

 

Nicholas Paea, you'll now be added to guardiansofthegreenberet.com hall of zeros forever.

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Rick Upton

3/24/2021 9:11 AM

Why is he working for the VA?

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Rick Upton:

Why is he working for the VA?

RobertEddy:

First of all, thank you folks for what you do, what you’ve done, and what you’re willing to do.

Secondly, it is my hope that Mr Prouix owns up to his lies. I have been watching this story and it disgusts me that there are people who would assume to receive the accolades deserved, but never sought, by better, braver, stronger men.

Mr Prouix needs to be exposed. Well done.

EVERYTHINGREALLY:

This is almost unbelievable. This guy wanted to be a Green Beret so bad he faked it to the grave. It must have been awesome to him to take on a persona. Feeling like a hero, getting recognition, and being treated like a hero in addition to fellowship with real warriors was too much to pass up. It must have felt good. I'm sure he could have joined the military. He just didn't think it was worth it. He could have everything without dropping a single iota of blood, sweat, or tears. I feel sorry for his family. This guy is to me obviously mentally ill. I guess he never thought he would hurt and shame his family to the extent he ended up doing so. To any potential fakers. Let this guy be a lesson to you. If you want what we have, just join the military. Don't do this to your family and friends.

EVERYTHINGREALLY:

I just want to thank Guardians of the Green Beret. I had no idea this problem was so widespread. These phonies do a great disservice to all us real Green Berets. Yes, I am a Green Beret. They give a false representation of who we are, what we are, and what we represent. These phonies are almost always criminal otherwise in my opinion. Good job Guardians of the Green Beret. People probably don't realize what it would be like for me to ever actually meet a phony Green Beret. Offensive is not the word. I don't think there is a word for all the things that would go through my mind.

guywholikesgbsalot:

is that white shirt even a thing? i never knew that

Johnny O:

Ol' "Sarge" here talking all kinds of crap and stuff after he was exposed...LOL

Johnny O:

It's really pathetic that people try to get away with this type of stuff. I spent 23 years in the Army and retired in 2006 and although would have loved to to be a part of a Special Forces or Ranger unit and go through all of the training, never did it. And it just amazes me the lengths that people will go through to embellish military service.

Jacob Martin:

Question: There's a photo of him with two "fatboys" wearing berets, are either of them actually SF? The one in the middle sure doesn't wear his beret correctly (might be an officer)! lol

LoriKat:

Impressive bio. Rambo, Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid) and Chuck Norris all rolled into one. They have a song named for him "Superman, Where Are You Now".

LoriKat:

I don't know much about a military uniform BUT his pants are WAY too long...they bunch up on tops of his shoes and basically drag the ground in the back. Also, there was a pic of him with a lady...outside...without a cover. Hmm.

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