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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 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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This news is pretty sad for me because I knew the guy. The 1998 overwrite should read that he was the commander of C Troop, 1-18 Cav. I don't recall him wearing any tabs or badges. I am glad that a 19th Group (Guard) guy brought this to your attention. To me this casts a shadow of suspicion with anybody in the Guard. He left the Guard prior to GWOT. I think that the Guard did our share in GWOT with multiple mobilizations and deployments. I was mobilized twice, including a year in Afghanistan as an Infantryman. Now I'll wonder if people will think I'm a liar if I say anything about my service. Thanks Eddie...

Scott Berndt:

Talk about a disgrace to the uniform! I can't believe he got away with the fraud all those years. If you go to his website at, it still makes it sound like he has an Army SF background without stating he was one. He even has awards issued by several SF organizations. Sounds like the GotGB still have some hunting to do.

U.S. Naval Aircrewman (90-95):

Wow. Absolutely mind blowing & disgraceful. They should make a documentary about how this turd BS'd his way through the years in order to be in a position to be standing next to Presidents, politicians & celebritys. I get pissed when I think of all the others like him but that have never gotten exposed or caught. Great job catching this s--t turd.

U.S. Naval Aircrewman (90-95):

You can tell just by looking at him that he is a shit bird.

Royal Mons:

If these phonies want to play dress up they should join a re-enactment society and not lie about their fantasies and live off the sacrifice of others.


FRANCO K WEBB is a LYING POSER. He and I were BEST FRIENDS during the time he CLAIMS 7th GP 18D (MY MOS and MY Duty assignment - ODA 755/754, O&I, SWC G Co SFAS, 1st Bn S3).

He was NEVER ASSOCIATED WITH, ASSIGNED TO, in SUPPORT OF, or attended ANY TRAINING that would qualify his claim of being an 18D.

He was a CAR STEREO SALESMAN and INSTALLER on Yadkin Road the ENTIRE TIME I KNEW HIM. We were in Westarea Fire Department TOGETHER and he lived in a trailer on Haretown road.

It APPEARS that he has taken some of MY SF TRAINING, HISTORY and BACKGROUND, claimed it as his own, and further EMBELLISHED those stories for his own video game centered bravado.


SuperUser Account:

He probably never will. The 7th Grp picture he pretends is his is an ODA from the mid-'80s. We've identified all men in the picture. It also looks like he added a Ranger Tab to his website. He's never before claimed Ranger so this is strange.

He and Mike Mika (President of SFA Ch 34) threatened to sue the SFA National if they didn't rescind the letter they sent us, give Rudi a formal apology, and re-instate him as a member in good standing. Of course SFA National refused and nothing came of his idle threat.

Mike Mika has twice, along with Rudi Gresham the fake Green Beret claimed that Rudi spent 12 years in the S.C. National Guard and that's where he attained the rank of LTC. Neither time were they able to produce records that baked up that statement.

SGT P - Rakkasan:

I just looked at his personal website, and it still has a picture autographed by General Yarborough, and a statement that says he served as Yarborough’s Aide. When will this clown give it up? I took screen shots.

Rick Upton:

Why is he working for the VA?


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.

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