Families of Army 7th Special Forces Group still settling into new home

Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM.

There was a lot of animosity when the soldiers learned in 2005 that they would be moving from Fort Bragg to Eglin Air Force Base, Brownlee said.

“A lot of people didn’t want to come down,” he said.

Unlike other service members, 7th Special Forces soldiers don’t move from base to base, and had been stationed at Fort Bragg for most of their careers.

They had bought houses and their spouses had established careers, set up their own businesses and made lifelong friends.

“They’d built deep-seated roots,” Brownlee said.

Jonalyn Carver, whose husband Clay is a Green Beret, was one of those reluctant to move.

When she heard the group was moving, she ignored it because her husband had retired. But he re-enlisted three months before some soldiers began to relocate. When it came time to pack the moving trucks, her husband was deployed.

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