The Army is Investigating

The U.S. Army has launched an investigation in response to a photograph posted on the official Instagram account of 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The controversial image displayed a soldier donning a patch believed to resemble the Nazi SS Totenkopf, an emblem historically associated with an elite division of Hitler’s Waffen-SS.

Last Sunday, March 24th, the 20th Special Forces Group, based in Birmingham, Alabama,  uploaded the problematic photo with a caption encouraging weekend training and vigilance. However, the post quickly drew criticism for the patch seen on a service member’s helmet, leading to its eventual deletion.

In light of the incident, Maj. Russell Gordon, representing the 1st Special Forces Command, made a statement. “The use of symbols and patches depicting historical images of hate is not tolerated and a clear violation of our values. We are aware of the situation and are currently investigating the matter,” he said.