FORT JENNINGS — On April 29, 2021 Staff Sergeant Andrew S. Kleman graduated the Special Forces Qualification Course and earned his Green Beret. Andy is the son of Terry and Judy Kleman, Fort Jennings.

Staff Sergeant Kleman left the United States Air Force at the rank of Captain in February 2018 in order to enlist in the Army in July of 2018. He then completed One Station Unit training at Fort Benning, Georgia in October of 2018. Next, he completed the US Army Airborne School in November 2018. Subsequently, Andy moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina to attend the Special Forces Preparation and Conditioning course, which he completed in January 2019. Then, he attended and completed Special Forces Assessment and Selection in March of 2019, where he was selected to be a Special Forces Medical Sergeant.

Following selection, Andy attended the Basic Leadership Course at Camp Mackall in May of 2019. That September, he began the Special Operations Combat Medic Course which he completed in July of 2020 after a clinical rotation at hospitals in St. Petersburg, Florida. Next, Andy attended the Special Forces Medical Sergeants Course at Fort Bragg and completed the course in November 2020 following a clinical rotation at Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. He then attended Tactical Skills Training at Camp Mackall and completed it in March, 2021. Andy’s training to earn his Green Beret concluded at the Robin Sage Culmination Exercise from March to April of 2021.

Next, he will move on to conduct Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, followed by language training in Thai at Fort Bragg before being stationed at 1st Special Forces Group, located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.