Islander Joins Green Berets

On April 21, 2016, Capt. Daniel Schiering was among the 108 graduates of the Army Special Forces Qualifying Course and entitled to wear the distinctive Green Beret. The graduation ceremony was held at Ft. Bragg, N.C., the home of the Army’s Special Forces training center and was the culmination of two years of extremely rigorous mental and physical challenges, with less than half of those who started able to finish the course.

Daniel was born here on Roosevelt Island while his parents, John and Madelaine Schiering were in residence. Older residents will remember Madelaine for her starring roles in the Main Street Theatre presentations of “Guys and Dolls”, “How to Succeed...” and other productions.

After his parents moved to Indiana, Daniel graduated from Carmel High School where he was a defensive end in football, a light heavyweight wrestler, and a member of the National Honor Society.

He is a 2010 West Point graduate where he served on the wrestling team in the 197 pound weight class.

After graduation, Daniel served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, the first with the 10th Mountain Division and the second with the 101st Airborne Division. After the second deployment, Daniel was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. Among Daniel’s other awards is the Combat Infantryman’s Badge given only to those who have served in combat and faced enemy fire.

Daniel’s next assignment is to complete the Army’s HALO course, which stands for High Altitude Low Opening. It is a six-week course in which parachute jumps are made from an altitude of 10,000 feet with a free-fall until the parachute is opened within 500 feet or so of the ground.

In attendance at Daniel’s graduation were his parents and his grandfather, Jim Baehler, long-time Roosevelt Island resident.

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