The Richard L. Ferguson Memorial Chapter (Chapter 90) recognizes that courage is not found only on the battlefield.  While Special Forces has a well deserved world wide reputation for battlefield bravery, we know that bravery can come in many different forms.  So we want to recognize regional individuals who have performed exemplary deeds or services that enrich the civic spirit and values of our community.  We truly believe that these deeds and services that can serve as an inspiration to our fellow citizens and represent the best in all of us. This award was established to recognize private citizens, our friends and neighbors, in our central Virginia region (including the city of Fredericksburg, and the counties of King George, Fauquier, Orange, Spotsylvania, Caroline, and Stafford) who display exceptional ‘Bravery Beyond the Battlefield.’ As such this award is established to recognize citizens in our vicinity who display bravery that represents the best in all of us and that enhances our culture and local communities.  Please read below about our latest recipient, and consider nominating someone for consideration for the next award.

Profiles in Courage – Bravery Beyond the Battlefield Award

Debbie Starcher receives the SFA Chapter 90 Courage Award

The Richard L. Ferguson Memorial Chapter (Chapter 90) initiated it’s 1st annual Bravery Beyond the Battlefield award at our Holiday party in January.

We were proud to present the 2019 Courage Award to Ms. Debbie Sparks, who was honored and presented with a plaque at the annual Chapter Holiday Party in January 2020.  Ms. Sparks was chosen from multiple nominees due to her outstanding efforts to better the lives of children in our local community, as well as supporting nationwide veteran-related efforts.  She chose to adopt a young boy with significant emotional issues and provide him with a safe, loving home and an opportunity for a real future that was not going to happen in his previous situation.  Ms.Sparks was also the National Operations Manager for the Wreaths Across America project.


We will be accepting nominations for the next award soon!  But you can read about the criteria now, at our Award Nomination page.