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3rd Special Forces Group - Sending a Message to Whom...?

On Friday night, the official Twitter account for the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) did something relatively innocent: it posted a photo of a pair of Army special forces soldiers conducting night operations.

Now, U.S. military social media accounts, manned by their respective public affairs officers, frequently post photos of training exercises that draw little attention, and this particular photo should be no exception as it’s just a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter exfiltration exercise at Hurlburt Field in Florida.

But the Tweet of the above photo went wildly viral, gaining attention from devotees of the QAnon conspiracy theory who saw a secret message hidden in the photograph – the letter “Q”.

On Friday night, the official Twitter account for the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) did something relatively innocent: it posted a photo of a pair of Army special forces soldiers conducting night operations.

Now, U.S. military social media accounts, manned by their respective public affairs officers, frequently post photos of training exercises that draw little attention, and this particular photo should be no exception as it’s just a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter exfiltration exercise at Hurlburt Field in Florida.

But the Tweet of the above photo went wildly viral, gaining attention from devotees of the QAnon conspiracy theory who saw a secret message hidden in the photograph – the letter “Q”.

3rd Special Forces Group - Sending a Message to Whom...?

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For those of you who not versed in what the letter “Q” signifies, it is the symbol for QAnon – a wide-ranging, conspiracy theory that President Trump, an outsider in politics, is fighting against a clandestine “deep state” network of political, business, media and entertainment elites, often involving child sex-trafficking and pedophilia. In its nearly three years of existence, the QAnon conspiracy has drawn huge traffic on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Reddit, attracting hundreds of thousands of dedicated followers. These devotees include many noteworthy celebrities and dozens of candidates running for Congress this year.

But according to a 3rd Special Forces Group (A) Public Affairs Officer, “sometimes a photo is just a photo” and he directed this response below to the outpouring of conspiracy theorists on Twitter:

Grey Team wishes we had this much awareness and outpouring of support for Military Veteran Suicide Prevention, but that’s a story for another day.