Studio Head Resigns Over Green Berets Misrepresentation

Studio Head Resigns Over Green Berets Misrepresentation
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The head of Pipeworks Studios today resigned from his position, saying he regrets misleading others into thinking that he was a Green Beret.

Daly, who has also appeared on the television show Deadliest Warrior as a former Green Beret, said he will no longer be on the show either.

“I utterly regret that I have misrepresented my role by creating the impression that I was a “Green Beret’,” Daly wrote on a website dedicated to former special forces soldiers. “I have nothing but the utmost respect for the Green Berets and my fellow servicemen, and I respectfully apologise to the Special Forces community.”

The announcement was made on the website but the site’s owner confirmed it is legitimate. We’ve reached out to Daly, Foundation 9 and Pipework to confirm. It comes a week after the ProfessionalSoldier site reported that Daly was misleading the public about his experiences as a soldier.

Jeff Hinton, owner of, retired Army Master Sergeant and former Green Beret, says that to be a Green Beret you need to have both passed the Qualification Course at the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, and also have served on an Operational Detachment Alpha. Hinton says that when a Green Beret is hired for their expert knowledge, it’s knowledge of this real on-the-ground experience.

Hiton’s organisation is responsible for outing a number of Green Beret impersonators over the years. Some of those cased led to jail time.

In his open letter on the ProfessionalSoldier website this evening, Daly says that he was an intelligence analyst for the 12th Special Forces Group, but that he was never a Green Beret.

I am honored to have served with the 12th Special Forces Group as an Intelligence Analyst (96B) from 1991 until 1994. While I wore the green beret as part of my uniform, I utterly regret that I have misrepresented my role by creating the impression that I was a “Green Beret.” I have nothing but the utmost respect for the Green Berets and my fellow servicemen, and I respectfully apologise to the Special Forces community. At this point in time for the best interests of Pipeworks Software and F9E I am voluntarily resigning my position of Studio Head of Pipeworks effective immediately. Furthermore I have no plans on appearing in any more episodes of Deadliest Warrior.

Very respectfully Robert Daly

Last week, Foundation 9’s head, David Mann, told Kotaku that the website, which includes more than 1000 former and active Green Berets according to its founder, is wrong.

The point of contention is how one defines a Green Beret. Foundation 9, which Pipeworks is a part of, points to Daly’s transfer order to the 3rd Battalion, 12th Special Forces Group US Army Reserve, effective July 26, 1991, as evidence of his service in the US Special Forces.

“Mr Daly wore the Green Beret as a member of this unit and served as an intelligence support sergeant until 1994,” said Mann. “Mr Daly enlisted in the army in 1986.”

We’ve confirmed that Daly has indeed stepped down from Pipeworks Software, but reached for comment, a spokesperson said that Foundation 9 is unable to comment on personnel issues.

A statement from Jeff Hinton of Professional Soldiers reads: “In this day and age it’s nice to see an individual taking responsibility for their actions. In Mr. Daly’s case it shows a moral courage we rarely see anymore.”


    • No it is not, unless all of your combat has been on a ‘game’…..
      No, a green beret is a hat, a ‘Green Beret’ is a soldier who has been qualified thru the Special Warfare Center and Schools Special Warfare Training Group and issued orders indicating the same…not someone assigned to the unit in a support role.

      • The funny thing being that “Green Beret” is a post-WW2 nickname for members of the Special Forces unit, but in more recent years (post-Vietnam) they’ve tried to distance themselves from it.

        And as an aside, that brings up another generic nickname- calling any special operations group “special forces” when the only one that exists is this particular unit. Same as using the name “commando” etc… public buzzwords that get misused on a daily basis.

  • This is interesting news and I’m usually quite silent about this, but the writing of this article is just embarrassing.

    I had to read about 3/4ths of the article just to find out the man’s first name, I found a few fundamental grammatical and spelling errors and then the author rewrites the same quote twice, presumably to make the article appear more in-depth or perhaps it’s simply evidence of a unfocused mind.

    I sound like a complete bitch and a dick, which I am, but you’d expect better from people who supposedly do this for a living… Even if it’s from Kotaku US.

  • Seems to me that some folks at have way too much time on their hands. If he wore a green beret and served with 12th Special Forces, he was a Green Beret serving with Special Forces. What’s the big deal? If he was acting disreputably or bringing bad press onto the Green Berets, I could understand, but this guy was, if anything, making the Green Berets look good.

    I guess analysts and other support soldiers who wear the green beret aren’t worthy, even though without them, the front line soldiers wouldn’t be able to do what they do. But clearly the Green Berets are an exclusive club in which some soldiers’ green berets aren’t green enough. I wonder who will be next to be excluded? First go men like Robert Daly, then go the combat soldiers who were not called to serve in combat, then go the ones who didn’t get enough medals. At a certain point, you don’t have enough for a two-man conversation.

    All I can say is this: if they’re going to go after guys like Robert Daly (and we all know they went after him not because they had a legitimate suspicion, but because he doesn’t look the part of an ex-Green Beret – he’s overweight and he doesn’t shave his head or have a prominent tattoo), then I’m glad I’m not part of that club. No one likes a bully.

  • Wait, where has this guy ever said he was a Green Beret?
    From what I’ve read he only ever claims to have worked in the SF world. Seems to me everything else has been an assumption made by other people.

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