Short Break

February 3, 2019 SOF News 0

The small staff at SOF News will be taking a break for a couple of months. A short-term contract requiring travel and other writing projects are upcoming. We will resume posting articles and publishing the newsletter in the spring.

SARC video - Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman

SARC Video – Navy Reconnaissance Corpsman

February 2, 2019 SOF News 0

This SARC video explains the job and responsibilities of the Navy Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman. The SARC has to perform as a medical provider and as a warrior. They deploy with Navy and Marine special operations units. Watch the two-minute […]

Afghanistan Update February 2019 SOF News

Afghanistan Update February 2019

February 1, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary about the Afghan conflict: security, governance, development, Resolute Support, and the ANDSF. ANDSF ANDSF Losses. In a recent speech in front of an international audience – the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland – President […]

1st SFGA Soldier at Yuma Proving Grounds - An SF Soldier after a night HALO parachute jump at Yuma Proving Groupds Arizona. Photo by SGT Ian Ives, 1st SFGA, Jan 26, 2019.

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January 31, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary on special operations, national security, and current conflicts. SOF News Ukraine SOF Participate in CbR XI. Ukrainian special operations forces participated – along with SOF from four other nations – in exercise Combined Resolve XI […]

54th SFAB - Security Force Assistance Brigade

54th Security Force Assistance Brigade

January 30, 2019 SOF News 0

Army National Guard’s Newest Unit The Army National Guard is in the process of establishing one of the Army’s six Security Force Assistance Brigades or SFABs. These new units are the brainchild of Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley. […]

SDF mortar team fires 120mm at ISIS target near Deir ez-Zor in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, Syria. Photo by SGT Matthew Crane, CJTF-OIR, November 16, 2018.

Trump Said Turkey Will Finish Off ISIS. Maybe Not.

January 29, 2019 SOF News 0

In December 19, 2018 President Trump surprised just about everyone when he announced that the U.S. would begin immediately withdrawing its 2,200 military personnel from northeastern Syria. This decision was apparently the result of a phone call with the Turkish […]

BUD/S Rock - gift from class 250 at NSWC. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Monroe, Jan 17, 2019, NSWC.

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January 28, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary on special operations, national security, and current conflicts. SOF News BUD/S Rock. A gift, in the form of a large boulder, from the students of Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) Class 250 sits in […]

Faraday Field 19-1 UK SOF maritime exercise

Exercise Faraday Field 19-1 – UK SOF

January 26, 2019 SOF News 0

Despite SOF aircrews having recently taken part in an actual SOF insertion onto a ship where SOF troops captured illegal immigrants holding the crew of a ship captive, UK Special Forces aircrew have just completed yet another major week-long SF […]

U.S. #SOF pilot small boats during bilateral training between U.S. and Spanish special operations forces and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), in June, 2018, near Naval Station Rota, Spain

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January 25, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and current conflicts from around the world. SOF News McChrystal on Suleimani. The former commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Gen (Ret) Stan McChrystal writes about the head […]

SFC Joshua Beale KIA Afghanistan January 2019

SFC Joshua Beale – 3rd SFGA – KIA Afghanistan

January 23, 2019 SOF News 0

SFC Joshua Beale, age 32, died on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Joshua Beale, succumbed to wounds sustained from small […]

82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper. DoD, April 18, 2018.

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January 23, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and current conflicts from around the world. SOF News Brazil’s Combat Diver’s Group. The Brazilian Navy has a unique unit that is adapted to respond to national and international naval […]

Casualty in Afghanistan

U.S. Casualty in Afghanistan – Jan 22, 2019

January 22, 2019 SOF News 0

Resolute Support headquarters announced that a U.S. servicemember died in Afghanistan on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. A name has not been released. It is Department of Defense policy that the name of a servicemember killed in action is withheld until […]

Afghanistan Update January 2019

January 21, 2019 SOF News 0

“When I leave Afghanistan this time it will be my last time as a soldier…I would like to leave a country that is peaceful and unified. That is a tall order but that would be my hope.” General Scott Miller, […]

Soldiers at Sunset. Department of Defense photo.

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January 21, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national defense, and conflicts around the world. International SOF News More on SAS Soldier and Keyan Hotel. A former member of the Special Air Service comments on the siege at the hotel […]