Latvian Special Forces Training (photo from NATO video July 29, 2016)

Video – Latvia Special Forces Training

July 31, 2016 SOF News 0

Those trying out of the Special Forces of Latvia have an intense selection process to undergo. Watch a video entitled “The Brave Man Wins” that show a series of tests the candidate must endure. This includes trust falls from bridges, […]

Navy SEALs - photo form 2016 USSOCOM Factbook

SEALs Debate Combatives Program

July 31, 2016 SOF News 0

The U.S. Navy SEALs are debating which type of combatives training prepares them for hand-to-hand combat. Some favor the Close Quarter Defense (CQD) while others embrace the mixed-martial-arts (MMA) style. In 2011 the Navy Special Warfare Command (NSW) dropped the […]

U.S. casualty in Afghanistan

Five U.S. SOF Wounded in Afghanistan

July 31, 2016 SOF News 0

According to recent news reports five United States Special Operations troops were wounded during combat in eastern Afghanistan. The combat casualties occurred in engagements with the Islamic State militants who have recently emerged in Afghanistan not far from the Pakistan […]

SOF Operators (photo 2016 USSOCOM Factbook)

USSOCOM Orders Low-Profile Pickup Trucks

July 31, 2016 SOF News 0

“Battelle has landed a second contract to supply U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with stealthy, armored trucks built to blend into the background in potentially hostile environments. Similar to the commercial security vehicles that Battelle builds, the trucks were designed to […]

SOG veteran and Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor Award for SOG Vietnam Vet

July 31, 2016 SOF News 0

Gary Rose, a U.S. Army medic, was part of the secret Studies and Observation Group (SOG) – an organization made up of Special Forces volunteers who served in Vietnam. During the Vietnam War SOG conducted cross-border operations into Laos – […]

John Friberg at Sarobi Lake, Afghanistan while visiting a French brigade in July 2012 while serving as a Counterinsurgency Advisor assigned to the COMISAF Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT).

Editor of SOF News – John Friberg

July 30, 2016 SOF News 0

The editor and publisher of SOF News is John Friberg. John Friberg is a retired Command Chief Warrant Officer (CW5 180A) with 40 years service in the U.S. Army Special Forces in active duty and reserve components. Since his retirement he has […]