Trojan Footprint UW in Baltic States. U.S. and Danish maritime special operations forces board a ship in the Baltic Sea. Photo by SOCEUR, June 4, 2018.

Trojan Footprint – UW in the Baltic States

June 15, 2018 John Friberg 0

A recent exercise in Eastern Europe – Trojan Footprint – provided the opportunity for U.S. and NATO special operations forces to simulate an operation to ‘clear the way’ for a counteroffensive by NATO’s conventional military forces to liberate the Baltic […]

ISTC SOF Medic Course

NATO’s ISTC SOF Medic Course

March 22, 2018 John Friberg 0

ISTC SOF Medic Course – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has a number of special operations related courses that are conducted at a school in Pfullendorf, Germany. One of these courses conducted at the NATO International Special Training Center […]

MATA - 1st SFAB member undergoing advisor training. (photo by SPC Noelle E. Wiehe, 50th PAD, 23 Oct 2017).

Military Advisor Training Academy – MATA

December 9, 2017 John Friberg 0

MATA – The Military Advisor Training Academy is located at Fort Benning, Georgia. The purpose of the school is to prepare Soldiers for a future assignment as advisors to foreign military forces. MATA Course Scope. The academy will provide to […]

Pearl Harbor Day Dec 7th

Dec 7th – Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2017 John Friberg 0

Dec 7th – On this day in 1941 Japanese naval forces launched a carrier-based air attack against U.S. Navy and Army installations, ships, and aircraft based on or near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise attack resulted in numerous ships sunk […]

Tip of the Spear October 2017

USSOCOM’s “Tip of the Spear”, Oct 2017

December 6, 2017 John Friberg 0

Tip of the Spear October 2017 – The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) based at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida has published its October 2017 issue of Tip of the Spear. This 40-page pub has articles and pictures about United […]

ASSF - Afghan Commando Formation

Update on Afghan SOF Units – DoD IG Report

November 21, 2017 John Friberg 0

The Department of Defense Inspector General’s report on Operation Freedom’s Sentinel is provided to Congress every quarter. The latest report published in late November covers the period of July 1st to September 30th, 2017. This 130-page report covers five key […]

ATP 3-96.1 SFAB

ATP 3-96.1 Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB)

November 18, 2017 John Friberg 0

ATP 3-96.1, Security Force Assistance Brigade is due to be published (final version) in January 2018. The Army Techniques Publication – ATP 3-96.1 provides doctrinal guidance and direction for how the security force assistance brigade (SFAB) plans, prepares, and executes […]

Angel Thunder 18.1 - U.S. Air Force pararescue men with the 58th Rescue Squadron prepare for exfil during the Angel Thunder 17 exercise. (Photo USAF Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos, May 11, 2017).

Angel Thunder 18 – Biannual PR Exercise

November 7, 2017 John Friberg 0

Angel Thunder 18 is a personnel recovery event that is held twice a year (May and November) in the United States southwest. The Combat Search and Rescue exercise is staged out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Personnel from […]