A C-130 from the 1st Special Operations Wing at Eglin AFB participates in Exercise Frigid Archer in 2016.

Special Operations News Update 20181015

October 15, 2018 SOF News 0

Topics Covered – China’s Xinjiang province and unrest, Islamic State tactics, AQAP, MARSOC bonuses, ‘Battlefield Airmen’, can 180As really run, death by PowerPoint, Gen (Ret) Keane on Afghanistan, organizing CA under USSOCOM, defending Gotland, Uganda SFQC, MAVNI program, new national […]

Maritime training by west coast NSW unit. Photo by Lt. NSW Group One, October 21, 2010.

Special Operations News Update 20181012

October 12, 2018 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary about current conflicts, national defense, and special operations from around the world. SOF News Training Battlefield Airmen.  The Air Force Battlefield Airmen Training Group is revamping how it trains prospective Air Force special operators. One […]

STS Airman at NTC coordinates fires. Photo by Staff Sgt Rose Gudx, USAF, Sep 2, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20181010

October 10, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Special Tactics Airmen at NTC. Airmen from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron based at Pope Army Airfield (FBNC) recent took part in an exercise at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California with teams from the […]

Jump Eloy DZ. Jumper prepares to exit airplane over Tunnel Drop Zone, Eloy, Arizona. Photo by Specialist Christopher Stevenson, 10th SFGA, September 17, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20181008

October 8, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181008 – Miscellaneous papers and reports on national security, Army Futures Command, new NATO SOF aviation training center, fighting two wars at the same time, Kazakhstan combat divers, SF team in Nangarhar, Malaysia’s NSOF disbanded, AFSOC officer […]

Afghan Special Mission Wing Pilot

Afghan Conflict Update 20181004

October 4, 2018 SOF News 0

Afghan Conflict Update 20181004 – Taliban’s sanctuary, Afghan War Casualty Report, F-35B in Afghanistan, Prince’s plan for Afghanistan, ISKP update, commentary on Afghanistan, SOF shooting competition, MD-530’s in action, reconciliation is the way out, and more. US Fatality in Afghanistan – […]

Australian Officer Rim of the Pacific 2018. Photo by Corporal Kyle Jenner, Sep 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20181003

October 3, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181003 – Joint US-Turkish patrols, COP-OCO FY 2019 oversight report, Soldier lethality, Syria mission creep, hybrid warfare, social media, adding women to peacekeeping missions, Russia in the Arctic, SOF in the Philippines, 10th SFGA host DoD senior […]

Night Hawk 18 Exercise Denmark

Night Hawk 18 – SOF Exercise in Denmark

October 2, 2018 SOF News 0

By Pat Carty Danish air force base Aalborg was once again host to this year’s Special Operations Night Hawk 18 (NH18) exercise, which ran from 17 to 27 September 2018. Nighthawk is a multinational exercise, led by Danish Special Operations […]

Operation Commando Wrath Afghanistan 2008

Operation Commando Wrath

October 1, 2018 SOF News 0

By Brian Morris, SF MSG (Ret) On Monday, October 1, 2018 former Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II received the Medal of Honor for going above and beyond the call of duty on April 6, 2008 while assigned to Special […]

Special Operations News Update 20181001

October 1, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181001 – ISTC’s TCCC course, Navy SEAL Foundation’s new digs, heavy body armor, inside the NZSAS, SOF Truth #2, Hispanics in the Army, “Fight Oar Die” fundraiser, preventing extremism in Africa, French parachute in Africa, IC ITE, SEL […]

Latvian SOF is briefed by an Afghan officer assigned to a Mobile Strike Kandak during the Cobra Strike Maneuver Course near Kabul. Photo by MSG Felix Figueroa, NSOCC-A, Sep 2018.

Cobra Strike Maneuver Course – ANASOC

September 28, 2018 SOF News 0

The Cobra Strike Maneuver Course (CSMC) conducted at Camp Scorpion is the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) School of Excellence (SOE) training venue for developing the fighting skills of entire Commando Special Operations Kandak’s (SOKs). The Commandos learn […]

Navy SEALs

Special Operations News Update 20180927

September 27, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180927 – Women in the infantry, USMC fitness standards increasing, King of Battle, SEA for 7th SFGA, more spies needed, USASOC’s SORB, big bucks for SOF, Prince and the Russians, new choppers for Aussie SOF, Syria strategy explained, […]

MG Fadhil al-Barwari 1st ISOF

Remembering MG Fadhil Barwari – ISOF Commander

September 25, 2018 SOF News 0

By David M. Witty Major General Fadhil Barwari, commander of the 1st Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) Brigade, Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), was a central figure in the Iraqi ethos in the struggle against the Islamic State of Iraq […]

SEALs prepare to launch Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV) from the back of the USS Philadelphia. The SDVs are used to carry Navy SEALs from a submerged submarine to enemy targets while staying underwater and undetected. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Andrew McKaskle, May 5, 2005.

Special Operations News Update 20180924

September 24, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180924 – SBS getting SDV MK XI SWCSs, Russia’s Black Shadow DPVs, paper – Will to Fight, political commissars redux, M4 glitch fixed, Mk13 sniper rifle for USMC, Turkish combat divers, and more. SOF News SBS’s SWCSs. The […]