Painting - "Earthquake's Final Flight" depicts the final flight of a C-119 flown by contract CIA pilots dropping resupply bundles to the French over Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam in 1954. The aircraft was struck by AAA and later crashed in Laos. (painting at CIA HQs).

Intel Update 20170109 – CIA flights, spy gadgets, and more

January 9, 2017 SOF News 0

Intel Update 20170109 – gadgets that spies use, questions to be posed during CIA confirmation hearings, Trump to revamp Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), a CIA contract aircraft’s final flight, a partisan CIA, Trump and Intel, and more. “Earthquake’s Final Flight”. The […]

2016 - The Year in Review

SOF in 2016 – The Year That Was . . .

December 31, 2016 SOF News 0

2016 – “The Year That Was”. A collection of articles that look back at 2016 in terms of national security, defense, Middle East, Afghanistan, India, Africa, books, war, conflict, and . . . of course . . . special operations. Middle East in 2016 The […]

Camp Vance Afghanistan Christmas 2002

Christmas 2002 – Camp Vance

December 24, 2016 SOF News 0

A snowy Christmas Eve on December 24, 2002 at Camp Vance (CJSOTF-A), Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. It has been a decade and a half since the initial entry of U.S. Special Forces teams into Afghanistan. U.S. Special Forces and other SOF units are still serving […]

Pearl Harbor Day

Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2016 SOF News 0

Pearl Harbor Day is observed every year on December 7th. The Japanese conducted a surprise attack against the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on this day in 1941. Numerous U.S. Navy ships were sunk and 2,403 military members and U.S. citizens were killed.

Son Tay Raid 21-22 November 1970 - Image from USSOCOM Facebook 21 Nov 2016)

Son Tay Raid – 21-22 November 1970

November 21, 2016 SOF News 0

In 1970 U.S. Special Forces Soldiers conducted the Son Tay Raid into North Vietnam to rescue American prisoners of war held in a prison camp. The unit that conducted the raid was the Joint Contingency Task Group Ivory Coast commanded by Air Force General Leroy […]

Kompani Linge - a Norwegian commando unit was formed to destroy a hydroelectric plant that produced heavy water in WWII (photo Wikipedia)

Kompani Linge – Norwegian Commando Unit of WWII

November 12, 2016 SOF News 0

A ceremony commemorating the actions of a Norwegian commando group known as Kompani Linge was recently held in Scotland. When the Germans occupied Norway in World War II a number of Norwegian military personnel and members of the Norwegian resistance fled to Great Britain. Many […]

Map of Southern Africa (derived from CIA map)

History – South African Para Raid on SWAPO

November 8, 2016 SOF News 0

In 1978 the South African government conducted a South African para raid against a South-West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) base in southern Angola. The base was a training and staging area for SWAPO to conduct military operations into Namibia (at the time under South African […]

COL (R) Paul Hutton. Retired Special Forces officer presents an oral history of his career.

SF History – COL (R) Paul Hutton Interview

October 14, 2016 SOF News 0

COL (R) Paul Hutton III is interviewed by West Point’s Center for Oral History. His career spanned attending West Point, the Cold War in Europe, tours in Vietnam, and time in the Pentagon. He was a battalion commander of 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group […]

Operation CARPETBAGGER. Photo from National Museum of US Air Force

Operation CARPETBAGGER – Supporting OSS in WWII

August 15, 2016 SOF News 0

During World War II the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and U.S. Army Special Forces, used the U.S. Army Air Forces to fly secret missions into Europe. The aircraft would drop supplies, equipment, and OSS agents into […]