UAE Commando participating in US SOF and UAE exercise Eastern Eagel 2017 in UAE. (Photo by PFC James Harvey, 3rd MISB, Sep 26, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171122

November 22, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171122 – Strain on SOF forces, U.S. troop increase in Somalia, SEALs remember Christian Lambertsen, earning the beret, SPMAGTF-SC finishes deployment, Lockheed Martin’s C-130J-SOF, RISF assumes control from SDF, more remains of 3rd SFGA soldier found, fighting […]

Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) personnel conduct range firing drills with 249 and 240 machine guns. (Photo by PFC Johnathon Carter, MISO-OIR, 28 Sep 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171119

November 19, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171119 – Passing of Hermann Adler, JSOC member to be DoD executive, JSOC Cdr visits CTC at West Point, MG Kraft (USASOC) address to MOAA, SOF units at breaking point, ‘Light Footprint’ counterterrorism strategy, UK special forces units […]

SF soldier from SOTF-A waits for nightfall prior to start of operation in Alingar district, Laghman province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo, Sep 4, 2016).

Special Operations News Update 20171117

November 17, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171117 – SOF’s MWDs, AAR of ZAPAD 2017, lecture at USSOCOM by book author, movie actor workout program, Afghanistan’s GCPSU, Soldier dies in Kuwait (Nov 14), review of Hollywood movies about Vietnam, coup in Zimbabwe (?), new […]

Soldier from the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado prepares for a night static line parachute jump from a C-130 aircraft. (Photo by SGT Connor Mendez, U.S. Army, October 24, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171115

November 15, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171115 – Cdr of SOD-Central profiled, TV military dramas reviewed, death of Tom Hudner, achieve Green Beret fitness, more details on Niger attack on SF team, UK’s “Special Forces Club”, four U.S. soldiers wounded in Afghanistan, and more. […]

Afghan soldier undergoing Commando training at Camp Morehead, Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by RS HQs, Nov 11, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171113

November 13, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171113 – Language and culture training for the Army, medical care for 19th SFGA redeploying from Afghanistan is lacking, CANSOF and mental health challenges, Special Operations Policy Forum 2017, Drone Warriors, video on Afghan Special Service Forces, […]

Members of the 321st Special Tactics Squadron (STS) perform a free fall parachute jump from an MC-130J Commando II. (Photo by Staff Sgt Philip Steiner, USAF).

Special Operations News Update 20171109

November 9, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171109 – ANASOC graduates more SF soldiers, Russia’s EW Spetsnaz, 1st SFGA Soldier saves local mans life, 1st SFGA WO recovers from severe wounds and resumes SF career, and more. Taliban’s Special Forces Unit. Afghan SF Soldiers Graduate. […]

P3M Micro Navigation Board used by 7th Special Forces Group in dive training with Chilean Special Forces during exercise Southern Strike 2018 (Photo by SGT Connie Jones, 102d Public Affairs Detachment, 31 October 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171106

November 6, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171106 – SF selection in 1963, surprise visitor to 1st Marine Raider Ball, SF soldier KIA in Vietnam still remembered, 5th SFGA NCO receives award, staying the course in Afghanistan, ‘insider attacks’ in Afghanistan, death of Green […]

ISIS-K defensive fighting positions are targeting in Momand Valley, Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan on October 19, 2017. (Photo by CPL Matthew DeVirgilio, NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan)

Special Operations News Update 20171103

November 3, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171103 – Reorganize Intel community, USAF Combat Controller training, SAS soldiers charged in trainee deaths, Green Beret continues service despite loss of leg, continued support for SDF in Syria by SOJTF-OIR, brown berets for 1st SFAB, “American […]

10th Special Forces Group Soldiers riding a snowmobile during Winter Warfare training. (Photo from video by SSG William Reinier, 10th SFGA, Oct 25, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171030

October 30, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171030 – USASFC honors JFK, JIDO fighting drones, Operation Barkhane (France), inside story on death of SEAL in Somalia, militant groups in Niger region, SOFWERX drone rodeo, Kurds vs. ISF, Bowe Bergdahl, hybrid war in Ukraine, Kenya’s […]

Soldiers from GSB 10th SFGA Conduct Sling Load Training during battalion field training exercise at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. (Photo by CPT Benjamin F. Moe, Oct 20, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171026

October 26, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update – McChrystal interview, Bolduc on SOF in Niger, US Navy SEAL rape case unjust, SOF tests new airborne navigation system, AAF gets more A-29s, Extortion 17, Afghan commandos doubling in size, countering Russian disinformation, Marine and SOCOM […]

AMP BUEHRING, Kuwait (Oct. 17, 2017) – SFC Jonathan Newell, headquarters NCOIC for the 7th SFG, monitors jumpers during their descent. The air mission was a recertification jump monitored by members of the SOJTF and 1st TSC. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jacqueline Whitt)

Special Operations News Update 20171025

October 25, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171025 – New uniform for Canada’s elite, US obesity affects recruiting, SOF’s MC-12S aircraft, French CT mission in Africa, Exercise Lightning Forge 2017, 12 Strong, SEAL Foundation relocates, OSS Award to BU professor, local businesses help out 7th […]

20171023 - MG Bismellah Waziri, Afghan National Army Special Operations Command commander,, congratulates the Commando Qualification Course student company commander on his mission brief to ANASOC and NATO Resolute Support leadership at Camp Commando, Kabul on Oct. 21, 2017. (Photo Jacob Krone, NSOCC-A).

Special Operations News Update 20171023

October 23, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171023 – Hyping Niger, Tempest Wind 2017, Afghan Commandos, fake SEAL on Fox News, CIA and Omega program, SAS history, MoH to be awarded Monday, and more. Afghan Commandos. The latest class of Afghan commandos graduated from […]

Special Operations High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) Parachutists Over the Middle East (DoD photo 2017)

Special Operations News Update 20171018

October 18, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171018 – Australian SF remembered, CANSOF in Kurdistan, strikes against ISIS in Yemen, upcoming movie about horse soldiers, Air Force Cross awarded to STS member, new digs for 19th SFGA, ISIS presence in Raqqa diminished (a lot), […]

20171016 - USSOCOM personnel brief SECDEF Jim Mattis at USSOCOM hqs on MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Barry Loo, October 12, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171016

October 16, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171016 – NZ SAS mbr dies in training accident, ADF SF and Australian War Memorial, CBS’s SEAL Team, two IAF Garud Commandos killed, SOF support to conflict prevention, Trump visits AFSOC unit, female Marine to try again for […]

20171013 Chad Special Forces Soldiers receive marksmanship training on live fire range in Massaguet, Chad as part of the Flintlock 2017 exercise. Flintlock is an annual special operations exercise conducted by U.S. SOF. (Photo by SGT Derek Hamilton, US Africa Command, March 6, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171013

October 13, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171013 – Kurdistan flash point, SF in Syria, Niger attack, Chad travel ban, SOF suicide drones, more advisors for Afghanistan, AFRICOM at 10 years, SFABs and advising, JFK and the Green Beret, and more. Chad Travel Ban […]