SOF operators assigned to Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) conduct parachute training in Europe. (SOCEUR photo 16 October 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171211

December 11, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171211 – Taliban Special Force Unit, mission in Niger, SF THOR3 program, Irish Army Ranger Wing, MARSOC’s ‘robot dogs’, Syria troop levels, SF general now book author, Silver Star for combat controller, Army Sniper School, STS in […]

CV-22 Ospreys of the 352nd Special Operations Wing (SOW) flying over England in August 2017. (Photo by AFSOC).

Special Operations News Update 20171204

December 4, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171204 – USSOCOM 2018 Fact Book, Metz on the demise of COIN, book review No Front Line, award for “Spooky 43” aircrew, more to do in Iraq, armed drones over Niger, SOCSouth cdr promoted, USASOC birthday, Mattis […]

Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division conduct Combat Rubber Raiding Craft Training in Hawaii. (Photo by SSG Armando Limon, DoD, 29 Nov 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171201

December 1, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171201 – Standards at SFQC slipping, Jaded Thunder exercise, former Navy SEAL running for Congress, abandoning the Kurds, STS in Faryab province, innish Winter War anniversary, U.S. advisors to accompany lower level Afghan units, UAE in Yemen, […]

African students conduct riverine boat training at NAVSCIATTS. (Photo by Michael Bottoms, USSOCOM, November 16, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171130

November 30, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171130 – ASSF seize explosives, SOF in Africa, Erik Prince in the news, Larry Thorne, Afghan NMUs, Air Observer published, NAVSCIATTS, fun video on Special Forces training pipeline, Lake Chad Basin Initiative, “overextension” of U.S. SOF, former CIA […]

Sailors exit a Chinook during HALO parachute jump. (DoD photo July 20, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171128

November 28, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171128 – SOCOM sniper rifle, WWII naval gray zone activities, Ralph Peters on Africa, SWCS student dies, armed UN Little Birds in Mali, air opns in Afghanistan, 26,000 troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, MARSOC recruiting video, AFSOC’s […]

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 […]