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 […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News wishes all deployed Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors, DoD Civilians, DoD Contractors, humanitarian aid workers, security professionals, expats, and that occasional OGA dude a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy a day of rest, watch some (real) football, and eat some turkey! […]

Italian Special Operations Forces (SOF) mentor Afghan security forces while conducting an EAP mission to Farah province (RS HQs photo August 11, 2017).

Afghan War News Update 20171123

November 23, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghan War News Update 20171123 – UK’s role in the Afghan counter narcotics campaign, proposed formation of ANATF, new ANDSF (and RS) offensive against opium production in Helmand, RS Cdr’s weekly presser, gender equality in ANDSF, ICC and war crimes, ALP in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sep 2017 OFS Report

OFS Quarterly Report 30 September 2017

November 21, 2017 SOF News 0

Sep 2017 OFS Report – The Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations has published the Operation Freedom’s Sentinel Report to the United States Congress (July – September 2017). This 130-page document describes the activities of the U.S. Government in […]

Video Mountain Operations - In this video members of the 10th Special Forces Group conduct mtn training. (U.S. Army, 1 August 2017).

Video Mountain Operations – 10th SFGA

November 20, 2017 SOF News 0

Video Mountain Operations. This short 2-minute long video provides some classic views of Soldiers from the 10th Special Forces Group conducting Mountain Operations training using helicopters, climbing walls, mountain ATVs, and – of course – real mountains. Special Forces Mountain […]

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 […]

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 […]

10th Special Forces Soldiers participate in Exercise Flaming Sword 2016 held in Lithuania in May 2016. (U.S. Army video).

10th SFGA and Exercise Flaming Sword 2016

November 17, 2017 SOF News 0

Video of exercise Flaming Sword 2016 starring Soldiers from the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The 10th SFGA Green Berets are participating in a tactical scenario during Exercise Flaming Sword 2016 held in Lithuania. (U.S. Army video, 2016, 1 minute-long). […]

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. […]