A member of the 3rd Special Forces Group participates in Special Operations Combatives Program (SOCP) training in the 3rd SFG combatives dojo. (Photo US Army, Lewis Perkins, 2018).

Special Operations Combatives Program – SOCP

April 5, 2018 SOF News 0

Special Operations Combatives Program (SOCP) – U.S. Army Special Forces has adopted a training program that bridges the gap between the foundation training provided by the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) and the unique combative skills required by today’s Special […]

German Self Propelled Artillery participating in Dynamic Front 18 in Grafenwoehr, Germany. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger, March 7, 2018).

Dynamic Front 18 – Exercise with SOF Integration

March 29, 2018 SOF News 0

Dynamic Front 18 – a field artillery exercise was recently held in Germany that included participants from 26 different nations. The exercise – with over 3,700 personnel taking part – focused on the interoperability of U.S. Army, joint service, and […]

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NATO’s ISTC SOF Medic Course

March 22, 2018 John Friberg 0

ISTC SOF Medic Course – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has a number of special operations related courses that are conducted at a school in Pfullendorf, Germany. One of these courses conducted at the NATO International Special Training Center […]

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JTAC Training Video – National Training Center

March 13, 2018 SOF News 0

JTAC Training Video – Joint Terminal Attack Controllers of the U.S. Air Force are qualified to direct the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations. The National Training Center (NTC) provides JTACs the […]

ATAC Video - Afghan Tactical Air Coordinator (ATAC) trainee of the 203rd ANA Corps at FOB Thunder in Gardez, Afghanistan trains with Afghan Air Force (AAF) A-29 Super Tucanos. (Photo from RS HQ video, 28 Jul 2017).

Video – Afghan Tactical Air Coordinator (ATACs)

July 28, 2017 SOF News 0

ATAC Video – This three-minute long ATAC video describes the training that Afghan Tactical Air Coordinators (ATACs) go through to become certified to call in close air support missions for troops in contact or for ground operations. Their training is […]

BCFE of Paraguay: Soldiers from Paraguay's Joint Special Forces Battalion practice military drills. (Photo: Paraguayan Armed Forces General Command)

BCFE – Paraguayan Joint Special Forces Battalion

June 30, 2017 SOF News 0

Members of the BCFE or Paraguayan Joint Special Forces Battalion recently participated in a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) event with members of the U.S. Army’s 20th Special Forces Group. The exercise was focused on exchanging training techniques and familiarization […]

Cadets running at the ANAOA. (Photo by SSG Richard Andrade, ISAF, 23 Oct 2013).

Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA)

January 8, 2017 SOF News 0

The Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) is located in Qargha district – just outside of Kabul – the capital city of Afghanistan. The ANAOA is one of three main Afghan institutions providing officers for the Afghan National Army (ANA). […]

1-10th SFGA Special Forces Soldier fastroping from a Black Hawk helicopter in Europe (photo SOCEUR 2016).

Special Operations News Update 20170103

January 3, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20170103 – Data breach of SOCOM subcontractor, AFSOC video of 353rd SOG, NYC billionaire receives recognition from GBF, book review of Rogues Heroes, New Zealand SAS selection for civilians, Russian KSO, weapons wanted by US SOF, and […]

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Afghanistan Update – Security is Fleeting

December 10, 2016 SOF News 0

Afghan security is fleeting. The past two years the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have taken some significant loses. Casualties are at an all-time high and the desertion rate is astronomical. The Taliban are enjoying tactical successes on […]