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Seeking Combat Support Marines for Special Ops

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC – One of the five SOF Truths is quality is better than quantity. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command is putting this truth into action through its search for talented Marines to fill its critical combat support roles. A Naval Message released Feb. 16 announced the launch of a new effort called the MARSOC Combat Support Orientation …

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Until Dawn: Surviving the Battle of Boz Qandahari

FORT CARSON, CO – After landing in a flooded field outside Boz Qandahari Village, Kunduz Province, Afghanistan and trudging a mile through mud up to their waists, Army Sgt. 1st Class Morrison thought to himself: All right, yeah, that’s how it’s going to be tonight. “We came to the realization that we were going to be wet and muddy real …

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Pentagon Identifies Navy SEAL killed in Yemen

WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a U.S. Navy sailor who was supporting U.S. Central Command Operations. Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, Illinois, died Jan. 28 in the Arabian Peninsula of Yemen, of wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qa’ida. Owens received several awards and decorations including the following: …

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Soldier for Life: Ranger Tom Tsubota

HONOLULU, HI (Jonnie Melillo Clasen) – Tom Tsubota, the oldest WW II Merrill’s Marauder, who turned 102 on Jan. 14, is recovering at Straub Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii after suffering a heart attack earlier this week. “On Monday (January 23) he went into the hospital with a mild heart attack,” said his son, Leighton, 64, the youngest of Tsubota’s three …

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Army Showcases Stealthy Hydrogen Fuel-cell Vehicle

WASHINGTON, DC – In a tactical situation, the last thing a Soldier wants to do is give away his position to the enemy. The ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle promises to provide that important element of stealth, said Kevin Centeck. team lead, Non-Primary Power Systems, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center at the 2017 Washington Auto Show …

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Coalition Leaders Review Iraqi Ranger Training at Camp Taji

CAMP TAJI, Iraq –The Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) – Operation Inherent Resolve’s (OIR) command sergeant major, reviewed the Iraqi Ranger training program during a visit to Task Group Taji, Jan. 23. Soldiers from New Zealand and Australia direct the training at Camp Taji – one of four building partner capacity locations run by Coalition forces to enhance the readiness …

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Special Tactics Airman Receives Medal Upgrade to Air Force Cross

HURLBURT FIELD, FL (Capt. Katrina Cheesman) – A combat controller will receive the Air Force’s highest combat medal for extraordinary heroism, after a service-wide review of medals awarded since 9/11.The Air Force Cross will be presented to Staff Sgt. Christopher Baradat, now separated, who had received the Silver Star medal for his essential role in rescuing 150 coalition members in …

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Abrams Charter in Effect at the AWG

In early 1974, Gen. Creighton Abrams, the Chief of Staff of the Army, directed the reestablishment of a Ranger Battalion in the U.S. Army. He said the unit was to be an “elite, light, and the most proficient infantry battalion in the world. A battalion that can do things with its hands and weapons better than anyone. Wherever the battalion …

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SERE, DAGRE, Aircrew Practice Personnel Recovery Ops

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – The jungle floor is slick and damp, making traversing the terrain markedly difficult, especially when you are not only attempting to evade opposition, but also recover personnel. Survival, escape, resist and evade (SERE) specialists and deployed aircraft ground response element (DAGRE) team members from the 353rd Special Operations Group, members of the 17th Special Operations …

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