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Special Operations Medics Refine Tactical Combat Casualty Care

FT CARSON, CO – Special operations medics are among the best trained and most proficient in the world. But, to maintain a high level of readiness, they must practice their skills in controlled environments under the mentorship of senior medical professionals. As a 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) battalion surgeon, Maj. Hunter Winegarner assists in the planning and execution of …

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Special Forces Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FL – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. de Alencar, a Special Forces weapons sergeant assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), died April 8, in Nagarhar Province, Afghanistan, from a combat related incident. De Alencar was born April 1, 1980 in a U.S. Army hospital in Nuremburg, Germany. He graduated in 1998 from …

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Elite Special Operations Forces Simulate Raid on Hijacked Tanker

KUWAIT –  Elite military special forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council,  and the U.S. conducted a simulated rapid response to the hijacking of the motor tanker, or oil tanker, the Hadiyah, April 3, in Kuwait territorial waters. Special forces teams from the GCC, and U.S. Naval Special Warfare and rigid-hull inflatable boat teams simulated an air and sea-borne rapid insertion, …

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75th Ranger Regiment Wins 2017 Best Ranger Competition

FORT BENNING, GA – Soldiers from the 75th Ranger Regiment bested 53 teams as part of their effort to return the title of “Best Ranger” to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. During the 2017 Best Ranger Competition, April 7 to 9, at Fort Benning, Georgia, Capt. Michael Rose and Master Sgt. Josh Horsager fought through 60-plus hours of physical, mental, technical and …

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ARNG Helicopter Task Force Hones Skills With SOCEUR

STUTTGART, Germany- During the month of August, Special Operations Command Europe and adjacent units conducted fast-rope insertion and extraction system training, and military free-fall with the support of an Army National Guard Helicopter Task force. Army National Guard UH-60L black hawk pilots and crew chiefs from Colorado, Kansas and Utah assisted the special forces members of 1st Battalion 10th Special …

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SOF Train Alongside Allied SOF During Allied Spirit VI

STUTTGART, Germany – Special operations forces joined over 3,000 service members representing 15 NATO and partner nations to participate in exercise Allied Spirit VI at 7th Army Training Command’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 8-31, 2017. Allied Spirit VI is a multinational exercise training service members representing the NATO and partner nations of Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, …

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New Soldier Armor Weighs Less, Offers More Options

WASHINGTON, DC – The average generation II improved outer tactical vest weighs about 26 pounds. But the new torso and extremity protection system or TEP, under development now at Program Executive Office Soldier, sheds about five pounds of weight and also adds a wide degree of scalability that commanders can make use of depending on threat level and mission. The …

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Ranger Whole Blood Program Wins an Army’s Greatest Innovation Award

75th Ranger scroll

FT Benning, GA – The 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger O Low Titer (ROLO) Whole Blood Program was recognized by the Army Materiel Command as the individual military winner of the annual Army’s Greatest Innovation Award at the Association of the United States Army Global Warfare Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama on Mar. 14. The ROLO Whole Blood Program was developed in …

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Operators Develop Information Support Skills

SOUTHERN ZONE, Morocco – Special operations missions require a wide variety of skillsets that can be applied at a small unit level in order to achieve strategic goals as efficiently as possible. Partnered alongside American military instructors, members of Morocco’s special operations forces acquired new skills that could help resolve dangerous tactical situations while minimizing loss of life. A pair …

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The Military Enhancement Kit

QUANTICO, VA – To Marines on a breaching mission, the shotgun is more than just a weapon. It is a tool Marines use to breach—or gain entry into—an enemy-held building using the minimal amount of force. Marine Corps Systems Command’s Military Enhancement Kit gives Marines the tactical advantage by transforming current shotguns into a more compact and versatile weapon. The …

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