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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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Aviation Training Center Provides Unique Environment for AFSOC

RAF Mildenhall, England – The same combination of range, speed and vertical-lift capability that makes the CV-22 Osprey an essential part of U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces in Europe can have an increased complication of putting our Airmen in unfamiliar environments, working with a diverse group of partner nation militaries.Although Airmen consistently train to increase familiarity with allies and …

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Emerald Warrior 2017 Exercise Begins

HURLBURT FIELD, FL – Several hundred U.S. and partner-nation military members kicked off the 10th iteration of Emerald Warrior here Feb. 27. Emerald Warrior is an annual Department of Defense exercise that focuses on irregular warfare and hones special operations forces air and ground combat skills. The two-week exercise will run until March 10, and it will allow participants to …

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Flintlock 17 Begins

DIFFA, Niger – Exercise Flintlock 2017 kicked off in Diffa, Niger Feb. 27, 2017. This is the second time Niger has hosted Flintlock since 2005. Niger is one of seven host nations which include Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia. Flintlock is an annual, multinational Special Operations Forces exercise designed to reinforce the military capabilities of participating nations. …

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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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