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The Story of GM3 Milton Schiff, Naval Combat Demolition Unit 21


Editor’s Note: Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Milton Schiff (U.S. Navy Retired), now 90 years old, lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Caryl, and dog, Jake. While in the Navy, Schiff became a Navy SEAL and participated in various missions in the Pacific. Naval Special Warfare Command’s Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Black sat down with Mr. Schiff at a …

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A Green Beret Reflects On Necessity Of Strong Relationships With Local Allies


FORT BRAGG, NC – Green Berets are historically some of the Army’s toughest Soldiers. They’ve been to hell and back since the days before the beret, since World War II when small teams of Soldiers conducted unconventional warfare behind enemy lines, often under the umbrella of the Office of Strategic Services. Special operators fought guerrilla warfare in Europe and the …

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First Female Attempts 75th Ranger Regiment Selection


FORT BENNING, GA – The first female to attend the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) 2 failed to meet the course standards, according to a U.S. Army official. “The female soldier did not meet performance objectives required for assignment to the 75th Ranger Regiment,” stated U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt. “The female soldier …

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US Army Green Lights Special Forces Selection For Women


FORT BRAGG, NC – The US Army has officially approved the admission of two female officers into the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) course.  SFAS, after completing Airborne School, is the first step in the Special Forces pipeline. US Army Colonel Nestor Sadler, of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS), confirmed that the two unidentified …

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Special Ops Patriarch Civitella Receives Prestigious French Legion of Honor

Caesar Civitella, far right, second row, was a member of an OSS team that parachuted into southern France during World War II.

MACDILL AFB, FL (Michael Bottoms)  – Special operations legend Caesar Civitella was awarded the French Legion of Honor which is the highest decoration offered by the French government and was started by France’s first consul, Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. Despite being normally awarded only to French nationals, the honor can be bestowed upon foreign nationals who have served France or helped …

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New Unit to Train Special Ops Airmen


LACKLAND, TX-  For the first time in U.S. military history, the Air Force activated a unit solely dedicated to train the service’s ground component, June 2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. This ground-breaking initiative addresses the growing need for fifth-generation warriors who integrate air and ground operations on the joint battlefield. “Our mission at the Battlefield Airmen Training Group …

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Fallen US Navy SEAL Fought in Defense of Fellow Americans, Kurds


WASHINGTON, DC –  A US Navy SEAL was killed Tuesday during a firefight with ISIS militants in Tel Askuf, Iraq.  Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV served as part of the quick reaction force tasked to extract American and Kurdish troops pinned down by ISIS fighters. A team comprised of less than 12 US military advisers in Tel Askuf …

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Special Tactics Honors Deceased Double Silver Star Recipient


HURLBURT FIELD, FL – The Special Tactics community mourns the loss of retired Tech. Sgt. Sean Harvell, a highly decorated Air Force combat controller who passed away April 26. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of Sean,” said Col. Michael Flatten, 24th Special Operations Wing vice commander. “Sean served his nation admirably, often in the face …

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7th Group Green Beret Returns to Service After Amputation, Severe Wounds


EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FL (Maj. Thomas Cieslak) – A Special Forces Noncommissioned Officer has returned to full active duty service two and a half years after his hand was amputated to free him from underneath a vehicle before a suicide bomber could strike a deadly blow against he and his team. Sergeant First Class Ivan Morera, a Miami native …

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