A Conversation With History

Ambassador Hugh Montgomery, right, speaks with Cmdr. Gary McDonald, left, at Seal Team Two. Hugh Montgomery served in the Office of Strategic Service (OSS) during World War II and then the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for 63 years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialists 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli/Released)

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (PO2 Scott Fenaroli) – An elderly man slowly walks into an auditorium. He moves with the assistance of a cane to help him get around. Although his health seems to be deteriorating, his mind is still sharp. Military officers swarm around him, excited and curious about what he has to say. Adjusting his blue jacket, he begins …

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29 Years After Injury, Pararescueman Gives Back to Airmen


FORT MEADE, MD (SSG Alex Montes) – Attached to a SEAL team in 1987, one Airman began what was to be a normal parachute training out of a Marine CH-46 helicopter at 13,000 feet. Freefalling around 3,500 feet watching vast Virginia state scenery; the Airman opened his chute, everything was clear until another Airman pummeled through his parachute. The Air …

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‘Expendable’ WWII Merrill’s Marauders Survive into their 100s


FORT BENNING, GA (Jonnie Clasen) – Three Merrill’s Marauders, 1944 survivors of the secret mission of almost 3,000 presidential volunteers who fought through the disease-ridden “forgotten theater” of World War II, the China-Burma-India Theater, have lived to the age of 101. Another made it to 100. Living to be a centenarian is remarkable. What is even more remarkable is that …

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‘First in Asia’ Battalion Dedicates Boat to Honorary Green Beret


WASHINGTON, DC (Richard L Rzepka) – The 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group recently dedicated a new boat to Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and stalwart supporter of U.S. service members, Martha “Maggie” Raye. Raye, a comedian and actress, worked closely with the United Service Organizations during World War II, Korea and Vietnam to keep the spirits of U.S. troops …

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American Warfighter: Brotherhood, Survival, and Uncommon Valor in Iraq, 2003-2011

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The following chapter is from the  book “American Warfighter” and provides a 2/75 Ranger’s account in the 75th Ranger Regiment and Iraq.  You can purchase the book by clicking on the book’s cover below. Chapter Four “Shut up and shoot!” Jeremiah Olsen Silver Star, Baghdad Iraq was in crisis. The regime had fallen, its military and police forces had abandoned …

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USASOC Honors its ‘Best Warriors’


FORT BRAGG, NC (SGT Kyle Fisch) – The U.S. Army Special Operations Command announced the winners of the command’s 2016 Best Warrior Competition (held June 6-10) in a ceremony at the headquarters building, June 10. The Soldiers were from the four subordinate units within USASOC; 1st Special Forces Command, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command Combat Aviation Command, U.S. Army …

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MARSOC Recruiters Visit Camp Foster

1st Marine Raider Battalion conducts ground training at Camp Pendleton. August, 1015. Photo by Vance Jacobs.

CAMP FOSTER, Japan – The Headquarters Marine Corps Marine Special Operations Command Screening Team visited with Marines May 19 on Camp Foster. HMST briefed the Marines on the requirements and process for joining MARSOC, as well as give an overview of MARSOC’s missions and operations. “This lets the Marines know that they have the option,” said Sgt. Leonid Mernenko, a …

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The 2016 ‘Best Rangers’ Came From the National Guard


FORT BENNING, GA – “I feel like it’s definitely his year,” said Megan Truett, sister of Capt. Robert Killian on Team 47, on April 15. She had been to the competition in previous years, unable to make it last year, but she knew she had to attend this year to see him win. Truett was right; it was her brother’s …

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Cultural Engagement Unit Helps Connect US SPECWAR, Partner Forces

CHINHAE South Korea (March 14, 2016) Special operations forces from the U.S. and South Korea participate in HRST/CAST training evolutions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul Coover)

SAN DIEGO, CA – In a cramped, second-deck passageway inside a nondescript building aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Sailors drenched in sweat are shuffling into various office spaces, dropping heavy gear with thuds before gingerly moving toward the exits. It’s late afternoon, and after a six-mile ruck run down the Silver Strand in Coronado, California, the Sailors are still only …

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SOF Compete for Best Sniper, Assault Team


FORT BRAGG, NC – The world’s elite special operations forces will converge on Fort Bragg in March for two uniquely specialized competitions hosted by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. The competitions are designed to challenge the best snipers and best assault teams from special-operations units, federal law enforcement agencies, as well as foreign-partner competitors. The 2016 USASOC International Sniper …

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