Special Operations News

Senior Chief Kyle Milliken Identified As Navy SEAL Casualty

WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a U.S. Navy sailor who was in support of a Somali National Army-led operation with U.S. Africa Command. Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, 38, of Falmouth, Maine, was killed during an operation against al-Shabaab on May 5 in a remote area approximately 40 miles west of …

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Mattis Honors Army Rangers Killed in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC – The two Army Rangers who died Thursday in Afghanistan willingly went into harm’s way to fight the enemy and defend the United States and its freedoms, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement Friday. “The families and fellow Rangers of Sgt. Joshua ‘Josh’ Rodgers and Sgt. Cameron Thomas have my respect and sympathies,” Mattis said. Rodgers, …

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US Army Special Operations Rangers Killed in Combat

FORT BRAGG, NC – Two U.S. Army Rangers were killed in action April 27 in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, during combat operations in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Killed were: Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, who was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, who was assigned to …

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USSOCOM Remembers ANZAC Day

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, FL – U.S. and international military partners, family and friends gathered around a dimly lit beach on MacDill Air Force Base, Florida at sunrise for an Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day commemoration service April 25. Anzac Day is always honored on April 25 and marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by …

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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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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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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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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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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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