Special Operations News

The Air National Guard’s ‘Quiet Professionals’

ARLINGTON, VA (SSG Darron Salzer) – When many people think of special operations forces, the first to come to mind include Navy SEALs, Marine Corps Reconnaissance Forces, or Army Rangers. “Air Force? No,” said Chief Master Sgt. Eric Degner, the Air National Guard’s pararescue career field functional manager. “Most people don’t even realize that the Air Force in general has any …

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SECDEF Statement on US Hostage Killed During SOF Raid

Yesterday, by order of the president of the United States, U.S. Special Operations Forces conducted a mission in Yemen to rescue a U.S. citizen, Luke Somers, and any other foreign nationals held hostage with him by Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorists. There were compelling reasons to believe Somers’ life was in imminent danger. Both Somers and a second …

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7th SFG Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

FORT BRAGG, NC (USASOC) – Staff Sgt. Matthew Ammerman, a native of Noblesville, Ind., was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) when he died Dec. 3, 2014, as a result of wounds received in combat. “Staff Sgt. Matthew Ammerman was an exceptional Soldier in all regards.  He showed himself to be a standout shortly after arrival in …

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320th STS PJ Remembered At Memorial Service

KADENA Air Base, Japan (Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer) – From a small special operations community a large group of people gathered to honor one man’s life. A memorial service was held Nov. 25 at Kadena Air Base for Tech. Sgt. Sean Barton, a pararescueman assigned to the 320th Special Tactics Squadron who died Oct. 30 from injuries sustained after a …

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Reconnaissance Corpsman Receives Navy Cross

CAMP PENDLETON, CA (CPL Joshua Murray) – Chief Petty Officer Justin A. Wilson, a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, was awarded the Navy Cross aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Nov. 25, 2014. The Navy Cross is the second highest valor award after the Medal of Honor …

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Otis Supports Special Operators

HURLBURT AFB, FL (CPL JR Heins) – Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 supported United States Special Operations Command with an aerial delivery and insertion at Hurlburt Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 24. Two KC-130J Super Hercules departed Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, traveling to Hurlburt, where 50 SOCOM operators and four Combat Rubber Raiding Craft were loaded onto the aircraft. …

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3rd SFG Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

FORT BRAGG, NC (USASOC)  – Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, of Bay City, Mich. died Nov. 14, 2014 of injuries sustained during combat operations in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. Cathcart was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Cathcart’s fifth deployment …

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TACP Receives Second Silver Star

POPE ARMY AIRFIELD, NC (1st Lt. Cheesman) – Master Sgt. Thomas Case, a tactical air control party Airman in the 18th Air Support Operations Group here, received his second Silver Star medal Nov. 13, 2014, for heroic actions during a 2009 deployment to Afghanistan. The Silver Star medal is the U.S. military’s third highest military decoration for valor. It is …

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USASOC Dedicates Building to ARSOF Legend

FORT BRAGG, NC (SSG Carter) – The U.S. Army Special Operations Command dedicated the new Special Operations Mission Training Center facility to a War World II Army Special Operations Forces legend during a building dedication ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C., Nov. 14, 2014. In memory of Col. Frederick Bradshaw, one of the founding members of the Alamo Scouts, friends and …

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“General Sam”: Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment

HAMPDEN SYDNEY, VA  (USASOC) – Retired Army Lt. Gen. Sam Wilson was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment during a private ceremony at the Wilson Center for Leadership on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College hosted by Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. Wilson, a …

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