Special Operations News

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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SOCOM Commander Visits Air Commandos

RAF MILDENHALL, England (Tech. Sgt. Stacia Zachary) – U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, speaks to Air Commandos from the 352nd Special Operations Group during a town hall meeting Oct. 23, 2014, in Hangar 239 on RAF Mildenhall. Currently, Votel directs all U.S. Special Operations Forces and is in charge of organizing, training, equipping …

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Army Special Operations Seeking YG12 Officers

FORT BRAGG, NC – Special Forces, Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations are recruiting active duty officers from the year group 2012 to apply for the Army Special Operation Forces (ARSOF). ARSOF is looking for officers, men and women, who want to advance their careers through relevant operational experiences, working with specialized teams of professionals and have a strategic impact. ARSOF …

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SF Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FL (USASOC) – A soldier assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) died Sept. 30, 2014, as a result of a gunshot wound while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Tarrant Weathers was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th SFG (A) when he died as a result of a gunshot wound …

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Combat Aviation Advisors Attend Large-Scale Army Exercise

DUKE FIELD, FL (Samuel King) – To help meet the rigorous, time-consuming training requirements to become a fully qualified combat aviation advisor, Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center and the 919th Special Operations Wing sent Airmen to the U.S. Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center Sept. 7 for a monthlong, large-scale deployment simulation. For the first time, 14 special operations …

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Coast Guardsmen Train in Tactical Operations

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC ( Lance Cpl. Mark Watola) – The U.S. Coast Guard’s Special Missions Training Center trains deployable specialized forces to become Operators in the Basic Tactical Operations Course (BTOC) located at Courthouse Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “Tactical operators can go on a wide variety of missions,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Shane Goudswaard, a …

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