Special Operations News

SOCOM Commander Visits Air Commandos

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

Active, reserve Airmen deploy for first Army readiness training

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

All clear! Coast Guardsmen train in Basic Tactical Operations Course

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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We are America’s Air Commandos


HURLBURT FIELD, FL (Lt. Col. Kristi Beckman)- “Air Commandos, we are one component of a very powerful joint special operations team,” said Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command. “We want to ensure that our teammates can always depend on us.” This message resonated clearly during a recent offsite where the command team got together to …

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Pacific Air Commandos Return to New Zealand


WHENUAPAI Air Base, New Zealand (Tech. Sgt. Dreyer) – Members from the 353rd Special Operations Group and the New Zealand Defense Force participated in Exercise Balance Net from July 17 until July 31 in Whenuapai, New Zealand. “This exercise marks the first time in almost three decades that the 353rd SOG has come to New Zealand to train side by …

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MARSOC Becomes Marine Raiders

The past aligned with the future: MARSOC becomes Marine Raiders

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (SSG Jefferson) – During World War II, four Marine Raider battalions and two Raider regiments were formed and saw action in the Pacific Theater between 1942 and 1944. Formed to conduct amphibious raids and guerrilla operations behind enemy lines, the Raider battalions were the United States’ first special operations units. The Raiders went on to participate in …

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MISOC Units Re-designate as PSYOP


FORT BRAGG, NC – All Military Information Support Operations Command (MISOC) units at Fort Bragg, N.C., have re-designated as Psychological Operations (PSYOP) units effective Aug.5, 2014. The former 4th and 8th Military Information Support Groups (Airborne) are now the 4th Psychological Operations Group (POG) (Airborne) and the 8th Psychological Operations Group (POG) (Airborne), with their subordinate units being called Psychological …

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Ranger MOH Recipient Retires

Barack Obama, Arthur Petry

LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA – Any service member who retires honorably from the military is an exceptional person. He or she voluntarily dedicated years of their life to preserve the freedom of the American people. Master Sgt. Leroy Petry, a Medal of Honor recipient, is an especially exceptional person. Petry retired from the Army July 23, 2014, in a ceremony at Evergreen …

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