Special Operations News

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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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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