Special Operations News

Special Forces Soldier Killed in Afghanistan


WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Special Forces soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, of Takoma Park, Maryland, died Oct. 4 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device that exploded during dismounted operations. The incident is under investigation. Thomas was a …

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20th SOS Salutes Veteran Green Hornets


DAYTON, OH – The 20th Special Operations Squadron paid tribute to its squadron veterans during the Green Hornet Dedication ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Sept. 15, 2016.A CV-22 Osprey, assigned to the 20th SOS at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., landed in front of the museum and was on …

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USASOC, Nation Honors the Families of Fallen Soldiers


FORT BRAGG, NC (SGT Kyle Fisch)- The U.S. began observing Gold Star Mother’s Day on the last Sunday of September in 1936 with a declaration made by the 74th U.S. Congress. “Whereas the American mother is doing so much for the home and for the moral and spiritual uplift of the people of the United States and hence so much …

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The Updated SWCC Insignia


WASHINGTON, DC – The current SWCC qualification insignia is being replaced with three separate insignias to denote the level of qualification achieved individually by SWCC Sailors. The new insignias are SWCC Basic, SWCC Senior, and SWCC Master.  Effective 19 August 2016, SWCC Sailors are authorized to wear the new insignia commensurate with their level of qualification. The new insignias will …

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US Army Ranger Died During Training Exercise

Avonye John Cavon Chisolm

FORT STEWART, GA (Tracy Baily) -A U.S. Army Ranger died as the result of injuries sustained during an airborne proficiency jump August 24 at Galahad Drop Zone. Staff Sgt. Avonye John Cavon Chisolm, 26, sustained serious injuries during the airborne operation; he was transported to the nearest military treatment facility; then air-lifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia. …

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1st Special Forces Group Soldier Dies in Afghanistan


Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA – Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, 28, of Irvine, California, died Aug. 23, 2016, of wounds received from an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Thompson was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. This was Thompson’s first deployment to Afghanistan in support of …

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MARSOC Raiders Adopt New Insignia


WASHINGTON, DC – Marines serving in the military occupational specialties of critical skills operators (0372) and special operations officers (0370), are now authorized to wear the newly created breast insignia. This change will be reflected in updates to Marine Corps Orders 1200.17E and P1020.34G. The new uniform item, now referred to as “Marine Special Operator Insignia,” will be awarded to …

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SOCSOUTH Enhance Command, Control Interoperability During Panamax 16


HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, FL (Maj. Cesar H. Santiago) – Special Operations Command South hosted military personnel from the partner countries of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama and Peru from July 25 – Aug. 4 during this year’s Panamax in Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. PANAMAX is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise focused on ensuring the …

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MARSOC Rededicates School House in Honor of Fallen Raider Hero


CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (CPT Nicholas Mannweiler) – Gifford, a native of Palm Bay, Fla., served as a sniper instructor at the school prior to serving as the chief of a Marine Special Operations Team. As the senior enlisted Marine in the 14-man team, Gifford was responsible for leading a select group of special operations personnel both in training and in …

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MARSOC Raiders to Receive New Commander

Major Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, takes his position during the MARSOC re-designation ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 19, 2015. The ceremony was held to officially adopt the name Marine Raider, carrying on the heritage and legacy passed along by the Raiders of World War II. During the ceremony, the units' colors were cased and their new colors were unveiled.

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (CPT Nicholas Mannweiler) – The Marine Raiders of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command will welcome their new commander, Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III, the sixth officer to hold the position, in a ceremony, here, Tuesday. Mundy comes to the command with extensive experience in integrating Marines with Naval and Joint partners, having just finished …

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