Special Operations News

Special Tactics Airman Receives Medal Upgrade to Air Force Cross

HURLBURT FIELD, FL (Capt. Katrina Cheesman) – A combat controller will receive the Air Force’s highest combat medal for extraordinary heroism, after a service-wide review of medals awarded since 9/11.The Air Force Cross will be presented to Staff Sgt. Christopher Baradat, now separated, who had received the Silver Star medal for his essential role in rescuing 150 coalition members in …

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Battle of Mogadishu Hero Passes

HURLBURT FIELD, FL – A former Special Tactics combat controller responsible for saving dozens at the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, was laid to rest Dec. 30, leaving behind a far-reaching legacy of valor, professionalism and combat success.Nearly 100 friends, family and teammates gathered to honor the Silver Star medal recipient, retired Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Bray at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. …

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PSYOP CSM Hosts Polish PSYOP Leader to Build Partnership

FORT BRAGG, NC – For the month of October, Command Sgt. Major Wojciech Labuz could not be caught on his own. Whether conducting physical training, working at his desk or overseeing an airborne operation, the Polish native had the constant company of large, silent shadow. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jan Wenda, senior enlisted advisor of the Polish army’s Central Psychological …

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Newest Rangers Don Their Tan Berets

FORT BENNING, GA – Forty-two Soldiers from 12 career fields earned the title of U.S. Army Ranger and donned the coveted tan beret upon completion of the eight-week 75th Ranger Regiment Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1 class on Nov. 23 in a ceremony held at Fort Benning’s Marshall Auditorium in McGinnis-Wickham Hall. Sergeant Major Ret. Tom Fuller provide the …

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EOD Member Identified as First American Killed in Syria

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – A Sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) Two based in Virginia Beach, died Nov. 24 after wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast in northern Syria. Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton was serving with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. “We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family …

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Combat Controller Continues Special Tactics Legacy of Valor

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA (Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) – Their mission was to return power to the people of Kabul. But what started as a peaceful venture ended in a 14-hour firefight, with one Airman using airpower to turn the tide of the battle. Staff Sgt. Keaton Thiem, a combat controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, ventured out into …

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DoD Identifies Special Forces Casualties

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two U.S. Special Forces Soldiers have been identified as the two servicemen who died during operations in the Kunduz district, Kunduz Province, Nov. 3, 2016. Capt. Andrew D. Byers, 30, and Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, succumbed to wounds. Both Soldiers were with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Carson, Colorado. The service …

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Special Operation Forces Integrate Into AWA 17.1

FORT BLISS, TX – Soldiers assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, participated in the inaugural Army Warfighting Assessment (AWA 17.1), a Soldier-led assessment held in the rigorous and realistic operational training environment found here and at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico from Oct. 17-28. The 1st SFG (A) Commander, Col. Will Beaurpere, described several …

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John F. Kennedy Wreath Laying Ceremony 2016

FORT MEADE, MD – A Soldier walk slowly with precision towards a target, his blue dress pants tucked neatly into his jump boots reflecting the bright sun, his chest heavy with glistening awards, a green beret sits atop his pristine haircut, his hands clutched tightly onto the item intended for the target. On October 19, 2016 a wreath was laid …

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First Airmen in Afghanistan: America’s Response to Terror Attacks

HURLBURT FIELD, FL (CPT Katrina Cheesman) – Fifteen years ago today, the first Airman stepped foot into Afghanistan with the mission to topple the Taliban. The rubble of the Twin Towers was still smoldering with rescue crews working through the devastation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when Special Tactics set out help liberate the Afghanistan people, alongside U.S. Army Special …

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