Special Operations News

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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SEAL Commander Speaks to SQT Graduates

CORONADO, CA — Vice Adm. Sean A. Pybus, deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, addressed an audience of SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) graduates, their families and Naval Special Warfare community members at the Naval Special Warfare Center Sept. 23. Pybus, nearing the end of a distinguished 37 year career as a SEAL graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in …

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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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