Special Operations News

AFSOC Stands Up Air Warfare Center


DUKE FIELD, FL – The Air Force stood up the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center and hosted an assumption of command ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., Feb. 11. During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Jon Weeks assumed command of AFSOAWC, which is headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Fla. with operating locations at Duke Field and Robins Air Force Base, Ga. …

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Nightstalkers to be Presented With Valorous Awards


HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, GA – The 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) will host a valorous award ceremony Feb. 22, at 10 a.m., at the Truscott Air Terminal on Hunter Army Airfield. Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, United States Army Special Operations Command commanding general, will present the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with Valor …

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From Enlisted SEAL to Admiral


There are a finite number of Navy admirals who began their careers at the bottom of the rank totem pole, navigated their way through the enlisted ranks, earned a commission and rose to the top. One of the select few, who went from being the newest of new guys to earning ruffles and flourishes, walks amongst the NSW ranks –actually …

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Florida’s Special Forces Celebrate 50 Years


STARKE, FL – With so much history surrounding the 50th anniversary of the 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, and the unveiling of a monument honoring the soldiers and families of the battalion, it’s not surprising to see the love and admiration that is shown by the group of men who consider both past and present members of the unit …

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FBI HRT: 30 Years of Service


QUANTICO, VA – Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT)—federal law enforcement’s only full-time counterterrorism unit—a highly trained group of special agents often called upon during the toughest times. When needed, the team is prepared to deploy within four hours of notification to anywhere in the U.S. in response to terrorist incidents, hostage situations, …

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Marine Special Ops, Recon: Not Immediately Open to Women


WASHINGTON, DC – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta officially announced the end of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule excluding women from assignment to units and positions whose primary mission is to engage in direct ground combat, Jan. 24. “This milestone reflects the courageous and patriotic service of women through more than two centuries of American history …

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24th SOW Honors Latest Heroes


LEWIS MCCHORD, WA – The most combat-decorated Air Force unit since the end of the Vietnam War named more heroes Jan. 23-24 during medal presentation ceremonies at Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The 24th Special Operations Wing gained one Silver Star, six Bronze Star medals with Valor, and seven Bronze Star medals when …

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USASOC holds first UAS symposium


FORT BRAGG, NC – The United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Division co-hosted a day-long symposium Jan. 23with the USASOC Intelligence Directorate and United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC), inside the USASOC headquarters. During the symposium, subject-matter experts discussed the future of Special Operations UAS and how it’s important to the USASOAC Commander’s, …

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Special Operations in Africa


Col. George Bristol, a U.S. Marine with more than 37 years in the Corps and now the commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, has spent a great deal of his time in the Corps working in special operations, and in particular, working in Africa. “U.S. special-operations forces are without peer in their ability to look at, and …

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AFSOC Airmen Receive Sijan Award For Leadership


HURLBURT FIELD, FL – Three Air Force Special Operations Command Airmen at the tip of the spear received one of the Air Force’s most prestigious awards, the 2012 Lance P. Sijan USAF leadership award. The award recognizes Airmen who exemplify the highest forms of leadership not only at work but in the community and their personal lives. This is the …

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