Special Operations News

To Hell and Back: The Bala Murghab Saga

BALA MURGHAB, Afghanistan – For some, coming home means flag-waving crowds, cheers and parades. For others, there is no real coming home, just a struggle to adapt to who they’ve become and make sense of what they’d done. I’m an Air Force photojournalist, a Wounded Warrior and Purple Heart recipient, and not ashamed to admit it. I’ve been involved in …

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MOH Recipients Inducted into USSOCOM Hall of Honor

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, FL – A crowd of several hundred onlookers watched as the names of two Special Operators who earned the Nation’s highest military award were unveiled on the black granite walls of the Special Operations Memorial here March 27. The ceremony was to honor Medal of Honor recipients Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry and Army Staff …

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Silent Quest: A Plan For Future Warfare

FORT BRAGG, NC – The United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) held an exercise recently to help determine the command’s Future Operating Concept. The exercise or Wargame, known as Silent Quest, is part of a series of exercises and events that will test concepts within the command. Silent Quest is a learning opportunity that falls within the framework of …

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Rangers Recognized For Valor

LACEY, WA – Family, friends and soldiers gathered at Saint Martin’s Marcus Pavilion March 20 for a valorous award ceremony to recognize and award soldiers for their combat achievements in Afghanistan. Two soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., were presented Silver Stars. Members of the battalion also received seven Bronze Star Medals …

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One SEAL Dead, One Injured in Parachute Training Accident

SAN DIEGO,CA – Two members of an East Coast based Naval Special Warfare unit were involved in a training accident in the vicinity of Pinal Airpark in Marana, Az. on March 28 at approximately 12:30 p.m. Naval Special Warfare Command announced today the name of the service member killed in the accident. Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle, age …

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NSW Assists Honduras to Establish Elite Maritime Unit

TRUJILLO, Honduras – With a rate of 86 people killed for every 100,000 inhabitants, Honduras is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world according to statistics from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report in 2011. With a murder rate four times higher than Mexico, these alarming numbers depict a nation where violence is part …

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Afghan Commandos Support USSF During Jalrez Attack

WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan commandos from 3rd Company, 6th Special Operations Kandak (SOK) conducted a unilateral mission to support U.S. Special Forces (USSF) during a quick reaction force operation to Jalrez district, March 11. U.S. Special Forces were responding to an incident in which an individual wearing an Afghan National Police uniform opened fire on a group of Afghan …

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SF Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

FORT BRAGG, NC – Captain Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel, 28 , of Madison, CT, died March 11, of wounds received from small arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Company B , 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC, and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Pedersen-Keel was commissioned as an Infantry Officer …

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Noble Argus Foundation Releases Scholarship Criteria

WASHINGTON, DC – The Noble Argus Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, today released its criteria for awarding its first-ever academic scholarships in 2013. The organization, created with a dedication to ease the financial burden that soaring educational costs place on the families of our military’s elite warriors, provides financial assistance for education to the children and spouses of past and …

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Seabees Support Special Ops Task Force

KABUL, Afghanistan – Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCB), also known as Seabees, and Special Operations Forces (SOF) have a long history of working together and this relationship has been strengthened over the last several months at Camp Phoenix, in Kabul. A detail of Seabees, from NMCB 133, based out of Gulfport, Miss., traveled to Kabul from Helmand province to assist …

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