Special Operations News

As Terrorists Evolve, So Does USASOC

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FORT BRAGG, NC (Sgt Kyle Fisch) – The success of the Army’s anti-terrorism program is largely based on the implementation of the program’s principles at the lowest level, in order to do that the Army needs trained professionals specializing in the constantly changing threat paradigm. U.S. Army Special Operations Command hosted its second annual U.S. Army Special Operations Forces’ Advanced …

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Dedicated Father, Airman Laid to Rest

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ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, VA (Ryan Conroy) – Two months after the tragic and sudden passing of Lt. Col. William “Bill” Schroeder, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard laid him to rest with full military honors June 16, at the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. More than 100 family members, teammates and service members attended the service to honor Schroeder, who was …

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Not All Airmen Fly: TACPS Are Best of Both Worlds

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA (SGT Cody Quinn) – Spend a moment on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and you will hear the siren wail of an Air Force jet pierce the sky. The steady roar from McChord Air Field has become part of the daily rhythm for area residents.  It would be easy to assume the Air Force’s sole focus is putting …

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Green Beret Earns Silver Star for Heroism

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FORT CARSON, CO (SSG Jordan Weir) – Crouched in the kill zone with a rifle in one hand and a grenade launcher in the other, Sgt. 1st Class Richard “Rich” Harris prepared to fight to the death to protect his fallen comrade. On Sept. 13, 2011, Harris, a weapons sergeant with a Special Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA) assigned to 10th Special …

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Special Operations Command Europe Changes Leadership

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STUTTGART, Germany — Today on Washington Square, Patch Barracks, Air Force Maj. Gen. Gregory Lengyel said goodbye to the service members and civilians he led for two years. Lengyel led Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians as commander of Special Operations Command Europe. In traditional military custom, the unit’s colors were passed from U. S. European Command Commander Army Gen. …

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That Others May Live: Silver Star For Fallen Airman

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HURLBURT FIELD, FL  (Sr Airman Ryan Conroy) – In the twilight hours of an August Wednesday morning in Afghanistan, a Special Tactics Airman distinguished himself as a hero. After a long day of airfield operations on an unsecured landing zone, Capt. Matthew Roland, a Special Tactics officer assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, volunteered to drive the lead vehicle …

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Fallen Special Tactics Officer to Receive Silver Star

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HURLBURT FIELD, FL (Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) — Nearly 10 months after he was killed in action, Capt. Matthew R. Roland will be posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal, the nation’s third-highest valorous combat decoration, for actions taken before his death Aug. 26, 2015, in Afghanistan. The medal will be presented during a small ceremony here, June 1, to the …

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SOF Builds Relationships for Tomorrow’s Battles

Brig. Gen. James D. Craig, Special Operations Command Central deputy commanding general joins Brig. Gen. Mohammed Al-Zboon, CJSOTF commander for mansaf, a traditional dish in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, May 21.  Gen. Craig visited U.S. and Jordanian Special Operations Forces during Exercise Eager Lion 2016, a bi-lateral exercise between the Jordanian Armed Forces and the U.S. Military designed to strengthen relationships and interoperability between partner nations.  (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Tiffany M. Collins/Released)

AMMAN, Jordan (Maj Tiffany Hall) — The necessity for this bond [between the U.S. and Jordan] forged over 60 years ago has never been more evident and vital than in today’s unconventional fight against daesh. This year’s Exercise Eager Lion 2016 saw its originators focusing internally on one another. Although, in its sixth iteration, this is only the second time …

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Special Forces Command Honors Fallen

Brig. Gen. John Deedrick Deputy Commanding General for the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) commands the Color Guard to present the Colors during the 1st SFC(A) 48th annual Memorial Day ceremony on  May 25, 2016 on Fort Bragg, NC. Services Members and families attended the annual Memorial Day ceremony to honor fallen Soldiers of 1SFC(A) and veterans from the Special Forces Association.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Young/Released)

FT BRAGG, NC (SFC Ronald Hall) — Greek philosopher Socrates once stated, “No man is truly dead until he is no longer remembered.” The 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) and the Special Forces Association hold that saying to heart as they ensured the fallen members and veterans of the 1st SFC (A) remain immortalized forever. Families, friends, and Soldiers gathered …

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US SOF, Afghan Commandos Rescue Pakistani Prime Minister’s Son

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KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. special operations forces and Afghan commandos today rescued Ali Haider Gilani, son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, during a partnered raid in the Giyan district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province, U.S. Forces Afghanistan officials said.  He had been held hostage since he was kidnapped three years ago in Pakistan. Under Operation Freedom’s Sentinel authority, …

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