Special Operations News

1st Special Forces Group Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA – Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, 28, of Irvine, California, died Aug. 23, 2016, of wounds received from an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Thompson was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. This was Thompson’s first deployment to Afghanistan in support of …

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MARSOC Raiders Adopt New Insignia

WASHINGTON, DC – Marines serving in the military occupational specialties of critical skills operators (0372) and special operations officers (0370), are now authorized to wear the newly created breast insignia. This change will be reflected in updates to Marine Corps Orders 1200.17E and P1020.34G. The new uniform item, now referred to as “Marine Special Operator Insignia,” will be awarded to …

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SOCSOUTH Enhance Command, Control Interoperability During Panamax 16

HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, FL (Maj. Cesar H. Santiago) – Special Operations Command South hosted military personnel from the partner countries of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama and Peru from July 25 – Aug. 4 during this year’s Panamax in Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. PANAMAX is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise focused on ensuring the …

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MARSOC Rededicates School House in Honor of Fallen Raider Hero

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (CPT Nicholas Mannweiler) – Gifford, a native of Palm Bay, Fla., served as a sniper instructor at the school prior to serving as the chief of a Marine Special Operations Team. As the senior enlisted Marine in the 14-man team, Gifford was responsible for leading a select group of special operations personnel both in training and in …

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MARSOC Raiders to Receive New Commander

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (CPT Nicholas Mannweiler) – The Marine Raiders of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command will welcome their new commander, Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III, the sixth officer to hold the position, in a ceremony, here, Tuesday. Mundy comes to the command with extensive experience in integrating Marines with Naval and Joint partners, having just finished …

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As Terrorists Evolve, So Does USASOC

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

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

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

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

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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