Special Operations News

7th SFG Soldier Killed in Afghanistan


EGLIN AFB, FL – Staff Sgt. Andrew Trevor Britton-Mihalo, 26, of San Jose, Costa Rica, died April 25, 2012, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Andrew Trevor Britton-Mihalo was born on June 24, 1986, in San …

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SF Soldier Killed in Afghanistan


FORT BRAGG, NC – Staff Sgt. Brandon Forrest Eggleston, 29, of Candler, N.C. died when his mobility platform struck an improvised explosive device during a patrol April 26, 2012 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. and was deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. This was …

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MOH Recipient Receives Order of Lincoln Medallion


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and members of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois posthumously awarded Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller the Order of the Lincoln Medallion during their 48th Annual Convocation and Investiture of Laureates, Saturday, April 21. Seven citizens of Illinois, including Capt. James Lovell, the Commander of Apollo 13, were recognized for …

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VFW Named After Fallen Navy SEAL


LEMON GROVE, CA – Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2028 renamed its Lemon Grove station after a fallen SEAL, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor, during a rededication ceremony April 21. More than 100 guests, including six of Monsoor’s relatives and leadership from the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community attended the ceremony. During the ceremony, Rear Adm. Sean …

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Night Stalkers Compete For Top NCO, Soldier Title


FORT CAMPBELL, KY – A communications specialist and an aviation operations specialist took home the titles of NCO and Soldier of the Year in a four-day long competition that tested the mind and mettle of Soldiers from the 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (Airborne), April 2-5. The two winners were announced during an awards presentation in front of their peers …

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USSOCOM Marks 25th Anniversary


FORT BRAG, NC – April 25, 1980, was a defining moment for Special Operations as the tragic news of the failed Desert One mission became known that day. President Jimmy Carter announced a secret rescue mission for the Iranian hostages had failed; eight American servicemen were dead and several others were seriously injured. The tragedy at Desert One and problems …

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Rangers to Receive Awards For Afghan Role

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD – U.S. Army Rangers from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment will be recognized for their combat actions in a combat awards ceremony at Tacoma Exhibition Hall in the Tacoma Dome May 10 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event. Among the awards scheduled to be presented are Bronze Star Medals for valor, Joint …

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Special Operations Team Wins 2012 Best Ranger


FORT BENNING, GA – A team from the United States Army Special Operations Command won the 29th Annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition, here, today. Team 36, which was comprised of Master Sgt. Kevin Foutz and Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Payne, took the top spot among the 34 Ranger teams who completed the day three events on Harmony …

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US Army Ranger Killed in Combat


FORT BRAGG, NC — A U.S. Army Ranger was killed in action April 14, during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins, 23, was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. Higgins was killed by direct fire from enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations …

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Combat Controller Awarded AF Cross For Heroism


ARLINGTON, VA – Air Force Capt. Barry Crawford, a Maryland Air National Guard member from the 175th Wing, who fought in and survived a 14-hour firefight in 2010, was presented the Air Force Cross during a ceremony at the Pentagon today. According to the certificate that is accompanying the Air Force Cross – which is the second highest military award …

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