Special Operations News

Special Warfare Education Group Activates HQ Company

FORT BRAGG, NC – The newly established Special Warfare Education Group (Airborne) formally activated its Headquarters and Headquarters Company during a ceremony May 1 on Fort Bragg, N.C., taking another step toward building a fully manned and equipped organization dedicated to educating U.S. Army special-operations Soldiers. Col. Paul Ott, the SWEG(A) Commander, officially entrusted Capt. Geoffrey Childs with command of …

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Special Forces Soldiers Run Among World's Elite

FORT CAMPBELL, KY – Soldiers from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) took advantage of an opportunity provided by the Boston Athletic Association and the Massachusetts State Police to run in the prestigious Boston Marathon April 16. The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) reserves a number of complimentary slots for the marathon strictly for military service members. The number of slots …

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CAPEX 2012 Showcases Special Operations

FORT BRAGG, NC – Past and present service members, along with local and regional community leaders, gained private access into the realm of U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) to experience what makes these quiet professionals such a lethal force. The 2012 USASOC Capabilities Exercise gave the leaders from command located on Ft. Bragg, N.C., the opportunity to host a …

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MARSOC Marine Receives Silver Star Posthumously

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC – The family of the late Sgt. William J. Woitowicz, a former native of Groton, Mass., were presented with the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest honor for combat valor, during a 10:30 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, April 28, at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Va., in front of family, friends and fellow Marines. …

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SECDEF Civic Leaders Get Look Inside AFSOC

HURLBURT FIELD, FL – For one of the visitors, an inside look at Air Force Special Operations Command prompted a return to childhood. Dr. Terry Barber’s eyes were wide as he described his participation in a night operations scenario during his recent AFSOC tour. “My description to some of my friends was, I have died and reincarnated as my 12-year-old …

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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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