Special Operations News

That Others May Live: Silver Star For Fallen Airman

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

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

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

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

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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US Navy SEAL Killed in Iraq

WASHINGTON, DC — A US Navy SEAL advising and assisting peshmerga forces in Iraq was killed by enemy fire north of Mosul today. Defense Secretary Ash Carter — in Germany for this morning’s U.S. European Command change of command and to convene a meeting of his counterparts whose nations are leading the effort to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq …

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US, Ukraine Discuss Future of Special Ops in Ukraine

STUTTGART, GERMANY (SFC Patterson) – Commander of Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), Maj. Gen. Gregory Lengyel and the staff and components of SOCEUR hosted Maj. Gen. Ihor Lunyov, commander of Ukrainian Special Operations Forces Command (SOFCOM) and members of his staff in Stuttgart, Germany on 26 April 2016. The visit consisted of briefings and discussions at the SOCEUR Headquarters on …

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MARSOC Sergeant Major Passes Legacy Forward

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (SGT Donovan Lee) – United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, bid farewell to one sergeant major and welcomed another during a relief and appointment ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 22. Sergeant Maj. John W. Scott, relinquished his duties as sergeant major of MARSOC to Sgt. Maj. Doug Schaefer. …

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SOCOM Inducts Five New Members into the Commando Hall of Honor

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, FL (Tech Sgt Angelita Lawrence) — The U.S. Special Operations Command inducted five former special operators into the USSOCOM Commando Hall of Honor located at the USSOCOM headquarters, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, April 20. More than 100 people attended the ceremony to honor the inductees and watched as each of the inductees received a medal …

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Combat Aviation Advisors: Strong, Silent, Professional

DUKE FIELD, FL (1st Lt. Monique Roux) – A small team of Airmen arrive at a foreign airfield as the sun peaks over the horizon. They have been flying for hours and fighting their internal clocks to stay awake. They are Air Commandos, Combat Aviation Advisors, and they are the quiet professionals. “We have to be strong, but silent,” explains …

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