Special Operations News

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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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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