Special Operations News

Navy SEAL Dedicates Medal of Honor to Fallen Friend


WASHINGTON, DC (Terry Moon Cronk)— When President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward C. Byers Jr. at the White House yesterday, he said Byers could be defined by his deep sense of humility and as someone who doesn’t seek the spotlight. Byers, who received the military’s highest honor for his gallantry in …

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3/75 Rangers Exercise CAS with F-35A

An Army Ranger from the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment looks through a laser range finder to determine a target’s distance on Santa Rosa Island, Fla., Feb. 11, 2016. The team uses specialized equipment, operational techniques and multiple modes of infiltration to capture or destroy hostile forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrea Posey)

GLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FL (Airman 1st Class Posey) – Although the U.S. Air Force separated from the U.S. Army on September 18, 1947, the two forces have a long history of working together to dominate the sky and ground in combat. This tradition continues today with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment’s recent visit to Eglin to conduct …

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‘Viking’ Raider’s Legacy Remembered at Celebration of Life


CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (SGT Gamero) – During a Celebration of Life ceremony, family, friends and fellow Raiders gathered to honor the life and legacy of retired Master Sgt. Eden M. Pearl, at the Base Theater aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, Feb. 19, 2016. Master Sgt. Pearl succumbed to his wounds on Dec. 20, 2015, more than six years …

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Army Reveals Plan to Integrate Women Into Each MOS, Special Forces


WASHINGTON , DC – Acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley told lawmakers the Army is opening the door to every job a Soldier can hold regardless of gender. “This is the right decision for our Army,” said Murphy, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee today. “The personal courage and selfless service …

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SEAL Team One Plank Owner Remembered


SAN DIEGO, CA (NSWC) – The United States Navy is famously based in history and tradition. Indeed, many Naval customs date back to the service’s formation in 1775, predating even the creation of the country. Yet in the case of Naval Special Warfare, the first men to be called Navy SEALs crafted their own traditions in the early 1960s – …

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MARSOC Marine Awarded Silver Star


CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (SGT Donovan Lee) – Staff Sgt. Robert T. Van Hook, critical skills operator, 2d Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Raider Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, was awarded the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 15, 2016, for his actions in Afghanistan. Van Hook was …

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1st SOW Airmen Commended for Courage


HURLBURT FIELD, FL (Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) – Two 1st Special Operations Wing Airmen have been nominated for the 2015 Cheney Award by distinguishing themselves through conspicuous acts of valor during an aerial flight while deployed in support of combat and humanitarian operations. Maj. Matthew Gidley and Staff Sgt. John Minnich, lead pilot and flight engineer with the 8th Expeditionary …

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USSOCOM Statement on Women in Service Review Decision


WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of Defense Carter announced his final determination to fully integrate all military positions, career fields, and specialties to women.  USSOCOM would like to take this opportunity to stand behind Secretary Carter’s decision, and fully support opening all special operations specialties and units to female service members. By the original order in January 2013, all the Services …

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Army Ranger Killed During Training Exercise


FORT STEWART, GA – A U.S. Army Ranger died Dec. 9, 2015, during a squad live fire exercise at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Cpl. Andrew A. Aimesbury, 21, was seriously wounded during a live fire exercise and medevaced to the nearest treatment facility where he died of his wounds. The incident is under investigation. Aimesbury was assigned to Company D, 1st …

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US Army to Open Special Forces, Infantry to Women


WASHINGTON, DC – A total of 19 military occupational specialties in the Army will open to women beginning early next year. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Dec. 3 that women who qualify will be able to serve in any job, anywhere in the military. He directed the Army and other services to provide an implementation plan by Jan. 1. …

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