Special Operations News

Votel Relinquishes Command of USSOCOM

TAMPA, FL (Michael Bottoms) – Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, presided over the time-honored change-of-command ceremony, attended by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. “For both Joe Votel and newly promoted Gen. Tony Thomas, their families have been a vital foundation, providing them the flexibility to answer their country’s call repeatedly and …

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Special Operations Force Evolves, Adapts to Changing Operational Landscape

WASHINGTON, DC (Terri Moon Cronk) – U.S. Special Operations Command’s personnel continue to learn, evolve and adapt to an operational landscape of rapidly shifting power based on competition and conflict, Socom commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel told the Senate Armed Forces Committee March 8, 2016. Such an atmosphere between state and nonstate actors is “increasingly ambiguous, transregional and multidimensional,” …

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Special Operators’ Challenges Call for New Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC (Terry Moon Cronk) — Expanding global conflicts require new priorities for U.S. special operations forces, the principal deputy assistant secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict told the House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee here yesterday. Theresa Whelan, performing the duties of the assistant secretary of defense for SOLIC, and  Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, …

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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

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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