Special Operations News

2 Eglin F-15 pilots rescued by 1st Special Operations Wing

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) — Two F-15 Eagle pilots from Eglin Air Force Base were rescued Feb. 20 in the Gulf of Mexico. The pilots who were involved in an accident Feb. 20 were transported to medical facilities, and their condition is unknown at this time. They are assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB. The …

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SOCJFCOM continues to ready warfighters for global operations

(SUFFOLK, Va. – Feb. 19, 2008) — For 45 days, Army Master Sgt. Jeremy "Bo" Hoffman deployed to Afghanistan, where he served as the Joint Operations Center (JOC) non-commission officer-in-charge (NCOIC) in support of the 7th Special Forces Group. Hoffman is no stranger to the 7th Special Forces Group, having trained them at Ft. Bragg, N.C. prior to their deployment. …

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US training Pakistani Special Forces

The United States has confirmed that it has sent military advisers to Pakistan, in an effort to double the size of the country’s Special Forces. According to Mike Vickers, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, less than 100 American advisors are in Pakistan, focusing primarily on "target training" which includes assisting the Special Service Group (SSG) …

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Leap Frogs Jump into L.A. to Promote Fitness, Service

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, started off their schedule last week by promoting the first SEAL Fitness Challenge of 2008. Sponsored by Naval Special Warfare, the Challenge will tour colleges around the country to promote fitness and to encourage potential candidates to enlist and become a SEAL. During the Challenge entrants must finish …

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San Diego Air and Space Museum gets special warfare drones from SEALs

San Diego Air and Space Museum gets special warfare drones from SEALs1/26/2008 5:30:00 PMBy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michelle Kapica, Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs San Diego, Calif. (NNS) — Two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), previously used by Navy SEALs, were assigned a new mission at the San Diego Air and Space Museum Jan. 16. After four years …

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MARSOC Marines become first to earn title of “Lancero”

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2008) — During 73 days of some of the most physically arduous and mentally grueling training in all of the militaries around the world, two Marines from Marine Special Operations Advisor Group, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, persevered to become the first MARSOC Marines to earn the title of “Lancero.” …

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2009 USAF Budget Shows Increase for PJs

According to the February edition of the Air Force Times, the 2009 Air Force budget recognized some concerns coming from the Pararescue community. While the budget request indicated that the increase would not be spectacular, it would be still be higher than last years. Maj. Gen. Larry Spencer, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for budget stated, “We do …

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Marine Scout Snipers scope out new tactics

Marine Scout Snipers scope out new tactics 11th MEUCpl. Scott M. BiscuitiUDAIRI RANGE COMPLEX, Kuwait (Jan. 30, 2008) — Thanks to new sniping tactics picked up by Marine scout snipers in Kuwait, insurgents caught in their scopes are guaranteed to have a bad day. The Scout Sniper Platoon and Reconnaissance Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, …

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