Training

Elite Special Operations Forces Simulate Raid on Hijacked Tanker

KUWAIT –  Elite military special forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council,  and the U.S. conducted a simulated rapid response to the hijacking of the motor tanker, or oil tanker, the Hadiyah, April 3, in Kuwait territorial waters. Special forces teams from the GCC, and U.S. Naval Special Warfare and rigid-hull inflatable boat teams simulated an air and sea-borne rapid insertion, …

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ARNG Helicopter Task Force Hones Skills With SOCEUR

STUTTGART, Germany- During the month of August, Special Operations Command Europe and adjacent units conducted fast-rope insertion and extraction system training, and military free-fall with the support of an Army National Guard Helicopter Task force. Army National Guard UH-60L black hawk pilots and crew chiefs from Colorado, Kansas and Utah assisted the special forces members of 1st Battalion 10th Special …

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SOF Train Alongside Allied SOF During Allied Spirit VI

STUTTGART, Germany – Special operations forces joined over 3,000 service members representing 15 NATO and partner nations to participate in exercise Allied Spirit VI at 7th Army Training Command’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 8-31, 2017. Allied Spirit VI is a multinational exercise training service members representing the NATO and partner nations of Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, …

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Emerald Warrior 2017 Exercise Begins

HURLBURT FIELD, FL – Several hundred U.S. and partner-nation military members kicked off the 10th iteration of Emerald Warrior here Feb. 27. Emerald Warrior is an annual Department of Defense exercise that focuses on irregular warfare and hones special operations forces air and ground combat skills. The two-week exercise will run until March 10, and it will allow participants to …

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Flintlock 17 Begins

DIFFA, Niger – Exercise Flintlock 2017 kicked off in Diffa, Niger Feb. 27, 2017. This is the second time Niger has hosted Flintlock since 2005. Niger is one of seven host nations which include Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia. Flintlock is an annual, multinational Special Operations Forces exercise designed to reinforce the military capabilities of participating nations. …

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Coalition Leaders Review Iraqi Ranger Training at Camp Taji

CAMP TAJI, Iraq –The Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) – Operation Inherent Resolve’s (OIR) command sergeant major, reviewed the Iraqi Ranger training program during a visit to Task Group Taji, Jan. 23. Soldiers from New Zealand and Australia direct the training at Camp Taji – one of four building partner capacity locations run by Coalition forces to enhance the readiness …

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SERE, DAGRE, Aircrew Practice Personnel Recovery Ops

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – The jungle floor is slick and damp, making traversing the terrain markedly difficult, especially when you are not only attempting to evade opposition, but also recover personnel. Survival, escape, resist and evade (SERE) specialists and deployed aircraft ground response element (DAGRE) team members from the 353rd Special Operations Group, members of the 17th Special Operations …

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Recon Marines Honor Fallen Brothers During Warrior Challenge 2016

OKINAWA, Japan – The day before Thanksgiving, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, an impressive unit of the United States Marine Corps, held their annual Warrior Challenge, which honors Marines from the battalion who have been killed in action. The day started at 5:30 a.m. and consisted of a nine-mile ruck with several stations throughout the course that challenged these Marines physically and …

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Jackal Stone 2016 Strengthens Ties in Georgia

TBLISI, Georgia – U.S. Special Forces Soldiers and forces from the State Security Services of Georgia participated in exercise Jackal Stone 2016, here during the first two weeks of August. The exercise was designed to stress and build interoperability between U.S. and Georgian counter terrorism forces and interagency partners while providing mission command nodes the opportunity to exercise their systems. …

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Special Forces Support Soldiers Get Tactical Tune-up at Two-Week Course

TORII STATION, Okinawa – The first sergeant’s words bounced off the shoot house walls like the sim-rounds being fired through the Special Forces support Soldier’s rifles. “We need you to be enablers. To enable, you must be able to enhance our Special Forces missions. In order to do that, you must shoot, move and communicate … in that order, ” …

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