Special Operations

Army Special Operations Recruiting Center Opens

FORT BRAGG, NC (USASOC)  – A significant milestone for Army Special Operations was reached on Nov. 21, 2014, when Special Operations Soldiers, recruiters, family and friends gathered at the Special Operations Recruiting Center Grand Opening. The event began with a free fall parachuting demonstration from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers.  Distinguished guest, Brig. Gen. Ferdinand Irizarry II, …

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Capture of Benghazi Mastermind (2014)

On June 15, 2014, the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta Force) captured suspected Benghazi ring leader Ahmed Abu Khattala in a covert mission in Libya. Khattala was an Islamist militia commander in Libya, who commanded extremist group Ansar al-Sharia. He is suspected of participating in the 2012 Benghazi attack on the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, in …

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Operation White Star (1959)

Operation White Star was the code name for a United States military advisory mission to Laos during the first years of the Second Indochina War, which would eventually become known in the United States as the Vietnam War. The purpose was to train the Royal Laotian Army as well as indigenous Hmong, and Yao tribesmen to fight the Pathet Lao …

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Operation Viking Hammer (2003)

Operation Viking Hammer was a unconventional warfare operation that involved US Army Special Forces during the Iraq War. The operation took place in the northern part of the country, commonly known as Iraq Kurdistan. The goal of the operation was to eliminate the Ansar al-Islam terrorist as they had occupied parts of Kurdistan. Background Ansar al-Islam was an Islamist terrorist …

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Morning Glory Seizure (2014)

On March 16, 2014, US Navy SEALs boarded and took control of  commercial tanker ship ‘Morning Glory’ that was seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans. “No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces, at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments, boarded and took control of the commercial tanker ‘Morning Glory,’ a stateless vessel seized earlier …

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Objective Bastogne (2001)

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, 3rd Ranger Battalion was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On the night of October 19, 2001 portions of Companies A and C conducted a daring low-level parachute assault onto Objective Rhino, a desert airfield in south-western Afghanistan, in order to capture key logistical information. During follow-on missions, forces …

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Operation Thursday (1944)

Operation THURSDAY began on March 5, 1944, when the first C-47 launched from India towing two overloaded gliders filled with Wingate’s troops, equipment, and supplies.  A total of 26 transports towing gliders comprised the first wave.  The gliders, carrying from 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of excess weight, strained the C-47 tow planes and ropes and caused significant problems. With eight …

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Battle of Shewan (2008)

The Battle of Shewan was a military engagement between Coalition forces and Taliban insurgents that took place on August 8, 2008, near the village of Shewan in Farah Province, Afghanistan. On the 8th of August 2008, Golf Company, 2nd platoon, 2nd Battalion 7th Marines, elements from 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, were ambushed by approximately 250-350 Taliban fighters armed with small arms, …

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Raid at Cabanatuan (1945)

The Raid at Cabanatuan was a rescue of Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and civilians from a Japanese camp near Cabanatuan City, in the Philippines. On January 30, 1945, during World War II, United States Army Rangers, Alamo Scouts, and Filipino guerrillas liberated more than 500 from the POW camp. After the surrender of tens of thousands of American troops …

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Octave Fusion (2012)

In a mission codenamed Octave Fusion, on January 24, 2012, SEAL Team Six successfully rescued an American woman and a Danish man who had been detained by Somali bandits in north-central Somalia. Jessica Buchanan, 32, and Poul Hagen Thisted, 60, had been abducted around the area of Galkayo three months earlier while working as aid workers helping to remove land …

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