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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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Fuerzas Comando 2014 Kicks Off

Competitors get ready for Fuerzas Comando 2014

FORT TOLEMAIDA, Colombia – Special operations forces from 17 countries are participating in Fuerzas Comando 2014 at the Colombian National Training Center in Tolemaida, which started on July 23 and will end on July 31. Special operations and commando forces from Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad …

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Special Operations Forces Train During RIMPAC 2014

Littoral combat ship USS Independence participates in the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014

USS INDEPENDENCE, At Sea – Special operations forces from the U.S., the Republic of Korea and Peru conducted a covert training mission aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. The two-day scenario provided realistic and relevant training for both the special forces teams and the ship’s crew. Cmdr. …

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Versatile Special Operations Forces For New Threats

Special Operations Forces – a smaller footprint

Kicking down a door, a Romanian special operator recovers a hostage from an enemy fighter that just collapsed under the fire of incoming boats. He races back to his Danish and Norwegian companions and out across the water to Blackhawk helicopters waiting to fly them to safety. This show of force was a demonstration of multinational Special Operations Forces (SOF) …

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Emerald Warrior Hones SOF Skills

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HURLBURT FIELD, FL (Raquel Sanchez) – More than 1,500 Special Operations Forces from around the services participated in Emerald Warrior, a two-week joint service, interagency and partner nation exercise that concluded here May 9. Emerald Warrior leverages lessons learned from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom to provide trained and ready forces to combatant commanders. It is the Department of Defense’s …

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Pentagon: Special Ops Forces in Transition


WASHINGTON, DC (Jim Garamone) – Like the rest of the Defense Department, the special operations community is in transition, and officials are working on how best to shape the force for the future, a senior Pentagon official said here yesterday. Michael D. Lumpkin spoke at the National Defense Industrial Association’s 25th annual Special Operations/Low-intensity Conflict Symposium. He is the assistant …

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Rescue of Roy Hallums (2005)


Roy Hallums was an American contractor who was kidnapped in Iraq on November 1, 2004.  He was held in Iraq for 311 days and freed on September 7, 2005. On November 1, 2004, twenty gunmen stormed the compound where Hallums and his colleagues were working, in the upscale Mansour district of Baghdad. Hallums was taken hostage along with Roberto Tarongoy …

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