A MEDEVAC crew conducts training during exercise Southern Strike 2018 in Mississippi. (Photo from U.S. Army National Guard video by SPC Jovi Prevot, November 2, 2017).

Video – Southern Strike 2018

November 14, 2017 SOF News 0

Video – Southern Strike 2018. A large-scale, joint multi-national combat exercise incorporating various units from the special operations community is a vehicle for providing tactical level training for full spectrum conflict. The exercise was conducted in November 2017 in southern […]

Afghan soldier undergoing Commando training at Camp Morehead, Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by RS HQs, Nov 11, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171113

November 13, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171113 – Language and culture training for the Army, medical care for 19th SFGA redeploying from Afghanistan is lacking, CANSOF and mental health challenges, Special Operations Policy Forum 2017, Drone Warriors, video on Afghan Special Service Forces, […]

Afghan Commando Trainee during training at the Commando Qualification Course. Photo by Senior Airman Sean Carnes, NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan (NSOCC-A) on November 7, 2017 at Camp Commando.

Afghanistan Update 20171110

November 10, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghanistan Update 20171110 – Thomas Ruttig writes on current conflict, Pakistan’s border fence, NATO troop increase, the third “A” in TA3E, Pakistan still not helpful, reducing voter fraud, getting the Taliban to the negotiating table, 16,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan […]

Members of the 321st Special Tactics Squadron (STS) perform a free fall parachute jump from an MC-130J Commando II. (Photo by Staff Sgt Philip Steiner, USAF).

Special Operations News Update 20171109

November 9, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171109 – ANASOC graduates more SF soldiers, Russia’s EW Spetsnaz, 1st SFGA Soldier saves local mans life, 1st SFGA WO recovers from severe wounds and resumes SF career, and more. Taliban’s Special Forces Unit. Afghan SF Soldiers Graduate. […]

Angel Thunder 18.1 - U.S. Air Force pararescue men with the 58th Rescue Squadron prepare for exfil during the Angel Thunder 17 exercise. (Photo USAF Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos, May 11, 2017).

Angel Thunder 18 – Biannual PR Exercise

November 7, 2017 John Friberg 0

Angel Thunder 18 is a personnel recovery event that is held twice a year (May and November) in the United States southwest. The Combat Search and Rescue exercise is staged out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Personnel from […]

P3M Micro Navigation Board used by 7th Special Forces Group in dive training with Chilean Special Forces during exercise Southern Strike 2018 (Photo by SGT Connie Jones, 102d Public Affairs Detachment, 31 October 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171106

November 6, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171106 – SF selection in 1963, surprise visitor to 1st Marine Raider Ball, SF soldier KIA in Vietnam still remembered, 5th SFGA NCO receives award, staying the course in Afghanistan, ‘insider attacks’ in Afghanistan, death of Green […]

The 2017 Special Tactics Officer of the Year is 1st Lt. Bryan Hunt of the Kentucky ANG 123rd Special Tactics Squadron (Photo by Scott M. Ash)

2017 Special Tactics Officer of the Year

November 5, 2017 SOF News 0

The Air Force 2017 Special Tactics Officer of the Year is an Air National Guard officer. 1st Lt. Bryan Hunt, a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, is the first Air Guardsman to receive the […]

ISIS-K defensive fighting positions are targeting in Momand Valley, Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan on October 19, 2017. (Photo by CPL Matthew DeVirgilio, NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan)

Special Operations News Update 20171103

November 3, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171103 – Reorganize Intel community, USAF Combat Controller training, SAS soldiers charged in trainee deaths, Green Beret continues service despite loss of leg, continued support for SDF in Syria by SOJTF-OIR, brown berets for 1st SFAB, “American […]