What makes a Green Beret Special? A Coalition Forces member pulls security at a province near Camp Price on August 11, 2007, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Photo by Specialist David Gunn.

What Makes a Green Beret Special?

August 30, 2018 SOF News 0

By Steven Boyd Newman, MSG (R), SF For the last five years I’ve been working on a screenplay, Kill or Capture, a true story about a team from 7th Special Forces Group. The men on this team and their story reached into […]

A PJ parachutes over Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan on March 3, 2018. (USAF photo)

Special Operations News Update 20180829

August 29, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180829 – Intel conference, USSOCOM contract for air support, GB’s amazing transition story, USSOCM and its quest for technology, Yemen CRS report, Stabilization Symposium, SOF airman found dead in Japan, Don Bolduc on Africa, and more. Quote of […]

Pentagon Press Conference August 28, 2018

Pentagon Press Conference on August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018 SOF News 0

Defense Secretary Mattis and General Dunford held a joint press conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.  Each provided an opening statement and then the Pentagon press corps asked questions. Topics covered almost all the conflicts the U.S. […]

10th SFGA Europe Shooting drills. Photo by SOCEUR 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20180827

August 27, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180827 – Canada to lead NATO training mission in Iraq, upcoming SOF events, ISKP head killed in Nangarhar, Pakistan’s female police commandos, BATS-D, signing the NDAA, Rohingya crisis, stabilization report, Constellis Holdings, recruiting SO airmen, Golden Knight […]

Pararescuemen of 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron jump out of French SA 330 Puma helicopter during PR training in Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Djibouti on August 13,2 018. USAF photo by Senior Airman Haley D. Phillips.

Special Operations News Update 20180824

August 24, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180824 – Baloch separatist movement, new USASOAC commander, 1202 authority to conduct IW, South Asia Strategy, Medal of Honor ceremony, Green Berets in Ghazni fight, RS Cdr update brief, weapons of SOF, AFSOC officer promotion, Estonia in […]

CWO3 Taylor Galvin 160th SOAR RIP

CWO3 Taylor Galvin – 160th SOAR – RIP

August 21, 2018 SOF News 0

CWO3 Taylor Galvin died on August 20, 2018 as a result of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed in Iraq. The crash occurred in Sinjar, Ninevah Province. He was assigned to the Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation […]

LTG Richard Clarke has been nominated to be the next commander of USSOCOM. Official photo, DoD, August 9, 2017.

LTG Richard Clarke – Next USSOCOM Commander

August 20, 2018 SOF News 0

LTG Richard Clarke has been nominated for a fourth star and is likely to be the next commander of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) based in Tampa, Florida. He spent six years with the 75th Ranger Regiment. He […]

Student in the Advance Operators Training Course (AOTC) clears a room in live fire shoot house in Baghdad, Iraq on December 19, 2019. Photo by SGT Brandon Franklin, 10th SFGA.

Special Operations News Update 20180819

August 19, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180819 – Book reviews, IMET, McRaven speaks out, preparing to be a SEAL, the secret ‘Rice Paddy Navy’ of WWII, ‘Outstanding Airman’, CST team member on adjusting to garrison life, cocaine smuggling (7th SFGA), SOF isn’t for everyone, […]

Lyle Dean Drake receiving the Silver Star in Vietnam while assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group.

TAPS – Major (Ret) Lyle Dean Drake – RIP

August 18, 2018 SOF News 0

A long-time member of the U.S. Army Special Forces and later a civilian employee for the Department of Defense has passed away. Major (Ret) Lyle Dean Drake spent 39 years working for the federal government in either a military or […]

Civil Affairs Branch birthday

Birthday – Civil Affairs Branch

August 17, 2018 SOF News 0

The U.S. Army Civil Affairs Branch is having a birthday today – Friday, August 17, 2018. It is 63 years old – having been established on August 17, 1955. The branch had its origins in World War II when the […]

National Airborne Day 2018 video U.S. Army 2018

National Airborne Day 2018

August 16, 2018 SOF News 0

National Airborne Day 2018 The United States Army is recognizing National Airborne Day 2018. Today marks the anniversary of the first official Army parachute jump. Congress has designated August 16th as a day for celebrating paratroopers. The event was first […]

Special Forces soldier participates in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) training exercise near Stuttgart, Germany. Photo by Specialist Jason Johnson, U.S. Army, July 18, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20180816

August 16, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180816 – ISIS lingers on in Iraq and Syria, NDAA, intelligence matters, security – development nexus, book reviews, videos, IO constraints, MARSOC awards (secret missions), new bn SGM for 1st MRSB, BG (Ret) Bolduc on Afghanistan, Navy SEAL […]