SOF News Update for 20161030

Map Ukraine (credit CIA)
Map Ukraine (credit CIA)

SOF News Update for 20161030 – Ukrainian Special Forces, Journal of Special Operations Medicine, mercenaries, fallen Navy CPO takes final voyage home, Malaysian SOF, new deadlier technologies for MARSOC, and more.

Ukrainian Special Forces. The conflict in the Ukraine continues to grind on. Russia is not the only side of the conflict to employ Little Green Men – its version of unconventional warfare. The Ukrainian Special Forces are busy as well. Read more in “Inside the Covert War in Ukraine”Vice News, October 4, 2016.

MARSOC Seeks Deadlier Technologies. “The Marine Corps is sending some of its Raiders on a new mission: developing new technologies to make MARSOC even deadlier”. Read more in a news report by Marine Corps Times, October 4, 2016.

Program on Mercenaries. BBC World Service recently (Oct 7, 2016) aired a 50-minute long broadcast entitled Mercenaries: Guns for Hire.

CPO Returns Home on Final Journey. Chief Petty Officer Jason Finan was recently killed in action in Iraq by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He is on his way home for memorial services in the San Diego area. Finan was supporting a U.S. Navy SEAL unit when he was killed. Read “Body of Fallen Coronado-Based Sailor Returns Home”, NBC San Diego, October 28, 2016.

JSOM Info. For those who are working in the special operations medical field there is an online magazine that provides a wealth of knowledge in this area. Visit the website of the Journal of Special Operations Medicine at

Tech Update – Flying Motorcycles for SOF. So a Special Forces battalion has its Combat Dive Team, HALO Team, and Mountain Teams. Is a “Flying Motorcycle” team in the near future? How many specialized teams will we need to have before the day of the “Rucksack Team” goes away? Read more in “Here’s An Idea: Give Special Forces Some Motorcycles”, October 28, 2016.

USAJFKSWCS Honors 12 SOF Members. Twelve former members of Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and PSYOP were honored by the SWC recently for contributions to the SOF community. Read more in a news report by The Fayetteville Observer, October 28, 2016.

SFA Chapter 2 Throw Blankets. The Special Forces Association on Okinawa is selling limited edition blankets for current and former members of 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group members. (LinkedIn, Sep 29, 2016)

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