Special Operations News Update 20161219

1-75th Ranger jumps from a Chinook helicopter performing a water jump off coast of Georgia in July 2016 (DVIDS).
1-75th Ranger jumps from a Chinook helicopter performing a water jump off coast of Georgia in July 2016 (DVIDS).

SOF News Update 20161219 – Weapons and equipment upgrade for Indian SOF, North Korea SOF improving, 15 things only POGs will understand, Captain Extraodinary (Ivan Castro), historical account of British commandos fighting Nazis on British soil, and more.

Indian SOF to Upgrade Wpns & Equip. The Indian military had expanded its SOF organizations but the newly-formed units are lacking equipment. There are now ongoing efforts to upgrade these SOF units with the latest in sniper weapons and high-speed, low-drag equipment. Read more in “Indian Special Forces gear up, Army to move a proposal seeking better weapons”Indian Defence Research Wing, December 18, 2016.

POGs are the Under-Appreciated Backbone of the FOB. Anyone who served in the infantry (I guess we can include armor and artillery as well) knows what a POG is. But the grunts don’t fully appreciate or understand the POG. Read more in “15 Things Only POGs Will Understand”Task & Purpose, December 14, 2016.

Brit Commandos in Action in WWII. According to a recent report German soldiers landed on English soil in an attempt to steel state-of-the-art radar equipment. However, they were met by a British commando unit and their mission failed. Up to now this was a highly-classified report. Read “SECRET for 70 Years”Sunday Express, December 18, 2016.

Captain Extraordinary. Ivan Castro was blinded but didn’t want to leave the service. He continues to serve in Special Forces. Read more in “Captain Extraordinary”National Review, December 19, 2016.

North Korea’s SOF is Improving. According to recent news reports “North Korea’s ability to engage in special operational warfare has improved over the years . . .”. Read more in a report by The Korea Times, December 18, 2016.

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