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  • Green Berets train Junglas to Fight Close Quarters Battles

    Nov 24, 2015

    Green Berets assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), trained members of the Colombian Compañía Jungla Antinarcóticos in close quarters battle inside an Eglin Air Force Base shoot house during a joint training exercise on November 20. The Junglas, as they are known, are training with the Special Forces soldiers as part of the Western Hemisphere's longest enduring security partnership formed to counter narcotic and human trafficking.

  • 7th Group Culinary Specialists Prepare Thanksgiving Meal

    Nov 24, 2015

    Culinary specialists assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) prepared a Thanksgiving meal in the unit's dining facility November 23. The group's culinary specialist team prepared over 600lbs of turkey, 115lbs. of steamship round and 184lbs. of ham for serving to the group's soldiers, families and friends.

  • US, Colombian Forces Conduct Mortar Training

    Nov 19, 2015

    Members of the Colombian Compana Jungla Antinarcoticos conducted mortar familiarization training with Green Berets assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) November 17 on an Eglin Air Force Base Range. The partnership training between the Colombian Junglas, as they are known, and the American Special Forces is a component of one of the Western Hemisphere's most enduring security partnerships formed to counter narcotic and human trafficking.

  • USASOC honors its legacy in Fayetteville Veteran's Day Parade

    Nov 10, 2015

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Special Operations Command honored their legacy, and those who currently serve or have served our Nation, with participation in the 15th annual Fayetteville, N.C., Veteran's Day parade, Saturday, Nov. 7.

  • Paul Barclay: A Special Forces community remembrance

    Nov 4, 2015

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Decades later, the memories of fallen Green Berets represent important pieces in the legacies and histories of their units, comrades, and families. Memorials come in many forms, paying tribute and honoring these brave souls, their service, and their sacrifice. One such memorial was recently rediscovered in the form of a geocache located on a mountain peak overlooking Colorado Springs, Colo., the 'Paul Barclay Stash.'

  • Special Operations Command Central welcomes new commander

    Oct 29, 2015

    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata relinquished command of Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Darsie D. Rogers during a ceremony at SOCCENT Headquarters Oct. 28.

  • 7th Group Soldiers Prepare for Jumpmaster Course

    Oct 23, 2015

    Soldiers assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conducted a rigging exercise October 22 on the group's compound to prepare for upcoming Jumpmaster training. The exercise ensured the soldiers were familiar with the equipment necessary to attach rucksacks and weapons to paratroopers preparing to conduct airborne operations.

  • PRESS RELEASE: SOF Soldier dies in Iraq

    Oct 23, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 23, 2015) - Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was killed in action Oct. 22, while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

  • 'Unprecedented' challenge in countering adversarial propaganda, official Says

    Oct 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON, October 23, 2015 -- The United States is facing an unprecedented challenge in countering the propaganda of adversaries who recruit and easily spread misinformation through the Internet, a top defense official told a House panel Oct. 22.

  • Newest Black Hawk modification complete

    Oct 22, 2015

    RICHMOND, Ky. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 22, 2015) -- The last of the newest line of special operations helicopters was shown at the Special Operations Forces Supply Activity (SOFSA) facility on Oct. 16.

  • Commemorative wreath placed by 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) at President John F. Kennedy's

    Oct 22, 2015

    1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) held a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery October 20,2015. The ceremony commemorated President John F. Kennedy's vision of building a special warfare capability that sparked the creation of the U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers known as Green Berets.

  • Special Forces Group Celebrates with Fall Festival

    Oct 20, 2015

    Soldiers assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and their family members recently participated in the unit's Fall Festival. The Wizard of Oz themed Fall Festival, held October 16 on the group's compound, celebrated the changing season and offered soldiers and family members of the unit a chance to relax and enjoy games and activities together.

  • Competition Tests SF Soldiers' Accuracy Under Stress, Athleticism

    Oct 19, 2015

    Green Berets assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) participated in a stress shoot competition held October 15 on Eglin Air Force Base in Northwest Florida. The competition tested the Special Forces soldier's ability to navigate terrain and obstacles while engaging targets accurately despite his elevated heart rate and rapid breathing.

  • Special Forces Soldiers Jump Into Friendship Festival

    Oct 16, 2015

    The two-day event is a gesture of friendship and a celebration of the unwavering alliance between the U.S. and Japan, according to officials. The Special Forces Soldiers from the "First in Asia" battalion have participated in the event for several years.

  • USASOC's Moore places third in SOY competition

    Oct 14, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- Staff Sgt. Andrew Fink, assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve Command, has been named the Army's noncommissioned officer, or NCO, of the year while Spc. Jared R. Tansley, assigned to U.S. Army Europe, has been named Soldier of the year.

  • Special Army outreach effort in nation's capital

    Oct 13, 2015

    Special Forces and Recruiting Commands team up for public outreach in nation's capital on eve of Army Ten Miler.

  • USASOC's Family Programs team conducts spouse mentorship workshop

    Oct 8, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, October 8, 2015)--Special Operations Soldiers and their families are exposed to unique experiences every day. To address those concerns and support those who remain at home, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command's Family Programs group has created a mentorship program for spouses.

  • Ranger grad inspires future candidates

    Oct 7, 2015

    Speaking to a room full of infantry lieutenants at the 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment Headquarters, Oct. 2, 2nd Lt. Michael Janowski hoped to motivate the recent Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course graduates with his story of resiliency as they prepared to begin the Ranger course, Oct. 4.

  • Best Warrior Competition: starting at zero

    Oct 5, 2015

    FORT A.P. HILL, Va. -- Soldiers had just arrived at the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Training Center for a couple hours when they were called to a formation and begin preparations for the start of the U.S. Army's Best Warrior Competition, Oct. 4, 2015.

  • Green Beret wins All Army Boxing bronze medal

    Oct 1, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 1, 2015) - Staff Sgt. Noah Butkovich from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) won the bronze medal in the middleweight division of the 2015 All Army Boxing Championships held at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Sept. 17-19, 2015.

  • USASOC Black Daggers meet with students, football fans, and honor Gold Star Mothers during Ohio outr

    Sep 30, 2015

    U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team, the Black Daggers conduct outreach activities in northeastern Ohio, and honor Gold Star Mothers & Families.

  • Violence of Action: Special Forces Battalion Ready to Fight Tonight

    Sep 18, 2015

    The Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group are well versed in adapting to the art of war and honed their hand-to-hand combat skills Sept. 3 at Torii Station during Fight Night VI -- a battalion level Modern Army Combatives competition.

  • Ground breaking ceremonies for final two Civil Affairs battalions

    Sep 16, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News)--More than 50 civil affairs Soldiers and civilian contractors gathered to observe ground breaking ceremonies, Sept 9, 2015, for the 92nd and 96th Civil Affairs Battalion headquarters buildings at the site known as the Yarbrough complex on Fort Bragg.

  • LaRochelle captures fourth straight Connelly award

    Sep 15, 2015

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Food service specialists assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) celebrated excellence again this year as they accepted their fourth-straight award for the Fort Carson, garrison-level, Philip A. Connelly Award Aug. 19.

  • JBLM Ranger Battalion honors Rangers, civilians during Sept. 11 ceremony

    Sep 15, 2015

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- The 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment carries more than 40 years of history and tradition with each Ranger and civilian in its ranks.

  • PRESS RELEASE: SF Soldier found dead after airborne operation

    Sep 14, 2015

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (USASOC News Service, Sept. 14, 2015) Capt. James M. Ahn, 29, a U.S. Special Forces Soldier was found deceased after an airborne operation on Sept. 11, 2015 in Mason County, Washington.

  • Washington Army and Air Guardsmen join in airborne exercise

    Sep 14, 2015

    RAINIER, Wash. - Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard's 116th Air Support Operations Squadron participated in Operation Husky Airborne Aug. 8 to practice jumping out of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter, evacuating casualties, and collaborating with partners in the Army National Guard.

  • USASOC awards G9 staff for civilian service

    Sep 14, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Sept. 14, 2015.)-- Eight civilians from the G9 directorate of U.S. Army Special Operations Command were recognized Sept. 11, 2015, for outstanding civilian service.

  • Iron Horse medics 'Ranger up' to prep for attrition-heavy Expert Field Medical Badge

    Sep 11, 2015

    Medical Soldiers, assigned to 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, spent their week alongside Soldiers, from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, as they prepare to compete for the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge in the next couple months.

  • Fallschirmjäger takes to the skies in America

    Sep 1, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Sept. 1, 2015) ̶ For some, skydiving is crazy. Who wants to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? For others, like Lt. Col. Frank Hoelzner, it is fun and another way of seeing the United States.

  • Senior Leaders visit Fort Bragg

    Sep 1, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, September 1, 2015) ̶ Making a day-long stopover, at Fort Bragg, 23 members of the Secretary of Defense Senior Leader Engagement Program spent time with Soldiers from U.S. Army Special Operations Command, 18th Airborne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division, Aug. 27, 2015.

  • Green Beret for a day

    Sep 1, 2015

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Soldiers from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomed members from the middle Tennessee and southwestern Kentucky communities to participate in Green Beret for a Day on Saturday, Aug. 22, on Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

  • Humans Not Hardware: Families Key to Special Forces Success

    Aug 28, 2015

    Today the Army and its special operators find themselves placing priority on preserving the force and its Families. The 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group recently held its annual Welcomefest at Torii Beach to strengthen the bonds between the unit and the Families that are its touchstone.

  • 8th MISG (A) Soldiers learn leadership, tactics and teamwork

    Aug 28, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Psychological Operations specialists from 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) recently graduated the U.S. Army Light Leaders Course at Fort Pickett, Va.

  • 'Tell Me a Story' is a hit with Ranger families

    Aug 25, 2015

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Families of the 75th Ranger Regiment participated in the Parent to Parent "Tell Me a Story" program at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center in Columbus, Georgia on Aug. 19.

  • Texas Special Operations Detachment jumps into Key West

    Aug 24, 2015

    KEY WEST, Fla. - As the ramp opened up, the smell of salty air and humidity filled the C-130. It was almost as thick as the enthusiasm displayed by the Texas Army National Guardsmen on board. The soldiers, part of the Special Operations Detachment -- Africa (SOD-A), 71st Troop Command, conducted a long-range airborne insertion into the waters near Key West, Fla., July 24, 2015.

  • A Coalition of Rangers Train Together in Swift Response

    Aug 23, 2015

    HOHENFELS, Germany (23 Aug, 2015) -- Army Rangers represent the pinnacle of professional infantry operations, no matter what county they come from. With this in mind, Ranger units from Germany, Italy and the United States recently arrived in Germany to train together as part of exercise Swift Response.

  • 94 men, two women complete Swamp Phase, earn Ranger Tab

    Aug 18, 2015

    The U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence announced today that 94 men and two women met the standards of the Swamp Phase and will graduate the Ranger Course, Aug. 21.

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: Adams to relinquish command

    Aug 18, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Aug. 18, 2015) - The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command will hold a change of command ceremony Sept. 8, 2015, at 9 a.m. in Hanger 6, Pope Army Airfield, for the U.S. Special Operations Command Flight Company.

  • 2nd Annual Commando Competition to be held in Bliss

    Aug 13, 2015

    FORT BLISS, TEXAS -- He was a hero. He wore a green beret. He was an El Paso native.

  • Work observes large-scale military exercise at Fort Irwin

    Aug 10, 2015

    ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT -- The U.S. military faces multiple threats and it must be prepared for every contingency, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Aug. 5, after viewing night operations as part of the Joint Forcible Entry large-scale exercise at Fort Irwin, California.

  • Special Forces Soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Aug 10, 2015

    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (USASOC News Service, Aug. 10, 2015) - An Army Special Forces Soldier died Aug. 7 in Kabul, Afghanistan, during a complex attack on a coalition facility.

  • Conventional, special forces team up during 'Joint Forcible Entry' exercise

    Aug 9, 2015

    Rounds from an M1A1 main battle tank followed by rockets from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System illuminated the desert here, kicking off a "Joint Forcible Entry," or JFE, exercise.

  • Garzone's work recognized with Silver De Fleury Medal

    Aug 7, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service) - A sense of pride in your work and a sense of accomplishment is what we seek in our life. Being recognized for it by your peers is an honor.

  • Soldiers pass Mountain Phase, inch closer to earning Ranger Tab

    Aug 4, 2015

    The U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence announced, July 31, that 125 men and two women met the standards to complete the Mountain Phase of the Ranger Course.

  • Health and nutrition program enhancing ARSOF Soldiers from the inside

    Aug 3, 2015

    U.S. Army Special Operations Forces are regarded as the Army's elite fighting force, armed with some of the best warriors this nation has to offer. The Army invests time, money and resources into training these select individuals to become masters of their craft. However, given the potential hazards of the daily lives of Special Operations Forces, the Army decided to test a new fitness, health and nutrition program tailored to their fitness and nutritional needs.

  • Votel discusses special operations challenges

    Jul 27, 2015

    The "hyper connectivity" of the world today complicates an already complex set of global security issues, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said at a security forum in Colorado, July 24.

  • USASOC welcomes Abernethy as new CSM

    Jul 24, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, July 23, 2015) - More than 120 Soldiers, civilians, families and friends of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command attended the command sergeant major change of responsibility ceremony held at the John F. Kennedy auditorium, July 22, 2015.

  • Ranger saves life of drowning child

    Jul 21, 2015

    On the afternoon of July 11 at a local resident community pool area, Spc. Luke Smith and some friends were cleaning up after hosting a barbecue with fellow Rangers and their Families. Soon later, he realized a six-year-old child had fallen into a pool and drowned.

  • 5th Special Forces change of command

    Jul 20, 2015

    Soldiers, family members and friends gathered together on Gabriel Field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, July 16, 2015, for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) change of command ceremony.

  • Special operations skills competition promotes international cooperation

    Jul 16, 2015

    Teams, from across the Americas, gathered for the opening ceremonies of Fuerzas Comando '15, a friendly competition pitting special operations forces against one another in tests of skill and endurance, July 15.

  • OPM announces steps to protect workers from cyber threats

    Jul 13, 2015

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has announced the results of the interagency forensics investigation into a recent cyber incident involving federal background investigation data and the steps it is taking to protect those impacted.

  • PRESS RELEASE: Army Special Operations training exercise to begin

    Jul 13, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, July 13, 2015) - Members of U.S. Army Special Operations Command will train with other U.S Armed Forces units July 15 through Sept. 15 in a multi-state exercise.

  • Robin Sage exercise set

    Jul 7, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - This month, Special Forces candidates will participate in the Robin Sage training exercise, held within 15 North Carolina counties as the final test of their Special Forces Qualification Course training.

  • Improvement plans in the works for SF Underwater Operations School

    Jul 7, 2015

    NAVAL AIR STATION KEY WEST, Fla. (USASOC News Service, July 6, 2015) -- As humanitarian, training and operational missions continue in the Asia-Pacific region, the combat diving community's most rigorous school will soon implement its area development plan in support of Defense Secretary Ash Carter's "force of the future" strategy.

  • USASOC commanding general retires

    Jul 7, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, U.S. Army Special Operations Command commanding general, and a Bisbee, Arizona, native, swore an oath 37 years ago to defend this nation "against all enemies foreign, and domestic.". During his retirement ceremony July 1, 2015, he was recognized for all that he gave back.

  • Soldiers finish strong in grueling Expedition Alaska Adventure Race

    Jul 7, 2015

    SEWARD, Alaska -- The Army Special Operations Recruiting Battalion Team finished strong in the 378-mile Expedition Alaska Adventure Race, July 5.

  • USASOC welcomes Tovo as Commanding General

    Jul 2, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. − Soldiers from the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) said farewell to Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland and welcomed Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo during a change of command ceremony at Meadows Field, July 1, 2015. Cleveland relinquished command of USASOC to Tovo after nearly three years as the commanding general of the prestigious unit. Tovo is assuming commanding after completing his most recent assignment as the military deputy commander of U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Fla.

  • 1st SFC hosts Task Force Viking stone laying ceremony

    Jun 30, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 30, 2015) − The 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) (Provisional) paid tribute to the Airmen, Marines and Soldiers of Task Force (TF) Viking during a stone laying ceremony at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Headquarters' Memorial Plaza, June 30, 2015.

  • Evans assumes command of 75th Ranger Regiment

    Jun 26, 2015

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- "Vanek left it all on the battlefield ... Chris, you are one of my heroes," said Lt. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas, former 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment commander and Distinguished Honorary Member of the Regiment. "You have carried more than your share of the task. Thank you Ranger."

  • 1st Special Forces Command to unveil Task Force Viking Memorial Stone

    Jun 25, 2015

    1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) (Provisional) will hold a memorial stone dedication ceremony at 9 a.m., June 30, 2015, honoring Task Force Viking at Meadows Fields Memorial Plaza on Ft. Bragg.

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: USASOC to hold change of command ceremony

    Jun 24, 2015

    Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland will relinquish command of U.S. Army Special Operations Command to Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo during a traditional Army ceremony at Fort Bragg on July 1, 2015.

  • Special Forces Group Conducts Water Rescue Training

    Jun 22, 2015

    GRENADA, Mississippi - Mississippi Army National Guard Soldiers conducted water rescue training for state emergencies with local and state agencies June 18, 2015, at Grenada Lake in Grenada, Miss.

  • Re-purposed chutes save Special Operation Command money

    Jun 19, 2015

    We are becoming a disposable society; one where it is easier to buy a new printer then buying the expensive ink cartridges. The U.S. Army Special Operation Command, or USASOC, is joining that society with its new cargo parachute systems.

  • 96th CAB (A) holds Somalia campaign streamer ceremony

    Jun 19, 2015

    The 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) held a ceremony celebrating the presentation of the Operation RESTORE HOPE campaign streamer, June 12, 2015, at the battalion headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • USASOC welcomes its first command chief warrant officer

    Jun 19, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. ˗ The United States Army Special Operations Command inducted its first command chief warrant officer (CCWO), Chief Warrant Officer 5 Heriberto Serrano Jr., during a ceremony June 18, 2015, inside the Heritage Auditorium at the command headquarters.

  • Happy Birthday, U.S. Army!

    Jun 12, 2015

    Two hundred forty years ago on June 14, 1775, America's Army was founded when our nation's leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic landpower of the joint force; called upon to prevent, shape and win against our adversaries.

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: Ball to take command of 7th SFG

    Jun 12, 2015

    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (USASOC News Service, June 12, 2015) - Col. Christopher N. Riga will relinquish command of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to Col. Michael A. Ball during a 9 a.m. ceremony at the Group Parade Field on June 18.

  • USASOAC Soldiers win USASOC BWC 2015

    Jun 12, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 12, 2015)- The U.S. Army Special Operations Command announced the winners of this year's Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year during a ceremony concluding USASOC's 2015 Best Warrior Competition, June 12.

  • Squadron, Command participate in D-Day commemoration

    Jun 10, 2015

    In commemoration of the 71st anniversary of D-Day, two MC-130J Commando II aircraft, from the 67th Special Operations Squadron, transported more than 60 U.S. Special Operations Command - Europe operators to the historic La Fiere drop zone near Sainte Mere Eglise, Normandy, France, June 7.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier crowned Miss Rodeo North Carolina 2015

    Jun 10, 2015

    1st Lt. Devin Redding, the budget officer for 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), has been crowned Miss Rodeo North Carolina 2015

  • The Legion honors fallen warriors

    Jun 2, 2015

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (USASOC News Service, June 2, 2015) - Family Members and Soldiers honored the fallen Legionnaires of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as The Legion, during the annual 5th SFG (A) Memorial Ceremony on Gabriel Field May 16, 2015.

  • Three women recycled again in Ranger School

    Jun 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 1, 2015) -- Despite setbacks, three female Soldiers continue the challenge to make it through Army Ranger School.

  • Further, faster with more: Special forces appreciates Osprey's capabilities

    May 28, 2015

    A group of U.S. Army special forces Soldiers recently partnered with Marine Corps aviators on Okinawa to conduct static line and military-freefall parachute operations from MV-22 Osprey military aircraft using the drop zone on Ie Shima island.

  • 3rd SFG Soldier dies in Afghanistan

    May 27, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 27, 2015) - Master Sgt. Pablo A. Ruiz III, 37, of Melbourne, Fla., died May 24, 2015 of non-combat related injuries in Afghanistan. The cause of death is under investigation.

  • The 75th Ranger Regiment announces top officer, NCO, Ranger

    May 26, 2015

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (USASOC News Service, May 26, 2015) -- The 75th Ranger Regiment announced the winners to the 2015 Col. Ralph Puckett Leadership Award, NCO of the Year, and Best Warrior of the Year, during a ceremony at Fort Benning, May 21.

  • Special Forces member found salvation in war

    May 26, 2015

    Henry Phillips will someday finish writing the book he's already started but has been putting off working on. He wants to write it for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren so they'll have an idea of who he is. "I think I'm going to entitle the book 'All the Wrong Decisions,'" he said. This Vietnam veteran and Hazel Green resident has certainly made his share of misguided decisions. But his book will have a happy ending: He became a Christian, he became a loving parent and husband, an educator and a coach and a mentor to young people

  • 75th to incorporate use of fresh whole blood

    May 26, 2015

    The 75th Ranger Regiment has been working toward incorporating the use of fresh whole blood into the arsenal of Rangers pre-hospital providers in combat.

  • Hero Night Stalker awarded Soldier's Medal

    May 21, 2015

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (USASOC News Service, May 21, 2015) -- It was midday Aug. 2, 2014. Staff Sgt. Jeremy Samuels, a medic and then student attending the Combat Skills Training Course assessing to become a part of the 160th Specials Operations Aviation Regiment, was driving down the road near Fort Campbell, Ky., when he witnessed a horrific accident between three vehicles.

  • USASOC pays tribute to fallen during memorial ceremony

    May 21, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 21, 2015) ˗ Seven new names were unveiled on the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Memorial Wall during a ceremony that brought together Gold Star Family Members and Soldiers at the USASOC Memorial Plaza.

  • USASOC to remember fallen SOF Soldiers

    May 19, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 19, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Special Operations Command will honor Special Operations Soldiers killed while supporting combat operations during the past year in a ceremony, Thursday, May 21, at 2 p.m. at the USASOC Memorial Plaza, adjacent to the USASOC headquarters building.

  • Soldier looks to take next step, challenge in career

    May 18, 2015

    Four years ago, Kevin Shinnick was looking for a challenge in his life that would push his physical and mental limits. Being from a small town in Milford, Massachusetts, he had one goal - to join the Army.

  • Ranger Chaplain relates strength of his faith to the resiliency of the American Ranger

    May 18, 2015

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (USASOC News Service, May 18, 2015) -- On a drive home from a major training exercise, Capt. John McDougall, 2nd Ranger Battalion chaplain, gave thanks in prayer for the safety of his Rangers over the previous weeks, and realized that his recent experiences had a basis for a book.

  • 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) to honor fallen

    May 18, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 18, 2015) -The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)will honor fallen soldiers in a memorial stone laying ceremony Wednesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m.

  • Green Berets conduct FRIES training during Exercise Eager Lion

    May 15, 2015

    U.S. Green Berets, assigned to Task Force Oryx, conducted Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System, or FRIES, training at the Prince Hashim Royal Air Base, Jordan, May 10, during Exercise Eager Lion 2015. This exercise is an annual, multinational exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships, promote regional security and improve interoperability with partner nations.

  • 1st Special Forces Command to honor fallen

    May 14, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 14, 2015) -- The 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)(Provisional) and the Special Forces Association will honor fallen soldiers in a memorial ceremony, Wednesday, May 20.

  • Warrior Week events honor military members, Families

    May 13, 2015

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (USASOC News Service, May 13, 2015) - From shooting skeet to a classic car show, Clarksville Parks and Recreation's Warrior Week offers several activities for Fort Campbell Soldiers and their families.

  • CV-22 Osprey Squadron headed for Japan

    May 12, 2015

    WASHINGTON, (USASOC News Service, May 12, 2015) -- The Department of Defense announced plans to station a special operations squadron of CV-22 Osprey aircraft at Yokota Air Base, Japan, according to a DoD news release issued May 11.

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: USASOC to remember fallen Soldiers

    May 12, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 12, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Special Operations Command will honor 20 Special Operations Soldiers killed while supporting combat operations during the past year in a memorial ceremony, Thursday, May 21.

  • 97th Civil Affairs Battalion host subject matter expert exchange conference

    May 12, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 12, 2015) - Senior leaders from 10 countries were at Fort Bragg April 28- May 5, to participate in an exchange of ideas and concepts covering civil military operations in their countries.

  • USASOC holds first ever ARSOF advanced protection course

    May 8, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 8, 2015) -- USASOC G-34 (Protection) held three days of ARSOF advanced protection training for USASOC Soldiers and civilians April 28-30.

  • Blurring the line between virtual and physical reality

    May 8, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 8, 2015) - Technology today is blurring the lines between virtual reality and, well, reality and for Sgt. Anthony Brock that is okay in his book.

  • Plumlee earns Silver Star

    May 8, 2015

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (USASOC News Service, May 8, 2015) -- The explosion they heard Aug. 28, 2013, was a nearly-2000 lb. vehicle-borne IED that shook Forward Operating Base Ghazni in Afghanistan and as the smoke cleared, insurgents dressed in Afghan National Army uniforms could be seen entering the newly-created hole in the perimeter of the base.

  • 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment honors its heroes

    May 5, 2015

    HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. (USASOC News Service, May 5, 2015) - Two Rangers assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment were awarded the nation's third highest honor for their heroic actions at a battalion awards ceremony, April 29 at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

  • US, Chile SOF complete training at Camp Shelby

    May 4, 2015

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (USASOC News Service, May 4, 2015) -- More than 100 Special Operations Forces members from Chile and the U.S. concluded a 17-day bilateral training exchange today at the Joint Forces Training Center at Camp Shelby, Miss.

  • Linder Assumes Command of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School

    May 4, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 4, 2015) -- Maj. Gen. James B. Linder took command of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, May 4, during a ceremony at the JFK Plaza hosted by Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland, commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

  • Cultural support team women serve with distinction

    Apr 30, 2015

    Three women, who served overseas on cultural support teams in battle alongside U.S. special operators, shared their experiences during a panel discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., April 27.

  • Sniper competition test more than just marksmanship

    Apr 29, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 29) -- Sniper teams from special-operations units, federal and state law enforcement agencies along with foreign competitors from around the globe converged on the Special Forces Sniper Course to put their skills to the test in this year's U.S. Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition.

  • Silver Star recipient shares tales of heroism with First Army Soldiers

    Apr 29, 2015

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - A former Special Forces officer who received three Silver Stars for heroism in the Vietnam War enthralled First Army leaders here Monday with his firsthand account of a five-day firefight in the Vietnam jungle.

  • Former Ranger and Marine on epic journey for transitioning vet

    Apr 29, 2015

    ORT BENNING, Ga. (USASOC News Service, April 29, 2015) -- Former 3rd Ranger Battalion veteran Joe Trainor, Jr. along with Marine Daniel Spangler and their service dogs, C.T. and Spanky, visited the 75th Ranger Regiment Headquarters along their 30-day cross country journey to raise awareness for transitioning vet services.