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  • Ukrainian and US SOF Commanders discuss the future of Special Ops in Ukraine

    Apr 29, 2016

    STUTTGART, GERMANY -- Commander of Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), Maj. Gen. Gregory Lengyel and the staff and components of SOCEUR hosted Maj. Gen. Ihor Lunyov, commander of Ukrainian Special Operations Forces Command (SOFCOM) and members of his staff in Stuttgart, Germany on 26 April 2016.

  • Special Forces Soldiers Step into Arena

    Apr 27, 2016

    Twelve Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group stepped into the ring April 15 during Fight Night VIII -- a quarterly combatives competition designed to test their mettle and demonstrate the hand-to-hand combat skills they have learned through the Special Operations Combatives Program.

  • USASOC G9 honors personnel for their service

    Apr 25, 2016

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The U.S. Army Special Operations Command's G9 Directorate honored 11 civil service workers and one Soldier for their outstanding service during a Plank Owner ceremony, April 22, at the headquarter's building.

  • Warfighter integrates special ops with conventional

    Apr 22, 2016

    Over the past 15 years, the Department of Defense has fought a war against terrorism around the globe. In this fight, conventional and special operations forces have found it necessary to rely on one another's capabilities. This interdependence created a need to train and educate on how to integrate special operations forces with conventional forces.

  • USASOC promotes motorcycle safety

    Apr 21, 2016

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- According to the Snell Memorial Foundation, a not-for-profit, helmet safety organization, per vehicle mile, the risk of death is about 20 times higher for motorcyclists than for passenger car occupants in a traffic accident.

  • Best Ranger Competition creates new challenges

    Apr 20, 2016

    Fifty teams of two paired up to test teamwork and Ranger skills, both mentally and physically, at the Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition April 15-17 on Fort Benning.

  • National Guard team captures Best Ranger title

    Apr 20, 2016

    "I feel like it's definitely his year," said Megan Truett, sister of Capt. Robert Killian on Team 47, on April 15. She had been to the competition in previous years, unable to make it last year, but she knew she had to attend this year to see him win. Truett was right; it was her brother's year to win the Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition. He took first place with his teammate, Staff Sgt. Erich Friedlein. The team also won the Leandri Award - an award presented to the team with the best time on the night orienteering course in honor of Richard A. Leandri, who established the Chairborne Rangers and a major figure in organizing the first Best Ranger Competition.

  • Green Beret returns to service after amputation

    Apr 19, 2016

    A Special Forces noncommissioned officer has returned to full active duty service two and a half years after his hand was amputated to free him from underneath a vehicle before a suicide bomber could strike a deadly blow against him and his team.

  • Best Ranger begins April 15

    Apr 13, 2016

    Get your team T-shirts and cheering voice ready - the 33rd annual Best Ranger Competition is almost here. The competition kicks off April 15, and Family and friends are encouraged to come out and cheer on their favorite Soldiers as they compete in two-man teams for the title of Best Ranger.

  • Special Forces support Soldiers participate in sling-load operations

    Apr 4, 2016

    Dozens of support Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, participated in sling-load operations, March 30, to stay tactically and technically sharp on the procedure, which is a staple in providing Soldiers in combat the beans and bullets required to win on the ground.

  • Beret flash changeover ceremony ties together past, present 5th SFG (A) Soldiers

    Mar 31, 2016

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- The Soldiers assigned to 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) stood in formation wearing patrol caps, awaiting the order to don berets with the new flash. On the command, each Soldier removed their beret from their pocket, adorned with the black, white, yellow and red flash, and placed it on their head.

  • Special Forces get ready

    Mar 10, 2016

    For the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, readiness means staying as sharp as the Yarborough knives the Green Berets earn after graduating the Special Forces Qualification Course.

  • Special Operations Force Evolves, Adapts to Changing Operational Landscape

    Mar 9, 2016

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Special Operations Command's personnel continue to learn, evolve and adapt to an operational landscape of rapidly shifting power based on competition and conflict, Socom commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel told the Senate Armed Forces Committee March 8, 2016.

  • Special Operations Forces compete for best sniper and best assault team

    Mar 7, 2016

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The world's elite special operations forces will converge on Fort Bragg in March for two uniquely specialized competitions hosted by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. The competitions are designed to challenge the best snipers and best assault teams from special-operations units, federal law enforcement agencies, as well as foreign-partner competitors.

  • Rangers conduct close air support mission with F-35A

    Mar 3, 2016

    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Although the U.S. Air Force separated from the U.S. Army on Sept. 18, 1947, the two forces have a long history of working together to dominate the sky and ground in combat.

  • 7th Group Soldiers Jump from UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters

    Feb 29, 2016

    Green Berets and soldiers assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) recently conducted a static-line parachute jump February 25. The soldiers jumped from Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters onto an Eglin Air Force Base drop zone to maintain their airborne proficiency.

  • USASOC SHARP workshops discuss training, the way forward

    Feb 24, 2016

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- "Our profession is built on the bedrock of trust; sexual assault and sexual harassment betray that trust. They have a corrosive effect on our unit readiness, team cohesion, good order and discipline. We are entrusted with ensuring the health and welfare of America's sons and daughters. There are no bystanders in this effort. Our Soldiers, their families, and the American people are counting on us to lead the way in solving this problem within our ranks," said Gen. Raymond Odierno, (former) Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.

  • USASOC Red, Black Ball presents first Maj. Gen. Singlaub Award

    Feb 24, 2016

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- An award created in honor and recognition of retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub's courageous actions on and off the battlefield as well as his significant contributions to U.S. Army Special Operations Forces, was presented to a deserving operator during the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Red and Black Ball, on Feb. 20, 2016.

  • Army researcher to serve as special operations science advisor

    Feb 24, 2016

    An engineer with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory will soon be advising the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

  • Flintlock 16 kicks off in Senegal

    Feb 9, 2016

    THIES, Senegal -- The annual Flintlock exercise kicked off Feb. 8 in Thies with an opening ceremony that brought together senior leaders and guests representing participating countries. This year more than 30 nations are attending Flintlock.

  • 7th SFG (A) career counselor best in USASOC

    Feb 5, 2016

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The 2016 U.S. Army Special Operations Command Career Counselor of the Year Competition named Sgt. 1st Class Jill Thompson, Ontario, California, a career counselor assigned to 7th SFG (A), representing 1st Special Forces Command, as the winner.

  • Special Forces Tab, Green Beret, SFQC -- A vehicle for Chaplains

    Feb 5, 2016

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A Roman poet named Juvenal is credited with saying; "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" --a Latin phrase accepted to mean "who will guard the guardians?" Chaplains are often seen as these guardians, someone who looks after those who protect others.

  • Special Operations Exercise director talks Flintlock 16

    Feb 4, 2016

    STUTTGART, Germany - U.S. Army Lt. Col. William D. Rose discusses EXERCISE FLINTLOCK 2016, a special operations exercise designed to increase interoperability and collaboration among partner nations to cooperatively counter today's threats in North and West Africa. Flintlock 2016 will be hosted by Senegal in February 2016

  • 5 Facts of Flintlock

    Feb 3, 2016

    Scheduled to take place in Senegal with outstations in Mauritania Feb. 8-29, Flintlock is African planned, coordinated and executed Special Operations Forces exercise that focuses on multi-national cooperation and capacity building.

  • 1st SFG(A) Vajra Prahar JCET

    Feb 3, 2016

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Green Berets assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), conducted Vajra Prahar training exercise with Indian Special Operation Forces at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Rilea, Ore., Jan. 18-29, 2016.

  • Chairman of the Homeland Security and Defense Committee visits USSOCOM

    Feb 3, 2016

    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE - Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Defense Committee, visited U.S. Special Operations Command Jan. 20 and was greeted by Army Gen. Joseph Votel, USSOCOM commander.

  • 7th Group Soldiers Conduct Airborne Operation

    Jan 19, 2016

    Soldiers and Green Berets from the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) recently conducted a static line parachute jump onto and Eglin Air Force Base drop zone. Service members from the group conducted the parachute jump January 12 to maintain their proficiency at airborne insertions.

  • PRESS RELEASE: Soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Jan 7, 2016

    Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, 30, of Des Moines, Washington, was killed on Jan. 5, 2016, during combat actions in the Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.

  • USASOC's tips for staying safe during winter break

    Jan 7, 2016

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- As the temperature begins to drop around Fort Bragg and its surrounding area, it is important to be aware of the hazards that usually accompany the freezing weather.

  • 7th Special Forces Group career counselor best in Special Forces Command

    Dec 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Dec. 16, 2015) -- A senior noncommissioned officer, assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, or SFG, (Airborne), recently distinguished herself in a vocation, where she and her peers serve as subject matter experts in the development and continued service of their fellow Soldiers and directly impact the Army's readiness for its current and future missions.

  • 2015 marks enormous advances for women

    Dec 28, 2015

    Women's strides made big news throughout 2015, with graduating from Ranger School, to the appointment of the first African-American female Army surgeon general to Defense Secretary Ash Carter opening up all military occupational specialties to women.

  • PRESS RELEASE: Special Operations Soldiers to participate in Army All-American Bowl Activities

    Dec 18, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Dec. 18, 2015) -- Ten United States Army Special Operations Soldiers will serve as mentors to more than 90 of the nation's top high school football players for the upcoming U.S. Army All-American Bowl activities, Jan. 4-9, 2016, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

  • Mississippi National Guard SF Soldiers deploy to Southwest Asia from historic airfield

    Dec 16, 2015

    GRENADA, Miss. -- Mississippi Army National Guardsmen with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based at Camp McCain Training Site near Grenada, Mississippi, deployed to Southwest Asia Dec. 15, 2015, from the Grenada Municipal Airport.

  • 7th Special Forces Group career counselor best in Special Forces Command

    Dec 16, 2015

    A senior noncommissioned officer, assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), recently distinguished herself in a vocation, where she and her peers serve as subject matter experts in the development and continued service of their fellow Soldiers and directly impact the Army's readiness for its current and future missions.

  • PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Army Ranger died during training

    Dec 11, 2015

    FORT STEWART, GA. (USASOC News Service, December 11, 2015) -- A U.S. Army Ranger died Dec. 9, 2015, during a squad live fire exercise at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Cpl. Andrew A. Aimesbury, 21, was seriously wounded during a live fire exercise and medevaced to the nearest treatment facility where he died of his wounds.

  • "Make Every Day a Masterpiece;" Green Beret, Wounded Warrior honored for service

    Dec 10, 2015

    The service, resolve and resiliency of a Special Forces soldier was recognized in a ceremony held December 8 on Eglin Air Force Base by members of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

  • (Special) Operation toy drop

    Dec 10, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, North Carolina -- The U.S. Army is like a giant machine with several smaller cogs -- each with its own special purpose -- that, only when they come together, does the machine work. Many of those pieces, such as the Army airborne and special operations, as well as the Army Reserve, call Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home.

  • Army opening 19 specialties to women

    Dec 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service)-- A total of 19 military occupational specialties in the Army will open to women beginning early next year.

  • Criminal Investigation Command warns of posting holiday travel plans

    Dec 7, 2015

    As Soldiers and their families prepare for the holiday season, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, warns that posting travel plans on social media sites makes your home vulnerable to burglary.

  • USASOC honors civilian employees for their accomplishments

    Dec 7, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- "Humans are more important than hardware," is the first of the five Army Special Operations Forces Truths, and this was evident during a ceremony hosted by U.S. Army Special Operations Command at the John F. Kennedy Auditorium, Dec. 2, 2015.

  • Security partnership strengthens as US Special Forces, Colombian Junglas train in Florida

    Dec 7, 2015

    One of the Western Hemisphere's most enduring security partnerships strengthened in late fall as counter-narcotic police from Colombia trained with Green Berets from the United States on Eglin Air Force Base in Northwest Florida.

  • 92nd Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) Tests New Agricultural Program

    Dec 2, 2015

    Agriculture plays a key part of society all over the world. The 92nd Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) is exploring ways to tap into that access.

  • Good luck, Charlie

    Nov 30, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Every company in 5th Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) has the challenging mission of training Psychological Operation Soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers in the art of influence. Alpha Company is responsible for conducting advanced individual training for the Army enlisted Reservists.

  • Green Berets Host Culmination Exercise for Colombian Junglas

    Nov 30, 2015

    Members of the Colombian Compañía Jungla Antinarcóticos participated in a culmination exercise November 23 hosted by the Green Berets and designed to test their proficiency in close quarters combat as well as mission planning. The Junglas spent most of November on Eglin AFB training with the Special Forces soldiers as part of the Western Hemisphere's longest enduring security partnership formed to counter narcotic and human trafficking.

  • Female Army CST-2 members share their stories

    Nov 25, 2015

    Today, less than half a percent of Americans serve in the U.S. military and of that number, 14 percent are women. Commonly, war stories are told through the eyes of men and it is rarely illustrated from a woman's perspective.

  • 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.