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  • 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.

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: JFK Special Warfare Center and School to Change Command

    Apr 29, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 29, 2015) -- Maj. Gen. Eric P. Wendt will relinquish command of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School to Maj. Gen. James B. Linder during a 10 a.m. ceremony at Fort Bragg's JFK Plaza on May 4.

  • Contracting officer recognized for ARSOF support

    Apr 24, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 24, 2015 ) - U.S. Army Captain Miracle Garcia, 905th Contracting Battalion (Army Contracting Command), was named the 2014 U.S. Special Operations Command Outstanding Contingency Contracting Officer of the Year for her success while serving as a Contracting Officer supporting Army Special Operations Forces.

  • Special Ops Forces Weakening Terrorist Groups, DoD Official Says

    Apr 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (USASOC News Service, April 23, 2015) -- U.S. special operations forces are successfully taking direct action against multiple global terrorist organizations while building U.S. partner capacity, a top Defense Department official told a Senate panel April 21.

  • 160th SOAR (A) holds NCO/Soldier of the Year competition

    Apr 23, 2015

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (USASOC News Service, April 23, 2015) -- "The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."

  • Special Operations Warrior honored by Fort Benning hospital

    Apr 23, 2015

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (USASOC News Service, April 23, 2015) -- Family, Rangers and MCoE leaders gathered in the Martin Army Community Hospital atrium to unveil the road sign bearing the name of beloved special operations warrior, Master Sgt. Jared Van Aalst at a dedication ceremony April 17.

  • April is sexual assault awareness month for USASOC

    Apr 23, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 23, 2015) April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the events during the month bring to light the many issues with sexual assault in our military and civilian society.

  • UPDATED PRESS RELEASE: Exercise readies SOF for threats abroad

    Apr 20, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 20, 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 called Jade Helm 15.

  • Aviation chief warrant officer earns parachutist badge

    Apr 16, 2015

    On March 2, 2015, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Douglas Englen, command chief warrant officer of the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command, began a new chapter in his career as he started the U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Heroes, two Medal of Honor recipients, return to Bagram Airfield

    Apr 16, 2015

    A heroes' cordon surrounded the Resolute Support Facility compound today to welcome five Wounded Warriors to Bagram Airfield--two of which are Medal of Honor recipients.

  • 7th Group Soldier Recognized for Heroism

    Apr 15, 2015

    Sgt. Gregory La Fleur, a member of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was recognized with the Soldier's Medal by Maj. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn, Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Special Operations Command during a ceremony held April 14 on the group's compound. La Fleur, a native of Pekin, Illinois, along with Tech Sergeant Nick Bateman, an Airman assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, subdued a service member using a handgun to threaten the safety of families residing in an EAFB housing community. La Fleur and Bateman, disregarding their own safety and numerous errant shots by the gunman, tackled, disarmed and subdued him until base Security Forces arrived.

  • Rangers honor WWII legend

    Apr 14, 2015

    Rangers from all generations gathered at Fort Benning's Ranger Memorial April 9, to honor the life and service of World War II Ranger legend and Ranger Hall of Fame inductee, Raymond Noel Dye who died March 8 in Florida.

  • Ranger training events draw top Army leaders

    Apr 14, 2015

    The annual Best Ranger Competition brought thousands of people to Fort Benning, April 10-13, to witness the Army's best of the best compete.

  • Best Ranger calls for pace, toughness

    Apr 14, 2015

    The 32nd annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition held here April 10-12 challenged 102 Soldiers both physically and mentally and recognized the team who could move furthest, fastest and fight hardest in a matter of 60 hours of strenuous activity.

  • 3rd Special Forces Group fields new parachute

    Apr 10, 2015

    The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) is the first unit in the special forces regiment to field the Army's new Military Free Fall Advanced Ram-Air Parachute System, or RA-1. The group's riggers were also the first to conduct the rigger and jumper new equipment training for the RA-1 Double Bag Static Line.

  • 160th receives top honors at Quad-A event

    Apr 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE , Tenn. (USASOC News Service, April 9, 2015) -- The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) walked away with top honors at the Aviation Association of America, or Quad A, sponsored 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit, March 30-31, at the Gaylord Opry Convention Center in Nashville.

  • 3-160th SOAR (A) hosts daddy/daughter riverboat cruise

    Apr 9, 2015

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (USASOC News Service, April 9, 2015) -- The trumpets echoed as the announcement of Lord Jeffrey and Lady Ava Grace was made. They walked beneath raised swords as their entrance was hailed. At the bottom of the walkway, Jeffrey handed Ava a rose and told her he loved her. She smiled and said, "I love you too, daddy."

  • USSOCOM recognizes newest Commando Hall of Honor inductees

    Apr 8, 2015

    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The U.S. Special Operations Command inducted nine former special operators into the USSOCOM Commando Hall of Honor located at the USSOCOM headquarters here, April 6, 2015.

  • Night Stalkers recognized by city

    Apr 8, 2015

    Two Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) received the Citizen Award for Commendation from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday, March 25.

  • First sergeant inspired by Green Beret father to lead Soldiers

    Apr 2, 2015

    "Master your trade and never, never, never quit! Enough motivation, persistence and willpower will get you through everything," is the advice 1st Sgt. Sandrea Cruz gives to those seeking her guidance.

  • Rangers make a child's wish come true

    Mar 26, 2015

    The Rangers of the 75th Ranger Regiment had the honor of hosting a young man whose soul desire is to be a U.S. Army Ranger.

  • USASOC recognizes Soldier and Civilian volunteers during ceremony

    Mar 26, 2015

    The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) hosted its second annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in the Heritage Auditorium inside USASOC Headquarters March 23, 2015.

  • Special Operations leaders voice sequestration concerns

    Mar 26, 2015

    Challenges caused by limited resources, fiscal uncertainty and the changing nature of threats have forced the military's special operations forces to operate creatively, the Defense Department's top special operations officials told Congress March 18.

  • Votel: success depends on total force readiness

    Mar 26, 2015

    Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, told Congress he is "profoundly concerned" about sequestration's impact on the military as a whole, March 26.

  • PRESS RELEASE: Exercise readies SOF for threats abroad

    Mar 25, 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 called Jade Helm 15.

  • USASOC unveils MOH display in 3rd S dining facility

    Mar 13, 2015

    As he walked into the mess hall July 6, 1964, something happened to Capt. Roger H. Donlon and the rest of his men in Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 726 while in Nam Dong, Vietnam. Something he and his men had earlier predicted -- "all hell broke loose."

  • Green Berets Learn Horseback Riding

    Mar 12, 2015

    Green Berets from the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) recently learned how to care for, pack and ride horses at the Eglin Air Force Base Sand and Spur Riding Club. Members of the riding club helped Green Berets from the unit learn how to properly care for, pack and ride horses, improving their means of infiltration and increasing their mobility while deployed to austere locations.

  • Special Forces Soldier, Wounded Warrior Retires to Focus on Recovery Center

    Mar 12, 2015

    A Green Beret who sustained a gunshot wound to his neck during a firefight in Afghanistan retired from Active Duty Military Service in a ceremony February 26 at the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) compound located in Northwest Florida.

  • Honduran TIGRES Conduct Culmination Exercise Hosted by 7th Special Forces Group Soldiers

    Mar 5, 2015

    Honduran TIGRES a counter-narcotic and counter-trafficking force participated in culmination exercise testing the nearly two weeks of advanced training they received from Green Berets of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

  • Gun Safety Is No Accident

    Mar 3, 2015

    We are Soldiers! From the moment we step off the bus and report in at the reception station, we are introduced to the Army's values and strict standards of discipline. Drill sergeants enforce these standards and capitalize on every opportunity to ensure we're focused, trained and ready to do what the Army requires, to defend this nation if, when and where it may be necessary.

  • Green Berets Train Close Quarters Battle to Honduran TIGRES

    Mar 3, 2015

    Green Berets from the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conducted Close Quarters Battle training with Honduran TIGRES February 25 on Eglin Air Force Base. The TIGRES, a counter-narcotic and counter-trafficking force, traveled from Honduras to the United States for the first time to train with their Special Forces partners in Northwest Florida.

  • Special Forces Soldiers Train Honduran Counter-Narcotic, Counter-Trafficking Force

    Mar 3, 2015

    A Honduran force skilled in combating criminal organizations and countering human and narcotic trafficking recently trained with Special Forces soldiers on Eglin Air Force Base's ranges located in Northwest Florida.

  • President of Poland visits USASOC

    Sep 24, 2014

    The Polish Head of State, President Bronislaw Komorowski, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Piotr Patalong, the commanding general for Polish Special Operations Forces and other Polish representatives visited the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Headquarters Sept. 23.