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  • Expanded Homeowners Assistance Program could help with BRAC hardships

    Jun 29, 2009

    While the Base Realignment and Closure decisions of 2005 are causing upheaval for some families, help is available through the Department of Defense National Relocation Program, the Homeowners Assistance Program, and soon, the Expanded HAP, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • Afghanistan draws attention of Army counter-IED conference

    Jun 26, 2009

    Defeating improvised explosives devices and their support networks is the focus of Army's third counter-IED conference, July 28-30, in Charlottesville, Va.

  • Army names top drill sergeants for 2009

    Jun 26, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Michael F. Johnston from the 192nd Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga., took home top honors for the active-duty force and Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Marshall from 2/398th Training Battalion, Bowling Green, Ky., captured the Reserve title in the Army's 2009 Drill Sergeant of the Year competition.

  • St. Mere Eglise

    Jun 23, 2009

    ST. MERE EGLISE, FRANCE - German and American paratroopers from the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) stand side-by-side in front of the church at St. Mere Eglise here on Jun 6. Soldiers from various countries were taking part in commemorative ceremonies at the square for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.

  • La Cambe

    Jun 23, 2009

    LA CAMBE, FRANCE - German, American, British and French Soldiers stood side-by-side, along with over 30 German, American, British and French WWII veterans, to honor the fallen and commit to path of cooperation and partnership for peace here on June 5. The German Ambassador reiterated that we must learn from the past so as to not make the same mistakes and create a peaceful future. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service.

  • Paratroopers Over Normandy

    Jun 23, 2009

    Hundreds of veterans, fans, and present day paratroopers gather near the Merderet River by the La Fiere bridge for the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies here on Jun 6. Around 300 American, British, French and German paratroopers jumped to commemorate the airborne drop 65-years ago. The ceremony, held at the Iron Mike statue, was highlighted by the presence of over 25 Second World War veterans who participated in an airborne wing exchange between German and American paratroopers.

  • 65th Normandy Anniversary

    Jun 23, 2009

    COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, FRANCE - U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the crowd and highlights the legacy entrusted to us by the WWII combat veterans that surround him here on Jun 6. The president was in Normandy to attend the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.

  • Army Reserve Paratroopers in England

    Jun 23, 2009

    RAF LYNMANN, ENGLAND -- British Paratroopers, or "PARAS" as they are called, trained here on Jun 30 with U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers as part of Operation Air Drop Warrior, a joint-training exercise. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.

  • Pointe-Du-Hoc

    Jun 23, 2009

    POINTE-DU-HOC, FRANCE -- Col (Ret) Keith Nightingale, a former commander of both Ranger and 82nd Airborne battalions, and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade, lectures U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers at the monument atop of Pointe-Du-Hoc overlooking Omaha beach on June 5. The Rangers scaled the sheer cliffs to take out this German gun turret that watches over the coast. Today the site has a granite memorial to honor the 2nd Ranger Battalion and their heroic assault. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.

  • 95th Civil Affairs Brigade tackles Best Ranger Competition for first time in history

    May 15, 2009

    The 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), the Army's only active-duty civil affairs unit, competed for the first time in the Best Ranger Competition May 8-10. The unit's three teams were led by Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Wall, the 95th CA Brigade command sergeant major. Wall set the example for his Soldiers by participating in the event.

  • 4th Ranger Training Battalion Soldiers win 2009 Best Ranger Competition

    May 11, 2009

    A team from Fort Benning's 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade, has won the 26th annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition.

  • Best Ranger Competition kicks off with buddy run

    May 8, 2009

    The 26th annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition kicked off today at 6 a.m. when 49 teams took off for a nearly five-mile buddy run at Camp Darby.

  • Best Ranger competition kicks off; 4 Soldiers compete while on mid-tour leave from Iraq

    May 8, 2009

    The Army's best gather annually at Fort Benning, Ga., for the ultimate challenge, the David E. Grange Best Ranger Competition.

  • Best Ranger Competition

    May 7, 2009

    Two-man teams will compete this weekend in the Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning.

  • 1st Special Forces Group returns from mission in South Korea

    May 1, 2009

    The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) continues to maintain relations with their Republic of Korea special operations counterparts. This relationship is nurtured in combined annual training and continued communication.

  • Rangers walk in annual Bataan Memorial March

    Apr 17, 2009

    Five Rangers from Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, participated in the 20th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands, N.M., March 29.

  • Fort Bragg siblings honored with trip to inauguration

    Mar 3, 2009

    Two children of a Fort Bragg Special Forces Soldier were honored with the chance to witness last month's Inauguration Day activities at the nation's capital. Solomon McGinty, 14, and his sister, Akaela, 16, both students at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, made the trip to the Washington, D.C. area for the second time in less than 12 months because of their outstanding academic achievements. Akaela, a high school junior, was invited on behalf of Lead America. Solomon was also invited back to Washington, D.C. area because of his nearly two-year involvement with the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier becomes the first amputee to complete Jumpmaster Course

    Mar 3, 2009

    For most Soldiers, when they join the Army there are a set of schools they set their eyes on as goals to complete. Schools like, Air Assault, Ranger and Pathfinder. For any airborne qualified noncommissioned officer, the natural goal would be the Jumpmaster Course.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier helps save heart attack victim's life

    Feb 6, 2009

    Many Soldiers attend the Combat Lifesaver's Course throughout their career, learning emergency first aid such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, rescue breathing and how to control bleeding. "I never thought it would be something that I would need to use," said Spc. Kimberly Hernandez, the administrative assistant for the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne). For Hernandez, Jan. 25, began like any other day. She had stopped at the store to get her son some candy when her day took a turn. "I had just pulled into the parking lot, when a lady starting screaming that her husband was having a heart attack, that he passed out" she recounted. "She was acting really frantic. I am sure I would have been doing the same thing. She's yelling, screaming. Everyone is just standing there, watching."

  • Up in the ranks: veteran of 26 years becomes top Special Forces enlisted

    Jan 7, 2009

    Feature article of Command Sgt. Maj. Mario Vigil, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) command sergeant major.

  • College Students, Professor Discover Army Civil Affairs

    Dec 10, 2008

    Story focuses on a college class that hosted a video teleconference presentation of a civil affairs officer. The students and professor developed a different outlook on the Army's role in stabilizing regions that are otherwise vulnerable to terrorist activity. The story also exemplifies how VTC can be utilized to educate college students on the Army's activities in the world.

  • Fort Lewis cancer survivor selected as Pink Power winner

    Nov 21, 2008

    Bright Start selected eight Pink Power Moms nationwide, and one of those moms resides on Fort Lewis. Jodi Petit, spouse of Lt. Col. Brian Petit, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, and a five-year breast cancer survivor, was selected as one of eight winning Pink Power Moms.

  • Green Berets honor fallen comrade

    Nov 21, 2008

    Hundreds stood silent in the early morning rain as members of the 1st Special Forces Group paid tribute to a comrade whose name was added to the unitAca,!a,,cs memorial wall Nov. 11. Staff Sgt. David W. Textor, the 163rd name inscribed on the granite wall, is the 25th name added since Sept. 11, 2001. Textor, a native of Jamestown, N.Y., was serving with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st SFG, when he was killed July 15 in Mosul, Iraq, during combat operations.

  • USASOC honors clandestine SF unit from Vietnam War

    Oct 31, 2008

    One of the most decorated units in Special Forces history was honored by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command in a ceremony here, Oct. 24. Project Delta, Detachment B-52, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the most decorated single unit in the Vietnam War, had a memorial stone dedicated in their honor and placed in the Memorial Plaza at the USASOC headquarters.

  • SECDEF visits home of Army Special Operations for first-time

    Oct 24, 2008

    Special Operations Soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C., showed off their expertise for a special, first-time visitor to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Oct. 23. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates visited USASOC for the first time since taking his current post in December 2006. Gates, who has said Special Operations Forces are the connective tissue for the U.S. military in the War on Terror, had the opportunity to talk with Army SOF Soldiers during his visit.

  • Army Combatives Championship draws record field

    Oct 16, 2008

    More than 280 Soldiers from around the Army competed in the fourth annual U.S. Army Combatives Championship Oct. 4-5 at Fort Benning, Ga., with 28 making the finals in seven weight classes.

  • USASOC Soldiers Battle for "Best Warrior"

    Oct 3, 2008

    The U.S. Army Special Operations Command's Spc. Barrett Kauling, 2007 Soldiers of the Year Sgt. Heyz Seeker, and Sgt. 1st Class Steven Kroll pose for pictures after Kauling and Kroll performed a medical evacuation Oct. 2. The two were two of 24 Soldiers competing in the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Aca,!A"Best WarriorAca,!A? Competition held Sept. 28-Oct.3 at Fort Lee, Va. (Photo by T. Anthony Bell)

  • "Best Warrior" Soldiers Engage in Battle Drills

    Oct 2, 2008

    After recovering an injured Soldier from a hostile environment, Spc. Barrett Kauling, U.S. Army Special Operation Command, conducts a medical evaluation and explains treatment to the grader during the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills event. This was the first event Oct. 2 during the 2008 Department of the Army NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Lee, Va. Photo by Mike Strasser

  • Urban Orienteering at Night

    Oct 2, 2008

    Spc. Barrett Kauling, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, prepares for the night urban warfare orienteering course Oct. 1, at the 2008 Department of the Army NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Lee, Va. Photo by Mike Strasser, Fort Lee Public Affairs

  • Surprise Encounter

    Oct 1, 2008

    Spc. Daniel Horner, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Commmand, and Spc. Barrett Kauling, U.S Army Special Operations Command, encounter a scenario during the Urban Warfare Orienteering Course Oct. 1, during the 2008 Department of the Army Best Warrior, NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Lee, Va. Photo by Anthony Brown

  • Charging Ahead

    Oct 1, 2008

    Sgt. 1st Class Steven Kroll, U.S. Army Special Operations Command competitor, charges to his point on the Urban Warfare Orienteering event during the 2008 Department of the Army NCO/SOY Competition Oct. 1 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • On the Right Spot

    Oct 1, 2008

    Spc. Barrett Kauling, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, arrives at a point along the Urban Warfare Orienteering event during the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition Oct. 1 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Right Way Ahead

    Oct 1, 2008

    Spc. Barrett Kauling, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, eyes a point along the Urban Warfare Orienteering event during the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition Oct. 1 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Going for the Best Grade

    Oct 1, 2008

    Spc. Barrett Kauling, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, prepares to take the written exam during the 2008 Noncommissioned Officer/Soldier of the Year Competition Oct. 1 at Fort Lee, Va. Photo by Amy Perry.

  • Rangers receive awards for valor

    Sep 30, 2008

    Spc. Joe Gibson received the Silver Star and 44 other Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment received other combat awards following their recent deployment at a ceremony Sept. 26 at the at Fort Lewis, Wash., presided over by Adm. Eric T. Olson, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla. Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commanding general, I Corps and Fort Lewis, was in attendance.

  • Getting Ready for "Best Warrior"

    Sep 30, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Julian Wiggins, U.S. Army Materiel Command competitor, checks the sling on his M16, while Sgt. 1st Class Darnyell Parker, Fort Lee Warrior Training Center instructor observes. The pre-combat checks and inspections were scheduled Sept. 30 during the 2008 Department of the Army NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Making a Good Board Appearance

    Sep 29, 2008

    Spc. Jeremy Whipple, U.S. Army National Guard competitor, smiles as his sponsor makes an adjustment to his uniform prior to the board apperance Sept. 29 during the 2008 Department of the Army NCO/Soldier of the Year competition at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Beaming with Confidence

    Sep 29, 2008

    A confident Spc. Alexander Elkassamani, US Army Forces Command exits the Soldier of the Year Board Event Sept. 28 at Fort Lee, VA.

  • Preparing for the Board

    Sep 29, 2008

    Spc. Alexander Elkassamani, U.S. Army Forces Command, straightens the pockets on his Class A jacket before entering the Soldier of the Year Board Event on Sept. 29, at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Dressed for Success

    Sep 29, 2008

    Spc. Eric Kocourek, Eighth Army's Soldier of the Year, double checks his Class A uniform before his board appearance Sept. 29 at the 2008 Department of the Army NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Answering to the Sgt. Maj. of the Army

    Sep 29, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Christopher Barber, Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, appears before board members during the board appearance event of the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Aca,!A"Best WarriorAca,!A? Competition held Sept. 29 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Knock With a Purpose

    Sep 29, 2008

    Eighth Army's Sgt. Victor Berlus knocks on the door just prior to his board appearance during the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Aca,!A"Best WarriorAca,!A? Competition held Sept. 29 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Last-Minute Adjustments

    Sep 29, 2008

    The Army National Guard's Staff Sgt. Michael Noyce Merino receives some last-minute uniform adjustments from his sponsor, Sgt. 1st Class Larry Ganieany, prior to the board appearance event during the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Aca,!A"Best WarriorAca,!A? Competition held Sept. 29 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Testing Army Knowledge

    Sep 29, 2008

    Sgt. Lisa Morales, U.S. Army Forces Command NCO of the year, answers questions during her board appearance at the 2008 Department of the Army Aca,!A"Best WarriorAca,!A? Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Competition held Sept. 29 Aca,!" Oct. 3 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Ready for the Board

    Sep 29, 2008

    Sgt. Lisa Morales of the U.S. Army Forces Command awaits her turn prior to the board appearance event during the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Aca,!A"Best WarriorAca,!A? Competition held Sept. 29 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Best Warrior Begins With Board Appearance

    Sep 29, 2008

    Sgt. Lisa Morales of the U.S. Army Forces Command awaits her turn prior to the board appearance event during the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Aca,!A"Best WarriorAca,!A? Competition held Sept. 29 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Attention to Detail

    Sep 29, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Julian Wiggins of the U.S. Army Medical Command gets a few last minute uniform adjustments from his sponsor, Staff Sgt. Anthony McDougal prior to the board appearance event during the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Aca,!A"Best WarriorAca,!A? Competition held Sept. 29 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Awaiting the Board

    Sep 29, 2008

    U.S. Army Europe's Staff Sgt. Jonathan "Jack" Higgs awaits the word to knock and enter just prior to his board appearance during the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Aca,!A"Best WarriorAca,!A? Competition held Sept. 29 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Final Preparation

    Sep 29, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Eric Przybylski of the National Capital Region, gets in some last minute study time from his sponsor, Sgt. 1st Class Gary Bouchard, prior to the board appearance event during the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Aca,!A"Best WarriorAca,!A? Competition held Sept. 29 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Welcome Warriors

    Sep 29, 2008

    The 24 Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from 12 major commands gathered Sept. 28 for a Welcome Social to kick off the 2008 Department of the Army NCO/Soldier of the Year "Best Warrior" Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

  • 'Best Warrior' to challenge Soldiers

    Sep 23, 2008

    A select group of Soldiers will take center stage during the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year, Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Sept. 28 Aca,!" Oct. 3.

  • Chief uses running to "get away"

    Sep 16, 2008

    An example of how one is only as old as they think they are, 54-year old Edwin Nieves continues to challenge himself physically by running marathons and biking. Nieves' story begins in Puerto Rico more than 25 years ago when he was working as a teacher at a vocational high school. By constantly challenging himself, Nieves continues to be an inspiration to those around him.

  • USASOC News Service

    Sep 10, 2008

    Link to the official USASOC news source.

  • Soldier earns Silver Star for actions in Iraq

    Sep 8, 2008

    Master Sergeant Eric J. Geressy, a student of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas, Sergeants Major Course Class 59, was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his action on Sept. 4, 2007 while serving as the First Sergeant of Eagle Company, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, assigned to Multi-National Division-Baghdad, Iraq.

  • 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) mountaineers

    Sep 5, 2008

    Green Berets of 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) climb Castle Rock near Leavenworth, Wash. The Soldiers conducted military mountaineering training to maintain the skills that allow them to reach their objectives in mountainous terrain anywhere in the world. The Soldiers completed their mission to reach the summit with packs despite 30 mile-per-hour wind gusts and 95-degree Fahrenheit temperture.

  • Family works to bring something positive from pain

    Aug 8, 2008

    Aug. 23, 2003, began as an ordinary day for the Cavalet Family, but it turned to tragedy.

  • Civil Affairs Soldier wins the Superior Honor award from the Department of State.

    Aug 7, 2008

    Civil Affairs Soldier wins the Superior Honor award from the Department of State. Only a few USACAPOC(A) Soldiers have ever won the award which is given for extraordinary accomplishments in Iraq. Awarded for conducting Civil Affairs actions in Samara and Tikrit and working with the Department of State and the US Army.

  • USASOC greets Osprey

    Aug 5, 2008

    The U.S. Army reached a new milestone in its airborne operations capabilities with the MV-22 Osprey aircraft July 22. The operation marked the first official use of the Osprey by the Army for training purposes, said Marine Lt. Col. Baron A. Harrison, Marine liaison at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C. Until now, the Osprey had seen use by the U.S. Navy, Marines and Air Force, but not the Army. Because it is still a relatively new aircraft Aca,!" the OspreyAca,!a,,cs first flight was in spring of 1989 Aca,!" the Army had not shown a great deal of interest.

  • Special Forces Soldiers honored for bravery

    Jul 25, 2008

    Members of the 1st Special Forces Group gathered July 16 as the commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Robert W. Wagner, and the commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, Brig. Gen. Michael S. Repass, presented Sgt. 1st Class Chad M. Kite and Staff Sgt. Christopher L. Federmann with Silver Stars, honoring each for bravery during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Raid in Mosul

    Apr 3, 2008

    Northern IraqAca,!" 2nd Iraqi Army Division Soldiers clear a building during a combined operation with U.S. Special Forces near Mosul March 29.

  • Special Forces Soldiers Pay Tribute to Fallen Comrades

    Apr 3, 2008

    BAGRAM AIRBASE, Afghanistan (Courtesy of CJTF-82 Public Affairs, Apr. 2, 2008) Aca,!" Early Thursday morning the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan honored two fallen comrades in a memorial ceremony.

  • ROKUS Special Forces

    Jul 2, 2007

    Special Operations Command Korea and Special Warfare Command of the Republic of Korea army Combined Unconventional Warfare Task Force training conference.

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