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    The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment's mission is to organize, equip, train, resource, and employ SO aviation forces.
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News Archives for 2014

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TACPs and Army Special Forces Test Battefield Skills

1st Lt. Matthew Rother on a rope obstacle.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash.  -- Airmen and Soldiers competed to see who had the best battlefield-ready team during the Cascade Challenge here Aug. 19. The Cascade Challenge is a vigorous three-day competition created to test the skills of tactical air control party and Army Special Forces members. The competition challenges the participants both physically and mentally.  The Cascade participants consisted of active duty Air Force TACP members from the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, 5th ASOS, 25th ASOS, Air National Guard TACP members from the 238th ASOS, and Army members from the 1st Special Forces Group.  The Cascade Challeng... more

Votel Takes Charge of Special Operations Command

Gen. Joseph L. Votel III

WASHINGTON  – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today presided over the U.S. Special Operations Command change of command ceremony in Tampa, Florida, where Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. McRaven, who's served as the command's chief since Aug. 8, 2011, has been named as the next chancellor of the University of Texas. Votel most recently served as commander of Joint Special Operations Command. A full account of McRaven's career has yet to be written, Hagel said in his prepared remarks. "When it is, it will have to be heavily redacted," he joked. "But his legacy in the special operations commun... more

We are America's Air Commandos

AFSOC mission statement

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- "Air Commandos, we are one component of a very powerful joint special operations team," said Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command. "We want to ensure that our teammates can always depend on us." This message resonated clearly during a recent offsite where the command team got together to assess AFSOC's priorities. After a review of the National Security Strategy, Defense Planning Guidance, Air Force Strategy and U.S. Special Operations Command Strategy, the staff arrived at four command priorities. Heithold and his command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Matt Caruso, want to ensure Ai... more

MARSOC Welcomes New Commander at Camp Lejeune

Marine Corps Sgt. Major John W. Scott

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- The U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command bid farewell to one commander and welcomed another during a ceremony aboard Stone Bay at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Aug. 6.    Major Gen. Mark A. Clark relinquished command of MARSOC to Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman before a crowd of nearly 400 inside the MARSOC headquarters auditorium. Clark, who began his career as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter pilot, retired from the Marine Corps after 34 years on active duty. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos attended the ceremony and thanked Clark for his faithful and dedicated service. A... more

Wargame to Examine the Fall of a 'Megacity'

Maj. Rod Dywer

FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- It's 2035, and a city of more than 10 million people is in a state of crisis plagued by insurgency, internal corruption and struck by a natural disaster in the form of a major flood.  The challenges, opportunities and potential approaches for the U.S. Army to conduct operations in such a complex environment will be the focus of the Deep Futures Wargame, being conducted Aug. 17-22, at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.  The wargame is the culminating event in Unified Quest 2014, the Army chief of staff's future study plan, which examines a variety of feasible mid- to long-range strategic and operational settings and exp... more

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