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News Archives for 2013

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The Meaning of Being an 'Air Commando'

Senior Airman Joe McFadden saluting Air Commando tablets.

"Having Hurlburt Field on a set of orders does not make you an Air Commando-- you have to earn it."  I wasn't sure what to make of that phrase when Vincent Milioti, former director of the Combat Aviation Advisor Qualification Course, told me it in October 2009. I was fresh out of technical school and reported here, my first duty station, a few weeks before. Its opening formula was simple, but the conclusion was vague. What exactly did it take to be an "Air Commando?"  Yet, the significance of those words - the challenge to earn a title - remained fresh in my mind throughout my story on CAAMQC then and even to my last day here this week.... more

Profile: 2nd Ranger Battalion

2nd Ranger Battalion deployed in Afghanistan.

Recognizing the need for a highly trained and mobile reaction force, after the activation of 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry the Army Chief of Staff, General Creighton Abrams, directed the activation of a second battalion sized Ranger unit in the fall of 1973. The 2D Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry was activated at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Oct. 1, 1974. In February and March 1975, a group of cadre was trained at Fort Benning, Ga., and formed a solid core of leaders capable of instilling Ranger values and doctrine into the first volunteers of the Battalion. In April 1975, the Battalion conducted its first training event and... more

Services Open Combat and SOF Jobs for Women

Airman Karley Karlson providing security.

The Defense Department continues working toward its goal of ensuring the mission is met with fully qualified and capable personnel, regardless of gender, the Pentagon's director of officer and enlisted personnel management said here yesterday. Speaking at a House Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing on women in service, Juliet Beyler said the services and U.S. Special Operations Command are working with research agencies to review and validate occupational standards. "The department is proceeding in a measured, deliberate and responsible manner to implement changes that enable service members to serve in any capacity based on th... more

Profile: Marine Special Operations School

MARSOC rifle training.

The mission of the Marine Special Operations School (MSOS) is to train and educate personnel for assignment as Marine Special Operations Forces (MARSOF) operators; provide basic and advanced individual special operations training; and validate MARSOF Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP's) in order to produce basically trained Marine Special Operators and develop advanced special operations skills for the force. MSOS is tasked to: Develop and conduct the individual training course to train the baseline MARSOF Operators Develop and conduct a series of courses for designated advanced special operations skills Coordinate ... more

Naval Special Warfare Group 1

Naval Special Warfare Group 1 insignia.

In response to then-President John F. Kennedy's desire for the Armed Forces to possess an unconventional warfare capability, the SEAL teams in the Atlantic and Pacific fleets were officially established, effective Jan. 1, 1962. SEAL Teams 1 and 2 were commissioned with 10 officers and 50 enlisted men each. Since that time, the SEAL teams have grown impressively in number and capability. The Naval Special Warfare Support Activities Group One was established in December 2006 to provide critical intelligence and targeting support to the NSW Community. It is headquartered at U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA and Joint Expeditionary Bas... more

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