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News Archives for 2014

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24th Special Tactics Squadron

24th Special Tactics Squadron airmen.

The 24th Special Tactics Squadron is a U.S. Air Force component of the Joint Special Operations Command. Combat Controllers are trained special operations forces and certified FAA air traffic controllers. Their mission is to deploy, undetected, into combat and hostile environments to establish assault zones or airfields, while simultaneously conducting air traffic control, fire support, command and control, direct action, counter-terrorism, foreign internal defense, humanitarian assistance, and special reconnaissance.  Their motto "First There" reaffirms the combat controller's commitment to undertaking the most dangerous mission... more

SOCOM Leads Development of 'Iron Man' Suit

Special operations soldier running in a forest.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The U.S. Special Operations Command is using unprecedented outreach and collaboration to develop something special with revolutionary capabilities. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, is the vision of Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, SOCOM's commander. He challenged industry and defense representatives at a SOCOM conference in May 2013 to come up with the concepts and technologies to make the suit a reality. The goal is to offer operators better protection, enhanced performance and improved situational awareness. McRaven spoke more recently at a February 2014 National Defense Industry Associati... more

MARSOC Raises Funds for 2014 NMCRS Fund Drive

Gunnery Sergeant Nastasi presentation.

MARINE CORPS BASE, CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – For 110 years , the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) provides active duty and retired Marines and sailors, as well as their families, with emergency financial assistance.  Last year, MARSOC collected over $7,000 toward donations and the NMCRS distributed $53,729 to the Marines and sailors of MARSOC East alone. Halfway into this year's fund drive, MARSOC wants to emphasize that every contribution counts and donations are still being accepted. "The NMCRS fund drive is an opportunity for MARSOC to give back to an organization that has done so much for our Marines and sailors in their time of ... more

Oregon Air National Guard Members Earn High Honors

125th Special Tactics Squadron

CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- The Oregon Air National Guard honored a group of Airmen with the 125th Special Tactics Squadron with a Silver Star and Bronze Star medals, during a ceremony Monday. Attending were Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, the commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, the director of the Air National Guard at the Pentagon; and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the adjutant general of Oregon. The Airmen recognized were Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews with the Silver Star; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock with the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Christo... more

Airman by Day, Comedian by Night

Tech. Sgt. Ednerson Joseph

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – One NCO proves it's possible to be serious and funny all at the same time. Meet professional comedian, Tech. Sgt. Ednerson Joseph, 1st Special Operations Comptroller Squadron NCO in charge of commander support staff.  Joseph, an Orlando, Fla., native, said he got into comedy about 10 years ago when he was stationed in Guam.  "It was an open mic night and I thought I was funnier than the other comedians," he said. "So, I went on stage and the rest is history."  The juxtaposition of being an NCO and telling jokes on a stage is a clear indication that Joseph can wear multiple hats, so to speak.  "Doing comedy means... more

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