• 815th Airlift Squadron provides support for Operation Southern Strike

    2014
    "This is great practice," Ludwig said. "Anytime you jump at night, it refines your capabilities and is extremely worthwhile."
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    160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment paratroopers
  • Navy SEAL Who Says He Killed Bin Laden Draws Ire of Colleagues

    2014
    Some special operations service members and vets are unhappy that one of their own has taken credit for killing Osama bin Laden.
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    Former SEAL Robert O'Neill. Sky News image
  • Army Beats SOCOM, Loses to Marines in Sitting Volleyball

    2014
    The game was hotly contested from the get-go. Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, came out charging, leading the game early on.
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    Warrior Games sitting volleyball match.
  • 2014 Best Warriors Named: Linguist, Special Forces NCO Take Top Honors

    2014
    "You'll run into tough problems wherever you go," Odierno told a non-commissioned officer competitor.
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    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Carpenter and Spc. Thomas Boyd
  • SEALs, Marines use USS George Washington as Forward Staging Base

    2014
    SEALs and MARSOC forces from Special Operations Command Pacific conducted maritime interoperability training aboard the USS George Washington.
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    USS George Washington

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News Archives for 2013

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Women Navy SEALs on the Horizon?

Demi Moore in "GI Jane"

With recent legislation paving the way for women in the military partaking in combat roles, it was inevitable that talk would eventually turn to special operations, and The Christian Science Monitor reports that while military occupational specialties once open only to men are now being considered for gender neutrality, it may come as a surprise to more than a few that the head of special operations himself is in favor of opening up the SEALs to women. Admiral William McRaven, head of Special Operations Forces, said that he guarantees that there are women who will pass training and become SEALs, and they will do a phenomenal job. He does ... more

The Man Who Shot Osama Faces Civilian Life

HK MP5 rifle

He was a member of SEAL Team 6, and recognized as the man who shot Osama bin Laden, but after 16 years of service, the man known as "The Shooter" might be facing his biggest foe yet – finding a life for himself outside the military. Considering the expertise, sacrifices, and sensitive nature of their service, the question of how highly trained special operators should be taken care of after leaving the military has been thrown into the spotlight, as the man who shot Osama Bin Laden, called "the Shooter" for anonymity, has spoken out about his transition to civilian life. In a recent interview with Esquire, the Shooter goes into detail ab... more

Army Studies Special Operators’ Nutritional Needs

Army special operations nutrition study

A typical service member in garrison needs to consume about 3,250 calories a day for sustenance. Maj. Aaron Crombie, Ph.D., is in the process of estimating how much more a special operator should eat. Crombie, who works for the Military Nutrition Division at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Mass., is leading a team that has been studying special operations forces at training venues around the country to discover that. Results will be used to adjust the Basic Daily Food Allowance, or BDFA, for dining facilities that serve their meals. "We know that these guys move a ... more

Ranger Combat Medic Named USASOC Medic of the Year

Army Ranger receives combat medic award

FORT BENNING, Ga. (USASOC News Service, Jan. 22, 2013) – Something that every Ranger lives by, however when a Ranger is wounded in combat, a Ranger Combat Medic has the life of his fellow Ranger literally in his hands. This year’s U.S. Army Special Operations Command Medic of the Year takes this part of the Ranger Creed to a whole new level. For his mentoring skills, tactical knowledge and casualty management proficiency, Staff Sgt. Christopher Hutchison, Company Senior Medic, Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment has been named U.S. Army Special Operations Command Medic of the Year. This is the fourth year in a row that a Comb... more

SEAL Survival Guide: Fighting Tips

close-up vulnerable points on face

[The following is an excerpt from SEAL SURVIVAL GUIDE: A Navy SEAL's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster, written by Former Navy SEAL and preeminent American survivalist Cade Courtley.] Violence of action means the unrestricted use of speed, strength, surprise, and aggression to achieve total dominance against your enemy. I'm repeating this to drive home the concept that any fighting technique is useless unless you first totally commit to violence of action. Don't be afraid to hit first, and when you do, hit hard. Remember, you are fighting because this is the best and only option. Pull the trigger -- because you are in a battle for your li... more

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