• 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

    The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment's mission is to organize, equip, train, resource, and employ SO aviation forces.
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  • Profile: 919th Special Operations Wing

    The 919th Special Operations Wing is the only special operations wing in the Air Force Reserve.
    23rd Special Tactics training.
  • Marine Recapture Tactics Team

    Naval bases are full of sensitive equipment and personnel so average security won't cut it - enter the Recapture Tactics Team.
    Marines performing CQB training
  • 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne)

    95th Civil Affairs Brigade Soldiers enable military commanders to improve relationships with various stakeholders in a local area.
    95th Civil Affairs Brigade water parajump practice.
  • Profile: 75th Ranger Regiment 3rd Battalion

    Following operation "Urgent Fury," in Grenada, the Department of the Army ordered the activation of the 3rd Battalion.
    3rd Battalion Ranger aiming with a rifle.

Special Operations Overview

Called upon to perform the toughest duties in the armed forces, Special Operations Forces directly affect the protection of America's freedom.


Army Special Forces
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75th Ranger Regiment
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Air Force

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News Archives for 2014

Showing 26 - 30 of 35 news articles

1st SOSFS Patrols the Skies

Senior Airman Goffeney, training on UAV simulator.

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – "Off we go into the wild blue yonder..." begins the U.S. Air Force Song, but Airmen at the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron aren't leaving all the flying up to traditional pilots.  Approximately one year ago, the 1st SOSFS began a small unmanned aerial system program to operate the RQ-11B Raven. The Raven platform looks like a toy airplane and weighs less than five pounds. Despite appearances, it's equipped with surveillance capability and is designed to be launched by hand to enable covert missions.  The Airmen initially train in a two-week course at the Joint Formal Training Unit at Choctaw Field, ... more

USDA, Special Operations Support Military Families

Military family, servicemember holding child.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and Navy Adm. William H. McRaven have signed a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Special Operations Command to increase support services for military families. The MOU allows the USDA-supported Cooperative Extension System and Land Grant Universities to work directly with Socom to conduct research and develop programs for military families of special operations units on issues such as personal financial management, health and nutrition, child care and youth empowerment, USDA said in a news release. The USDA and the Defense Depa... more

Special Ops Ready for Post-2014 Afghanistan

Tora Ray village in Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON – Special operations forces will be prepared for any decision made on the post-2014 U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told Congress today. Speaking to the House Armed Services Committee, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven cited "great strides" in dealing with current conflicts, preparing for future conflicts, and with the state of his workforce. "Socom continues to provide the world's finest warriors to the fight in Afghanistan," he said. "As we approach the end of 2014, your special operations forces will be able to adjust to whatever decisions are made regarding our future empl... more

Special Tactics Airman Fatal Training Mishap

Master Sgt. Josh Gavulic

Information courtesy of the 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs. HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- An Air Force Special Tactics Airman died Feb. 21, during a free fall proficiency training in Eloy, Ariz. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Master Sgt. Josh Gavulic was a tactical air control party member assigned to the 17th Special Tactics Squadron at Fort Benning, Ga. He was a 16-year veteran with 10 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan where he earned three Bronze Star Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals with Valor and an Army Commendation Medal. "Joshua was a tender warri... more

Mission-Critical Support for Special Ops Forces

Special operations logistics forklift.

Mission-critical logistics support is a never-ending battle for special operations forces (SOF) deployed to Afghanistan. This is especially true for the combined special operations task force (CSOTF) that operates in seven provinces of eastern Afghanistan and mentors Afghan National Security Forces.  Special operations by their very nature place small teams in remote, austere locations without the logistics structure that normally supports conventional forces--often for protracted periods of time. An organic sustainment reach-back capability was originally designed and provided for as a part of the Army SOF transformation several years ag... more

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