• SEALs, Marines use USS George Washington as Forward Staging Base

    SEALs and MARSOC forces from Special Operations Command Pacific conducted maritime interoperability training aboard the USS George Washington.
    USS George Washington
  • Warrior Games Begin in Colorado Springs

    Two hundred wounded, ill or injured athletes came together Sept. 28 for the start of a weeklong competition.
    Army Sgt. 1st Class Doug Franklin
  • Combat Aviation Advisors Attend Large-Scale Army Exercise

    For the first time, 14 special operations Airmen deployed as a CAA team to Fort Polk, Louisiana, to participate in the Army exercise.
    Airmen during a training exercise on victim stabilization.
  • TACPs and Army Special Forces Test Battefield Skills

    Airmen and Soldiers competed to see who had the best battlefield-ready team during the Cascade Challenge here Aug. 19.
    1st Lt. Matthew Rother on a rope obstacle.
  • Keeping Your Clearance: Alcohol Abuse

    Moderate alcohol use is normal, but alcohol abuse or dependence is a serious problem.
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News Archives for 2013

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Special Operations: Air Force Combat Controllers

Air Force Combat Controllers

The United States Air Force is the largest air force in the world, and when a combat zone is thick with air traffic, someone has to coordinate it all. Air force combat controllers operate in hostile territory as air traffic controllers, and that means they need to insert unnoticed, coordinate local aerial forces, and be ready for potential contact with enemy combatants. According to the Air Force Special Operations Command website, "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 ai... more

USMC Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Group

Osprey and artillery

Officially the purpose of the Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company is to "provide Marine Air Ground Task Force Commanders a liaison capability with foreign area expertise to plan, coordinate, employ and conduct terminal control of fires in support of joint, allied and coalition forces." That means that they provide direct support to various Joint, Allied, Coalition and Special Operations forces working within Marine Corps battlespace and conduct the coordination required in order for their commanders to access Marine Corps close air support, artillery, rockets and naval gunfire. Their motto is "lightning from the sky, thunder from the sea," ... more

Air Force Special Operations Weatherman

Air Force Special Operations Weatherman

When planning a mission, it's crucial to have accurate information on as many variables as possible, and the weather is one of the most important. Special Operations Weathermen work to accurately assess meteorological conditions in hostile and denied territory. They gather data on oceans, rivers, snow, and terrain, advise during mission planning, and tailor meteorological reports for specific missions to support global special operations. Special Operations Weathermen also train other Special Operations groups in assessing the weather and communicating that information. They utilize ground and unmanned aerial sensors to collect data, and d... more

Recon Marines Train for New Roles

Marine Recon jungle training

CAMP GONSALVES, Okinawa, Japan -- "You can't prep for (the Jungle Warfare Training Center) -- it's not possible, not for the jungle and not for the weather," said Sgt. Matthew J. Foglesong, a team leader and reconnaissance man with Company B, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. "You just have to take everything you have learned in the past and make it work for you." Marines with Company B, 3rd Recon. Bn., 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, put their experience to use in overcoming rugged terrain and inclement weather to complete a four-day reconnaissance patrol at the JWTC on Camp Gonsalves Feb. 19–22 during the final event of... more

Green Beret Translates in the Emergency Room

Farsi language

Medical emergencies can be some of the most stressful moments in someone's life, especially if it involves the emergency room. Anyone entering critical care has precious few moments to understand what their options are and what the doctors are going to do. During this time, communication is key to not only successful treatment, but effective reassurance. The Fort Campbell Courier reports that a Green Beret undergoing a month-long training program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee was integral to establishing this type of connection with a patient who didn't speak English.   Sergeant 1st Class David Krug is pa... more

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