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News Archives for 2013

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160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

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The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment's mission is to organize, equip, train, resource, and employ Army special operations aviation forces worldwide in support of contingency missions and combatant commanders. Known as Night Stalkers, these Soldiers are recognized for their proficiency in nighttime operations. They are highly trained and ready to accomplish the very toughest missions in all environments, anywhere in the world, day or night, with unparalleled precision. They employ highly modified Chinook, Black Hawk, and assault and attack configurations of Little Bird helicopters. Soldiers of the 160th have been actively and con... more

SOCOM To Boost Operator's Reslience, Readiness

Air Force Special Operations Pararescueman Kurt Leisenring

Maintainers across the military take pride in keeping aircraft, vehicles and weapons systems well-oiled and ready to go whenever the mission calls. A major initiative is underway at U.S. Special Operations Command here to better maintain what Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, the Socom commander, calls the most important system of all: the operator. "Humans are more important than hardware" is the first of the "truths" McRaven espouses for the nation's special operations forces. This fundamental recognizes that what makes the "tip of the spear" so sharp is the education, rigorous training and experience of the operators themselves. But short... more

27th Special Operations Wing

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The primary mission focus of the 27th Special Operations Wing is to generate and employ specialized aircraft and highly trained Air Commandos to execute and support special operations missions with unique capabilities including: Precision Air Fires, Specialized Mobility, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Command and Control, Information Operations, and Agile Combat Support. The 27th Special Operations Group, located at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., is one of four groups assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing. The group accomplishes global special operations taskings as an Air Force component member of the United ... more

1st Ranger Battalion

Sgt. 1st Class James Lovett 1st Ranger Battalion receives medal

Recognizing the need for a highly trained and mobile reaction force, the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Creighton Abrams, in the fall of 1973, directed the activation of the first battalion-size Ranger qualified personnel. Headquarters, Forces Command, issued General Order 127, directing the activation of the 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry, with an effective date of January 31, 1974. Selection continued from March through June 1974, as personnel assembled at Ft. Benning, GA, where cadre training was conducted. On July 1, 1974, the battalion parachuted into Fort Stewart, GA, where the battalion was stationed until moving to Hun... more

Army Provides Venue for Multinational SOF Training

10th Special Forces Group medivac with Romanians

What does a commander do when the unit has a mission in Afghanistan, and they're partnering with nations more than 6,000 miles away? The 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also called 10th SFG(A), of Fort Carson, Colo., met Special Forces units from four European nations at Grafenwoehr Training Area, April 16-28, to prepare for an upcoming mission in Afghanistan. "It's very unique that a U.S. based 10th Special Forces Group battalion can come to Grafenwoehr Training Area from stateside to meet with their European partners for their culminating training exercise prior to deploying to Afghanistan for operations," said Col. Adam A. Lovel... more

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