• 815th Airlift Squadron provides support for Operation Southern Strike

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

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

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

    "You'll run into tough problems wherever you go," Odierno told a non-commissioned officer competitor.
    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Carpenter and Spc. Thomas Boyd
  • 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

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News Archives for 2013

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Profile: Special Operations Training Battalion

Spec. Pilego endures water survival training.

Mission SOATB conducts basic Army Special Operations Aviation individual training and provides education in order to produce crew members and support personnel with basic and advanced qualifications for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).  Soldiers and instructors from the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion welcome conventional unit to the Allison Aquatics Training Facility (AATF) at Fort Campbell, Ky., to teach water survival techniques. The training meets a key priority for Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland's, the United States Army Special Operations Commander, ARSOF 2022 vision to bridge critical seams ... more

The Meaning of Being an 'Air Commando'

Senior Airman Joe McFadden saluting Air Commando tablets.

"Having Hurlburt Field on a set of orders does not make you an Air Commando-- you have to earn it."  I wasn't sure what to make of that phrase when Vincent Milioti, former director of the Combat Aviation Advisor Qualification Course, told me it in October 2009. I was fresh out of technical school and reported here, my first duty station, a few weeks before. Its opening formula was simple, but the conclusion was vague. What exactly did it take to be an "Air Commando?"  Yet, the significance of those words - the challenge to earn a title - remained fresh in my mind throughout my story on CAAMQC then and even to my last day here this week.... more

Profile: 2nd Ranger Battalion

2nd Ranger Battalion deployed in Afghanistan.

Recognizing the need for a highly trained and mobile reaction force, after the activation of 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry the Army Chief of Staff, General Creighton Abrams, directed the activation of a second battalion sized Ranger unit in the fall of 1973. The 2D Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry was activated at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Oct. 1, 1974. In February and March 1975, a group of cadre was trained at Fort Benning, Ga., and formed a solid core of leaders capable of instilling Ranger values and doctrine into the first volunteers of the Battalion. In April 1975, the Battalion conducted its first training event and... more

Profile: 353d Special Operations Group

353d Special Operations Group icon.

The 353rd Special Operations Group is the focal point for all U.S. Air Force special operations activities throughout the U.S. Pacific Command theater. The group is comprised of more than 750 Airmen and home-based at Kadena Air Base, Japan. It is the only Air Force Special Operations unit in the Pacific. The 353rd SOG is prepared to conduct a variety of high-priority, low-visibility missions. Its mission is air support of joint and allied special operations forces in the Pacific. It maintains a worldwide mobility commitment, participates in Pacific theater exercises as directed and supports humanitarian and relief operations.  History T... more

Services Open Combat and SOF Jobs for Women

Airman Karley Karlson providing security.

The Defense Department continues working toward its goal of ensuring the mission is met with fully qualified and capable personnel, regardless of gender, the Pentagon's director of officer and enlisted personnel management said here yesterday. Speaking at a House Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing on women in service, Juliet Beyler said the services and U.S. Special Operations Command are working with research agencies to review and validate occupational standards. "The department is proceeding in a measured, deliberate and responsible manner to implement changes that enable service members to serve in any capacity based on th... more

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