• 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
  • 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.

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News Archives for 2013

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Spec Ops Profile: 1st Special Operations Wing

1st Special Operations Wing shield

Mission The 1st Special Operations Wing (1st SOW) at Hurlburt Field, Fla. is one of two Air Force active duty special operations wings and falls under the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).  The 1st SOW mission focus is unconventional warfare: counter-terrorism, combat search and rescue, personnel recovery, psychological operations, aviation assistance to developing nations, "deep battlefield" resupply, interdiction and close air support. The wing has units located at Hurlburt Field, Fla. and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The wing's core missions include aerospace surface interface, agile combat support, combat aviation adviso... more

1st Special Forces Group

Members of the 1st Special Forces Group

One of the first Special Operations groups formed, its history began during World War II. Geoffrey Pyke, a scientist working for the British combined Operations Headquarters imagined a small, elite commando unit utilizing tracked vehicles to strike at infrastructure behind enemy lines in the winter. Despite negative views on the mission, LTC Robert T. Frederick was instructed to proceed with the creation of such a force, and to plan strikes on heavy water plants in Norway. Volunteers were pulled from servicemembers with experience as lumberjacks, forest rangers, hunters, game wardens, prospectors, and explorers. Some commanders, reluctant ... more

Spec Ops Profile: Intelligence Support Activity

A gray fox crossing the road

Few special operations forces are clad in as much secrecy as the Intelligence Support Activity. Little is known about the organization or its activities, but it is clear that they serve as a military intelligence unit, and have partaken in numerous missions around the globe. The Pentagon frequently disavows knowledge regarding their activities or even their existence, and they've been given different names multiple times to misdirect any probes into their identity or activities. Originally referred to as Task Force Orange, other names have included Centra Spike, Torn Victor, and Gray Fox. Before it operated under the name ISA, the group w... more

Special Operations Forces Profile: Chris Kyle

Former SEAL Chris Kyle

"It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don't regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn't save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I'm not naive, and I don't romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job." Renowned as the deadliest sniper in America's military history, Chris Kyle began shooting at 8 years old when his father bought him a bolt-action .30-06 Springfield rifle. He put in time practicing with it when his father took him to hunt pheasant, quail, and deer in Texas near their home in Odessa. After school, he worked as a professional rod... more

Amputee Soldier Graduates Air Assault

Sergeant 1st Class Greg Robinson completes Air Assault school

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- For almost 12-miles he has been carrying about 35-pounds of gear. He sees a clock in the near distance with red digital numerals closing in on the three-hour mark, the time limit for the near half-marathon march. He wants to sprint to the finish line, but his face winces with every right step taken. His breaths are heavy and pain can be heard with each inhale.  His left leg is in full stride, but his right, being amputated more than six years ago, now pushes forward on a damaged prosthetic; a piston broke a few miles back eliminating fluid motion. He picks up a faster, but still a limping pace. Sweat drips into his e... more

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