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News Archives for 2014

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MARSOC Multi-Purpose Canine Handlers Train for Unforseen

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) was born in 2006, during the wake of Operation Enduring Freedom's surge. During their eight years of operating within Afghanistan, MARSOC triumphantly left their footprint in the country's evolution to stability, training and advising Afghan National Army Commandos and eradicating Taliban safe havens. Now, the war in Afghanistan is nearing its conclusion, and no further MARSOC battalions, companies or teams are due to deploy there again. And though the young unit's undertakings during Operation Enduring Freedom have earned the command an immense a... more

Navy Cross Presented to MARSOC Special Amphibious Recon Corpsman

First Sgt. Alvoid Hamilton presenting Navy Cross

Camp Pendleton, California -- Heroism; bravery; valor: these are qualities which are defined and made familiar to Marines and sailors alike upon entering the service. They are further illustrated in the numerous chronicles of battles past, and the heroes of those battles. The service members who embodied, and truly exemplified those noble qualities in the direst of circumstances – their stories have been immortalized in the citations of their medals earned, and made famous by service members who stand in admiration. The Navy Cross serves as a testament to its recipient's extraordinary heroism and valor displayed in combat. It is the secon... more

Elite Special Force Counted on for High-Stakes Rescues

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MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) -- When they are in trouble, who do Navy SEALs call? A little-known elite Special Operations force known as Guardian Angel, a non-aircraft, equipment based weapon system employed by pararescuemen, combat rescue officers and SERE (which stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.) This force is the only asset in the U.S. Department of Defense that is solely dedicated to rescue and recovery. When U.S. troops are cut off and in desperate need of medical help, they call these guys. "These folks are an amazing national treasure," said U.S. Air force Colonel Jeffrey Magram, the Vice Wing Commander of the 129th ... more

Hagel Observes Full-Spectrum National Training Center Exercise

Chuck Hagel

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel yesterday lauded training efforts at the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, where he addressed troops and observed a "full-spectrum" war exercise involving about 4,700 soldiers preparing for deployments to the Middle East. The training on the 1,200-square-mile site included exercises in traditional tactics, political leader and citizen interactions, and cyberattacks. Importance of Training "It is critically important that the kind of training you're getting here continue to be refined, because … it is training that prepares you, that keeps you ready," Hagel said. "It is ... more

815th Airlift Squadron provides support for Operation Southern Strike

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment paratroopers

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) -- A large mechanical whir fills the back of the C-130J Super Hercules, as the back ramp doors begin to slowly open like a pair of iron jaws. Chief Master Sgt. Troy Peltier, a loadmaster with the 815th Airlift Squadron here, turns to the 25 paratroopers from the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment as they peer into the dark, and signals for them to get ready to plunge into the void of an October night. A dim green glow fills the cargo bay of the C-130J. All white light sources have been switched to a type of lighting that helps the paratrooper's eyes adjust to the night as they prepare to... more

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