Special Operations Forces

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 t... more

Marine Special Operations (MARSOC)

US Marine RECON

In October 2005, the secretary of defense directed the formation of a Marine component of U.S. Special Operations Command (MARSOC). It was determined the Marine Corps would initially form a unit of approximately 2,500 to serve with USSOCOM. On Feb. 24, 2006 MARSOC activated at Camp Lejeune, N.C. MARSOC initially consisted of a small staff a... more

5 Steps to Building Mental Toughness

The Navy SEAL Rumor Buster

I've read some articles recently that have provoked me to explain qualities of mental toughness and why people fail challenging special ops programs. Related Articles:  Top Ten Reasons Why People Fail Top Ten List of Mental Toughness Qualities After recent conversations with a few different Special Ops friends (Army SF, SEAL... 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 qualit... 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 exer... more

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