Special Operations Forces

2014 Best Warriors Named: Linguist, Special Forces NCO Take Top Honors

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Carpenter and Spc. Thomas Boyd

FORT LEE, Va. -- The Best Warrior competition concluded Oct. 9 and the winners were:  Non-commissioned Officer of the Year -- Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Carpenter, a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Carson, Colorado. Soldier of the Year -- Spc. Thomas Boyd, a cryptologic linguist w... more

SEALs, Marines use USS George Washington as Forward Staging Base

USS George Washington

USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea (NNS) -- SEALs and Marine Special Operations (MARSOC) forces from Special Operations Command Pacific conducted maritime interoperability training aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Sept. 22-29. Using the carrier as an afloat forward staging base, the task force demonstrated incre... more

Warrior Games Begin in Colorado Springs

Army Sgt. 1st Class Doug Franklin

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two hundred wounded, ill or injured athletes came together Sept. 28 for the start of a weeklong competition in adaptive sports and to claim the rights to the Chairman's Cup in the fifth annual Warrior Games. For the next six days, five teams of 40 active-duty service member and veteran athletes from the four service br... more

TACPs and Army Special Forces Test Battefield Skills

1st Lt. Matthew Rother on a rope obstacle.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash.  -- Airmen and Soldiers competed to see who had the best battlefield-ready team during the Cascade Challenge here Aug. 19. The Cascade Challenge is a vigorous three-day competition created to test the skills of tactical air control party and Army Special Forces members. The competition challenges the participants... more

Votel Takes Charge of Special Operations Command

Gen. Joseph L. Votel III

WASHINGTON  – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today presided over the U.S. Special Operations Command change of command ceremony in Tampa, Florida, where Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. McRaven, who's served as the command's chief since Aug. 8, 2011, has been named as the next chancellor of the Uni... more

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