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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

Delta Force: Missions and History

Delta Force Soldier

"Delta Force," officially known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), is one of the U.S. special missions units primarily focused on the counter-terrorism mission.  SFOD-Delta has been through a few name changes over the years, and even though it will likely always be known as SFOD–Delta, it was recently renamed the Co... more

Wargame to Examine the Fall of a 'Megacity'

Maj. Rod Dywer

FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- It's 2035, and a city of more than 10 million people is in a state of crisis plagued by insurgency, internal corruption and struck by a natural disaster in the form of a major flood.  The challenges, opportunities and potential approaches for the U.S. Army to conduct operations in such a complex environment will be the focu... more

MARSOC Marine Posthumously Awarded Navy Cross

Major Gen. Mark A. Clark gives posthumous award.

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina -- Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan Gifford was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the highest decoration bestowed by the Department of the Navy and second highest decoration for valor, during a ceremony at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, June 17.  General John M. Paxton, Jr., the assistant commandant of... more

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