USASOC Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II has been identified as one of the men found dead on a Fort Bragg training ground by officials, alongside veteran Timothy Dumas. The Army Criminal Investigation Command is currently conducting an investigation but has not release the cause of death. Defense officials have stated that foul play is suspected.
Also in the US, Staff Sgt. Alaxey Germanovich from the 26th Special Tactics Squadron will receive the Air Force Cross for his actions in Afghanistan in 2017. While serving under Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component-Afghanistan alongside Army Special Forces and Afghan commandos, Germanovich ran across open ground during a firefight to direct multiple aircraft strafing runs. Germanovich also moved to and used his own body to protect Army Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar who was killed in action while returning enemy gunfire.
The Nigerian Air Force have graduated 204 new Special Forces and Combat Search and Rescue Personnel as part of an effort to increase international security. Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar commented during the joint ceremony that the SF and CSAR were graduating at time needed by Nigeria for rising security challenges.