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Sailors Hold Heathen Religious Services Aboard Deployed Aircraft Carrier | Navy Times

If you’re deployed aboard the carrier John C. Stennis and consider yourself a practitioner of Norse paganism, you’re in luck. The carrier, now operating in the Persian Gulf, is holding lay services in the ship’s chapel to serve a “small, committed” group of sailors identifying as Heathens, according to a recent news release from the carrier. More   Read More »

Iraqi forces capture 5 top ISIS leaders in cross-border raid| Military Times

Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday in a statement. The arrest was a “significant blow to Daesh,” coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon said, using the Arabic acronym for the extremist group. A Pentagon spokesman, Marine Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, said the U.S. credited Iraqi ... Read More »

So Long, 5.56: The Army Is Testing A Bigger Bullet For Its SAW And Carbine Replacements | Task & Purpose

For decades the U.S. military’s rifles and machine guns have chambered either 5.56mm or 7.62mm rounds. Now, the Army’s newest weapons are being tested to fire a new caliber bullet that’s faster and more accurate  to give soldiers an edge over their adversaries. The Army is not saying exactly what types of defenses that this new bullet is meant to ... Read More »

The Battle of Kamdesh, which netted two Medals of Honor, is coming to the big screen ― twice | Army Times

Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood have signed up to play two heroes of the war in Afghanistan in “The Outpost,” adapted from CNN host Jake Tapper’s 673-page complete history of the legendary Combat Outpost Keating, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The announcement comes six months after Deadline reported that “Red Platoon,” the memoir by Medal of Honor recipient and former Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha, would enter the ... Read More »

Gabriel Conde Was 5 When the War That Took His Life Began. It Shows No Signs of Ending | Military.com

Army Spc. Gabriel D. Conde’s short life spanned the history of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001, from the euphoria over the fleeting early successes to the current doubts about the new strategy to break what U.S. commanders routinely call a “stalemate.” When Conde was six years old, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said the Taliban had been defeated ... Read More »

Commandos Add Firepower with Cobra Strike Battalions | DVIDS News

The Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps (ANASOC) introduced Afghanistan, and the world, to its newest formation, the Cobra Strike Kandak (CSK), at the inaugural Cobra Strike Maneuver Course (CSMC) class’ live fire exercise at Pol-e Charki, April 30. “The Afghan people have only one goal…it is peace,” said Lt. Gen. Abdul Hamid, Afghan National Army Deputy Chief of Staff. ... Read More »

SOCOM Taps Wittenberg Weiner to Help With Joint Training and Exercises | AFCEA Signal

Wittenberg Weiner Consulting LLC, Lutz, Florida, is being awarded a $200,000,000, five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to support U.S. Special Operations Command in executing joint collective training and exercises. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $25,000,000 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition awarded through a section 8(a) set aside with 10 proposals received. U.S. ... Read More »

US Special Operations soldiers, African partners wrap up Flintlock exercise | Stars & Stripes

 U.S. special operations troops ended their largest training mission in West Africa on Friday, as part of a bid to better train local soldiers for the fight against terror groups. “Flintlock represents a new level of cooperation … in a troubled region,” U.S. Special Operations Command chief Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks said at a ceremony in Niger’s capital city of ... Read More »