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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Sunday, April 18, 2021

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USAF officer first member of SOCAFRICA to be inducted into Space Force | DVIDS

For the first time from SOCAFRICA, a soldier will be inducted as a Space Force member. To be more specific, U.S. Air Force Capt. Santiago Duque-Ayala will be joining the group. Capt. Duque-Ayala was born in Bogota, Colombia, and...

This is how the biggest arms manufacturers steer millions to influence US policy | Military.com

In a report from the Center for Responsive Politics, the nation’s biggest manufacturers of arms spent $20 million alone last year to influence policy. The country's biggest manufacturers include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies, and General Dynamics....

Retying the Gordian Knot: US Special Operations Command as a service | Military Times

The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has been the SOF’s backbone ever since it was activated. Over the years, it has stayed true to its mission to provide combat-ready forces for rapid reinforcement of the other unified commands worldwide....

U.S. Army Special Forces join sanctuary and Coast Guard to clean up waters | Keys Weekly

For the very first time, the U.S. Army Special Forces, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and the U.S. Coast Guard have come together in a joint underwater cleanup in the waters off Key West. The clean-up is in line...

Medal of Honor recipient and Korean War Army chaplain accounted for | Connecting Vets Radio

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced and confirmed that Korean War Medal of Honor recipient Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Joseph Kapaun has been accounted for after 70 years. Kapaun was the chaplain of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry...

One of the pioneers of the Navy SEALs lived almost a century | We Are the Mighty

During World War II Marine Corps Raiders helped train operators for the Office of Strategic Services. Hank Weldon was a member of UDT-10, an underwater demolition team, and trained to conduct covert resistance, sabotage, and intelligence-gathering operations. He was...

These British commandos kidnapped a German general without firing a shot | Military.com

Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller is a German general known for being brutal, earning him the nickname “the Butcher of Crete.” Due to his brutality, British agents wanted to capture him in order to strike fear into the German military. Major Patrick...

Group of House lawmakers fights for greater access to service dogs for veterans with PTSD | Stars & Stripes

In the hopes of helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), house lawmakers are fighting for them to have more access to service dogs. Specifically, Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla.  reintroduced the Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members Act. The said...

US Special Forces train in Serbia, where China and Russia have strengthened military ties | Stars & Stripes

The US Special Forces arrived in Serbia last week as they are set to train for a month in the country. With this, U.S. military commanders are looking forward to strengthening ties with Belgrade regardless of its deepening connection...

Bill would dramatically expand retirement benefits for 42,000 veterans | Military.com

The Major Richard Star Act dramatically expand disability benefits for around 42,000 veterans injured in combat. Specifically, this allows veterans who served less than 20 years before being medically retired due to combat-related injuries to receive disability compensation and...

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How Delta, Rangers, and the Green Berets’ unique training would pay off in an Arctic war with Russia | Business Insider

With military build-ups and encounters in the Arctic between the US and its near-peer competitors Russia and China, the...

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