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Army, Fayetteville to celebrate Fort Bragg’s 100th and National Airborne Day | Fay Observer

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum and the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum are teaming up to help tell the story of Fort Bragg and the end of World War I. The two downtown museums will launch collaborative exhibits on Aug. 18, the same day the Army hosts its annual National Airborne Day celebration at the Airborne & ... Read More »

SNIPER SHOOTS ISIS FIGHTER DEAD FROM OVER ONE MILE AWAY WITH 40-YEAR-OLD GUN | Newsweek

A British soldier from the elite Special Air Service has shot and killed an ISIS commander from more than a mile away, in what is thought to be the best long-range shot in the regiment’s 77-year history. Using a a huge .50 Calibre Browning machine gun, which is nearly 40 years old, the unnamed sergeant, who is a veteran of ... Read More »

Russian Special Forces arrive in southern Idlib for upcoming offensive – source | Almasdar News

A military source in northern Hama told Al-Masdar, tonight, that the Russian Special Forces and several aircraft technicians arrived in the southern countryside of Idlib. According to the military source, the Russian Special Forces and the aircraft technicians arrived at the Abu Dhuhour Airport in southern Idlib; they were joined by several personnel from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) as ... Read More »

SAS must abide by laws of armed conflict: former Defence chief | Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian Defence Force’s elite SAS troops are bound by the same rules of armed conflict as other soldiers despite their unique role in the battlefield, a former head of the Defence Department says. Paul Barratt, who headed Defence in the late 1990s, told the Herald that the SAS “is a very important part of our military capability and it’s ... Read More »

JTAC called in airstrikes despite softball-sized hole in his back after being shot | Military Times

Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez Jr., Air Force Special Operations Command combat controller, during a deployment to Afghanistan. Gutierrez was awarded the Air Force Cross, announced by Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz Sept. 20, 2011 at the Air Force Association convention in Washington D.C. (Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo)

The situation was looking grim when a team of 30 U.S. Army Special Forces and Afghan commandos found themselves surrounded in a Taliban-sympathizing village in Afghanistan’s Herat province on Oct. 5, 2009. The team, which was tasked with targeting a Taliban commander, began taking small arms and sniper fire as enemy fighters closed in on nearby rooftops, some only 10 ... Read More »

Afghan forces search for Taliban fighters after major attack | Yahoo! News

Afghan forces launched a clearing operation Friday, searching for Taliban fighters following a major assault on the southeastern city of Ghazni, after US air strikes targeted insurgents trying to overrun the city. Afghan special forces were deployed to Ghazni after the latest attempt by the Taliban to capture an urban centre, with the assault coming as pressure builds on the ... Read More »

Pentagon to spend nearly $5M on Marine Corps mission in the Philippines | Marine Corps Times

Despite a siege last year that retook a major city in the Philippines and killed an estimated 1,000 ISIS fighters, reducing their ranks to about 200 in the area, Pentagon spending on the military mission there has nearly tripled, according to a recent report. And most of that money is being spent on running a fleet of drones to monitor terrorist activities while supporting ground patrols ... Read More »

Pentagon lays groundwork for Space Force to blast off in 2020 | Defense News

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence on Aug. 9 unveiled the Pentagon’s plan to set the stage for a Space Force — a new military service branch centered around space operations — which could be in effect as early as 2020. That plan involves creating an independent unified combatant command, U.S. Space Command, that will eventually be led by a four-star general, Pence ... Read More »

Md. National Guard Special Ops triumph in International Airborne Competition | DVIDS News

Soldiers with the Maryland Army National Guard’s Special Operations Detachment recently participated in Leapfest, an international static line parachute training event and competition. Army Master Sgts. William Stout, Grover Thompson, Kevin Facemeyer and Army Maj. Mark Westphall, represented one of three teams of elite paratroopers from the SOD. Claiming the title of top paratrooper in the world with the best ... Read More »

Army Green Beret arrested in North Carolina on sexual assault charge | Army Times

Authorities have arrested a Special Forces soldier for forcing a woman to perform a sexual act, the Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday. Christopher McHargue, 41, was charged with a second-degree sexual offense, according to an arrest warrant with the Cumberland County magistrate’s office. A spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command confirmed to Army Times on Friday that McHargue, a sergeant ... Read More »