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Green Berets honor a fallen member from Turlock, 13 years later | ModestoBee

The headquarters building for an elite Army battalion now bears the name of Sgt. 1st Class Chad Gonsalves of Turlock, who died in Afghanistan in 2006. The 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, bestowed the honor at a recent ceremony. The Special Forces are better known as the Green Berets. Gonsalves, then 31, ... Read More »

SOCOM Plans New Artificial Intelligence Strategy | National Defense

Advancements in technology are spurring Special Operations Command to examine how it can improve its artificial intelligence capabilities on a data-driven battlefield. “We really wanted to focus on growing the discipline,” David Spirk Jr., the organization’s chief data officer, said during a speech at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association. This “applies to ... Read More »

Saudi special forces go all-out for Hajj display | Military Times

The annual Hajj pilgrimage draws millions of visitors to Saudi Arabia, and is coupled with a demonstration of its top troops going to action-movie-level theatrics to show they’re ready to confront threats. Is there a man dragged through a smashed windshield and thrown in the back of a pickup amid speeding dirtbikes? Yes. Yes there is. Source: Saudi special forces ... Read More »

4 Taliban, ISIS militants killed, detained in Special Forces raids, airstrike in Kabul | Khaama Press News Agency

The security forces conducted separate operations in Kabul in the past 24 hours killing or detaining 4 Taliban and ISIS militants. The military officials said the Special Forces arrested an ISIS-K militant during a patrol in Deh Sabz district of Kabul. The officials further added that the Special Forces also destroyed a small cache of weapons. Furthermore, the Special Forces ... Read More »

Boeing upgrades special operations’ unique helicopter | defense-blog.com

U.S. aerospace giant Boeing is upgrading the fleet of unique helicopters that used for special operations in the United States Army under the Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) program. The SOF-unique helicopter, called the A/MH-6 Little Bird, is a light attack helicopter developed in close collaboration with SOF operators and combat developers. The MELB program covers the upgrade of the ... Read More »

SOCOM Must Make These Changes as it Reviews Ethics Problems, Operators and Experts Say | Military.com

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If special operations leaders are serious about ending a troubling trend of bad behavior in the ranks, they must be transparent about the ongoing ethics review and allow troops a break from their never-ending deployment cycles, operators and those who study the command say. Army Gen. Richard Clarke, head of U.S. Special Operations Command, last week called for a sweeping ... Read More »

Fort Carson set to celebrate return from Afghanistan war | The Gazette

As the United States races to end the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan, Fort Carson officials announced Friday that its top leaders are home after nine months atop the Afghan war effort. The post will celebrate the troop’s return Saturday night with a ceremony to welcome back the last 155 troops from the post’s 4th Infantry Division and affiliated units. ... Read More »

US Special Operators Say No to Women in Special Operations Jobs | Military.com

In blunt and, at times, profanity-laced answers to a voluntary survey conducted by the Rand Corp., more than 7,600 of America’s special operations forces spoke with nearly one voice. Allowing women to serve in Navy SEAL, Army Delta or other commando units could hurt their effectiveness and lower the standards, and it may drive men away from the dangerous posts. ... Read More »

Special Forces kill, detain 5 Taliban militants in Kabul and Faryab | Khaama Press News Agency

The Special Forces conducted separate operations in Kabul and Faryab killing or detaining at least five Taliban militants. The Special Operations Corps said in a statement that the Special Forces killed 3 Taliban militants during an operation in Tikan Village of Pashtun Kot district in Faryab. The statement further added that the Special Forces also killed a foreing national hailing ... Read More »

Former Blackwater security contractor sentenced to life in Iraq shootings | NBC News

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A former Blackwater security contractor was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for his role in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq that left 14 people dead. Federal judge Royce Lamberth issued the sentence after a succession of friends and relatives requested leniency for Nicholas Slatten, who was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury in December. ... Read More »