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Commandos to Counselors: A response to the special operations forces mental health crisis | Military Times

There is a growing mental health crisis among members of the U.S. Special Operations Forces community that is not being adequately addressed. On Feb. 2, 2019, CNN reported that suicides among those currently serving with U.S. Special Operations Command tripled last year. Although data specific to SOCOM veterans is not currently available, a recent study by the VA found that, ... Read More »

That airman charged with spying? Here’s how she earned an Air Medal | Air Force Times

Former Tech. Sgt. Monica Elfriede Witt, the one-time Air Force counterintelligence specialist who was charged with espionage Wednesday, earned an Air Medal for her contributions during the early days of the Iraq War. In March 2003, then-Staff Sgt. Witt was serving as an airborne crypto linguist with the 95th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, 398th Air Expeditionary Group, out of Naval Support ... Read More »

ISIS caliphate ‘crushed’ but threat remains, U.S. special ops commander says | Washington Times

The threat from the Islamic State caliphate has largely diminished, but the terror group remains a threat, the head of U.S. special operations warned lawmakers Thursday. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday, General Raymond Thomas, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, declared, ‚ÄúWe have crushed the physical caliphate‚ÄĚ ISIS established in Syria and Iraq. ‚ÄúThe terrain that ISIS ... Read More »

Trial of Navy SEAL accused of murder delayed by 3 months | Task and Purpose

The judge in the murder trial for Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher has postponed his court-martial for three months at the request of his defense attorneys, a Navy official said Wednesday. The trial, originally scheduled to begin Feb. 19, will now kick off on May 28, according to Navy spokesman Brian O’Rourke. Gallagher, who has been accused of stabbing a ... Read More »

The US Army built upgunned Strykers to take on Russia, but these hard-hitting armored vehicles may have a fatal flaw | Business Insider

The US Army’s upgunned Strykers were developed to counter Russian aggression in Europe, but while these upgraded armored vehicles bring greater firepower to the battlefield, they suffer from a critical weakness that could be deadly in a fight. The improved Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle – Dragoons deployed with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Europe have the ability to take on ... Read More »

Military judge airs concerns in Navy SEAL’s murder case | Lompoc Record

A military judge on Tuesday asked the Navy to address claims that allegations from a potential government witness were being leaked to the media in the case of a SEAL charged with murder in the 2017 death of an Iraqi war prisoner. The judge, Capt. Aaron Rugh, said the leak is “disconcerting” because violating a protective order could taint the ... Read More »

Navy’s top SEAL says he’s reviewing training and ethics amid murder and drug allegations in special ops | Task and Purpose

The commander of Naval Special Warfare said Wednesday that he recently commissioned a 90-day review of recruiting, selection, training, and leadership development in his command amid allegations of drug use, murder, and other ethical lapses within the SEAL community. “We are looking hard as a learning organization to self assess to see, are we assessing and selecting the right people? ... Read More »

Green Beret wants murder case dropped, says investigator guilty of ‘stolen valor’ | NBC News

A Green Beret accused of murdering an unarmed Afghan man wants charges dropped because an investigator assigned to his case faces his own charges of “stolen valor” ‚Äď meaning he allegedly claimed medals and other honors he didn’t earn. In a memo filed by his lawyer Wednesday, Maj. Matt Golsteyn demanded his murder case go straight to trial or that ... Read More »

Coronado Chamber Of Commerce Military Ball Set For April 6, 2019 | Coronado of Eagle & Journal

Founded in 1985, the black-tie Coronado Chamber of Commerce Military Ball has provided a forum for local residents and the business community to honor military members and their families. As the event celebrates its 35th year, the focal point will be the celebration of Military Spouses. We wanted to be among those organizations to highlight the importance of spouses in ... Read More »