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Zap: How Electric Therapy Is Curing Navy SEALs of PTSD … And Could Remake Brain Science | Defense One

Tony didn‚Äôt know what to expect when he walked into the Brain Treatment Center in San Diego, California, last spring. The former Navy SEAL only knew that he needed help. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan was taking a heavy toll on his mental and physical wellbeing. He had trouble concentrating, remembering, and was given to explosive bursts of anger. ... Read More »

In Syria, another suicide blast targets US forces and Israel attacks Iranian troops | Herald Mail Media

For the second time in a week, a suicide bomber targeted U.S. forces in Syria. On Monday, a car drove toward a joint U.S.-Kurdish convoy and exploded 11 yards from a checkpoint in the country‚Äôs northeast. There were no American casualties, according to a statement from the U.S.-led coalition. One Kurdish policeman was lightly injured, according to a statement from ... Read More »

Bath-built ‚Äėstealth‚Äô destroyer named for Medal of Honor recipient to be commissioned in San Diego | Bangor Daily News

The second of three Zumwalt-class so-called stealth destroyers built at Bath Iron Works will be commissioned Saturday in its homeport of San Diego. The DDG 1001, the future USS Michael Monsoor, will be commissioned at 10 a.m. at Naval Air Station North Island, according to a release from the Navy. Monsoor‚Äôs mother, Sally Monsoor, will serve as the ship‚Äôs sponsor. ... Read More »

Green Beret, Navy linguist, SEAL-turned-DIA civilian among Americans killed in ISIS-claimed bombing in Syria | Stars and Stripes

Energetic and adventure-seeking, Wirtz knew from a young age he wanted to be a Navy SEAL, family members said Friday morning on their way to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to receive his remains. ‚ÄúHe never really was into swimming, but he wanted to join the Navy and he especially wanted to be a SEAL,‚ÄĚ his mother Sandy Wirtz ... Read More »

DOD Identifies Three Operation Inherent Resolve Casualties | US Department of Defense

DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri. Wirtz was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as an operations support specialist. For more information regarding DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz, media may contact the Defense Intelligence Agency Public Affairs Office at [email protected] Source: DOD Identifies Three Operation Inherent Resolve Casualties | US Department of Defense   Read More »

After years fighting terrorism, the SEALs turn their eyes toward fighting big wars | Defense News

After spending the better part of the past two decades supporting small wars in the desert, the Navy is starting to bring the SEALs back into the fold as it faces threats from major powers such as China and Russia. The Navy is incorporating their elite special warfare teams into their strategic calculations for every potential major power combat scenario, ... Read More »

Charles Pinck column: Pointing the way forward |Richmond

Virginia‚Äôs roots to the intelligence and special operations communities run deep. They grew from Gen. George Washington, our nation‚Äôs first spymaster. They grew from Gen. William Donovan, who founded World War II‚Äôs Office of Strategic Services (OSS) ‚ÄĒ the predecessor to CIA and the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). They grew from Mosby‚Äôs Rangers. When Donovan created the OSS, one ... Read More »

Army Chief Confirms US Will Hand off ISIS Fight in Syria | Defense One

For the first time, a senior U.S. military official has commented on President Trump‚Äôs late-December decision to quit Syria, confirming publicly that American troops are planning to leave once ISIS is defeated on the ground. ‚ÄúWe are determined to finish that off and then hand the battle off to our indigenous partners,‚ÄĚ Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said ... Read More »

The Navy Is Gearing Up for ‘Leaner, Agile’ Operations in Arctic, North Atlantic | Military.com

This is not your grandfather’s 2nd Fleet. The Navy’s newest combatant command will be “leaner, agile and more expeditionary” than the U.S. 2nd Fleet that was deactivated in 2011, Rear Adm. John Mustin, the fleet’s deputy commander, told attendants Wednesday at the Surface Navy Association’s annual symposium. The 2nd Fleet, which the Navy re-established in May, is designed to assert ... Read More »

Army chief: After two deployments to Afghanistan, security force assistance brigades could be on tap for other parts of the world | Army Times

The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade is back from its maiden deployment to Afghanistan, the 2nd SFAB is preparing to leave for its own rotation, and SFAB No. 3 officially activated at Fort Hood on Jan. 4. So, where to? While the Army‚Äôs SFAB concept was originally designed to be available all over the world, the first two brigades have ... Read More »