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108 retired military officers urge Senate to probe CIA nominee Gina Haspel’s ties to torture | Washington Examiner

More than 100 retired military officers sent a letter to the Senate Monday saying they are “deeply concerned” by the nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. Their letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee calls for an examination of Haspel and any ties she may have had during her CIA career to harsh 9/11-era interrogation techniques that many consider ... Read More »

Deedrick to lead 1st Special Forces Command | The Fayetteville Observer

Brig. Gen. Edwin J. Deedrick Jr. will become the new leader of 1st Special Forces Command later this year, the Pentagon announced earlier this month. Deedrick, who is promotable to major general, will replace the current commanding general, Maj. Gen. Francis M. Beaudette, according to a list of new general officer assignments released by the Army. Several other Fort Bragg ... Read More »

7th Special Forces Group soldier arrested for raping two children | Army Times

  Florida authorities arrested a 7th Special Forces Group soldier Wednesday on charges of sexual battery and child abuse of two young girls, according to a Crestview Police Department arrest report. Staff Sgt. William Mrozek is accused of raping the children, ages 7 and 11, while they visited his home near Eglin Air Force Base for two weeks last summer. “As far as I know, that ... Read More »

Industry conference will pair SOCOM with innovation | Federal News Radio

U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has its own budget and authorities to rapidly procure whatever specialized equipment it needs to complete its missions. That’s why the National Defense Industry Association sponsors the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), to give SOCOM face-time with members of the defense industry to discuss gaps in capabilities and how industry can best fill them. ... Read More »

Lawmaker: Is the Army Paying Too Much for its New Ultra-Light Vehicle? | Military.com

Army modernization officials on Wednesday had to explain to Congress why the new, ultra-light combat vehicles the service plans to field to airborne units are so expensive. Lt. Gen. John M. Murray and Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski testified before the House Armed Services Committee’s tactical air and land forces subcommittee about the ground force modernization budget request for fiscal 2019. ... Read More »

DSA 2018: Malaysian companies unveil special operations vehicles | Jane’s 360

Two Malaysian companies unveiled at the 16-19 Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) new 4×4 vehicles that are being marketed for special operations forces (SOF) in Southeast Asia. Selangor-based firm Kembara Suci (KS) showcased its 5.3 m-long Tafuq special operations vehicle (SOV), which has been primarily designed to meet a requirement for the commando units of the Malaysian armed forces, ... Read More »

US special operators train with partner nations in West Africa amid terror threats | Stars & Stripes

U.S. Green Berets are working on small unit tactics with soldiers from partner nations during military drills in Niger, where more than 1,500 troops are gathered this week for combat training. Flintlock 2018, Special Operations Command Africa’s largest military exercise, is focused on the fight against a wide range of terrorist groups operating in the region. Al-Qaida and Islamic State ... Read More »

USSOCOM inducts six new members into Commando Hall of Honor | DVIDS News

U.S. Special Operations Command inducted six former special operators into the USSOCOM Commando Hall of Honor located at the USSOCOM headquarters, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, April 18, 2018. More than 100 people attended the ceremony and watched as each inductee received a medal from U.S. Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, USSOCOM commander, and Sgt. Maj. Patrick McCauley, USSOCOM ... Read More »

Navy SEAL Foundation Tenth New York City Benefit Raises over $10 million | Markets Insider

Over 1500 dedicated patriots and supporters gathered at the New York Marriott Marquis on the evening of April 12, 2018, for the tenth Navy SEAL Foundation New York City Benefit Dinner, a cornerstone of the organization’s fundraising efforts. This annual event recognizes the courage, commitment and sacrifice of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community, and this year the focus was on ... Read More »