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Former special forces officer heads changes in Australian military leadership | Jane’s 360

Changes in the senior leadership of Australia‚Äôs military have seen a former special forces officer, who later commanded a contentious border security operation, named chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Lieutenant General Angus Campbell will take over his new role from Air Chief Marshal Mark Benskin in July, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 16 April. Lt Gen Campbell ... Read More »

Niger may have arrested militant with ties to ambush that killed 4 US soldiers | Military Times

Niger‚Äôs military has detained a suspect who it believes could be the militant leader who was being pursued when an¬†ambush left four American soldiers dead¬†in October, the American ambassador said Tuesday. U.S. Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker told The Associated Press he does not know the identity of the detained suspect but that the head of Niger‚Äôs special forces is hopeful ... Read More »

Special Forces solider arrested and charged with murdering his wife | Fox 10

Crestview Police say a¬†Sunday evening domestic dispute ended with a 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier arrested on an open count of murder after he allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife. Officials say officers responded around 6:42 p.m. to a 911 call reporting a gunshot victim at 1232 Northview Dr. in the Countryview Estates neighborhood. Derek McKinney, 32, was ... Read More »

New centre will host Caribbean special forces units, says Canadian general | Ottowa Citizen

Canada‚Äôs top special forces commander says a new centre just opened in Jamaica will be used to provide training for specialized units from around the Caribbean. The Caribbean Special Tactics Centre or CSTC was officially opened at the Jamaica Defence Force Moneague Training Camp. The opening took place on March 26. Canada financed the project which cost around $2.5 million. ... Read More »

Ranger instructors come out on top at Best Ranger competition | Army Times

Two senior NCOs from the¬†Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade¬†took top honors at Fort Benning, Georgia, Sunday in the annual¬†Best Ranger competition. Sgts. 1st Class Joshua Rolfes and Anthony Allen bested 50 other two-man teams who competed over three days and a dozen events to prove themselves the best of the Army‚Äôs¬†Ranger-qualifiedsoldiers, according to a Fort Benning release. Rolfes and Allen, ... Read More »

US and Afghan SOF kill more than 20 ISIS militants in northern Afghanistan | Stars & Stripes

U.S. and Afghan special operations forces killed nearly two dozen Islamic State fighters in northern Afghanistan last week, the U.S. military said. A nighttime raid on Wednesday in Jowzjan province‚Äôs Darzab district killed 22 fighters, said a statement released on Sunday. The action came less than a week after a U.S. airstrike killed the group‚Äôs emir for northern Afghanistan, Qari ... Read More »

Best Ranger competition kicks off with first Coastie, Army Cyber teams | Army Times

Fifty teams formed up before dawn on Friday to begin the Army‚Äôs¬†Best Ranger competition, many of them from the usual suspects: the 75th Ranger Regiment, the¬†Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade¬†and various infantry divisions. But there are also some new unit patches in the mix this year, including the¬†Cyber Protection Brigade¬†and the Coast Guard. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs almost something we‚Äôve always wanted to ... Read More »