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Face of Defense: Special Forces Soldier Mentors At-Risk Youth | U.S. Department of Defense

A Green Beret assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) here volunteers at Tacoma Community Boat Builders as a mentor for at-risk youth from the local community. Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel White, a native of Orange County, California, is no stranger to volunteering. He volunteered to serve his country as an airborne paratrooper and as a Special Forces Green Beret not ... Read More »

Futuristic, new Navy SEAL boat dubbed ‘Batmobile’ | Fox News

A Navy SEAL futuristic, ultra-fast, wave piercing, attack craft is breaking ground to help prepare for future wars. It’s stealthy, ultra-fast and it can go places other crafts can’t. In the nation’s vast fleet, those lucky enough to spot this craft often describe it as the most remarkable looking vessel in the Navy. Since its debut, this mysterious vessel rapidly ... Read More »

US and UK Forces Engage in New Kind of Training at Fort Bragg | Military.com

For the past several weeks, thousands of troops have been waging an invisible war centered around Fort Bragg. And none of them have fired a shot. The warfighting exercise currently underway — the training is set to end Wednesday — involves conventional, special operations and foreign forces operating in a largely virtual environment. Headquarters of the 18th Airborne Corps, 1st Special Forces Command, ... Read More »

Special Operations Leaders Update Senators on Efforts | Department of Defense

U.S. special operations forces are relevant to all the nation’s security priorities, the vice commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told a Senate Armed Services Committee panel today. Air Force Lt. Gen. Scott A. Howell, representing Socom commander Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, told the committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee that the nearly 3,000 special operations forces members are deployed in more ... Read More »

US military opens annual counterterrorism training in Niger | Military Times

Six months after the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger led to questions about the military’s presence in the West African nation, the U.S. Special Operations Command in Africa on Wednesday opened its annual counterterror exercise in the face of a growing extremist threat. The Flintlock exercise’s 10 days of training for special operations forces is meant to strengthen West African nations’ ... Read More »

Afghanistan’s top SOF leader answers the people | DVIDS News

Radio Bayan: Last year the Special Operations Command Division upgraded to a Corps. Why did it changed to a Corps and how effective is this change on fighting and supporting of Afghan Security Forces in Afghanistan? Lt. Gen. Waziri: According to Afghanistan government’s four-year plan and the situation of the war that we are facing, we decided to upgrade the ... Read More »

Hit & Run: Govt launches inquiry, but notes video footage conflicts with book’s account | NZ Herald

Video footage provided by the US military appears to conflict with some of the allegations made in the book Hit & Run, the Attorney General says. David Parker launched a Government inquiry this afternoon into allegations in the book that elite New Zealand soldiers killed civilians in Afghanistan. In launching the inquiry, Parker noted that he had seen video footage which ... Read More »

Is It Time for AFRICOM to Get Its Own Troops? | Defense One

A key Republican senator thinks so, and is pushing to send one of the U.S. Army’s new advising brigades there. When four U.S. soldiers were killed in the west African country of Niger last year, many in the American public — and even some lawmakers who serve on foreign-policy committees — were surprised to discover the United States had troops there. In ... Read More »