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These Secretive US SpecOps Spy Planes Are Getting New Sensors And Anti-GPS Jamming Gear | The Drive

A recent contracting announcement has confirmed that a U.S. military spy plane that crashed in Iraq two years ago was part of small, secretive fleetsupporting American special operators around the world, including elements of the shadowy Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC. Thanks to those documents and official statements from U.S. Special Operations Command we now have a good understanding of the capabilities these ... Read More »

Face of Defense: Soldier Born in China Earns Army Ranger Tab | U.S. Department of Defense

Army Cpl. Lie Wu, a hard-working 31-year-old wheeled vehicle mechanic originally from Xian, China, recently earned the coveted Ranger tab. Army Cpl. Lie Wu, a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to the 84th Engineer Battalion Forward Support Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, poses for a photo at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, March 9, 2018. Wu earned the coveted Ranger ... Read More »

U.S. Special Operators in Syria Have Set Up Futuristic Computer-Assisted Mortar Turrets | The Drive

As the conflict in Syria continues to evolve, the U.S. government is re-examining what its future presence in the country might look like and for how long. In the meantime, American troops there are settling into increasingly more established forward outposts with improved defenses, including the futuristic-looking Advanced Mortar Protection System, or AMPS. Earlier in April 2018, Kurdish media reported that U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, ... Read More »

The risks of making combat HALO jumps | We are the Mighty

Sometimes, the best way to get troops where they need to be is to drop ’em out of the sky. When you think parachute insertion, you likely envision a massive cloud of paratroopers, like those seen in Band of Brothers. However, that approach may not be the best in all situations. In fact, sometimes, it can be deadly. A risky ride ... Read More »

Special Forces soldier smashes record for cycling the length of South America | Guinness World Records

A former UK Special Forces soldier and friend of Prince Harry has smashed the Guinness World Records title the Fastest time to cycle the length of South America (Cartagena to Ushuaia) after riding more than 6,000 miles in 48 days. Facing brutal conditions and grueling terrain between Ushuaia in southern Argentina and the Cartagena in northern Colombia, 40-year-old Dean Stott completed the ... Read More »

SOCOM Accidentally Bought Way, Way Too Much Combat Gear | Task & Purpose

U.S. Special Operations Command purchased at least $26.3 million in extra gear ranging from handheld radios to night vision goggles, according to a Pentagon audit, equipment that could potentially end up in the hands of other U.S. service members. An audit of the Department of Defense Inspector General made public on March 29 examined five SOCOM equipment programs to ensure that the ... Read More »

his Green Beret Sharpshooter Team Beats The Hell Out Of Any Supposed Sniper Trick Shot | Task & Purpose

A two-man Green Beret sniper team emerged victorious at the elite U.S. Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition at the end of March, distinguishing themselves as among the most lethal sharpshooters in the special operations community. Master Sgt. David and Sgt. 1st Class Cuong from the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), whose full names were withheld by officials given the sensitive ... Read More »