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Step inside Jordan’s special forces training center — which is carved out of a mountain and has everything the most elite soldiers in the world need | Business Insider

Located on the outskirts of the capital city of Amman, the sound of gunfire, explosions, helicopters, and tire screeches reverberate around the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre. A massive 6,000 acre compound, KASOTC is dedicated to the training of special forces operators from around the world. It has everything it needs to train operators — a mock village, ... Read More »

Afghan SOF graduate 828 Commandos, on pace to add 4,000 by April | DVIDS News

The Afghan National Army Special Operations Command graduated 828 Commandos from the 22nd Commando Qualification Course at Camp Commando, near Kabul, Afghanistan, Mar. 18, 2018. More than 1,400 Afghan soldiers continue their training in two additional on-going Commando Qualification Courses. The Commandos are the building blocks for the Afghan Special Security Forces growth plan that began in Aug. 2017 with ... Read More »

Navy extends comment period on special ops training to March 23 | Whidbey News Times

The area where the Navy conducts special operations training may be expanded to include Whidbey Island. In addition, the number of training operations conducted each year may significantly increase, according to a draft Environmental Assessment, or draft EA. The Navy extended the public comment period to March 23. The EA can be viewed online at https://navfac.navy.mil/NSOEA Some environmental groups have recently ... Read More »

Nigerian Army Special Forces Arrest 12 Herdsmen In Benue | Naija News

“Troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade presently taking part in the EX AYEM AKPATUMA have arrested another 12 herdsmen engaged in the destructive activities on the farmlands on the 17 March 2018.” “The suspects were arrested during the visit of the Presidential Assessment Team to MBAYER/YANDEV and KAAMBEE wards of Benue State.”  “On search of the general area 2 motorcycles ... Read More »

‘He was golden’: PJ killed in Iraq crash remembered as outdoorsman, loyal friend | Air Force Times

Staff Sgt. Carl Enis, one of seven airmen killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in western Iraq, was remembered as an avid outdoorsman and devoted friend who had a knack for bringing people from different backgrounds together. Enis, a 31-year-old Air Force Reserve airman and pararescueman with the 308th Rescue Squadron, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, also worked as a commercial ... Read More »

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract to Train Special Operations Airmen | Markets Insider

The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract to provide comprehensive training support services for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), supporting schoolhouse operations for various crew positions across multiple mission design series aircraft, aircrew training and support for AFSOC Special Operation Forces (SOF) aircrews and assets. The Air Commando Training and Support (ACTS) contract has the ... Read More »

NAVY SEAL WHO KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN CALLS ON U.S. TO RELEASE REAL PHOTOS OF CORPSE | Newsweek

The Navy SEAL who is said to have killed Osama bin Laden claims images showing the corpse of the Al-Qaeda chief are fake and that the real ones should be made public. Robert O’Neill made the claim in an interview with the newspaper El Mundo about his role in the tracking down of the world’s most-wanted man in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 11, 2011. ... Read More »

Special operation forces battle Arctic conditions during Arctic Edge 18 | DVIDS News

The U.S. military conducts mission-based training events year-round, but Arctic Edge 2018 is a unique opportunity that has brought over 1,500 U.S. military personnel from more than 20 units together to train in arctic conditions throughout the Alaska range. For special operations forces based in Colorado, it is an ideal environment to test their ability to operate in those extreme ... Read More »

Source:  CENTCOM chief: US focused on growing Afghan Air Force, SOF | Jane’s 360

US efforts to build up a struggling Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are focused on air power and special operations forces to help the government regain territory, according to Army General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command (CENTCOM). Afghan Special Operations Forces (SOF) and the Afghan Air Force “have been very good programmes” and CENTCOM is building ... Read More »