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Hurlburt Field reports active-duty airman tested positive for coronavirus | Pensacola News Journal

Col. Mike Conley and other officials at Hurlburt Field have hosted a question and answer session after an airman tested positive for the coronavirus. They announced that after returning from an overseas trip the airman self-quarantined off base in his house, and only left to get tested after showing symptoms of the virus. He has since been completely isolated since ... Read More »

First SEAL from Naval Special Warfare Command tests positive for coronavirus | The OCR

Thursday test results have confirmed that the first Navy SEAL has tested positive for the coronavirus. The SEAL is from Naval Special Warfare Command and is currently isolated at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. The second-class petty officer was training at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, and those he had direct contact with are also quarantined. Almost a week ago the first sailor ... Read More »

Tough as Nails: Why France’s Special Forces are among the best | National Interest

In January of 2013, French troops came across a large group of terrorist militants moving across Mali. Operation Serval forces moved in to combat the fighters and has since expanded to combat terrorist cells throughout the Sahel region of Sub-Saharan Africa over the past six years. In June of 2019, militants shot down a French SA342 Gazelle helicopter, and the ... Read More »

Special Forces candidate dies while assigned to med group | Army Times

Pvt. Jamie Wyatt Boger was found unresponsive in his barracks room and later passed away at Fort Bragg this week. Boger was attending the Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and had been assigned to the Special Warfare Medical Group. He had reported to Fort Bragg in August of 2019 to begin the Special Forces Qualification Course. An investigation is ... Read More »

Somali National Army launches action to oust al-Shabaab from Janaale | The Defense Post

The Somali National Army and Danab forces were successful in taking back the town of Janaale from al-Shabaab fighters. They were able to recapture the Janaale bridge and drive all militants away from the area. Somalia’s information ministry and media outlets have both reported that the city is officially back under government control. Janaale had been under al-Shabaab control for ... Read More »

Airman advances in quest to become first female Special Tactics Officer | Military.com

A female Special Tactics Officer candidate has been selected to continue her training following the completion of the STO Phase 2 Assessment. “She has successfully completed the Special Tactics/Guardian Angel Assessment and Selection Course, the first course for STOs within the Special Warfare Training Wing, and she is now awaiting the Pre-Dive Course,” commented 1st Lt. Jeremy Huggins. Only four women ... Read More »

DASD Christopher Miller nominated to lead National Counterterrorism Center | Homeland Security Today

The White House has released that Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism Christopher Miller has been nominated for the role of director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Miller began his current position in January, and before that served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director ... Read More »

U.S. Air Force orders wolverines | AIN Online

Textron Aviation Defense has announced the completion of negotiations with the U.S. Air Force for the sale of two AT-6 Wolverine aircraft. These are light attack/ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) aircraft with a final agreement price of $70.2 million for the aircraft, pilot training, and services. “Our focus is on how a light attack aircraft can help our allies and partners ... Read More »

Pakistani F-16 “engaged” one of the MH-47G chinooks three times during Bin Laden raid | The Drive

A pilot in one of the Chinooks used during the Osama Bin Laden raid has said his helicopter was engaged by a jet three different times during exfiltration. The engaged aircraft was a Pakistani F-16 Viper fighter jet. The pilot, Retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Douglas Englen, said that he was involved in two attempts to capture the ... Read More »

Iraqi anti-IS operations hindered by coalition base attacks | Al-Monitor

On March 10th, two Marines were killed during a mission with both U.S. and Iraqi forces in the Makhmour mountains while going against the Islamic State. Officials are debating if the tension and lessened collaboration between Iraq and the U.S. these past few months, due to the friction with Iran, has allowed the Islamic State to have a resurgence. A ... Read More »