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He was killed in Afghanistan this summer but this organization paid the mortgage on his family’s home | East Idaho News

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A foundation aimed at helping families who have had a family member killed overseas has paid off another home. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation fully paid for the mortgage on the house for Army Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Ard’s family at the beginning of the month. Ard was killed in Afghanistan during his third deployment in August. He ... Read More »

Decades of combat led to SEAL discipline issues, acting Navy Secretary says | Military.com

In action. Navy SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Command and are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air and land.

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly shares his opinion on why there have been so many scandals recently involving Navy SEALs. These include high-profile cases such as the hotly debated war crimes of Chief Petty Officer Gallagher, sexual misconduct, and drug use. Modly believes their actions are a result of being asked “to do extremely hard, stressful and dangerous jobs for ... Read More »

The latest, best chance to end East Ukraine war | VOA

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After five year of fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine, a meeting has been planned to end the fight. Many believe the first step will be trust building, rather than an ultimate solution due to the trust issues between the countries. Over 13,000 people have died since the fighting broke out, despite peace talks and ... Read More »

Japanese island can become an unsinkable US aircraft carrier | CNN World

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An uninhabited island taking up three square miles could soon be used by the U.S. as a type of aircraft carrier. Japan has plans to purchase the island from a private company, where it will then pave runways for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. This could be used to simulate an aircraft landing onto a carrier, as well as ... Read More »

75th anniversary of the deactivation of First Special Services Force aka the Devil’s Brigade | KXLH Helena

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This past December 5th marks the 75th anniversary of the deactivation of the First Special Services Force in Menton, France. It is a day recognized and celebrated by U.S. Army Special Forces. Also known as the Devil’s Brigade, the joint Canadian-American units are the forefathers of today’s Green Berets, achieving a reputation of being able to accomplish the impossible. Formed ... Read More »

Cognitive raiders challenged at Raven | DVIDS

In an effort to efficiently enable critical skills operators and  special operations officers, the Marines Forces Special Operations Command is streamlining and formalizing career track models. This effort will also include experiential opportunities that will enhance their effectiveness to the SOF enterprise and the Joint Force. This all follows the release of the MARSOF 2030 guiding document.  Being innovative and ... Read More »

This is how the U.S. Army planned to take out Russia’s Special Forces | National Interest

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During the Cold War, it would have been bad news for the U.S. garrison in West Berlin if the war ‘turned hot.’ Along with the U.S. garrison, there was the British and French garrisons, and even with combined force, the allies would have been overwhelmed by the East German and Soviet troops. In addition to the combined forces on the ... Read More »

Documents show US leaders misled public on progress in Afghanistan War: Report | The Hill

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According to documents obtained by the Washington Post, U.S. senior officials have been painting a brighter picture of the state of the 18-year war in Afghanistan. These documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Bob Crowley, an Army colonel and senior counterinsurgency adviser to U.S. military commanders in 2013 and 2014, said in an interview, ‘every data ... Read More »

NATO to define plan to counter Russia’s hybrid warfare tactics | Defense News

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NATO allies have agreed to work out a plan and countermeasures to combat hybrid warfare methods used by Russia. The two main topics of focus will be space and cyber/technology. British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace spoke on the idea and emphasized the need to ‘regroup’ due to emerging technology that is being used in these new war tactics. Keeping up ... Read More »

Pararescuemen jump into Alaska to save victim of bear attack | Connecting Vets

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Pararescuemen Senior Master Sgt. Jeremy Diola and Master Sgt. Cody Inman rescued an injured hunter in the remote Alaskan wilderness by parachuting 3,000 feet above ground level into the wilderness. The hunter was mauled by a grizzly bear in the middle of nowhere, a highway not being within 150 miles. Tech. Sgt. Katelyn Magnuson heard word of the attack and ... Read More »