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Army Green Berets earn over 50 combat awards including three Silver Stars in Afghanistan | Stars and Stripes

In a ceremony that highlighted the bravery and dedication that members of 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) showed in a recent deployment to Afghanistan, dozens of Green Berets received valor awards. These awards included three Silver Star medals, as well as seven Bronze Stars for valor and 17 Army Commendation medals. Col. Steven M. Marks, deputy commander of 1st Special ... Read More »

More than 50 ‘terrorists’ killed in French commando operations in Mali | The Defense Post

According to the French Armed Forces Ministry, between December 20 and January 5, more than 50 “terrorists” were killed in a series of operations in Mali. French President Emmanuel Macron previously announced that the first operation occurred between December 20 and 21. In a press release on January 9, it was stated that 33 terrorists were neutralized by several dozen ... Read More »

First female army guard enlisted soldiers graduate Ranger School | Army Times

Staff Sgt. Jessica Smiley from South Carolina and Sgt. Danielle Faber from Pennsylvania have become the first women in the Army National Guard to graduate from Ranger School. The first two female officers passed the course in 2015, with the first enlisted woman graduating in 2018. Faber began working toward her mission of becoming a Ranger in 2016 when she ... Read More »

5 sailors rescued after Navy boat capsizes off Kaneohe | Star Advertiser

A Navy boat was flipped by a wave in Kaneohe Bay on Friday. Five sailors were rescued. A Naval Special Warfare Command spokesman said that two rigid inflatable boats were passing through the channel, when one of the boats was “broadsided by a wave” and capsized. The two boats were in the middle of routine training on their way to ... Read More »

More officials leave Pentagon; Special Ops office gets some needed help | Breaking Defense

Christopher Miller has stepped into a role that has been empty for months in the Pentagon. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism position was emptied in September when Andrew Knaggs left the role to run as the Republican challenger for House seat in Richmond, VA. Miller’s new position involves checking and advising military actions ... Read More »

Visiting Soldierstone, a hidden memorial in Colorado honoring forgotten war veterans | CBS

An unmarked field located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado contains a memorial to war veterans. Made out of granite, the few who find it often do so by accident and wonder how it got there. Former Green Beret and Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Allen Beckley is the soldier behind “Soldierstone,” having served in southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. After ... Read More »

Did America’s top commander in Afghanistan ditch his 1911 for a (tricked out) Glock? | Military Times

A picture of the commander of all U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, has been taken showing him wearing a tricked-out 1911 as his sidearm. Despite the 1911 being out of service in the Army, it is still used by Marine Corps special operations units. Miller served as an operator with the Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta ... Read More »

3,871 Yards: How this Sniper got the world’s distance kill record against an ISIS fighter | National Interest

In 2017, a Canadian sniper team took down an ISIS fighter from a distance of 3,871 yards, over two miles. Record-breaking by over a thousand yards, the seemingly impossible shot was accomplished. Set up on top of a building and using a McMillan TAC-50 .50 sniper rifle, the bullet took ten seconds to reach the target. This feat was accomplished ... Read More »

Major General Robert A. McClure Silver Medal Award presented to George Bell | Signals

Retired Master Sergeant George Bell received the second highest award for the Psychological Operations Regiments of Special Operations. Bell joined the service in 1998 working as a Psychological Operations member for Special Operations and has been on tours to Libya, Afghanistan and Ukraine. The Major General Robert A. McClure Silver Medal was awarded to him by Mayor Kell Palguta and ... Read More »

Army general denies request by officer pardoned by Trump to have his Special Forces tab reinstated | Stars and Stripes

The commander of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Francis M. Beaudette, has denied the request to reinstate retired Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn with his Special Forces tab. Golsteyn was previously pardoned by President Trump to have his tab reinstated. Senior defense officials and an administrative board are also considering whether or not to allow Golsteyn to receive ... Read More »