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Exclusive: Legendary special operations aviator reveals bin Laden mission details for the first time | Military Times

In May of 2011, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Douglas Englen was the pilot in charge of the air operations for the mission. He states that once Black Hawk-1 crashed inside the compound, he and his crew took off in Chinook-1 and reached the site in less than 10 minutes, prepared to evacuate the ground troops or provide support. Englen was ... Read More »

Promotion delayed for Army colonel involved in Niger ambush | Army Times

The Tongo Tongo ambush in Niger took place on October 4th, 2017 and resulted in four U.S. soldiers being killed. An investigation into the events has led many to believe that all the blame was pushed onto the lower ranking officers, when it was really Col. Bradley Moses who approved the mission. Capt. Michael Perozeni was originally blamed for what ... Read More »

Six Al-Shabaab militants killed, one captured in operation in Garissa | Standard Media

Six Al-shabaab fighters were killed, and one was captured by special forces troops in the Jirole area, Garissa County. Other militant groups have been using certain routes to launch attacks and sneak into Kenya. It is believed that the engaged group was planning to use IEDs on approaching vehicles. Reports and officials say that at least 20 people have been ... Read More »

Cobra Gold 20: HIMARS soars over Thailand in bilateral quick-fire mission | DVIDS

The CJHIRAIN mission during Cobra Gold 2020 saw the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit employ HIMARS with a joint force for the first time. The 31st MEU rehearsed the actions with the Royal Thai Marines and the U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Command 17th Special Operations Squadron. Cobra Gold has been able to increase collaboration and response time between nations and prove ... Read More »

Former special-forces commander named military’s sixth vice-chief in four years | Vancourier

The current vice-chief of the defense staff Lt.-Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier announced last week that he would be stepping down from his position this summer. Only in the role for about a year, Lanthier was the fifth vice-chief in the past four years. Now, Lt.-Gen. Mike Rouleau will become the sixth, currently holding the position of commander of the Canadian Joint ... Read More »

Ben Carnell’s journey from Citadel football to American soldier: ‘The last 100 yards’ | Post and Courier

On September 11th, 2001 Ben Carnell was sitting in a ninth-grade Spanish class as he watched the terror attack unfold. It was then that Carnell knew he was angry about what had gone down and wanted to do something about it. After graduating, he went to the Citadel and played football as a Bulldog. Despite a neck injury he received ... Read More »

Interactive video puts you in Royal Marines raiding craft | Plymouth Herald

The Royal Marines Lead Commando Unit can be seen in a raiding craft along the coast of Norway through a new video. The video is interactive and allows the watcher to rotate the camera to see every aspect of the boat and shoreline. Exercise Cold Response, the inspiration for the video, is the largest Artic deployment for the UK in ... Read More »

Special operations: Forgotten buried spyware | Strategy Page

In the summer of 2019 archeologists were combing through the site of an ancient Roman villa near the modern city of Cologne. While on site, they discovered a Soviet radio from the Cold War near an old U.S. military base and nuclear research center. Upon examining it, they learned that it was a R-394KM radio with both English and Russian ... Read More »

American commandos to hold down the fort in Afghanistan as US troops withdraw | Military Times

The U.S. and Taliban deal detailing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has begun. Preliminary efforts have begun to remove all forces by the end of 14 months. Now, the commander of U.S. Central Command has stated that small teams of special operation troops will remain in the country to help keep the peace and fight terrorism. Many officials ... Read More »

Iraq’s ‘high-threat’ terrain made recovery of US service members’ remains a 6-hour ordeal: report | Fox News

Capt. Moises A. Navas and Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo were killed in Iraq on Sunday while on a mission inside an ISIS stronghold. Four other service members were wounded during the mission. It took U.S. forces six hours to navigate the extreme terrain in order to recover their remains. Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie commented that the terrain in the ... Read More »