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It’s Not Just the Culture of Special Operations That Needs to Change | Medium

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From 20 months of learning, both profoundly reflective and inferential, and from the 25 years I spent as an enlisted operator in the SEAL Teams, 19 of those at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, I extracted insights that were previously unavailable to me during my time in the service. Today, I understand that there is no single thing as “culture.” ... Read More »

Kentucky Air Guardsman earns Air Force Cross for valor in Afghanistan | 123rd Airlift Wing

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Keller receiving a medal

While serving as a joint terminal attack controller attached to a combined joint special operations assault force in Afghanistan on Aug. 16, 2017, Tech. Sgt. Daniel P. Keller embarked on a clearance operation in against 350 Islamic State fighters. After 15 hours of sustained contact, the assault team struck an IED, killing four personnel, wounding 31, and causing a traumatic ... Read More »

Afghan Special Forces destroy multiple caches of weapons in 3 provinces | Khaama Press News Agency

Afghan Special Forces Soldiers

The Afghan Special Forces arrested 2 Taliban militants and destroyed a narcotics and a weapons of Taliban in Zindah Jan and Shindand district of Herat, destroyed more caches of weapons in Nad Ali district of Helmand and in Ghazni district of Ghazni province.  They also destroyed another weapons cache of Taliban during a similar operation in Andar district of Ghazni. Source: ... Read More »

Special Operations Task Force Earns Nearly 50 Combat Awards in One Deployment | Military.com

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Members of Special Operations Task Force 102 distinguished themselves with “exceptional heroism, valor and dedication” on a recent six-month deployment to Afghanistan by earning five Silver Star medals, seven Bronze Star medals with Valor devices, 15 Army Commendation medals with Valor devices and 21 Purple Hearts. The task force was made up of soldiers assigned to 10th Group, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), ... Read More »

33 militants killed, wounded in Afghan-U.S. forces operations in Logar, Ghazni: Thunder Corps | Khaama Press News Agency

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The Afghan and U.S. forces killed or wounded at least 33 Taliban militants during the operations in South-eastern Ghazni and central Logar provinces.  The Afghan forces killed 6 Taliban militants, wounded 4 others and destroyed a mortar launcher during the clashes with Taliban militants in Moqor and Gilan districts. Source: https://www.khaama.com/33-militants-killed-wounded-in-afghan-u-s-forces-operations-in-logar-ghazni-thunder-corps-04161/ Read More »

House members seek provision to transfer procurement authority for the Light-Attack Aircraft to Special Operations Command | Breaking Defense

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The Light Attack Aircraft debate has been “inching along” since at least 2009, building a frustration over the Air Force’s decade-long dithering about whether to buy a light-attack aircraft for close air support.  Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan’s surprise announcement in January that the service had reversed its plans to issue a request for proposal by December has only added ... Read More »

Twin Somali attacks hit U.S. special forces base, Italian convoy | Rueters

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Somali insurgents mounted an ambitious attack on a base where U.S. special forces train Somali commandos, while an Italian military convoy was hit in a separate blast in the capital Mogadishu.  Twin vehicle-borne bombs at the Baledogle base, where Somali forces and Ugandan peacekeepers are also housed, were followed by small arms fire. “The security forces stopped this ultimately failed ... Read More »

Surgical Strikes Anniversary: How Indian Army’s Special Forces Busted Terror Camps Across LoC | New Nation

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In wee hours of September 29, 2016, the Indian army carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control destroying at least seven terror launchpads in PoK. The strikes came 10 days after a brutal terror attack on an Army camp in Uri, North Kashmir along the LoC left 19 soldiers dead. The purpose was to bust the terror camps across the ... Read More »

This retired Army Ranger has ALS – that’s not stopping him from training the next generation | War TV

Sergeant Tim Spayd

Sergeant Tim Spayd, an Army Ranger Hall of Famer, is defying the odds by training the next generation while battling ALS, a disease that affects around 20,000 Americans.  Diagnosed in 2012, Spayd is not letting the disease define him. He has helped train 61 classes of Rangers, completing the rigorous training again and again. “As a training instructor, we go through ... Read More »

Former special forces soldier sets Himalayas mountain record | The Telegraph 

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Former British special forces soldier, Nirmal “Nims” Purja, has broken a world record for climbing 13 Himalayan peaks in five months – despite stopping just days into the attempt to rescue a fellow climber who had become lost on first peak he scaled. He is now aiming to break another record by completing the 14th and last Himilayan mountain, Mount ... Read More »