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‘Black Hawk Down’ veteran from Durand dies at age 64 | RR Star

James P. McMahon

James P. McMahon passed at the age of 64 November 5th, one of the survivors of the 1993 Battle of the Black Sea.  A Delta Force sniper at the time, Sgt. First Class James P. McMahon was described as looking like he was wearing a fright mask, his face so badly battered while pulling a fellow soldier free from the ... Read More »

U.S. Military Forces in FY 2020: SOF, Civilians, Contractors, and Nukes | CSIS 

Mark Cancian, the Senior Advisor of the International Security Program, discusses the plans of the SOF, DOD Civilians, Contractors, and National Security Organizations and obstacles they currently face as they move into the new year. Data for each group reveals their military strength and growth while analyzing each of their unique situations. In depth report and download: https://www.csis.org/analysis/us-military-forces-fy-2020-sof-civilians-contractors-and-nukes    Read More »

New Sept. 11 exhibit stages the hunt for Osama bin Laden | Star Tribune

9/11 Museum water feature

“Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden” will give you direct access to the operatives who led America’s feverish post-9/11 hunt for the top terrorist, presenting a whodunit drama with graphics, videos and voices, including how members of Navy SEAL Team 6, in their own words, tracked bin Laden’s courier, eventually descending in a helicopter on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. ... Read More »

West Point cadet missing for 4 days found dead on campus | NBC News 

Cadet Kade Kurita

20-year-old Kade Kurita was reported missing after not showing up to a military skills competition, causing school officials as well as federal and military authorities to conduct a 6,000 acre-wide search. The same time that Kurita went missing, an M4 rifle was also unaccounted for, causing concerns that the cadet would pose a threat to himself. Over the span of ... Read More »

Small Business Development Center and Warrior Rising launch Small Business Special Forces Incubator | Temple University

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The Small Business Special Forces Incubator is a six-month program that will consist of weekly business planning classes, space for members to work, mentorship, and a pitch competition. The classes will be designed specifically for veterans and will help translate their military skills into business skills. The Temple SBDC is looking forward to partnering with Warrior Rising to bring the ... Read More »

Close Combat Lethality Task Force is changing how the Army builds lethal soldiers and squads | Army Times

Soldiers being trained

The director of the Close Combat Lethality Task Force, Joe L’Etoile, says that the buy-in across services and other entities has allowed it to focus efforts on equipment, recruitment, and training the “close combat 100,000” in the infantry, special operations and associated forces such as scouts and engineers who are at the edge of the tactical space.  Beyond upgrading equipment, ... Read More »

1st Special Forces Group Soldier receives Army Expert Soldier Badge | US Army 

Soldiers standing to receive awards

Sgt. Michael Ostrander became the 11th recipient of the Expert Soldier Badge. The set standards for such an award are extremely difficult to attain, consisting of an Army Combat Fitness Test, day and night land navigation, and individual tasks involving weaponry and treatment. Every soldier is expected to be an expert in their field, so receiving the ESB is proof ... Read More »

Integrity is the only path upon which we cannot get lost. Let’s get back on it. | Forbes

Flag planted in grass at sunset

If the outpouring of sadness in the passing of men such as Elijah Cummings, George H.W. Bush, or John McCain has anything to teach us, it’s that people are hungry now more than ever for leaders who put principle ahead of power, pride and profit. Not everyone agreed with their politics or decisions but they were widely respected as honorable people who ... Read More »

‘This is my squad’: SMA Grinston talks about his push to build cohesive units | Army Times

Silhouette of Navy Seals

The new sergeant major of the Army, Michael A. Grinston, wants to find and replicate the model of strong, cohesive units across the Army by focusing on the positive aspects of being a soldier. Doing so will hopefully address ongoing problems, including sexual harassment and assault, suicide prevention and domestic issues, while also building on Army readiness priorities like preparing ... Read More »

The War On Terrorism, Through The Eyes Of 3 Women At The CIA | KCRW

silhouette of men on water

The war on terrorism marked a major shift for a spy agency long run by older white men who had specialized in Russia. After the 2001 attacks, the focus turned to radical Islam. The CIA scrambled to ramp up its counterterrorism operations, and this led to an infusion of new recruits, many of them women. Source: https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/morning-edition/npr-story/768225075 Read More »