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Jury sentences Navy SEAL for posing with Iraq war casualty | Pilot Online

A decorated Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq but convicted over posing with the corpse was given a demotion by a military jury Wednesday after the Bronze Star recipient acknowledged making ethical and moral mistakes. Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, 40, was also handed the maximum penalty for the offense ... Read More »

Department of Mayhem | Sam Havelock, CEO, SOFX

When I created SOFX in 2014 the vision was (and remains) a Global Socio-Industrial Network consisting of Superheroes. I define “Superheroes” as high impact people, not just former SOF, committed to the belief that small teams of committed people are capable of fighting evil and averting suffering at scale. Nothing has changed since then except the volume of news reporting ... Read More »

Senators confront Gilday during hearing over accusations of recent Navy SEALs misconduct | Stars and Stripes

Recent reports of misconduct in a combat zone and alcohol and drug abuse by Navy SEALs forced Vice Adm. Michael Gilday to answer some tough questions Wednesday during his Senate confirmation hearing to be the next chief of naval operations. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee wanted to know from Gilday what he would do about such behavior if ... Read More »

Exclusive: Top US Navy SEAL tells commanders in letter: ‘We have a problem’ | CNN

The top US Navy SEAL recently sent a blistering letter to the force, writing in boldface type, “We have a problem,” following several high profile incidents of alleged misbehavior by the US Navy’s elite service members, CNN has learned. Rear Adm. Collin Green has given commanders until August 7 to detail the problems they see and provide recommendations on how ... Read More »

CNO nominee vows probe into Navy SEAL scandals | Military Times

The nominee for the Navy’s top uniformed post promised to “quickly and firmly” deal with any leadership failures among his service’s special operations forces in the wake of a series of embarrassing scandals for the elite sailors. Tapped to take over as the next chief of naval operations, Vice Adm. Michael Gilday told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee ... Read More »

Fallen Fort Carson Green Beret’s comrades, family honor a ‘brother’ who gave his all | The Tribune

Under the spires of the Air Force Academy Cadet Protestant Chapel, soldiers, family and friends on Saturday mourned the loss of Fort Carson Green Beret James “Ryan” Sartor, a casualty in America’s longest war. Sgt. Maj. Sartor, 40, died July 13 in a firefight in Faryab Province, the Army said, the fourth Green Beret and the fifth Fort Carson soldier ... Read More »

Army SFABs need to offer more incentives to staff and retain troops, watchdog says | Army Times

The Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigades faced a rocky start during the initiative’s maiden deployment last year, according to the U.S. government watchdog overseeing the mission in Afghanistan. The 1st SFAB out of Fort Benning, Georgia, deployed to Afghanistan from March through November 2018. But when they landed in country, about 20 percent of the unit’s military advisers had never ... Read More »

On the Tactical Games | Sam Havelock, CEO, SOFX 

On June 22nd and 23rd I competed in the The Tactical Games (www.thetacticalgames.com) at South River Gun Club in Covington Georgia, not too far from Atlanta. The best way to describe The Tactical Games is Cross Fit meets Three Gun on obstacle courses moving heavy loads. Critical differences being its two gun and you ditch your shotgun in exchange for ... Read More »

Big Navy Must Fix the SEALs: The Drift, Vol. XLII | Defense News

I don’t have strong opinions about fly fishing. I know it is a rabbit-hole of a hobby: a sucking vortex of ever-more elaborate flies and frightfully expensive rods and reels, and has bound up in it about as much accepted wisdom and voodoo as in any hobby with an impassioned following. But I certainly wouldn’t know how to correct someone’s ... Read More »

Is there a values crisis in special operations forces? National security could be at risk | USA Today

U.S. special operations forces are adored by politicians and the public, their reputations burnished by feats like the raid on Osama bin Laden, the sea rescue of the Maersk Alabama’s captain and countless other daring operations against high-value targets around the globe. But the special ops brand — brave, honorable, can-do warriors achieving the impossible — is now being undermined ... Read More »