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Venerable MC-130P Combat Shadow that Took Part in Son Tay Raid Going to Castle Air Museum | The Aviation Geek Club

Military jet with a soldier holding a flag on top

Operation Kingpin, launched from Thailand and South Vietnam, featured two guide planes that led a special forces rescue helicopters into hostile territory to rescue 70 captured Americans. The raid portion of the mission was successful, but the POWs were gone by the time they arrived. Even so, the MC-130 was a part of a pivotal operation that boosted morale for ... Read More »

AUSA 2019: Gentex wins contract to deliver SF helmet to U.S. Special Forces | Army Recognition

Military Helmet

Gentex was awarded a five-year contract with a maximum value of $95M to develop their Coxswain Helmet System which includes the Ops-Core Adaptive Mission Platforms Communication Headset. The series comes with a variety of accessories like the Step-in Visors, NVG Snap Shields, Carbon Composite Mandibles, and Ballistic Appliques. They are endlessly customizable to fit the needs of USSOCOM during its ... Read More »

SOCOM Is Using AI to Search for the Ideal MARSOC Raider | Military.com

Soldier waiting for a chopper pick up

Collecting a wide range of data,  SOCOM wants to see if an algorithm can pick out distinguishing qualities of ideal operators and predict the potential success of new recruits based on information from past candidates. Artificial intelligence will be better at finding similarities between past recruits to determine if certain factors matter more than others. Officials expect to have a somewhat ... Read More »

Helmet cam footage above Tiger Stadium gives incredible bird’s eye view delivering game ball | Saturday Down South

military parachuters with pink smoke

The SOCOM Para-Commandos represented over 85,000 United States Special Operations Command personnel around the world while delivering the ball at the Florida-LSU game in Death Valley.  They are the only joint service parachute demonstration team in the U.S. military. The team jumps from an altitude of 12,500 feet, free falling about 2 miles and reaching speeds in excess of 120 ... Read More »

Green Beret Foundation October Newsletter | GBF

Green Beret with night vision goggles

Green Beret Foundation Monthly Newsletter – October     Alternative Energy for Alternative Therapies The Green Beret Foundation is happy to announce its involvement with Trinity Solar’s Stewardship Program to help us raise money for our Extended Support Program while providing you with a no-cost solar installation. Here’s how it works: Click this link:  http://www.gotrinitysolar.com/gbf Trinity will evaluate your home for solar ... Read More »

SOCOM helped solve the mystery of the long-forgotten ashes of a Vietnam War hero. | Your Military

Albert L. Mitchell

Contained in a 10-inch-high, purplish urn kept for many years on the mantle of a St. Petersburg, Florida, home, the cremains were those of Albert L. Mitchell, a decorated Green Beret who served three tours during the Vietnam War and retired in 1978 as a major after 20 years in uniform.  Years later, the urn was found in a box ... Read More »

Big changes to grueling Special Forces course draw scrutiny | AP News

Soldiers holding a log during a drill

Army commanders are trying to shorten and simplify the course that recruits must complete to become Green Berets though their purpose is to weed out soldiers who are unable to meet security threats. Special Forces wants to make passing easier so that recruitment rates rise, but this is raising concerns that future Green Berets may not be completely qualified. While ... Read More »

Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!  | CFR

Naval Ship

George Washington believed that the US could do nothing definitive without a naval force, and today the Navy has grown into a powerful organization that has 290 deployable ships, more than 3,700 operational aircraft, 337,121 active duty personnel, 101,583 reserve personnel, and more than 270,000 civilian employees. Captain Brian L. Sittlow has offered some great resources to learn more about the Navy and its history below: ... Read More »

Special Tactics Airman killed during mountain rescue training in Idaho | Stars and Stripes

Tech Sgt. Peter Kraines

Tech Sgt. Peter Kraines, An Air Force special tactics pararescueman with the 24th Special Operations Wing, was part of mountain rescue technique training in Boise where he lost his life at the young age of 33 years old. Kraines was trained in combat search and rescue, military static-line jumping, free fall jumping, Air Force combat scuba diving, and medical technician. ... Read More »

Active-Duty Green Beret to Receive Medal of Honor for Heroic Afghanistan Rescue | Military.com

Master Sgt. Matthew Williams

Master Sgt. Matthew Williams will be given the nation’s highest award for valor for risking his life under intense enemy fire to rescue wounded Special Forces soldiers during a 2008 joint raid with U.S. troops and Afghan commandos.  “When his team sergeant was wounded by sniper fire, Sergeant Williams exposed himself to enemy fire to come to his aid and to move him ... Read More »