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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 »

DSG Technology unveils CAV-X, Supercavitating Ammunition for submerged Special Operation Forces  | Army Recognition

During a Global Special Operation Forces conference, DSG Technology released a new supercavitating ammunition with the ability to create an air bubble around itself while traveling through water. With less friction while moving through water, the ammunition can travel at high speeds and may be used the same way as torpedoes. The CAV-X will be able to hit submerged targets ... Read More »

This Is Our Best Look Yet At The Elite FBI Hostage Rescue Team’s UH-60 Black Hawks | The Drive

Black Hawk Helicopter

Members of HRT and other FBI agents, including trainees, together with elements from the South Carolina National Guard and no less than 10 other state and local agencies, conducted the exercise in Charleston between Aug. 5 and 7, 2019. The SeaHawk Interagency Operations Center, which the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice run together as part of managing ... Read More »

Air Force Special Ops Command Wants in on Great Power Competition | National Defense

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Air Force Special Operations Command has spent the past two decades fighting low-tech insurgents in the Middle East. But the organization is nevertheless primed to take on advanced adversaries like China and Russia. There are places where AFSOC can contribute capabilities to theater air component commanders and joint force commanders that would be useful based on experience and organizational competencies. ... Read More »

The U.S. Special Operations Command is looking to replace tracer rounds for its machine guns and sniper rounds with a ‘small arms spotting round‘ | Defense Business

Soldier pointing a gun

USSOCOM is seeking 7.62mm x 51 NATO spotting rounds to replace tracers for adjusting machine gun fire, both day and night, producing a flash and /or smoke signature visible at 800m-1200m. Current tracers allow gunners to observe the trajectory of the rounds and make aiming corrections without observing the impact of the rounds fired and without using the sights of ... Read More »