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24 Hours After Getting Shot In The Head In Afghanistan, This PJ Went Back To The Fight | Task and Purpose

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Before Jimmy Settle received a Purple Heart and the Airman’s Medal on the way to saving 38 lives during his military career; before he was shot in the head on a rescue mission in Afghanistan, then headed back out on missions the following day; before he penned his war memoir “Never Quit” with co-author Don Rearden, he was freezing his ... Read More »

The Hunt for a Chaplain field ethics guide | Military Times

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The call is out for an ethics guide for Special Operations Chaplins.  There are few details regarding this field guide, other than the intent to negotiate a sole source in Merit Leadership, Inc. In the wake of the culture and ethics review admid recent scandals and the back to basics directive issued, SOCOM wants to provide additional support that gives ... Read More »

Special OPS Gary V shares “How He Is Finding His Post-Service Identity” [Podcast] | Seattle Pi

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Gary Villanueva led a dual life – and one where he battled with his dual identity. His training in Special Operations is extensive –  Retired 1st Special Forces Group, Ft Lewis WA 1999 (Retiring rank: E-8 Master Sergeant, no combat tours).  He then became an Activated Retiree; Operation Enduring Freedom Iraq, 1st Special Forces Group 2008-2009 (in the rear with the ... Read More »

3rd annual Swim with a Mission raises over $1 million | The Laconia Daily Sun

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This year’s events featured 30 Navy SEALs, active and retired, most who serve or served with SEAL Team 6. The SEALs were led by retired Command Master Chief Rick Kaiser and Vice Admiral Bob Harward.  The swim saw 264 total swimmers. Events included a paint shoot, as well as Whiskey and Whiskers, a showcase of SEALs’ canines and their handlers skills. ... Read More »

MacDill Air Force and other bases prepare for hurricane Dorian | Task and Purpose

Colored Map of Hurricane near the Bahamas

Planes, ships, and tankers are being evacuated from Florida bases in preparation of the Cat 4 Hurricane Dorian. Any aircrafts unable to be evacuated will be moved to hangars.  Troops and their families are also being urged to make preparations. The hurricane is expected to hit Florida Monday evening. Source: https://taskandpurpose.com/hurricane-dorian-military-bases Read More »

Tampa company awarded $10M contract to provide services for wounded SOF | Biz Journals

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A Tampa service-disabled, veteran-owned small business has been awarded a $10.3 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to provide non-clinical case management and advocate training for support for wounded, ill and injured special operations forces recovering service members. 9Line LLC has a mission of providing advocacy and support to wounded warriors and their families and under the contract ... Read More »

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office opens $1.3M Special Operations Center in South Augusta | WFXG.com

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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has a secret isolated among brush and sitting on several acres off Mike Padgett Highway. It’s not private but it’s covert – so we are unable to share exactly where it’s located. “We’re extremely proud of it. When we first purchased it the land and the buildings weren’t in the best shape but we saw ... Read More »

Ex-Blackwater contractor sentenced in Iraq shooting seeks new trial | Military Times

Nicholas Slatten in a white shirt

Nicholas Slatten is asking for a new trial because of what he says is newly discovered evidence.  His lawyers received a state department report two days before sentencing. The document concerns a rescue mission of a downed aircraft that took place one week before the shooting in the case. Prosecutors invoked the earlier episode at Slatten’s trial, saying “this man ... Read More »

Army Ranger killed during 2018 raid was accidentally shot by Afghan commando | Task and Purpose

Sgt. Leandro Jasso

A new report has confirmed that an Army Ranger’s death during a raid in Afghanistan last November was due to friendly fire from an elite Afghan commando unit.  According to records obtained by Army Times through a Freedom of Information Act request, the shot that mortally wounded Sgt. Leandro Jasso on November 24, 2018, came from a soldier assigned to the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command’s Ktah ... Read More »

Green Beret killed in Afghanistan last week was veteran of seven deployments | Stars and Stripes

Master Sgt. Gonzalez in his uniform

Gonzalez’s family initially requested the Army withhold information about the fallen soldier, including his service photograph, but approved the release of some details and the photo Today. Army Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, one of two Green Berets killed in action during a raid last week in northern Afghanistan, was a father of two and a veteran of seven deployments ... Read More »