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This Generation Knows the Cost | Sam Havelock | Founder, CEO, SOFX

Twin Towers hit by planes with American flags

A handful of folks questioned why I didn’t publish anything special for 9/11.  I owe you an answer.  The answer is because the vast majority of our subscribers don’t need any reminder of what day it was.  9/11 was and remains the Pearl Harbor of our lives.  As such, we have been living with the legacy of 9/11 every day ... Read More »

Stolen Valor – A non-profit’s mission to honor the sacrifices of our vets by returning lost and stolen medals | Wise County Messenger

A man holding military medals

Thirty years after earning a distinguished Service Cross for his heroics as a Green Beret in 1967, Evans’ cross was stolen along with a Purple Heart that he received during the Korean War and other medals at a Green Beret convention in Las Vegas.  Purple Hearts United, a non-profit whose mission is to return lost, stolen and misplaced military medals, ... Read More »

Former Navy SEAL team leader recalls combat missions, role in death of Osama bin Laden | Yakima Herald

Flag planted in grass at sunset

Rob O’Neill and his fellow SEAL Team Six members didn’t kill Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, for the reward or the glory, he said Wednesday.  They did it for the single mother who took her child to daycare the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, went to work in New York City’s Twin Towers and died in the attacks ... Read More »

Eighteen Years On: The War on Terror Comes of Age | cdc.usma.edu

Soldiers waiting for a helicopter

Later this year, a U.S. service member is likely to be deployed to Afghanistan who was not yet born on September 11, 2001, when al-Qa`ida terrorists launched the most devastating terrorist attack in history and killed almost 3,000 people, mostly Americans. The years in between have seen wars in Iraq and Syria justified in the name of counterterrorism as well ... Read More »

2019 Navy SEAL Foundation Midwest Evening of Tribute Raises Over $3 Million in Support of Naval Special Warfare Warriors and Families | PR Web

Drawing attendance from all over the Midwest, this event recognizes the courage, commitment and sacrifices of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community. This year’s event raised over $3 million in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission, bringing the total raised to nearly $18 million dollars over the last six years. Source: 2019 Navy SEAL Foundation Midwest Evening of Tribute Read More »

This former Ranger was just nominated to be the next Secretary of the Army | Task and Purpose

Ryan D. McCarthy standing in front of a flag

McCarthy was among the first boots on the ground during the invasion of Afghanistan. After graduating from the Virginia Military Institute, McCarthy went on to serve for five years, deploying to Afghanistan from October 2001-February 2002, and earning three Army Achievement Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, and Parachutist Badge, among others. In 2017, McCarthy ... Read More »

Female airman becomes first to earn Army Ranger tab | US Air Force

1st Lt. Hibsch getting her Ranger tab

Congratulations, 1st Lt. Hibsch!  Only around 300 Airmen across Air Force Specialty codes have earned the Ranger tab since 1955 and 1st Lt. Chelsey Hibsch is one of them. The Army Ranger Course is one of the Army’s toughest leadership courses, with a concentration on small-unit tactics and combat leadership. The course seeks to develop proficiency in leading squad and platoon ... Read More »

How special ops could exploit information people are already sharing online

Man in a dark room with several computers

With data being broadcasted everyday all over the internet, the US Special Operations Command has dedicated research toward keeping information secure. Researchers are currently looking at the potential for security to be breached  through biometric data such as fingerprints. Not only can it make it easier to identify users of digital media, but what people share on social media can ... Read More »

Passing the paramilitary torch from the CIA to Special Operations Command | Small Wars Journal

USSOCOM military leaders at a table

The American people deserve the most effective, efficient, and robust paramilitary capabilities that the nation can muster, and the U.S. government should compel the CIA and Defense Department to execute this recommended restructuring.  From a capabilities standpoint, U.S. Special Operations Command demonstrates comparable and, in some cases, superior capabilities of immediate applicability to paramilitary activities. Unbeknownst to many is the ... Read More »

Top Navy SEAL admiral fires entire leadership team of SEAL Team 7 | Task and Purpose

Silhouette of Navy Seals

Breakdown of good order and discipline led to the firing of the entire leadership team of SEAL Team 7.  This comes amid high-profile scandals in the SEAL community that has ignited a discussion amongst the senior ranks about ethics and discipline in the small force.  Though Navy Special Warfare doesn’t know if it is a culture problem, there is a good ... Read More »