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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, August 2, 2021

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75th Ranger Regiment conducts Ranger retreats | Shadow Spear

The Unit Ministry Teams of the 75th Ranger Regiment is out for a mission to help soldiers reduce the pressure created by the global pandemic environment. Abiding by COVID-19 protocols, the UMTs partnered with Ranger medical health professionals and social distancing Rangers to conduct an overnight ranger retreat. “Just...

Apple Fitness+ subscription service unveiled alongside Series 6 Watch | BBC News

There are a lot of surprises in store with Apple. It has unveiled a new personalized workout subscription service called Fitness+. It collects health data gathered by an Apple Watch and then displays it alongside workout videos shown on a larger display. It will cost £10 per...

Army COVID-19 vaccine may produce a side benefit: Cure for the common cold | MCCLATCHY DC

A COVID-19 vaccine is currently being developed by scientists from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. This also has advancing characteristics that may be able to prevent strains of the common cold in the future and to target different types of coronavirus. Walter Reed’s researchers have also...

How many troops are dying in training accidents — and why? | Connecting Vets Radio

According to the Department of Defense, 5,605 service members were killed in training accidents from 2006 to 2020. This data represents 32% of all reported active-duty military deaths for that period. It also reveals that deaths in training accidents are at twice the rate than those who have died in combat...

Leroy Petry has a message for whoever stole his Medal of Honor license plate | Military Times

Retired Army Master Sgt. Leroy Petry earned the Medal of Honor in 2011 for saving the lives of two fellow Rangers during a 2008 battle in Afghanistan. He went for a talk in Fort Eustis about suicide prevention and mental health, but little did he knew...

Call for U.S.-bred war dogs grows to end ‘outsourced’ security | Bloomberg Government

War dogs are very relevant in missions and patrols which can detect scents more than 1,000 times better than any human or equipment for finding bombs or chasing down terrorists. However, the actual costs of these dogs are higher because they are often born and...

Meet the first all-women ranger unit fighting poachers | CNN Travel

Team Lioness is the first all-women ranger unit in Amboseli National Park in Kenya. They ensure to safeguard the community as well as protect wildlife animals from poachers. For four months, they are away from their family where they...

Things to do to an algorithm | CACM

An algorithm is a powerful tool that gets applied to decision-making. However, a recent protest of thousands of British students marched to a slogan where the algorithm was developed with bias. They were demonstrating against a formula that decided...

Air Force Special Warfare Physical Ability and Stamina Test and recruitment changes 2020 | Military.com

  There are certain changes in recruitment and physical tests set forth by the Air Force. You have to undergo some training and early preparation before you leave for Basic Military Training. After BMT, potential candidates will attend the new...

Climate change will force a new American migration | ProPublica

The increase in global warming and climate changes show that it can influence global migration. However, Americans face a looming case of coronavirus infection that they are left with a limited choice. This summer has seen more fires and storms all of it making life increasingly untenable in larger areas of the...

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NATO kick-starts training Afghan Special Forces in Turkey | Khaama Press

Afghan Special Forces were reportedly flown to Turkey last Wednesday as part of a NATO sponsored training event. In...

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