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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, September 27, 2021

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Former Pinckney commander reinvents himself, opens restaurant following tragedy | Navy Times

Bob Byron is a Naval Academy graduate and retired Navy captain who once commanded the guided-missile destroyer Pinckney. His Navy career effectively ended when he was relieved of command in June 2004. With his GI benefits expiring, he decided to attend a brew school....

Security forces airmen getting new, special operations-like helmets | Air Force Times

The next-generation ballistics helmet is expected for distribution to the Air Force’s security forces airmen. The upgraded helmets will be lighter and cooler than the old model and come with better padding and built-in railings to easily attach accessories such as night-vision goggles and tactical...

Here are the weapons and gear that the US military’s top special operators never leave home without | Business Insider

We suit up the best of the best with the top weapons and gear to ensure that they cannot be defeated. This includes rifles, machine guns, and providing Special Operators with knowledge and tools. Business Insiders goes into what...

Watchdog to audit Pentagon’s use of COVID-19 funds on defense contractors | The Hill

Whether or not the DOD spent their COVID-19 funds correctly is now being investigated. This comes after the Washington Post called out the DOD for spending the majority of 1 billion dollars that they received through the CARE ACT...

Army announces winners of prestigious 2020 competition awards | U.S. Army

The winners of the 2020 Best Warrior Competition were announced during a live presentation at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting in Arlington, VA. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston announced the Best Warrior Competition...

BCG: Can a vaccine from 1921 save lives from Covid-19? | BBC News

Scientists are working on testing for a vaccine developed in 1921 to see if it can help those with COVID-19. The Bacillus Calmette–Guérin vaccine will be tested on around 1,000 people who will take part in the trial at the University...

Army’s do-it-all goggles to reach soldiers’ hands in 2021 | Defense News

A field testing on the Integrated Visual Augmentation System will happen in Fort Pickett, Virginia. The multi-functional goggle will see its first ruggedized test followed by the distribution of 40,000 devices across the service. Some of its features are it can monitor the state...

SpaceX plans to test a 7,500-mph rocket that could deliver weapons to troops downrange | Task & Purpose

Elon Musk's SpaceX and the US military plan to build a rocket capable of delivering 80 metric tons of cargo anywhere in the world in 60 minutes. This ambitious work can make a 7,652-mile journey from Florida to Afghanistan...

Belgian army evaluates Jankel LTTV light truck for Special Operations and Para-Cdo units | Army Recognition

Jankel has been a manufacturer of the Belgian Special Operations Group for Fox RRV (Rapid Reaction Vehicle). Now, they have secured a second prestigious contract to supply a new fleet of specialist tactical vehicles, under the LTTV Light Troop...

Kim Jong Un just showed the world the war machine he built while feinting diplomacy | The Drive

North Korea celebrated its 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea with their first publicized military parade. It came by surprise a massive and new intercontinental ballistic missile rolled through Kim II Sung Square. Another unveil was a...

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Army Identifies Green Beret Who Died During Dive Training in Reservoir | Military.com

Staff Sgt. Paul Lincoln Olmstead was 29 years old when he passed away during an underwater training exercise last...

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