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Gabriel Conde Was 5 When the War That Took His Life Began. It Shows No Signs of Ending | Military.com

Army Spc. Gabriel D. Conde’s short life spanned the history of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001, from the euphoria over the fleeting early successes to the current doubts about the new strategy to break what U.S. commanders routinely call a “stalemate.” When Conde was six years old, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said the Taliban had been defeated ... Read More »

Commandos Add Firepower with Cobra Strike Battalions | DVIDS News

The Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps (ANASOC) introduced Afghanistan, and the world, to its newest formation, the Cobra Strike Kandak (CSK), at the inaugural Cobra Strike Maneuver Course (CSMC) class’ live fire exercise at Pol-e Charki, April 30. “The Afghan people have only one goal…it is peace,” said Lt. Gen. Abdul Hamid, Afghan National Army Deputy Chief of Staff. ... Read More »

SOCOM Taps Wittenberg Weiner to Help With Joint Training and Exercises | AFCEA Signal

Wittenberg Weiner Consulting LLC, Lutz, Florida, is being awarded a $200,000,000, five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to support U.S. Special Operations Command in executing joint collective training and exercises. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $25,000,000 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition awarded through a section 8(a) set aside with 10 proposals received. U.S. ... Read More »

US Special Operations soldiers, African partners wrap up Flintlock exercise | Stars & Stripes

 U.S. special operations troops ended their largest training mission in West Africa on Friday, as part of a bid to better train local soldiers for the fight against terror groups. “Flintlock represents a new level of cooperation … in a troubled region,” U.S. Special Operations Command chief Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks said at a ceremony in Niger’s capital city of ... Read More »

Airman Is Sentenced for Selling Night Vision Goggles on eBay | Military.com

The senior airman who stole night vision goggles and other equipment from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and sold them on eBay was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Zachary Sizemore was sentenced to three months in a Community Correctional Facility or Halfway House and is ordered to self surrender to the U.S. Marshals by noon ... Read More »

Vietnam veterans ceremony in Sarasota attracts a military legend | Herald Tribune

Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who also commanded the U.S. Special Operations Command will attend “Welcome Home” ceremonies at Sarasota National Cemetery’s Patriot Plaza on March 29 SARASOTA — At 76, Gen. Hugh Shelton has instructed his booking agent to scale back on his public appearances. After all, following a military career that spanned 450 parachute jumps ... Read More »

Top Gun For Grunts: Mattis May Revolutionize Infantry | Breaking Defense

Forget the old-school grunt. Imagine a future American infantrymantrained as intensively as a fighter pilot through hundreds of virtual and real-world drills, culminating in a “small unit Top Gun.” Imagine infantry going into battle with swarms of drones serving as scouts and fire support. Imagine Army and Marine infantry exempted from the Pentagon’s bureaucratic personnel policies so they can build teams of experienced soldiers in their late 20s and early 30s, much ... Read More »

Green Beret receives Soldier’s Medal for saving crash victims | Army Times

In October 2016, a Special Forces soldier stationed at Fort Bragg was driving with his wife in North Carolina when they watched a truck drive off the road and down an embankment, crashing into trees before stopping. Staff Sgt. Adams, with 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, stopped his car and ran about 75 yards down to the crashed vehicle to offer aid as his wife ... Read More »

Canada is using private intelligence contractors for its special forces | Vice News

Private intelligence contracts between the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) — the most elite branch of the military — and private intelligence consultants provide a rare glimpse into its secretive operations. The government issued calls for nearly one million dollars worth of contracts to provide private intelligence advice for Canadian commandos, according to federal documents released online. The contracts show ... Read More »