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Charity for special ops veterans faces funding shortage | Task Force Dagger

A Dallas-based nonprofit organization that supports the military’s special operations forces and their families is experiencing a significant drop in donations. Task Force Dagger Foundation has helped about 1,500 service members and more than 3,000 family members in the last three years. But donations are down about $50,000 in 2018, which means one of their most popular activities will be ... Read More »

Charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is dropped, but prosecutors plan to revisit | The Washington Post

Prosecutors on Monday dismissed a criminal charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, bringing a sudden halt to his trial just before it was set to begin and with jury selection already underway. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner dropped the felony invasion-of-privacy charge stemming from allegations that Greitens took a nude photo of a woman without her consent. The decision came after ... Read More »

Threat Report 2018: Al-Qaida Patiently Rebuilding | The Cipher Brief

As the United States relocated its embassy in Israel to the city of Jerusalem, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri used the occasion to call for jihad, claiming the international system is hostile toward Muslims. Al-Qaida has rebounded in recent years, rebranding its message and building local branches across the Middle East and Africa. The following brief is from The Cipher Brief’s ... Read More »

Commando Force Grows by 4,000 in 9 Months | DVIDS News

Commando Qualification Course (CDOQC) Class 24 graduated 980 new Commandos at the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command’s School of Excellence, Kabul, Afghanistan, May 9, 2018. This graduation marked the achievement of a significant force growth milestone as established in President Ashraf Ghani’s Afghan 2020 Roadmap. Introduced in Aug. 2017, the Afghan 2020 Roadmap called for a doubling of the ... Read More »

AAR to repair ISU containers for USASOC | Shepard Media

AAR Mobility Systems has received a $1.2 million contract from the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) to repair 500 ISU containers for the 1st Special Forces Command, the company announced on 10 May. The contract will provide support to units located at Ft Bragg, North Carolina; Eglin Air Force base, Florida; Stuttgart, Germany; and Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan. The ... Read More »

The time the Corps wore shoulder unit patches | Marine Corps Times

For years in Afghanistan and Iraq, Marine special operators were hounded for sporting the iconic Raider patch on their camouflage utilities. However, the Corps actually has a short history of unit shoulder patches that starts in World War I with the beloved 13th commandant of the Marine Corps. During one of the greatest wars in Europe, like the Army, the Marines wore ... Read More »

Russian Soldiers Are Complaining About Exploding Guns | War is Boring

Russian infantry weapons have a reputation for reliability. The AK and PKM are renowned for enduring through adverse conditions, powered by their powerful long-stroke piston actions. However, a recent report by warhead.su suggests that when these weapons do fail in Russian service, the problem is often not in their design, but rather in the Russian ammunition they fire. This is not a ... Read More »

Double amputee Xia Boyu makes history on Everest summit | BBC News

A Chinese climber who was crippled by frostbite on Everest more than 40 years ago has scaled the summit at the start of this year’s climbing season. In 1975, Xia Boyu lost his feet after giving his sleeping bag to a sick teammate during a high-altitude storm. Now aged 69, he became the second double amputee to scale Everest – ... Read More »

US, Italian Rangers fight together at JWA | DVIDS NEWS

U.S. Army Rangers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and Rangers from the Italian Army 4th Alpini Paratroopers Regiment participated in the Joint Warfighting Assessment April 6-26, 2018 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. JWA is a signature multinational training event which focuses on joint and multinational interoperability. The exercise provides units with a venue to ... Read More »

Nigerian Air Force Deploys Special Forces To Taraba | TV360 Nigeria

The Nigerian AirForce has deployed its Special Forces to the newly established 23 Quick Response Wing (QRW), Nguroje in Taraba State. The deployment is in a bid to ensure that the Nigerian Air Force acts efficiently and effectively to Nigeria’s security imperatives. The troops who were trained personnel are set to operate alongside other security agencies within the theatre of ... Read More »