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US Delta Force commando killed in Syria was on a mission to kill or capture an ISIS leader | Washington Examiner

The U.S. soldier killed in Syria Friday was taking part in a mission to capture or kill an ISIS leader, U.S. military official confirmed Monday. “Coalition forces, in an advise, assist and accompany capacity with our partners, were conducting a mission to kill or capture a known ISIS member when they were struck by an improvised explosive device,” said Col. ... Read More »

SOCOM Accidentally Bought Way, Way Too Much Combat Gear | Task & Purpose

U.S. Special Operations Command purchased at least $26.3 million in extra gear ranging from handheld radios to night vision goggles, according to a Pentagon audit, equipment that could potentially end up in the hands of other U.S. service members. An audit of the Department of Defense Inspector General made public on March 29 examined five SOCOM equipment programs to ensure that the ... Read More »

his Green Beret Sharpshooter Team Beats The Hell Out Of Any Supposed Sniper Trick Shot | Task & Purpose

A two-man Green Beret sniper team emerged victorious at the elite U.S. Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition at the end of March, distinguishing themselves as among the most lethal sharpshooters in the special operations community. Master Sgt. David and Sgt. 1st Class Cuong from the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), whose full names were withheld by officials given the sensitive ... Read More »

Marine snipers are getting new Mk 13 rifles | Marine Corps Times

Marine snipers have been carrying some version of the M40 rifle since the Vietnam War, but now the Corps is about to arm its snipers with a new weapon system. Marine snipers will soon be carrying the Mk 13 Mod 7 sniper rifle, Marine spokesperson Capt. Christopher Harrison confirmed to Marine Corps Times Monday. The selection of the Mk 13 Mod 7 closes ... Read More »

DoD identifies soldier killed in Syria IED attack | Army Times

The Department of Defense on Saturday released the name of a soldier who was killed in an improvised explosive device attack in Syria. Master Sgt. Jonathan Dunbar, 36, of Austin, Texas, was deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He died from his wounds Thursday in Manbij, Syria, when an IED detonated near his patrol. Another coalition service member was killed and five others were ... Read More »

A View from the CT Foxhole: Lieutenant Colonel Kent Solheim, Commander, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group | Combatting Terrorism Center

Lieutenant Colonel Kent G. Solheim has been the Commander of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) since June 2016. He has served in a variety of roles within the Special Forces community, deploying numerous times to Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, Lieutenant Colonel Solheim served as the Special Operations Command Forward North and West Africa Deputy Commanding Officer, and ... Read More »

Navy SEALs To Be Tested Prior To Training, Monitored For Brain Injuries | KPBS

Under a new program, Navy SEALs will be tested for brain injury when they first become special operators, then throughout their careers. Typically secretive, the Naval Special Warfare Group One on Coronado announced that everyone who enters the SEALs or Special Boat Operators will undergo baseline testing of their brain function. The SEALs are working with the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Naval Medical Center San ... Read More »

They sought help when their Army dad deployed. Now they’re barred from joining the military. | Military Times

By seeking counseling for their two teenage daughters as their family coped with multiple moves and multiple deployments to Afghanistan, an Army major and his wife unwittingly prevented both girls from following their father, their grandfather and their great-grandfather into military service. Rudy and Mia De La Rosa thought they were providing emotional support for daughters Juliet and Samantha. Neither the parents nor the ... Read More »

Breaking down China’s electronic warfare tactics | C4ISRNET

In the wake of Russia’s demonstrations of advanced electromagnetic spectrum and communications jamming capabilities, most recently displayed in their incursion into Ukraine, China also is upping its game in this space, demonstrating similar capabilities in the Pacific. The U.S. Department of Defense, in an annual report to Congress on China’s military and security developments, assessed that the country is placing greater importance ... Read More »

Dietary supplement shows promise for reversing cardiovascular aging | Science Daily

Scientists have long known that restricting calories can fend off physiological signs of aging, with studies in fruit flies, roundworms, rodents and even people showing that chronically slashing intake by about a third can reap myriad health benefits and, in some cases, extend lifespan.  From a public health perspective, that advice would be impractical for many and dangerous for some.But ... Read More »

British member of special forces killed fighting ISIS in Syria by explosive device is first casualty from UK armed forces | Mirror

A member of the UK armed forces in the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State was killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria, officials have confirmed. The victim is the first casualty from UK Armed Forces in the war-ravaged country. An American soldier was also killed and five other soldiers were injured by a blast. They are the first coalition service members ... Read More »