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  • Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya

    04/23/2014 9:28:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    A camp on the Libyan coastline meant to train terror-hunters has instead become a haven for terrorists and al Qaeda. A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants... In the summer of 2012, American Green Berets began refurbishing a Libyan military base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli in order to hone the skills of Libya’s first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters. Less than two years later, that training camp is now being used...
  • ‘American Spartan’ by Ann Scott Tyson, about Maj. Jim Gant’s mission in Afghanistan

    03/29/2014 8:37:05 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 28,2014 | Bing West
    ... First, the sheer adventure. Gant is a mountain man, circa 1840. He is Jeremiah Johnson, living in the wrong century. Despite his heavy drinking, volcanic mood swings and numerous wounds, he survived more than 40 months of combat. In 2003 and again in 2011, he and a dozen Special Forces soldiers lived in a mountain village in eastern Afghanistan, adjacent to the Pakistan border. When I visited that village, both the elders and the soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the 32nd Infantry told tales about Gant’s exploits. He captured one insurgent after a two-day chase. Another time, he...
  • Elite special forces in danger of cracking as demand is ‘outpacing capacity’

    03/12/2014 9:48:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    America’s in-demand global force against terrorists is showing signs of stress and appears to be gliding toward a decline in readiness, says a Pentagon budget overview on special operations forces. With the end of U.S. military operations in the Iraq War, the thought was that fewer deployments would give some relief to special operations forces after a dozen years of overseas fighting. But the 2015 budget overview says demand for special operations forces is up, not down. It talks of “significant stress on the force” and notes that the demand for Delta Force troops, Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other...
  • U.S. Military Commandos Made It To Benghazi

    10/30/2013 8:34:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military’s elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administration’s original story about the Benghazi tragedy. For months, administration officials have claimed no special operations forces were dispatched from outside Libya to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012, al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex because none was within range. The Pentagon, under intense public criticism for not coming to the aid of besieged Americans, published an official timeline in November that carefully danced around the issue....
  • Deep in Enemy Territory

    09/05/2013 6:34:12 AM PDT · by lotr01
    Western Shooting Journal ^ | 7/30/2013 | Mark Knapp
    This is a brief story on Ken Snyder experiences with the SOG unit that he had served while in Vietnam. Special Operation Group - code name Studies and Operations Group to make it seem like a liaison to academia. SOG conducted reconnaissance missions in North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Operating unofficially in the no play area, so to speak. Ken also talks about working with the "Montagnards", the mountain people of Vietnam that hated the South Vietnamese as much as they hated the North Vietnamese. westernshootingjournal.com/stories/deep-in-enemy-territory/
  • WATCH: SPECIAL FORCES CHIEF: ‘EVERYTHING DONE IN EVERY MARXIST INSURGE.BEING DONE IN AMERICA TODAY’

    02/04/2013 8:51:04 AM PST · by cricket · 39 replies
    Pat Dollard.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | H/T Sammy Madigan/Lt. Col. Jerry Boykin
    Many speak; but not nearly enough listening. More must 'wake up' and damn the bonds of political correctness - restore 'critical mind' - so that America can recover it's original-intent purpose. Lt.Gen. Jerry Boykin; 'Special Forces'; Green Beret. . .taught at Hampden-Sydney; now Exec.Vice President/Family Rersearch Council - 'owns' his credentials; and so, has both credibility and authority. A video link to share. Lt.Gen.Boykin: marxist insurgency link Further hand/in/hand verification: http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/why
  • Failed Syria Envoy Brahimi’s Mission Brings Chemical War Closer

    12/30/2012 8:26:12 PM PST · by drewh · 7 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 30, 2012, 9:08 PM
    The Syrian crisis unbelievably took another turn for the worse Saturday, Dec. 29: After making no headway with Bashar Assad in Damascus, the UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was told in no uncertain terms by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow: “There is no possibility of persuading Syrian ruler Bashar Assad to leave Syria.” As they spoke, a record 400 people died in hostilities in the country. The burnt remains of hundreds of people slaughtered by the army were discovered in a Homs district. And Syrian opposition leaders have repeatedly preconditioned their acceptance of the Russian invitation to talks...
  • Former Navy SEAL Team Six Commander Says Special Ops Assault on Obama Is Just Beginning

    08/17/2012 5:20:54 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 64 replies
    Politicker ^ | 8-17-12 | Hunter Walker
    Earlier this week, Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc., a group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces personnel, launched a campaign criticizing President Barack Obama for unfairly taking credit for killing Osama bin Laden and leaking national security information for political gain. This is the second high-profile attack on the president from ex-elite military operatives. Last month, Ryan Zinke, a Montana State Senator and former commander of Navy SEAL Team Six, started a super PAC, Special Operations for America, which is dedicated to supporting Mitt Romney and hitting President Obama on leaks and on politicizing Bin Laden’s death. According...
  • Navy SEALS Start 'Swift-Boating' Obama (Video at Link)

    08/15/2012 6:42:26 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 37 replies
    Special ops group attacks Obama over bin Laden bragging, leaks... A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch a media campaign, including TV ads, that scolds President Barack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and argues that high-level leaks are endangering American lives. Leaders of the group, the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc, say it is nonpartisan and unconnected to any political party or presidential campaign. It is registered as a so-called social welfare group, which means its primary purpose is to further the common good and its...
  • Team Obama responds to special ops criticism via John Kerry (Seriously?!)

    08/17/2012 5:46:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 17, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Earlier this week, a group of former special forces and intelligence agents launched a media campaign criticizing President Obama for the White House’s poor handling of sensitive national-security information and for Team Obama persistently using the death of Osama bin Laden as a subject for bragging rights. The Obama campaign can’t have that — Obama almost certainly plans to bring up his daring OBL raid during any foreign policy discussions we have on our way to November, and members of the military and intelligence community rallying in criticism of Obama’s national-security creds would certainly put a damper on that. I’d...
  • CNN Hypes GOP Links of Military Obama Critics

    08/17/2012 6:03:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 17, 2012 | Matt Hadro
    CNN is harping on the "partisan" connections of a group of military veterans criticizing President Obama, likening it to Swift Boat, yet it has helped further liberal partisan attacks in the past through its own biased coverage. "A new group of veterans, including former Navy SEALs, accuses President Obama of taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden. The group says it's nonpartisan. But a CNN investigation finds it has close links to the Republican Party," reported Joe Johns on Thursday's The Situation Room. "I know you know some of the criticism, and the criticism is that...
  • Pershing's legacy remains

    02/18/2002 7:06:45 PM PST · by Oxylus · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 18, 2002 | Jim Gomez
    ZAMBOANGA, PHILIPPINES U.S. troops in the southern Philippines face the prospect of battle with descendants of the Muslim insurgents that brought U.S. General John "Black Jack" Pershing to the country more than a century ago. Before deploying to Basilan on the weekend, the Green Berets took seminars on the roots of Muslim rebellion in the poverty-wracked south as they brought Washington's war on terrorism to one of the most remote parts of the former U.S. colony. "It's an old war," said Datu Amil Jumaani, a Muslim professor who lectured the U.S. troops. Arab missionaries brought Islam to the Philippines in ...
  • Injured and disoriented, soldier 'had some fight left'

    06/05/2009 3:28:54 AM PDT · by csvset · 13 replies · 1,094+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | June 5, 2009 | Bill Sizemore
    Blinded by a dust storm kicked up by helicopter rotor wash and grenade explosions, all Sgt. 1st Class Michael Lindsay could see was shadowy figures scurrying about in the dim light, grabbing weapons. // In the ensuing firefight inside a remote rural compound in Samarra, Iraq, Lindsay was seriously wounded. But he and his fellow Army Green Berets kept firing. When it was over, 11 insurgents were dead - including the target of the predawn raid, a man described by the Army as a high-value terrorist who had been financing weapons and roadside bombs with profits from a kidnapping and...
  • Staff Sgt. Rhyner To Be Awarded Air Force Cross

    03/10/2009 5:54:49 AM PDT · by gracesdad · 5 replies · 885+ views
    NPR ^ | March 10, 2009 | JJ Sutherland
    Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Rhyner's story is one of heroism in battle. On April 6, 2008, Rhyner and his team were participating in an assault on Shok Valley in northeastern Afghanistan.
  • A surge of Special Forces for Afghanistan likely (Green Berets)

    12/23/2008 11:19:35 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 755+ views
    Christian Science Monitor on Yahoo ^ | 12/23/08 | Gordon Lubold
    Washington – The Pentagon is likely to send up to 20 Special Forces teams to Afghanistan this spring, part of a new long-term strategy to boost the Afghan security forces' ability to counter the insurgency there themselves. The "surge" of elite Special Forces units would represent a multiyear effort aimed at strengthening the Afghan National Army and police units that the US sees as key to building up Afghanistan's security independence, say defense officials who asked to remain anonymous because the controversial decision has not yet been announced. The US already plans to send thousands of additional conventional forces to...
  • Outnumbered More Than 10:1, Green Berets Take 'Em All Down

    12/14/2008 1:01:51 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 49 replies · 1,900+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 14, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Oh, and by the way, they'll be receiving 10 Silver Stars for their trouble. From the Washington Post. After jumping out of helicopters at daybreak onto jagged, ice-covered rocks and into water at an altitude of 10,000 feet, the 12-man Special Forces team scrambled up the steep mountainside toward its target -- an insurgent stronghold in northeast Afghanistan. "Our plan," Capt. Kyle M. Walton recalled in an interview, "was to fight downhill." But as the soldiers maneuvered toward a cluster of thick-walled mud buildings constructed layer upon layer about 1,000 feet farther up the mountain, insurgents quickly manned fighting positions,...
  • 10 Green Berets to Receive Silver Star for Afghan Battle

    12/12/2008 5:38:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 2,290+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2008 | Ann Scott Tyson
    Page A01 After jumping out of helicopters at daybreak onto jagged, ice-covered rocks and into water at an altitude of 10,000 feet, the 12-man Special Forces team scrambled up the steep mountainside toward its target -- an insurgent stronghold in northeast Afghanistan. "Our plan," Capt. Kyle M. Walton recalled in an interview, "was to fight downhill." But as the soldiers maneuvered toward a cluster of thick-walled mud buildings constructed layer upon layer about 1,000 feet farther up the mountain, insurgents quickly manned fighting positions, readying a barrage of fire for the exposed Green Berets. A harrowing, nearly seven-hour battle unfolded...
  • Mayor's Green Beret fakery leaves A.C. wounded (another semi-phony soldier)

    10/10/2007 7:00:20 AM PDT · by shhrubbery! · 46 replies · 991+ views
    Star-Ledger (NJ) ^ | October 03, 2007 | BRIAN DONOHUE AND MARY JO PATTERSON
    By all accounts, Robert Levy, now the 60-year-old mayor of Atlantic City, was a fine soldier during his two tours of Vietnam.The former lifeguard came home with two Bronze Stars. He was a native son who, before enlisting, had risen above his own family's prejudice to marry a local African-American woman. After his homecoming, he remained in the military until he became eligible to retire, with 20 years of service. But at some point, Levy began to embellish his service record in Vietnam by saying he had been a member of the Green Berets, the elite special force of the...
  • Mayor's Green Beret fakery leaves A.C. wounded

    10/03/2007 7:28:52 AM PDT · by rocksblues · 30 replies · 834+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | October 03, 2007 | BRIAN DONOHUE AND MARY JO PATTERSON
    By all accounts, Robert Levy, now the 60-year-old mayor of Atlantic City, was a fine soldier during his two tours of Vietnam. The former lifeguard came home with two Bronze Stars. He was a native son who, before enlisting, had risen above his own family's prejudice to marry a local African-American woman. After his homecoming, he remained in the military until he became eligible to retire, with 20 years of service. But at some point, Levy began to embellish his service record in Vietnam by saying he had been a member of the Green Berets, the elite special force of...
  • Green Berets Face Hearing on Killing of Suspect in Afghan Village

    09/18/2007 8:12:33 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 60 replies · 1,842+ views
    NYT ^ | 9-18-07
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., Sept. 17 — From his position about 100 yards away, Master Sgt. Troy Anderson had a clear shot at the Afghan man standing outside a residential compound in a village near the Pakistan border last October. When Capt. Dave Staffel, the Special Forces officer in charge, gave the order to shoot, Sergeant Anderson fired a bullet into the man’s head, killing him. In June, Captain Staffel and Sergeant Anderson were charged with premeditated murder. On Tuesday, in a rare public examination of the rules that govern the actions of Special Operations troops in Afghanistan, a military hearing...
  • `Joshua lived out his calling' (Green Beret Killed in Afghanistan)

    05/23/2007 12:13:02 PM PDT · by rottndog · 13 replies · 1,470+ views
    presstelegram.com ^ | 05/22/2007 | Kelly Puente
    LONG BEACH - Friends, family and fellow servicemen remembered Staff Sgt. Joshua Whitaker on Tuesday as a great American hero. "Josh wanted to be the best of the best," said long-time friend Matt Miller at Whitaker's funeral, held at Parkcrest Christian Church in Long Beach. Whitaker, a decorated Green Beret and former Millikan High School student, died from enemy small-arms fire during a firefight on May 15 near Qalat, Afghanistan, the Army said. He was 23 years old. ....."Seven days ago we were ambushed (in Afghanistan)," he said. "Josh died defending myself and the other two members (of the unit)....
  • Osama bin Laden operative at Fort Bragg (A old news story)

    03/09/2003 8:52:37 PM PST · by FreeSpeechZone · 22 replies · 1,292+ views
    Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service ^ | November 13, 2001 | By JOHN SULLIVAN and JOSEPH NEFF
    An al Qaeda operative at Fort Bragg By JOHN SULLIVAN and JOSEPH NEFF Raleigh News & Observer November 13, 2001 FORT BRAGG, N.C. - A former sergeant at Fort Bragg who became a close adviser to Osama bin Laden obtained sensitive documents describing how U.S. special operations units function. Ali A. Mohamed, a trusted trainer in bin Laden's al Qaeda network, walked the halls of the U.S. military's top warfare planning center at Fort Bragg for more than two years as an Army sergeant. From 1987 to 1989, he acquired sensitive documents describing how special operations units work and a...
  • Vanity- Book: Triple Cross: How bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA

    12/07/2006 7:59:07 PM PST · by STARWISE · 22 replies · 866+ views
    amazon.com ^ | 12-07-06
    Triple Cross: How bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI--and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him This is the most dangerous man I have ever met. We cannot let this man out on the street." —Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, 1997 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In the years leading to the 9/11 attacks, no single agent of al Qaeda was more successful in compromising the U.S. intelligence community than Ali Mohamed. A former Egyptian army captain, Mohamed succeeded in infiltrating the CIA in Europe, the Green Berets at Fort Bragg, and the FBI in California—even as...
  • Special forces wage war by stealth

    10/13/2006 5:26:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 558+ views
    The Australian ^ | 14th October 2006 | Greg Sheridan
    A SMALL team of about 20 Australian Special Air Service soldiers has been helping track down Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiah terrorists in the southern Philippines. The soldiers have been notionally in joint patrols with Filipino military personnel but in truth the Australians are leading the efforts they are involved with. For the past couple of months a spasmodically ferocious effort has been waged in Mindanao, in particular on the island of Jolo, to eradicate the ASG, an al-Qa'ida affiliated terror group of extreme violence and cruelty. The SAS campaign is the nearest the Australian special forces have come to...
  • Special Forces Stretched Thin By Two Wars

    09/25/2006 7:00:23 PM PDT · by RDTF · 36 replies · 1,560+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 24, 2006 | David Wood
    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.special24sep24,0,3228806.story MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- So many of America's special operations commandos have been thrown into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan that only a handful of the elite troops are available for the quiet but critical work of training local security forces and stabilizing governments elsewhere -- raising worries about al-Qaida and related terrorist groups expanding in other parts of the world. The demand for Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other highly trained units in battle, which senior military commanders expect will last for the foreseeable future, is a tough problem for the military and for its...
  • Inside the Ring

    08/11/2006 11:28:43 AM PDT · by JZelle · 816+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8-11-06 | Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
    'House cleaners' Army Special Forces soldiers are expressing outrage, among themselves, over purported remarks made by Lt. Gen. Dell Dailey last week at a meeting with new U.S. ambassadors at U.S. Special Operations Command (Socom) in Tampa, Fla. But both a Socom spokesman and a senior officer tells us the Special Forces troops, better known as Green Berets, are misquoting Gen. Dailey, who directs the Center for Special Operations, the critically important war-planning arm for all commandos. The tempest got so bad last week that Lt. Gen. Robert Wagner, commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.,...
  • The Original Green Beret

    12/19/2005 5:58:39 AM PST · by rahbert · 15 replies · 1,442+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 19 Dec 2005 | Gordon Cucullu
    America lost a good one this month. Retired US Army Lieutenant General William Yarborough, 93, passed away. Bill Yarborough was a veteran of three wars: WW II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was a highly decorated paratrooper and is considered by many one of the most imaginative, innovative combat leaders that America has ever produced. Yarborough came of age at the defining moment of the 20th century, the onset of the Second World War.
  • Rumsfeld OKs Expansion of Commando Forces

    11/01/2005 2:23:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 43 replies · 2,819+ views
    AP ^ | 11/1/5 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON -- In a historic step designed to bolster the military's ability to fight a global war on terrorism, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday he approved adding Marines to U.S. Special Operations Command, the organization in charge of SEALs, Green Berets and other commando-style forces. It is the first time since the command was created in April 1987 that the Marine Corps has been included, and Rumsfeld said the change reflects a need for the Pentagon to continue to adapt to the tactics of an adversary like the al-Qaida terror network that uses unconventional means to counter American...
  • WSJ: Classic Imperialism - Throughout the world, our military wins friends and influences people.

    09/23/2005 6:20:34 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 1,062+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 23, 2005 | ROBERT D. KAPLAN
    This past summer, I observed a U.S. Army Special Forces exercise in Africa that represented the quintessence of imperialism as it has been practiced throughout history and yet which no modern liberal could oppose. Almost 200 Green Berets fanned out across the Sahara to train with soldiers from nine North and West African countries. It was part of a broad effort to professionalize the troops of fledgling democracies, assist them in hunting down Islamic terrorists in unruly borderlands, and deal with future humanitarian catastrophes like Darfur.... For a relatively small outlay in men and expenditures, the U.S. military has begun...
  • Group to Honor ‘Father of Green Berets’ - (William P. "Bill" Yarborough, Fayetteville hero)

    05/15/2005 6:00:20 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 2,168+ views
    THE PILOT.COM ^ | MAY 13, 2005 | JOHN CHAPPELL: Staff Writer
    Airborne wings, the Green Beret and the numbered combat knife now given to every Special Forces soldier who wins his tabs all came from one man — retired Lt. Gen. William P. “Bill” Yarborough of Southern Pines. A volunteer committee of friends and admirers is raising funds to do something seldom done: honor a hero while he lives to hear the praise. They have commissioned a bust of the famed Army leader to be placed in the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville. “We are very appreciative of the support of Sandhills Kiwanis Club for allowing us to...
  • WE’RE GOING TO WIN THE WAR IN VIET NAM! - (Don Bendell's Newest Editorial)

    02/21/2005 10:16:43 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 536+ views
    DON BENDELL.COM ^ | FEBRUARY 21, 2005 | DON BENDELL
    Some of us went and fought and bled. Some died. Some stayed home and cried out against our fight. Some, with heads draped in hooded cloaks of shame and fear, went to Canada, most claiming disdain and loathing for that far-off war, not admitting actually succumbing to an inner fear of death or of wounding in a foreign land. We won every major battle, in the tradition of our forefathers at St Mere E’Glise, Normandy, San Juan Hill, and we left our virgin naiveté in those steaming emerald jungles of fear, or in the muddy larvae-laden waters of the lowland...
  • Kevin Sites, the Hero of the Battle at Kal-a-Khata Afghanistan, November 7, 2001

    11/22/2004 10:52:42 PM PST · by kralcmot · 8 replies · 1,015+ views
    The Hunt for Bin Laden, Task Force Dagger | 2003 | Robin Moore
    Pg 104…to 107 The third team selected to go into the box was 585….on October 25, 2001, the weather cleared and TIGER 03’s ten Special Forces sergeants finally reached their landing zone outside Dasht-e-Qaleh, a village in the upper northeast corner near the Tajikistan border.
  • The FReeper Foxhole Profiles Colonel James P. Fleming - June 11th, 2004

    06/11/2004 12:11:32 AM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 100 replies · 1,341+ views
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    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Obituaries in the News (Col. Aaron Bank, "the father of the Green Berets")

    04/03/2004 10:07:30 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 220+ views
    AP ^ | April 3, 2004
    Obituaries in the News Apr 3, 2004 The Associated Press Aaron Bank LOS ANGELES (AP) - Retired Army Col. Aaron Bank, a military icon called "the father of the Green Berets" for his role as the first commander of the Army's elite Special Forces, has died. He was 101. Bank died Thursday of natural causes in an assisted-living facility in Dana Point, said his son-in-law, Bruce Ballantine. In 1952, the Army approved 2,300 spaces for men in a Special Forces unit, the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Bank was a key figure in pushing for its...
  • Big Pay Luring Military's Elite to Private Jobs

    03/29/2004 10:44:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 930+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 30, 2004 | ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON, March 29 — Senior American commanders and Pentagon officials are warning of an exodus of the military's most seasoned members of Special Operations to higher-paying civilian security jobs in places like Baghdad and Kabul, just as they are playing an increasingly pivotal role in combating terror and helping conduct nation-building operations worldwide. Senior enlisted members of the Army Green Berets or Navy Seals with 20 years or more experience now earn about $50,000 in base pay, and can retire with a $23,000 pension. But private security companies, whose services are in growing demand in Iraq and Afghanistan, are offering...
  • U.S. Takes Anti-Terror Training to Africa

    03/22/2004 9:33:55 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 201+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 21, 2004 | EDWARD HARRIS
    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) - On the Green Berets' signal, the 120 Malian troops sprang across a thorn-covered sand dune and stormed a mock enemy camp, pouring assault rifle fire into human-shaped silhouettes and an old truck cab. It was part of the U.S.-led war on terror - an effort to head off any chance that the vast and lawless desert of this African nation might become the next Afghanistan. But the start of Thursday's live-fire exercise was briefly delayed: Two donkeys wandered into the firing zone, and a Malian soldier ran out to shoo them away. "Tell him to come...
  • Tiger Woods To Train With Green Berets

    03/17/2004 2:00:07 AM PST · by leadpenny · 26 replies · 495+ views
    Early Today (NBC)
    Just heard on Early Today: After this year's Masters Golf Tournament, Tiger Woods will spend four (4) days training with the Green Berets at Fort Bragg, NC. His father was a Green Beret during Vietnam and Tiger wants to get a feel for what his Dad experienced.
  • A Green Beret's Story: ‘A grown-up life’ gets delayed

    02/29/2004 4:32:45 AM PST · by sopwith · 4 replies · 1,749+ views
    The Union Leader ^ | February 29, 2004 | By PHILLIP O’CONNOR
    First of three parts At 2 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2001, two blacked-out Chinook helicopters carrying Laconia native Master Sgt. John Bolduc and nine other Green Berets dropped from a star-packed sky into northeastern Afghanistan. The men carried six months of supplies and simple orders: Link up with the Northern Alliance and deliver the vengeance of America. In many ways, their secret mission represented the aspirations of all Americans reeling from the previous month’s terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. The nation stood united. Patriotism soared. An angered nation spoiled for revenge. Now, here stood soldiers from the...
  • Saddam Catchers Hunt Bin Laden

    02/26/2004 12:48:02 AM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 38 replies · 533+ views
    The Herald ^ | February 25, 2004 | Staff
    The top secret international commando group which tracked down Saddam Hussein is being transferred from Iraq to Afghanistan to spearhead the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Task Force 121, a 1400-strong unit drawn from the U.S. army's Delta Force, Rangers and Green Berets, U.S. navy Seals, and attached elements of British and Australian SAS and Canadian special forces, will be used as the cutting edge of an offensive aimed at netting or killing top al Qaeda fugitives. The unit, which may be renamed before deploying on the Afghan side of the frontier with Pakistan's lawless tribal lands, is moving in...
  • Murder Inc.

    12/17/2003 5:33:33 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 26 replies · 180+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 12-17-03 | Reese, Charley
    Murder Inc. Seymour Hersh, with his usual thoroughness, has documented Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's latest scheme for Iraq. It is, in short, to set up death squads, trained by Israelis and using Israelis as consultants in Iraq. The Israeli role is supposed to be hush-hush, but not only Hersh, in his New Yorker article, but also a British reporter in the Guardian have confirmed the Israeli role. That will win a lot of hearts and minds in the Arab world. About the only government they hate worse than ours is Israel's. The idea is to hire some of the...
  • U.S. helps Colombia take down Marxist guerrillas

    12/08/2003 3:11:50 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 155+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 08, 2003 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The Bush administration's expanded role for military advisers in Colombia has started to pay dividends with the capture and killings of senior guerrilla leaders.</p> <p>Long limited to an antidrug role, U.S. personnel won authority in 2002 to train the Colombian army in counterinsurgency operations.</p>
  • Boise Knife Maker Carves Niche Helping U.S. Special Forces Soldiers, makes green beret knives'

    11/11/2003 11:41:45 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 22 replies · 651+ views
    Boise Knife Maker Carves Niche Helping U.S. Special Forces Soldiers By Jon Hanian Boise, ID - His name is Christopher Reeve, "Just as in superman." But he readily admits he is no way affiliated with superman. He just happens to make knives for the next best thing, the United States Army Green Berets. "This is the best military knife on the market and that is not sales (B.S.) that is fact." That bravado is backed by the fact this little machine shop in Boise, is cranking out one of kind hand crafted knives made to exacting specifications that have...
  • COMBAT:How Green Berets Overcame the Odds at an Iraq Alamo

    09/22/2003 9:10:38 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 58 replies · 1,011+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 22, 2003 | THOM SHANKER
    The Javelin Missile FORT BRAGG, N.C., Sept. 16 — The low-slung ridgeline overlooking a strategic crossroads in northern Iraq offered scant protection for the small band of Green Berets, vastly outnumbered and under attack from four T-55 tanks, six armored personnel carriers and hundreds of infantrymen with artillery on call. "We all made a mental promise," Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Adamec recalled of that battle on Day 18 of the war. "Nobody had to yell out commands. Everybody just knew. We were not going to move back from that point. We were not going to give up that ground. We...
  • Inside Stories of the Transformed Armed Forces

    09/05/2003 6:11:00 AM PDT · by MoralSense · 2 replies · 330+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 9/2/03 | Lawrence Henry
     Spectator.org Print Article         Close Window         Copyright © 2002 Spectator.org. All Rights Reserved. Inside Stories of the Transformed Armed Forces By Published 9/2/2003 12:02:00 AM Buy the Book Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success.-- George W. Bush, Address to Congress, September 20, 2001 The back cover of The Hunt for Bin Laden, by Robin Moore (Random House, $24.95), shows Moore, an...
  • Growing the Green Berets

    07/07/2003 1:34:17 AM PDT · by kattracks · 16 replies · 352+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/07/03 | AP
    <p>COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Unconventional warfare in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq taught the U.S. Army it needed more unconventional warriors.</p> <p>To increase the pool of potential Special Forces members, officials have started selectively recruiting civilians straight into a program that could make them Green Berets in about two years. It is attracting hundreds more recruits than expected, and they are doing well, Army officials say.</p>
  • Hidden war of Special Forces seen as way to win the peace

    06/24/2003 6:10:44 PM PDT · by bicycle thug · 9 replies · 329+ views
    oregonlive.com ^ | 22 June 03 | RICHARD READ
    Floyd Holcom probed parched soil along Kuwait's border with Iraq in March, making sure it would support a tank's churning treads. Members of Holcom's U.S. Army Special Forces team watched Kuwaiti soldiers cut openings in the border's gleaming steel fence. The desert was eerily quiet. Then, for three days and nights, the Astoria man and his fellow Green Berets stared in awe as thousands upon thousands of tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and trucks shattered the desert silence. The most powerful fighting machine on Earth thundered toward Baghdad, trailing dust and smoke. Finally the desert grew tranquil again. The Kuwaitis sealed...
  • Special Operators Seeking A Technological Advantage [Brian's Military Ping List]

    05/11/2003 6:58:21 AM PDT · by VaBthang4 · 8 replies · 281+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | May 2003 | Harold Kennedy
    The U.S. Special Operations Command is looking for “leap-ahead” technologies that can give its troops a decided advantage over their adversaries in wars such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld announced in January that the command—made up of elite, unconventional warfare units from the Army, Navy and Air Force and headquartered at Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base—is being strengthened so that it can play a bigger role in U.S. military operations. Currently, SOCOM consists of about 47,000 personnel, including Army Special Forces, Rangers and specialized helicopter, psychological operations and civil affairs units; Navy SEAL (sea,...
  • Angel of Death - Revenge of NY Babes

    04/21/2003 5:51:13 AM PDT · by el_texicano · 46 replies · 64,790+ views
    The Hunt For Bin Laden - Task Force Dagger | 2003 | Robin Moore
    I was reading the new book just out by Robin Moore entitled, "The Hunt for Bin Laden" and came across some excerpts that I wanted to cite in honor of my NY friends. This book has been hard to put down and parts of it are simply hilarious. So, with the setting in Afghanistan early on in the conflict...quoting from pages 74-75 and 99: ----------------------------- Like it's Vietnam predecessor, "Puff the Magic Dragon," the Spectre is easily described by Special Forces troops on the ground as "raining death." With Chain guns, and autoloading 105mm cannon, a 25mm Gatling gun and...
  • Trained for War, 12 Green Berets Keep the Peace in an Iraqi Town

    04/17/2003 11:58:07 PM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 355+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/18/03 | JAMES DAO
    IWANIYA, Iraq, April 17 — They were trained in the art of war and came to Iraq to fight. But now that the regime has been toppled, Army Special Forces soldiers in Diwaniya have found themselves on an entirely different and, in many ways, more difficult mission. They are trying to rebuild the city. It is a battle against chaos instead of bullets. The Green Berets have had to wade into angry crowds. They have mediated between rival tribes locked in blood feuds. They have tried to hold together the city's thin threads of social order, not always with...
  • Special Ops, CIA fighting hidden war away from cameras

    04/07/2003 3:24:49 PM PDT · by knak · 8 replies · 360+ views
    az central ^ | 4/7/03
    <p>KUWAIT CITY - As U.S. air and ground forces blast into Baghdad, dozens of CIA paramilitaries and thousands of U.S. Special Operations forces are waging a hidden war in Iraq's shadows.</p> <p>Under the cover of darkness, they're hunting and assassinating Baath Party members and Republican Guard leaders, rigging selected bridges with explosives and detonating them when suspected Iraqi leaders drive by, and using viruses to disable computers at military command centers, power plants and telephone networks.</p>