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  • After 43 years, MIA hero is ‘coming home'

    02/22/2011 10:27:38 AM PST · by llevrok · 21 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 2/22/2011 | KRIS SHERMAN
    Forty-three years ago this month, U.S. Army Spc. 4 James Leslie Moreland vanished during a fierce battle at Lang Vei, South Vietnam. He would later be awarded a Silver Star for heroism that night and be promoted to sergeant first class while listed as MIA – missing in action. Now, his remains positively identified using DNA from five family members, the Green Beret medic is coming home. Sisters Linda Brown of Puyallup and Edna Anita LeMoine of Olympia and brother Donald Moreland of Lakeside, Calif., are relieved, grateful, tearful. “I’ve never given up, and I’m so thankful that after all...
  • Contractor for Special Forces arrested for falsifying Social Security numbers

    01/06/2011 8:42:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 23 replies
    The Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | January 06, 2011 | Lauren Sage Reinlie
    SHALIMAR — The president of a construction company working at the Army Special Forces cantonment was arrested Wednesday and charged with fraud for falsifying Social Security numbers of her employees, lawmen have announced. Her husband and two other employees were arrested on similar charges last month. Sheyenne Contreras, 30, president of H&S Drywall, was arrested in Lake County following a three-month investigation by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. She is charged with obtaining more than $900,000 in payments from the federal government using stolen and counterfeit Social Security numbers, many of which were procured by her company. “This particular case...
  • N.Korea Boosts Special Forces, Conventional Arms

    01/01/2011 6:27:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | Dec. 31, 2010
    N.Korea Boosts Special Forces, Conventional Arms North Korea's special forces have grown by 20,000 over the past two years, reaching about 200,000 in total and increasing the so-called asymmetric threat the country poses to the South. The numbers come from the defense white paper 2010 published on Thursday, which says the North has consistently boosted its special warfare capabilities, deploying a light infantry division under an Army corps stationed on the frontline and adding a light infantry regiment to an Army division there. The 200,000-odd special troops are primed to carry out combined operations such as attacks on major facilities...
  • Ceremony salutes 2010 operations by Israel's new Underwater Missions Unit

    12/10/2010 4:33:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    World Tribune ^ | December 7, 2010
    Ceremony salutes 2010 operations by Israel's new Underwater Missions Unit TEL AVIV — The Israel Navy unveiled details of its new Underwater Missions Unit, designed to conduct sabotage, reconnaissance and other operations. Military sources said the unit was also trained to repair the hull of ships while inside the water. "Our level of diving today is among the best in the world," unit commander, identified only as Maj. Oren, said. At a recent ceremony, Oren said the unit also searches for remains of soldiers lost at sea, Middle East Newsline reported. The commander said the unit, which recruits once every...
  • Attorney: Purple Heart Organization defamed him

    10/10/2010 1:01:04 AM PDT · by Sarajevo · 6 replies
    WLOX- ch13 ^ | Sep 26, 2010 12:52 AM | Jeff Lawson
    BILOXI, MS (WLOX-TV) - Retired U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel Henry Cook is a 40 year military veteran who nearly died when he was wounded in Vietnam. He is also a Hancock County attorney, who has donated thousands of hours of legal work to veterans over the years. In fact, his work has been so important that three years ago, he was chosen to serve as the National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Cook told WLOX News that he was honored when he was chosen to serve as the groups National Commander. He knew it would...
  • David Goggins: The Toughest Athlete On The Planet?

    In 2005 Petty Officer First Class David Goggins’ life took a tragic turn. Several of his fellow U.S. Navy SEAL(s) were killed in a helicopter crash during a mission in Afghanistan. To honor them, Goggins vowed to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which gives college scholarships and grants to the children of fallen special operations soldiers. Goggins rationalized that to raise money, he would have to do something extreme, something phenomenal— something incredibly painful. He decided to race ultramarathons when he Googled the 10 most difficult feats in the world. First on the list was the Badwater...
  • David Goggins: The Toughest Athlete On The Planet?

    In 2005 Petty Officer First Class David Goggins’ life took a tragic turn. Several of his fellow U.S. Navy SEAL(s) were killed in a helicopter crash during a mission in Afghanistan. To honor them, Goggins vowed to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which gives college scholarships and grants to the children of fallen special operations soldiers. Goggins rationalized that to raise money, he would have to do something extreme, something phenomenal— something incredibly painful. He decided to race ultramarathons when he Googled the 10 most difficult feats in the world. First on the list was the Badwater...
  • Secrets in Plain Sight in Censored Book’s Reprint

    09/26/2010 9:45:48 AM PDT · by Fpimentel · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 17, 2010 | SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency, headquarters for the government’s eavesdroppers and code breakers, has been located at Fort Meade, Md., for half a century. Its nickname, the Fort, has been familiar for decades to neighbors and government workers alike. Yet that nickname is one of hundreds of supposed secrets Pentagon reviewers blacked out in the new, censored edition of an intelligence officer’s Afghan war memoir. The Defense Department is buying and destroying the entire uncensored first printing of “Operation Dark Heart,” by Anthony Shaffer, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve and former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, in the...
  • Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of Army officer's memoir

    09/25/2010 7:16:24 PM PDT · by Justaham · 55 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | 9-25-10 | Chris Lawrence and Padma Rama
    Washington (CNN) -- The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday. "DoD decided to purchase copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham said. In a statement to CNN, Cunningham said defense officials observed the September 20 destruction of about 9,500 copies of Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer's new memoir "Operation Dark Heart." Shaffer says he was notified Friday about the Pentagon's purchase. "The whole...
  • US: Dead in Afghan chopper crash were all American

    09/23/2010 2:17:13 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 10 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 9/23/2010 | ERIC TALMADGE
    9 killed, 3 hurt in Afghanistan chopper crash KABUL, Afghanistan – All nine troops killed in the worst helicopter crash for the coalition in Afghanistan in four years were Americans, the Pentagon has confirmed without providing further information on why the aircraft carrying Navy special forces went down.
  • Stig was SAS hero (Racing driver for UK TV's Top Gear taught 'escape & evade' driving to SAS Troops)

    09/01/2010 9:43:09 PM PDT · by Stoat · 35 replies
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | September 2, 2010 | DUNCAN LARCOMBE, Defence Editor, LEIGH HOLMWOOD, Deputy TV Editor, and RYAN SABEY
    EXCLUSIVE Stig was SAS Hero  RACING driver Ben Collins, unmasked yesterday as Top Gear mystery man The Stig, is a former member of the SAS. Ben trained SAS heroes in daring "escape and evade" driving skills while serving with the regiment, The Sun can reveal.     No more mystery nice guy ... Ben Collins aka The Stig   Millions of viewers have seen the race ace coaching celebrities on how to achieve the fastest time around a TV circuit in Top Gear's reasonably-priced car. But sources close to the special forces unit - motto Who Dares Wins - last night...
  • Decorated Little Creek-based SEAL dies in Afghanistan

    08/20/2010 8:34:07 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | 8-21-10 | Cindy Clayton
    highly decorated Navy SEAL from Virginia Beach died Wednesday from injuries sustained in combat operations in eastern Afghanistan, the Navy said Friday. Chief Special Warfare Operator Collin Trent Thomas, 33, was shot while deployed with a SEAL team based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. As is customary in operations involving the elite commando units, the Navy released no other details about the circumstances of his death
  • Special forces relieve pressure in Afghan valley (backed by "Spectre" C-130 gunship/commandos)

    07/27/2010 8:30:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/27/10 | Rob Taylor
    OUTPOST NOLEN, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Elite U.S. special forces soldiers are relieving insurgent pressure on American outposts in the volatile Arghandab Valley with a series of night attacks on suspected Taliban hideouts. The raids, backed by a "Spectre" C-130 gunship and Afghan commandos, began four days ago in the village of Khosrow Sofla, and followed weeks of near-daily attacks by insurgents on American bases near the town of Jelawar. "We considered it an area of Taliban sanctuary, or at least of tacit or semi-permissive support," said U.S. Army Major Brendan Raymond, of Woodbridge, Virginia. Last month, the U.S. military said...
  • Obama secretly deploys US special forces to 75 countries across world

    06/04/2010 1:41:19 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies · 1,468+ views
    Obama secretly deploys US special forces to 75 countries across world Tim Reid and Michael Evans, Washington President Obama has secretly implemented a huge increase in the number of US special forces carrying out search-and-destroy missions against al-Qaeda around the world, with American troops now operating in 75 countries. The dramatic expansion in the use of special forces, which in their global span go far beyond the covert missions authorised by George W. Bush, reflects how aggressively the President is pursuing al-Qaeda behind his public rhetoric of global engagement and diplomacy. When Mr Obama took office US special forces were...
  • Holographic Sights for SOCOM M4s

    05/31/2010 6:05:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 45 replies · 968+ views
    Defense Industry Daily ^ | 5/31/2010 | Defense Industry Daily
    -3 Communications subsidiary EOTech, Inc. in Ann Arbor, MI received a $25 million sole-source, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract, to provide their optical sighting system for U.S. Special Operations Command’s M4A1 carbines. Work will be performed in Ann Arbor, MI and is expected to be complete by May 2015. $262,636 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year, on Sept 30/10. The US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division in Crane, IN manages this contract (N00164-10-D-JN68). EOTech offers a unique technology, thanks to its Holographic Weapon Sight. The firm says that their night-vision compatible sight combines ranging and aiming...
  • US/S.KOREA has joint commando rescue plan for S. Korea workers stuck on N. Korean side at Kaesong

    05/29/2010 10:26:04 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 126 replies · 4,913+ views
    This is a link to the original Japanese story just now.Rather sketchy and breaking, but will synopsize main points into English as thus:There is the large Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea for manufacturing products, which is just across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from the truce village of Panmunjom, jointly run by North and South Korea. You can clearly see this development from overlook vantage points on hills located around Panmunjom. There are a number of South Korean managers and employers there on-site as we speak. At this time, they are apparantly not free to leave.N. Korea is threatening to...
  • Petraeus Orders US Spies To Prepare For Anti-Nuclear Strike On Iran

    05/26/2010 6:04:26 AM PDT · by Fennie · 50 replies · 1,485+ views
    The Times ^ | May 26, 2010 | Giles Whittell and Michael Evans, Washington
    Teams of American special forces have been authorised to conduct spying missions intended to pave the way for a military strike on Iran in case President Obama orders one, US government sources have confirmed. The military units would penetrate Iranian territory to reconnoitre potential nuclear targets and make contact with friendly dissident groups, according to a secret directive written by General David Petraeus. The document's existence was disclosed for the first time yesterday. It authorises an expansion in the use of US special forces throughout the Middle East, US officials said. However, it is the possibility of American troops operating...
  • Special Forces Veteran Says 'No' to Courageous Restraint Medal for Troops Who Don't Shoot

    05/20/2010 11:30:09 AM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 15 replies · 696+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 5-20-10 | Bob McCarty
    Jake Johnson is a veteran with more than a decade of Special Operations experience. Recently, I asked him about the so-called “Courageous Restraint Medal”.
  • Afghan prosecutor issues arrest warrant for US army officer over police killing

    05/16/2010 4:51:55 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 6 replies · 817+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 05/16/2010 | Stephen Grey
    An Afghan prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for an American special forces commander over allegations that a police chief was murdered by a US-trained militia. Brigadier General Ghulam Ranjbar, the chief military prosecutor in Kabul, has accused the US of creating an outlaw militia which allegedly shot dead Matiullah Qateh, the chief of police in the city of Kandahar. The militia, which Ranjbar claimed is armed and trained by US special forces, also allegedly killed Kandahar's head of criminal investigations and two other officers, when they attempted to free one of their members from a courthouse. "We lost one...
  • Special ops forces face helicopter shortage

    04/29/2010 8:19:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 484+ views
    Government Executive ^ | 4/28/2010 | Megan Scully
    Military officials on Tuesday acknowledged a helicopter shortfall plaguing Special Operations Forces, but said the Defense Department has a long-term plan to fill gaps in the in-demand force's aviation inventory. The unpredictable security environment, with heavy deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last several years, have strained special operators' helicopter assets, Gary Reid, deputy assistant Defense secretary for special operations and combating terrorism, told the House Armed Services Terrorism and Unconventional Threats Subcommittee. The shortfall was exacerbated by early delays in fielding the Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft, as well as delays in modifying some of the special...