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  • A Navy SEAL and an Army Ranger explain the difference between these two elite tiers

    02/22/2016 7:48:10 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 22, 2016 | Jack Murphy and Brandon Webb
    The internet has no shortage of basement-dwellingcommandos beating at their keyboards like chimpanzees as they forcefully insist upon one incorrect factoid or another regardingSpecial Operations units. All SEALs are considered Tier One, right?No. Rangers pull security for Delta, correct? Time to throw away that scratched-up "Black Hawk Down" DVD, hero.Since the Internet stupidity goes on and on, two of the SOFREP staff decided to team up and write a definitive articleabout the differences between SEALs and Rangers. This article was co-written byBrandon Webb, who served in SEAL Team Three, and Jack Murphy, who served in 3rd Ranger Battalion.
  • Special Forces not ready to integrate women

    02/20/2016 8:31:45 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | February 20, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    In this time of forced austerity on the United States Military, special operations are being effected by financial cutbacks placed on training. The community has to contend with "training challenges" which are impacting its ability to successfully perform missions. Training is a vital element to an effective combat unit. Obama's transformative cutback of the nation’s defense will dull the razor's edge-the Special Force community. In addition to diminished training time, Special Operations Forces (SOF) are dealing with heavy rotation schedules in the war on terror. SOF has been in country in Afghanistan since shortly after the 9-11 attacks. They have...
  • US Special Forces help free dozens of Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan

    12/04/2015 11:53:59 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 04, 2015 | Fox News
    A joint Afghan-U.S. special forces operation freed at least 40 Afghan prisoners from a Taliban prison in the southern Helmand province, authorities said Friday. The troops carried out a helicopter assault on the prison in Nawzad district Thursday night, according to a statement from U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The operation freed 40 prisoners, who were captured Afghan police, army and border police. No U.S. ground forces were involved in the raid, Fox News confirmed.
  • The tiny pin pricks of war

    12/01/2015 7:37:36 PM PST · by pboyington · 11 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 1, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that 200 special operations troops are heading to Iraq. Approximately 200 special operations forces, including intelligence personnel, pilots to position them, mechanics to maintain their aircraft, a quick reaction force and other support personnel in addition to the main assault force are headed to Iraq in the next few weeks as part of the new “specialized expeditionary targeting force” according to a U.S. official. A separate senior U.S. official said that capturing senior ISIS leaders would be an important component of the new assault force’s mission to learn more about ISIS networks as...
  • Army Special Forces enraged over Obama attacks

    09/14/2015 7:53:40 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    WND ^ | September 13, 2015 | Greg Corombos
    General rips military leaders: 'They should put their stars on the table and be prepared to resign' U.S. Army Special Forces (photo: Department of Defense) Rules of engagement that risk the lives of U.S. forces and harsh punishments over questionable charges have Americas elite Green Berets fuming at the Obama administration, and the former commander of all Green Berets says its just the latest symptoms of a military deliberately weakened by this administration and military officials more concerned about advancement than the good of their forces and their nation. The litany of Green Beret frustration was detailed this week by...
  • Crash Victims Include Decorated Marine

    03/13/2015 6:18:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/13/15 | RICHARD FAUSSET
    ATLANTA Before a military helicopter disappeared into a thick bank of fog off the Florida coast, killing all 11 servicemen aboard, military officials had conducted an operational risk assessment and determined that the weather was safe enough to fly in, Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander of the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, said Friday. But once the two helicopters participating in the Tuesday evening exercise were aloft, a decision was made to turn back, General Osterman said. And only one helicopter made it back. The details of the Black Hawk helicopters final flight were disclosed at a...
  • 7 Marines, 4 soldiers missing after Army helicopter crash in Florida

    03/11/2015 3:08:22 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2015
    <p>Search-and-rescue crews are looking for seven Marines and four soldiers after an Army helicopter crashed late Tuesday during a routine night training exercise in the Florida Panhandle.</p> <p>Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland told the Associated Press that the helicopter was reported missing at around 8:30 p.m. local time and crews found debris from the crash at around 2 a.m. Wednesday.</p>
  • Paralyzed Marine wit Robotic Exoskeleton Receives Bronze Star with V

    12/03/2014 7:19:07 AM PST · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 12/3/2014 | J Hlad
    When Capt. Derek Herrera was called to stand in the place of honor Friday at his retirement ceremony, he pressed buttons on what appeared to be a wristwatch as a fellow Marine came to his aid. After another push of a button and three short beeps, Herrera rose, legs shaking, and walked deliberately toward his commander. With each step, the exoskeleton he wore emitted a robotic whirring noise, as though it were Iron Man striding through the cordoned off parking lot in digital camouflage. Herrera was paralyzed from the chest down in June 2012, when he was shot in...
  • The Worrisome Future of Special Operation Forces (Common Core to be applied to Navy SEALS, etc.)

    03/23/2014 5:56:52 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    DanielPipes.org ^ | Mar 23, 2014 | Daniel Pipes
    I just had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with a Council on Foreign Relations group at the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Its commander, the famed Admiral William H. McRaven, started the briefing, followed by his staff. I expected to learn about Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and their air force and marine counterparts. I thought I would hear about the exploits of this 67,000-strong command operating in 84 countries, maybe even about the taking down of Osama bin Laden. But that was not to be. Instead, he and the other officers...
  • Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu story (movie review)

    03/08/2014 12:03:39 PM PST · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    Follow Me the movie ^ | March 8, 2014 | Unattributed
    JULY 4, 1976 ENTEBBE, UGANDA Led by Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu, crack Israeli commandos race from their airplanes covered by the midnight darkness. Methodically, they approach a non-descript airline terminal, burst inside, killing the stunned terrorists. Helpless and shocked, 103 hostages lift their heads and gratefully weep at the mesmerizing sight of their saviors. As the alarms begin to sound, the Israeli soldiers strike with surgical precision and speed a lightning bolt of controlled, finely rehearsed fury. It is all over in a few minutes. Terrorists lay dead. The hostages rush out to board the transport planes waiting...
  • 2 Millions Bikers to DC Invited to Justice for Benghazi Rally

    09/10/2013 6:25:09 AM PDT · by lward99 · 46 replies
    We welcome the Bikers Benghazi Brigade with Open Arms to join our Justice for Benghazi Rally as we already have a permit. -- Mitchell Mason, Rally Organizer Washington D.C. Today the Justice for Benghazi Rally Organizers, Patriots4America and Special Operations Speaks invite the 2 Million Bikers to ride into the Capitol as Bikers for the Benghazi 4 and join their approved and permitted rally on the Capitol West Lawn at 12:30-6:00 pm on September 11, 2013. We welcome the Bikers to participate in the Justice for Benghazi Rally and will even offer some speaking slots.
  • 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/
  • VIDEO: Rep. Kristi Noem Promises Action on Benghazi Discharge Petition

    08/25/2013 10:30:04 AM PDT · by lward99 · 11 replies
    Our first Paparazzi Video! Jimmy from http://thelibertydefenseproject.org/ asked Congresswoman Kristi Noem if she will support the Stockman Discharge petition. - Check out the video for her answer...
  • SOS to Place Hard-hitting Multiple Billboards in Boehner Dist...Investigate Benghazi Massacre

    08/07/2013 9:05:56 AM PDT · by lward99 · 32 replies
    Special Operations Speaks ^ | August 7, 2013 | Dick Brauer
    Billboards featuring Boehner, McConnell, Pelosi, and ReidAsk, If four members of CONGRESS were killed in Benghazi,would we have a Watergate-style select committee today? (Washington, DC) Special Operations Speaks (SOS) today announced that it is set to run full-size billboards throughout the congressional district of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) demanding the immediate establishment of a House select investigative committee to determine what occurred in Washington and Libya before, during, and after the September 11, 2012, Benghazi massacre. The billboards, contracted with CBS Outdoor, will feature pictures of Boehner, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid...
  • Join Special Operations Speaks At Wednesdays Benghazi Hearing

    05/07/2013 9:54:12 AM PDT · by lward99 · 6 replies
    What: Join SOS at the Benghazi Oversight Committee hearing. Show up, speak out, and let your voice be heard at this public hearing. Where: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2154 Washington, DC When: Wednesday May 8, 2013, 11:30 a. m.
  • The Legend of Chris Kyle

    03/26/2013 8:00:34 PM PDT · by jyro · 18 replies
    dmagazine ^ | 3.18.2013 | Michael J. Mooney
    The deadliest sniper in U.S. history performed near miracles on the battlefield. Then he had to come home. Theres a story about Chris Kyle: on a cold January morning in 2010, he pulled into a gas station somewhere along Highway 67, south of Dallas. He was driving his supercharged black Ford F350 outfitted with black rims and oversize knobby mudding tires. Kyle had replaced the Ford logo on the grill with a small chrome skull, similar to the Punisher emblem from the Marvel Comics series, and added a riot-ready aftermarket grill guard bearing the words ROAD ARMOR. He had just...
  • 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
  • Ex-Military Mock Obama For Spiking Football on Bin Laden With Toon

    09/28/2012 4:52:33 PM PDT · by lward99 · 13 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 09/28/12 | Breitbart News
    Today, Special Operations Speaks, a PAC formed by ex-Special Ops officers from four branches of the military, released a cartoon mocking President Obama for spiking the football on the Osama Bin Laden kill. The cartoon depicts Obama as a schoolchild, president of the student council; he has nothing but scorn for a group of students training for military service. Then he spots a girl being shot at by a group of thugs. He promptly orders the other students to do something about it, and after they do, he takes full credit and actively spikes a football.
  • FORMER NAVY SEALS TO OBAMA: 'WE ARE NOT BUMPS IN THE ROAD'

    09/25/2012 5:04:49 PM PDT · by kingattax · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Sep 2012 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Former Navy SEALs are speaking out after President Barack Obama referred to recent events in the Middle East, including the deaths of two former Navy SEALs, as "bumps in the road." Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty were providing security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya when it was attacked on 9/11. They were both hailed in the aftermath of the attacks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Both had gone into private security after retiring from the Navy after distinguished careers. Former SEAL and current Montana State Senator Ryan Zinke issued the following statement: The President refuses...
  • (Operation Neptune Spear) Osama Bin Laden Compound Model on Display at Pentagon

    05/16/2012 3:02:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 16, 2012 | Luis Martinez
    Osama Bin Laden Compound Model on Display at Pentagon Turning a lot of heads today in a Pentagon hallway is the once-classified scale model of Osama bin Ladens compound used to plan last years Special Operations raid. It marks the first public display of what was once Americas most secret scale model. Hundreds of civilian and military employees at the Pentagon have spent time today gawking at a temporary display that includes the tabletop model of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that bin Laden used as his hideout for five years. The compound itself no longer exists as the Pakistani...