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  • Army's First Woman Green Beret Set to Graduate

    06/27/2020 5:25:56 PM PDT · by kevcol · 73 replies
    Newsmax ^ | June 27, 2020 | Cathy Burke
    Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., made the announcement in a statement, calling the woman's graduation from the Special Forces Qualification Course "an important and hard-earned milestone." "This achievement is a testament to this soldier's individual strength, courage and commitment, and also an important institutional milestone for U.S. Special Operations Command as it embraces the cultural change that will continue to make it the most successful and elite Special Operations Force in the world," Stefanik said. . . . In mid-June, the National Guard soldier finished the final requirement by making it through a culminating field exercise that drops candidates into a...
  • US SOF troops and Kurdish fighters take down ISIS cell leader (Syria)

    05/09/2020 7:53:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    SOFREP (military grade content) ^ | 2 hours ago | Steve Balestrieri
    U.S. Special Operation Forces led a Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) operation against an Islamic State cell in Syria in response to increased ISIS attacks in the region. The combined operation resulted in the capturing of an ISIS leader responsible for the recent attacks in the Deir el-Zour countryside. Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), the U.S.-led coalition in Syria and Iraq, released a statement by spokesman Colonel Myles Caggins on Thursday highlighting the missionÂ’s success and announcing the capture of the unnamed ISIS leader. Yet, he didnÂ’t add much more regarding the operation in the Deir el-Zor region....
  • Navy Secretary Richard Spencer booted: Swamp revolt nipped in the bud

    11/25/2019 7:49:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/25/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Appropriately, President and Commander in Chief Trump, through his Defense Secretary, told the slow on the uptake Navy secretary, Richard V. Spencer: "You're Fired!" It was a swift and fitting response, given that it now emerges that Spencer was sneaking around behind his boss's back and arguably "blackmailing" the president over the case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. Spencer was a real problem all around in this incident. First, he slow-walked Trump's order to leave Gallagher alone first by insisting that Trump would need to issue a formal order to get him to do anything (fill out a form in...
  • Trump restores Navy SEAL Gallagher to rank of chief again

    11/04/2019 5:46:31 PM PST · by JayGalt · 91 replies
    Popular Military.com ^ | 11/4/2019 | Military News
    President Donald J. Trump has decided to restore convicted SEAL Edward Gallagher’s pay grade to chief petty officer, overriding a decision last week by the Navy’s top admiral, Fox News reports “This president recognizes the injustice of it,” Pete Hegseth said during Fox and Friends after speaking with the president. “You train someone to go fight and kill the enemy. Then they go kill the enemy the way someone doesn’t like, and then we put them in jail or we throw the book at them.”.
  • U.S. Navy Officer, His Wife, and Two Chinese Nationals Charged with Conspiring to Smuggle

    11/02/2019 3:06:58 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 48 replies
    justice.gov ^ | November 1, 2019 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 1, 2019 U.S. Navy Officer, His Wife, and Two Chinese Nationals Charged with Conspiring to Smuggle Military Style Inflatable Boats and Evinrude Military Outboard Motors to China Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez for the Middle District of Florida announces the return of an indictment today of four individuals, including two Chinese nationals, an active-duty United States Navy officer, and his wife, on charges relating to a conspiracy to unlawfully smuggle military-style inflatable boats, with Evinrude MFE military outboard motors, to the...
  • US Took Two Prisoners During Raid of ISIS Leader’s Compound

    10/28/2019 8:13:35 PM PDT · by bitt · 77 replies
    epoch times ^ | 10/28/2019 | ZACHARY STIEBER
    The United States took two prisoners during the raid on the compound of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, officials said on Oct. 28. The Oct. 26 raid left al-Baghdadi and several top ISIS members dead, as well as several children who were killed when al-Baghdadi detonated a blast in a dead-end tunnel, President Donald Trump said over the weekend. In an update during a briefing at the Pentagon on Oct. 28, military leaders said two men were taken prisoner. “There were two adult males taken off the objective, alive,” Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said...
  • ...U.S. Operation Kills ISIS Spokesman in Separate Raid From Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    10/27/2019 11:58:21 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 105 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 27, 2019 | Anna Kaplan/Spencer Ackerman
    The CIA targeted and killed ISIS spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir in a separate raid, from the one that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a U.S. official confirmed to The Daily Beast. “We never stopped patrolling, we never stopped analyzing intel and developing targets. We just slowed down during the Turkey invasion,” the official told The Daily Beast’s Spencer Ackerman. Newsweek reports that as Trump announced the death of Baghdadi, Hellfire missiles targeted Muhajir by Ayn al-Bayda, near Jarablus in Aleppo province. The operation that targeted Muhajir comes just one day after a raid targeted ISIS’ leader in the Idlib...
  • How U.S. Commandos IDed a ‘Mutilated’ Baghdadi So Quickly

    10/29/2019 9:04:40 AM PDT · by shove_it · 35 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Updated 10.28.19 3:46AM ET | David Axe
    New technology includes a smaller and much faster DNA-reader that troops can haul into combat aboard their helicopters and use while the smoke from combat is still clearing... ... Baghdadi’s head reportedly remained intact following the blast. Using a biometric facial-recognition scanner, the Americans “immediately identified” Baghdadi, Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported...
  • Trump Orders Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Northern Syria

    10/13/2019 1:10:26 PM PDT · by McGruff · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/13/2019 | Julian E. Barnes and Eric Schmitt
    Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said Sunday that President Trump ordered a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria, a decision that will effectively cede control of the area to the Syrian government and Russia, and could allow a resurgence of the Islamic State. Mr. Esper, appearing on both Fox News and CBS News, said that American troops, mostly Special Operations forces, would leave the northeastern part of the country in the face of Turkey’s incursion into the section of Syria controlled by Kurdish forces, a group of fighters trained and backed by the United States government. The bulk of...
  • TURKEY BOMBS US SPECIAL FORCES IN SYRIA ATTACK, APPARENTLY BY MISTAKE

    10/11/2019 12:47:38 PM PDT · by mplc51 · 52 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/11/19 | Tom O'Conner
    <p>Newsweek has learned through both an Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official and senior Pentagon official that Special Forces operating on Mashtenour hill in the majority-Kurdish city of Kobani fell under artillery fire from Turkish forces conducting their so-called "Operation Peace Spring" against Kurdish fighters backed by the U.S. but considered terrorist organizations by Turkey.</p>
  • Turkey Syria offensive: Fierce battle rages in Ras al-Ain

    10/12/2019 1:45:31 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 9 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Oct. 12 , 2019 | BBC
    Fierce fighting is taking place around the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain as Turkish forces continue their offensive in the north-east against the Kurds. Turkey says it has taken the key town, but the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dispute this. The SDF on Saturday called on their Western allies to close off air space to Turkish warplanes. Nearly 50 civilians have reportedly been killed on both sides of the border and more than 100,000 displaced. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from the area effectively triggered the Turkish incursion against the SDF - the main Western...
  • Trump to award Medal of Honor to Green Beret for heroics in 2008 Afghanistan fight

    10/10/2019 9:05:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 10, 2019 | Corey Dickstein
    Army Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams will receive the Medal of Honor this month for his lifesaving actions in the frozen mountains of eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan province during a 2008 mission to kill or capture a high-value target, the White House announced Thursday. President Donald Trump will award the nation’s highest military honor to the Green Beret in a White House ceremony Oct. 30, the administration said in a statement. The award will be an upgrade of the Silver Star that Williams initially received for his role in the fight that would become known as the Battle of Shok Valley....
  • Turkey's Syria invasion: Member of US Special Forces says, 'I am ashamed for the first time (tr)

    10/10/2019 5:58:37 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 112 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | October 10, 2019 | Jennifer Griffin, Melissa Leon
    PENTAGON – A member of U.S. Special Forces serving alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria told Fox News on Wednesday they were witnessing Turkish atrocities on the frontlines. “I am ashamed for the first time in my career,” said the distraught soldier, who has been involved in the training of indigenous forces on multiple continents. The hardened service member is among the 1,000 or so U.S. troops who remain in Syria. “Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. It’s horrible,” the military source on the ground said. “We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met...
  • An unspoken truth in the Army National Guard Special Forces

    09/19/2019 7:35:18 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    The Reserve & National Guard ^ | September 15, 2019 | Samantha Gomolka
    Army National Guard Special Forces is a unique, often misunderstood component of the military. These units are a well-utilized, effective force, but are threatened by current policy on generating orders and timing of compensation. In turn, families, like mine, are subject to a financial hardship not experienced by the active duty components. This continued financial strain drives many conversations within the four walls of the home on whether to stay in or get out. It is a dirty little secret in our circle — one that is not discussed in public forums, but absolutely must be addressed as it threatens...
  • Secretive warfare training being staged in 21 North Carolina counties, Army says

    08/21/2019 6:44:52 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WBTV.com ^ | August 21, 2019 | Mark Price
    A series of Special Forces military training exercises -- including gunfire with blanks -- is being staged across 21 North Carolina counties starting Aug. 30, and the Army is telling the public not to be alarmed at the suspicious-looking activity. (Source: Video screenshot | U.S. Department of Defense) August 21, 2019 at 1:34 PM EDT - Updated August 21 at 1:34 PM NORTH CAROLINA (Mark Price/Charlotte Observer) - A series of Special Forces military training exercises -- including gunfire with blanks -- is being staged across 21 North Carolina counties starting Aug. 30, and the Army is telling the...
  • Medic testifies that he, not Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, was responsible for ISIS fighter's death

    06/20/2019 11:20:05 AM PDT · by Freeport · 143 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2019-06-20 | Greg Norman
    A medic testifying in the trial of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher – who is accused of killing an injured ISIS prisoner of war in Iraq – has shockingly testified Thursday that he is the one who killed the militant, not Gallagher. The medic told a court at Naval Base San Diego that he killed the fighter by asphyxiation. He also testified that Gallagher stabbed the fighter, but did not kill him. Gallagher, 40, has pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder and aggravated assault charges stemming from the alleged killing of a wounded ISIS fighter and alleged instances of firing sniper...
  • SEAL Sentenced to a Year of Confinement for Hazing Death of Logan Melgar

    05/20/2019 8:13:06 AM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 17, 2019 11:50 AM | Sam LaGrone
    SEAL Sentenced to a Year of Confinement for Hazing Death of Logan Melgar By: Sam LaGrone May 17, 2019 11:50 AM A U.S. Navy SEAL pled guilty to charges related to the hazing death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar and was sentenced to one year of confinement. On Thursday, Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Matthews pled guilty to charges related to Melgar’s death in Mali that included conspiracy to commit assault, unlawful entry, obstruction of justice and violating orders related to hazing. He had previously been charged with murder. Matthews admitted in court that he, along with fellow SEAL...
  • Iraqi Navy SEAL Interpreter 'Code Name Johnny Walker' to Gain Citizenship, Reveal His Real Name

    03/20/2019 7:17:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/20/2019 | Tyler O'Neil
    In a PJ Media exclusive, the Iraqi native turned Navy SEAL interpreter and bestselling author who goes by the code name "Johnny Walker" told his story and made a huge announcement: he will receive his U.S. citizenship on Wednesday morning! At that time, he will also reveal his real name. (This article will be updated with that name when it becomes public.) "It's a big honor," Walker told PJ Media. He is looking forward to posting videos of the ceremony and predicted a beautiful moment where "people from different backgrounds and different religions" will be united by loyalty to the...
  • Ex-SEAL's hammering of CNN's Don Lemon goes viral

    12/17/2018 9:23:47 AM PST · by upchuck · 17 replies
    WND, others ^ | Nov 5, 2018 | Art Moore
    A former Navy SEAL, Ephraim Mattos fought the Taliban and ISIS, and later returned as a volunteer to help civilians in war zones, getting shot by ISIS soldiers in the process. Mattos made it clear he identifies himself as “simply ‘American,’ not as ‘white’ or ‘male’ or ‘Republican.'” So when CNN host Don Lemon declared last week that “the biggest terror threat in this country is white men,” Mattos had something to say... “After surviving three wars, a gunshot wound, a near fatal drowning, a failed parachute, Taliban ambushes, ISIS snipers, mortars, mine-fields, suicide bombers and laying down my life...
  • Former Green Beret Charged In The Death Of Suspected Taliban Bomb Maker.

    12/15/2018 10:02:08 AM PST · by seekthetruth · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 14, 2018 | Greg Norman
    A former Green Beret who told Fox News in 2016 that he killed a suspected Taliban bomb maker nearly a decade ago during combat operations in Afghanistan is now being charged in the man’s death -- a move his lawyer says is an act of betrayal by the Army. The murder charge facing Maj. Matthew Golsteyn comes after years of on-and-off investigations by the Army following an incident said to have taken place during his 2010 deployment. A military tribunal that probed the killing years ago initially cleared Golsteyn -- but the investigation into him was re-opened after he spoke...