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  • Army probes criticism of Green Beret training.

    12/01/2017 3:04:09 PM PST · by Chode · 24 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 30 November 2017 | Associated Press
    'Our Regiment has a cancer': Army launches investigation after anonymous email claims elite Special Forces school's drive to hit unrealistic quotas means 'dangerously less capable' Green Berets
  • US special forces 'fought Niger ambush alone after local troops fled'

    11/05/2017 4:56:37 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 78 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Nov 4, 2017 | Jason Burke and Julian Borger
    Serving and retired officers say soldiers also tried to convince French jets to engage in incident in which four Green Berets died The US special forces detachment ambushed in the Niger last month fought alone for hours after the local Nigerien forces they were accompanying fled in the first minutes of the engagement, retired and serving special forces officers with knowledge of events have said. The trapped soldiers also made repeated efforts to convince French warplanes sent from neighbouring Mali to engage the enemy, attempting to “talk in” the pilots who refused to attack due to poor weather, rough terrain...
  • John McCain says White House not being upfront about deadly Niger ambush

    10/19/2017 8:17:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | October 19, 2017
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain says the Trump administration needs to explain how four U.S. soldiers were killed in Niger. Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson, Dustin Wright, and La David Johnson were told not to expect enemy contact on that mission to meet with community leaders two weeks ago. It will take an investigation to determine if any warning signs were missed, but Sen. McCain says the administration is not being upfront and he's demanding more information about the attack. In a pre-mission briefing they were told "no enemy contact expected," but the group, about 40 in all, were...
  • Three Green Berets Killed, Two Wounded on Mission in Niger

    10/04/2017 7:05:13 PM PDT · by LUV W · 55 replies
    Fox News Network ^ | Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | Fox News
    Three U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers were killed and two others were wounded Wednesday in an ambush in the west African country of Niger. U.S. Africa Command confirmed that a joint patrol of Green Berets and Nigerien soldiers was attacked in the southwestern part of Niger, near the border with Mali. Officials told Fox News that between eight and 10 troops were part of the patrol. Officials told the Associated Press that the commandos were likely attacked by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The officials added that the two wounded U.S. soldiers were taken to Niamey, the capital, and...
  • AFRICOM confirms Green Beret team ambushed in Niger, 3 feared dead

    10/04/2017 6:30:23 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 27 replies
    Naimey, Niger —Breaking news from several sources confirms that a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire near the Niger-Malian border. USAFRICOM Media Relations Officer, Samantha Reho sent this press release; “We can confirm reports that a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger. We are working to confirm details on the incident and will have more information as soon as we can confirm facts on the ground.
  • Three Green Berets killed, two wounded in Niger ambush

    10/04/2017 5:17:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 4, 2017 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Three U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers were killed and two others were wounded Wednesday in an ambush in the west African country of Niger. U.S. Africa Command confirmed that a joint patrol of Green Berets and Nigerien soliders was attacked in the southwestern part of Niger, near the border with Mali. Officials told Fox News that between eight and 10 troops were part of the patrol.
  • ‘I Want to Finish This’: US Special Ops Leaders Urge Washington to Stick by the Syrian Kurds

    09/13/2017 9:33:58 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Defense One ^ | September 13, 2017 | Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
    KOBANI, Syria – Talking with American special operators as we walk in the summer heat through the sprawling training facilities of the Syrian Arab Coalition, one sentiment is immediately obvious: relief. It is not that these elite American troops are relaxed about the mission; it is that they make clear they think it’s working and see that the end is achievable. And for those of us who have written about and covered the post-9/11 wars, that is indeed a shift. “My military guidance is clear; what we are trying to do here in terms of the campaign against Daesh is...
  • [Brit] Special Forces hero who led...mission to blow up Saddam Hussein's [comm] network dies [trunc]

    08/29/2017 8:16:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    Mirror ^ | Aug 28, 2017 | Janet Hughes
    <p>Full Title: Special Forces hero who led secret mission to blow up Saddam Hussein's communications network dies from 'human Mad Cow Disease'</p> <p>An ultra-fit Special Forces hero who led a real-life “mission impossible” behind enemy lines has died from the rare human form of Mad Cow Disease.</p>
  • Navy: Only woman in SEAL training pipeline drops out

    08/12/2017 1:56:43 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 87 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug 11, 2017 | Julie Watson, Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The only woman in the Navy SEAL training pipeline has dropped out, a Navy special warfare official confirmed Friday. The female midshipman voluntarily decided to not continue participating in a summer course that's required of officers who want to be selected for SEAL training, Lt. Cmdr. Mark Walton, a Naval special warfare spokesman, told The Associated Press. The Navy has not released the woman's name, part of a policy against publicly identifying SEALs or candidates for the force. No other woman has started the long process required to become a Navy SEAL, Walton said...
  • Candidate to be first female Navy SEAL officer quits after a week: report

    08/11/2017 12:04:36 PM PDT · by PROCON · 56 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Aug. 10, 2017 | Travis J. Tritten
    A woman aiming to become the first female Navy SEAL officer quit about a week into the initial training, Task and Purpose reported Thursday.The unidentified female candidate dropped out in early August during a three-week course in San Diego that began July 24. It was the first assessment of potential SEAL officers before they can be sent on to more grueling courses, according to the website, which cited "multiple Naval Special Warfare Command sources."
  • First Ever Female Navy SEAL Candidate Quits Officer SEAL Screening Course Days After Starting

    08/10/2017 10:21:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 57 replies
    Linkedin ^ | 08/06/17 | Josh Cotton, Ph.D
    “Navy SEAL officers are expected to lead from the front in all categories, especially in physical fitness.” Official Naval Special Warfare Website On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 the first female to gain entry to the SEAL Officer Assessment & Selection (SOAS) program voluntarily quit. The three-week course began Monday, July 24th, 2017 in San Diego, California home of the Navy SEAL training base, and by Wednesday it was all over for this candidate. Making history, in the summer of 2017 the US Navy accepted its first female officer candidate into the Naval Special Warfare officer screening pipeline called the SEAL...
  • The US Military is Committing Suicide

    07/23/2017 4:45:17 PM PDT · by pboyington · 37 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 23, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    The US military is on an endless kamikaze run into oblivion, intent on destroying itself and seemingly unconcerned about putting the national security of this nation in peril. Yes, you heard it here. The leaders of the US military are so concerned with political correctness that they don’t give a damn about the defense of this nation. The latest bit of lunatic social engineering was reported by CNN yesterday. A woman will train with other potential officers this summer in hopes of becoming the first female Navy SEAL. The candidate, a midshipman, and another woman have enlisted as the first...
  • The Navy Gets Its First Female SEAL Candidate

    07/21/2017 10:58:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    NPR ^ | July 21, 2017 | LAUREL WAMSLEY
    The Navy says it has its first female candidates for two elite special operations jobs previously closed to women — including a prospective SEAL. One woman is in the pipeline to be a SEAL officer, and another is on the path to becoming a special warfare combatant crewman. The news was first reported by Military.com, an independent website. The Navy declined to identify the candidates, citing security considerations. The announcement comes more than 18 months after the Pentagon declared that women can now serve in front-line combat positions. "They are the first candidates that have made it this far in...
  • Navy Has First Female Applicants for SEAL Officer, Special Boat Units

    07/20/2017 5:04:58 PM PDT · by HLPhat · 53 replies
    Military.com ^ | 19 Jul 2017 | Hope Hodge Seck
    More than a year after a mandate for the Pentagon opened previously closed ground combat and special operations jobs to women, officials say the Navy has its first female candidates for its most elite special warfare roles. Two women were in boot camp as candidates for the Navy's all-enlisted Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman program, Naval Special Warfare Center Deputy Commander Capt. Christian Dunbar told members of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service in June. Another woman, who sources say is a junior in an ROTC program at an unnamed college, has applied for a spot in the...
  • Record Shattered Longest Sniper Kill

    06/28/2017 11:43:36 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 29 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/28/2017 | C Bolton
    Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq and the distance is astronomical. Movies and Hollywood have made snipers a folklore and myth that brings fear into the minds of their enemies. But this sniper shot is 100% real and it is unbelievable to comprehend. A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces has obliterated the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot ever. An other wordly distance of 3,540 meters long. That is 2.19964 miles away. Let your brain think on that one for a little bit. Read the rest of the longest shot story here.
  • Canadian sniper sets world record with 2.2-mile pickoff of ISIS fighter

    06/22/2017 3:09:08 PM PDT · by Hadean · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 22, 2017 | Michael Obel
    A Canadian sniper set what appears to be a record, picking off an ISIS fighter from some 2.2 miles away, and disrupting a potentially deadly operation by the terror group in Iraq. Shooting experts say the fatal shot at a world-record distance of 11,316 feet underscores how stunningly sophisticated military snipers are becoming. The feat, pulled off by a special forces sniper from Canada’s Joint Task Force 2, smashed the previous distance record for successful sniper shots by some 3,280 feet, a record set by a British sniper. “ ... the true challenge here was being able to calculate the actual wind speed...
  • Lockheed Unveils New Super Versatile Special Operations C-130 Variant

    06/21/2017 4:00:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 20, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The C-130's legacy as the do everything air hauler is well cemented into the annals of aviation and military history. But over 60 years after it first flew, the iconic design just keeps getting better. Today it's all about multirole platforms, where one aircraft can execute many different missions. For much of its life, the USAF has fielded tricked-out special operations variants of the mighty Hercules, and in recent years, bolt-on systems have given the most mild-mannered Hercules incredible new capabilities—from surveillance to close air support. Now Lockheed is rolling all the modular versatility it can into a single exportable...
  • In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS

    05/31/2017 6:46:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Defense One ^ | May 18, 2017 | Patrick Tucker
    In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS And that's not all. The command is also opening a drone-hacker lab to help keep up with ISIS weaponeers. TAMPA, Florida — Here’s how Mad Max the situation in Iraq is right now. Earlier this year, the military put out an urgent request for inexpensive kamikaze drones that special operations troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers against ISIS, according to documents obtained by Defense One. It’s another sign that drone warfare is changing far faster than traditional military equipping can keep up, a fact reinforced this...
  • Navy SEAL killed in Jersey City parachute accident is identified

    05/29/2017 5:39:29 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | May 29, 2017
    The Navy Seal who was killed in Jersey City yesterday after his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration has been identified as 27-year-old Remington Peters. Peters was a fiercely loyal role model whose accomplishments "far outweigh his years," his family said in a statement issued by the Navy. Peters is "painfully missed," the family said. "He was an angel on earth and role model to all," the statement reads. "We couldn't have been more proud of him. He lived life to the fullest and taught us to do the same." Peters was killed yesterday after he plunged into the...
  • U.S. Navy Seal dies in parachute accident over Hudson

    05/28/2017 3:24:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    nj,com ^ | May 28, 2017
    A Navy Seal team member has died when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River. A Navy spokesman said the accident occurred shortly after noon Sunday near Liberty State Park. The parachutist was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs. The victim wasn't identified pending notification of family.