15 November 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – As 15 knot winds with gusts up to 20 filled the sails of the numerous boats on the water, propelling them quietly on Tampa Bay Nov. 7, 18 service members and veterans serving as crewmembers were getting much more than a joyride , they were getting therapy.
28 October 2013
Command Sergeant Major Chris Faris, the senior enlisted advisor for U.S. Special Operations Command, along with his wife Lisa, will host a virtual town hall, Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The CSM and Lisa will address questions concerning Preservation of the Force and Families. The town hall is interactive, allowing participants to ask questions in real time.
4 October 2013
Sixty-eight members of the U. S. Special Operations Command participated in a Mogadishu Mile event on MacDill AFB Oct. 4 in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the events in Mogadishu, Somalia that inspired the book and movie Black Hawk Down.
27 September 2013
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has prepared human resources guidance for agencies and employees on shutdown furloughs (also called emergency furloughs). A shutdown furlough occurs when there is a lapse in annual appropriations. Shutdown furloughs can occur at the beginning of a fiscal year, if no funds have been appropriated for that year, or upon expiration of a continuing resolution, if a new continuing resolution or appropriations law is not passed.
20 September 2013
An active-duty member of U.S. Special Operations Command’s logistics directorate was recently honored by his previous command by naming him to an elite group of members who have helped carve the unit’s prestigious history.
20 September 2013
Tampa, Fla.--U.S. Special Operations Command issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for proposals and research in support of the development of Tactical Light Operator Suit (TALOS) TALOS is a USSOCOM effort to provide special operation forces (SOF) with enhanced mobility and protection technologies in a fully integrated assault suit. Some of the potential technologies planned for TALOS research and development include advanced armor, command and control computers, power generators, and enhanced mobility
19 August 2013
As we move toward the end of
combat operations in Afghanistan it is
fitting to examine the effects of nearly
12 years of combat on our
noncommissioned officer corps. I
submit that the greatest single effect is
that at no time in our military’s history
has the NCO Corps ever been more
22 May 2013
Special Ops guys come in all shapes and sizes.
20 May 2013
In a remarkable celebration of perseverance and resiliency more than 200 wounded military athletes competed in the 2013 Warrior Games. The games held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. May 11 -16 had seven events: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball.
12 May 2013
The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Warrior Games team joined more than 250 other wounded warriors from around the country and the United Kingdom for the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., this week.
9 May 2013
The joint U.S. Special Operations Command Warrior Games team will join more than 200 other wounded warriors to kickoff the 2013 Warrior Games May 11.
29 March 2013
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A crowd of several hundred onlookers watched as the names of two Special Operators who earned the Nation’s highest military award were unveiled on the black granite walls of the Special Operations Memorial here March 27.
21 March 2013
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Military parachutists received a rare opportunity recently when an aircraft that normally isn’t found here travelled to the base to drop them from the skies above.
22 February 2013
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Adm. William H. McRaven, commander U.S. Special Operations Command, will host a virtual town hall, March 7, 2013, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Adm. McRaven, along with his wife Georgeann, will address questions concerning Preservation of the Force and Families. The town hall is designed to be interactive, allowing participants to ask real time questions concerning Special Operations Forces and their families using social media.
25 January 2013
With a rate of 86 people killed for every 100,000 habitants, Honduras is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world according to statistics from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report in 2011.
11 January 2013
Army Master Sgt. Mike Morton, U.S. Army Special Operations Command liaison officer, of Lithia, Fla., has been voted the 2012 UltraRunning magazine North American
ultramarathon runner of the year.
10 January 2013
United States Special Operations Command hosted a conference themed “Building a Culture of Innovation,” at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 7 – 9, 2012.
17 December 2012
The late Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller was honored when his plaque was added to the Medal of Honor Wall on the Plaza Level of the Capitol Dec. 11. Robert James Miller was a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in combat on January 25, 2008 in Afghanistan. Sergeant Miller's parents, Maureen and Phil Miller, attended the ceremony.
7 November 2012
A Special Forces A-Team is on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when it suddenly comes under attack. An Improvised Explosive Device is detonated and two Special Forces Soldiers are badly wounded. A medic rushes in through the acrid smoke and sees one Soldier with a badly injured lower torso and the other with a ruptured femoral artery. The medic applies an Abdominal Aortic Tourniquet from his Casualty Evacuation Kit to the Operator with the badly injured torso, stopping the flow of blood. The medic d
2 November 2012
United States Special Operations Command hosted a suicide prevention conference Oct. 23-25, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., to develop and integrate a robust Special Operations Forces suicide prevention program.
1 November 2012
In a small ceremony, the United States Special Operations Command’s directorate of communications systems dedicated a conference room to Air Force Col. Eric Leon Buchanan, a fallen SOF communicator, Oct. 25, 2012, in Building 501 at the command headquarters.
Buchanan, who was selected to become a Brigadier General, had worked for SOCOM since October of 2004, holding various positions such as deputy chief information officer, chief C4I combat systems development division, and Chief of the CIO division, befo
20 October 2012
The Para-Commandos team represented Special Operations Command at the 15th Annual Petit Le Mans Race in Braselton, Georgia on October 20, 2012. The skies were clear, but the racetrack was humming with engine noise and mechanics doing last minute adjustments on the cars.
12 October 2012
The sky was blue with a few clouds in the background as the Para-Commandos freefall into the Everbank Stadium for the Oct. 7, during the Jacksonville Jaguars game against the Chicago Bears with 67,000 fans in attendance. The half time demonstration had many fans cheering as the U.S. flag came in from the sky, followed by the POW/MIA Flag. Lt. Col. Ken Ates jumped in with the Jaguars Team flag. As the jump team was leaving the field, many fans let them know they enjoyed the demonstration.
5 October 2012
Geoff Barker received his second Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in a ceremony Sept. 10, in the Donovan room at USSOCOM’s headquarters, paying tribute to his work with the Special Operations Memorial Foundation from June 1997 to July 2012. Although the medal recognizes his work from the past 15 years, he has had a remarkable career for more than 50 years.
21 September 2012
Less than two months after winning the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, Calif., Army Master Sgt. Mike Morton traveled to Europe where he not only won the 24-hour world championship, but also shattered the United States record.