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Belgian Special Operations Command Pathfinders – Air Insertion Training

Belgium’s SOC Pathfinders have posted a couple of nice videos on their Facebook page of some Air Insertion Training in Slovenia and Morocco.

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An interesting detail I picked up on while watching the videos in High Definition mode was that some of the guys are clearly wearing clothing from UF PRO in addition to their standard issue “Pizzaflage” camo uniforms.

SOC Pathfinders and UF PRO

click on the photos to jump to the videos on their Facebook page.

And congratulations to the team at UF PRO!

US Army 1st Special Forces Command

On Sept. 30, the U.S. Army unceremoniously stood up a new headquarters—the 1st Special Forces Command—at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The division-level unit brings together more than 15,000 Green Berets and other special troops in a single new organization…

The idea behind the new HQ is to assemble a force specifically tailored for dealing with what the Pentagon calls “hybrid warfare.”

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The division-level headquarters will not include the unique planes and helicopters of the 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment or the 75th Ranger Regiment’s elite infantry.

Read the full article by Joseph Trevithick at the “War Is Boring” blog…

British paratroopers conduct air-borne assault on Salisbury Plain

British Paratroopers have practised a mission that could come off the pages of their proud history as they prepare for future operations around the world.

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C Company, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment recently carried out an airborne assault on Salisbury Plain as part of Exercise WESSEX STORM.

Some 100 paratroopers jumped from two RAF C-130J Hercules flying at 800 foot onto the Fox Covert drop zone. The Colchester-based troops jumped in Overhead Assault Mode, wearing body armour and webbing with weapons and daysacks strapped to their legs.

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173rd Airborne complete Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise in Romania

Paratroopers from the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade mix with local mountain-dwelling residents during an emergency deployment readiness exercise in Calarasi, Transylvania, Romania, Oct. 22.

Photo by Sgt. A.M. LaVey

Joint Base Lewis-McChord units train for WMD mission scenarios

An abandoned nuclear facility. Armed hostile forces. Chemical weapons. Hostages…  It might sound like something out of “Call of Duty” or a Hollywood blockbuster, but these were just a few of the many combat variables that were thrown into the training scenarios of ‘Operation Gryphon Longsword’ held recently at JBLM in Washington State.

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In what was described as historic, Operation Gryphon Longsword brought to bear the capabilities of some 1,400 service members and three units for the first exercise of its kind.

“In my 30 years in the Army, this exercise, from my observation, is the most complex operation I’ve seen performed by any unit at home station,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Fanelli, command sergeant major of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.

The 201st is one of two active duty BfSBs in the active Army, and for Operation Gryphon Longsword, they led the charge.

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