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 World Elite units (Special Ops Units)
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QUOTE (blowpipe @ Aug 10 2010, 10:11 PM)
Anyone post anything abt DPRK special forces?

DPRK special forces

Hi Blowpipe ,
...about DPRK special forces....
You need to read some of the older posts...check it out on page 12 and 24 of this thread. cool.gif

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Brazil's BOPE


Read about BOPE
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batalh%C3%A3o...ciais_Especiais

Updated video clip on Youtube.
15 parts , this is the link of the first clip...
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MARSOC Marines Capture Simulated Enemy, on Film

13 August, 2010
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A group of role players acting as terrorists, and brandishing rifles practice attack formations and patrol techniques.

Unbeknownst to them, in a seemingly abandoned building just a few blocks away, a small team of Marines, enshrouded in manufactured shadows, watch, photograph, and record every detail of them and their actions.

This was one of many scenarios presented to Marines during the culmination patrol of a three-week long special reconnaissance training module at Combat Town and the Military Operations in Urban Terrain facility, June 21-24.

This training is just one part of the seven-month long U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, Individual Training Course. ITC is designed to prepare Marines to conduct special operations missions in support of the overseas contingency operations. Marines attend the course after they successfully complete the Assessment and Selection process.

During exercise the Marines conducted a reconnaissance patrol to a location where they spent four days operating from an observation post. There, the teams collected information to develop reports on role players during numerous scenarios ranging from terrorist activities to normal day-to-day activities.

“It takes a lot of patience,” said one sergeant taking part in the course. “You have to know what you’re doing so you can paint the big picture for the guys in the rear.”

The exercise tested Marines ability to apply skill sets learned earlier in the course to special reconnaissance operations. Those skills include mission planning, communications, photography, computer use, collecting detailed information for reports, all while maintaining security, and light and noise discipline, according to Staff Sgt. Seth Carr, an instructor for ITC.

“They learn the overall fundamentals during patrolling and report collecting early on in ITC,” Carr said. “They apply those fundamentals through the more advanced training packages.

“Fundamentally, they become more situationally aware because they understand how important it is to not get compromised and how important it is to report accurate information so they can build package information for follow-on missions,” he added.

The instructors evaluated the Marines’ ability to collect detailed information on an enemy force while simultaneously keeping their presence unknown to the surrounding area.

“The role players each have a site commander and he’s in charge of making sure the Marines have something to look at,” Carr said. “That way there is a schedule for them to report on and we know what they are doing.”

The instructors said the scenarios contained specific details for the Marines to observe and record. The Marines were evaluated based on their ability to report those details.

Ultimately, the course developed the Marines’ abilities by placing these future operators in a scenario similar to what they would experience in an actual special reconnaissance operation.

“There are guys here, including myself, who before this course had zero experience in special reconnaissance,” the sergeant said. “Now before we go down range we will know exactly what to do and what we can do.”



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Tim Kennedy MMA
Timothy Fred Kennedy (born September 1, 1979) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who currently fights for the MMA promotion Strikeforce. He is one of the only fighters to simultaneously serve full time in the United States Army while fighting professionally.

Tim Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army on January 4, 2004 and attended Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, Basic Airborne Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course.

Tim was featured in Dick Couch's book about Green Beret selection called "Chosen Soldier" under the moniker "Tom Kendall". He was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, where he served on Operational Detachment Alpha’s and with the elite Commander’s Inextremis Force (CIF) for 4 years.

During this time he was also a sniper, sniper instructor, the principle combatives instructor for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group. Kennedy deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom multiple times. Among Kennedy’s multiple awards is the Army’s Bronze Star medal, which was awarded for valor under fire.

….So the big news is that Tim will fight Jacare for the Strikeforce Middleweight belt August 21 in Houston TX !

Read about it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Kennedy_%28fighter%29

http://soldiersangels.org/index.php?mact=N...nt01returnid=15

Video:
Ranger Up Presents: Tim Kennedy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEvmpl37bCQ...player_embedded

Tim Kennedy and Jon Walsh teach Special Ops MMA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0nHgkrqHuU&feature=related

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On 720 STG, CCT, Pararescue teams and operations.

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Malaysian Special Operations Force (Update)

Malaysian Special Operations Force is a multi service force tasked with a counter-terrorism mission. It consists of the 10 Paratrooper Brigade, Grup Gerak Khas (GGK), Pasukan Khas Laut (PASKAL), Pasukan Khas Udara (PASKAU), Pasukan Gerakan Khas (PGK), Unit Gempur Marin (UNGERIN), Trup Tindakan Cepat (meaning: Rapid Actions Troops) and Special Task And Rescue (STAR)

The eight elements of Malaysia's Special Operations Force have been tasked with the important objective of maintaining Malaysia's security, specifically in combating terrorism. A mission especially important in the wake of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and in a climate of global terrorism which would see the later bombing of the tourist centre of Bali and the J.W. Marriot Hotel in Jakarta, bombings and murders in Southern Thailand and the bomb explosions in the railway stations and transit systems of Madrid and London. Malaysia's security agencies eagerly studied the lessons to be learnt from all such incidents so as to prepare to deal with similar terrorism, in the event that the terrorists agenda should see them target the Malaysian homeland. In November 2003 Malaysia passed new counter-terrorism laws that were widely criticized by local human rights groups for being vague and overbroad. Critics claim that the laws put the basic rights of free expression, association, and assembly at risk. Malaysia persisted in holding around 100 alleged militants without trial, including five Malaysian students detained for alleged terrorist activity while studying in Karachi, Pakistan.[1] Malaysia maintains a high level of security and to date no similar terrorist atrocities have occurred.

Previously the only incidents with possible links to Islamic terrorism have been the detonation of a small bomb in Kuala Lumpur's Puduraya bus station and more significantly the 2000 Sauk raid by Al-Ma'unah militants, an audacious raid to steal weapons from a military base to arm an Islamic insurrection.
This attempted insurrection was swiftly defeated, the result of the close co-operation and relationship of the government, private agencies and society as a whole. A co-operation and relationship born from the initiatives that from 1948 to 1989 defeated the communist insurgents of the Malayan Emergency and the later Communist Insurgency War. The Malaysian peoples eager not to suffer for a third time in their history a repeat of the previous insurgencies and terrorism.

In assessing the tactics, strength, equipment, personnel and abilities as a whole of these Malaysian special forces, they are the equal in competence with the special forces teams of Indonesia, Britain and the United States. In fact, since being raised Malaysian forces have been involved with such teams on an international level, for example whilst being part of United Nations peace keeping missions

10 Paratrooper Brigade is an elite rapid deployment brigade which is a branch of Malaysian Army. This was then merged by other infantry elements including 3 battalions, 1 artillery regiment, 1 armor squadron and 11 supporting units.

While primarily tasked with rapid deployment, it is also involved in the fight against terrorism but in a different manner. This is because the operational tasks for the 10th Para involves the convergence of conventional warfare tactics requiring a high number of personnel and equipment. This includes amphibian warfare and airborne operations, just to name a few. 10 Para is not considered as a special operations unit, but elite ie, US Rangers. The paratrooper force consists of male and some female paratroopers.

Grup Gerak Khas
Grup Gerak Khas (English: Special Service Group) is the main entity element in Malaysian Army. It is basically a commando regiment in the Malaysian Army Corps. The mission of the GGK is to provide a squadron to locate, report, harass and disrupt the enemy through long range infiltration as well as operating in close collaboration with guerrilla or partisan forces. GGK will also plan, prepare for, and when directed, deploy to conduct unconventional warfare, internal defense, special reconnaissance and direct actions etc. in support of Government policy objectives within designated areas of responsibility.

GGK continuously trains to conduct unconventional warfare in any of its forms - Guerrilla / Anti-Guerrilla Warfare, Escape and Evasion, Subversion, Sabotage, Counter-Terrorist and their most highly regarded expertise - Jungle Warfare. They have a great reputation in operations against the communist terrorists. The troopers are also schooled in direct action operations and special reconnaissance. Currently, there are 3 fully equipped regiments (21st, 22nd & 11th GGK). GGK had seen action in Cambodia, Somalia, western Sahara, Namibia and Bosnia among others. Most recently GGK has also been involved with peacekeeping missions in Lebanon and East Timor

PASKAL
The Royal Malaysian Navy also has the elite force to secure the Malaysian maritime especially Malacca Straits from intruders and terrorists. This unit is known as Naval Special Forces (In Malay: Pasukan Khas Laut, a.k.a PASKAL) by its Malay acronym in 1980. The unit was established using commando-trained officers and men from the Security Regiment. The first batch were trained by Komando Pasukan Katak or called KOPASKA, the naval special forces from Indonesia. In first establishment in the year 1975, the role of this team is similarly with coast guard whereby it was assigned to secure the RMN vessels, and the beach which near with forest which can bared from some desertions the communist terrorist which able to escaped to next country on the sea.

However, the Royal Marines Commando and US Navy SEALs were restructured the Navy PASKAL force. Some PASKAL operators have also been sent to the SEALs training center. PASKAL now is a highly competent special forces unit with responsibilities to secured the all strategic areas and now conducting in other counter-terrorism operations in cargo shipments, oil rigs and the town. Some of its personnel are stationed in man-made 'islands' in the Spratlys and in strategic areas within the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). PASKAL is equipped with the latest hi-tech weaponry as they are also funded by a group of oil consortium (one of the PASKAL's main missions is to protect oil rigs in Malaysian waters).

PASKAU
The Royal Malaysian Air Force once had a special operations force which abilities to secure the RMAF strategic airbase which known as Air Special Forces (Malay: Pasukan Khas Udara, PASKAU). In first establishment, the name of this unit is known as HANDAU (English: Air and Land Defense, Malay: Pertahanan Darat dan Udara) and that a moment it was not had the role as the counter-terrorism units. The tentative "special forces" designation is probably due to the unit's airborne capability. This units is established when after the covert attacks to RMAF strategic amenities in Sungai Besi by agents of Malayan Communist Party.

With the very important requirement level as the special forces were given to the unit for secure the amenity and RMAF airbase and also civil airport including Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) if it needed if earned some attacker and hijacker to RMAF owned amenity and military aircraft or civil aircraft, under the Directive No.18 National Defense Council (Malay: Arahan 18 Majlis Keselamatan Negara). The GGK army commando were also roped in to join this unit at is formations. Nowadays, PASKAU had the three branches including Flight Hostage Rescue Team (Malay: Skuad Udara Penyelamat Tebusan, tasked on Counter-Terrorist force), Combat Air Rescue Team (Malay: Skuadron Penyelamat Tempur Udara – SPTU, CSAR task) and Force Protection Teams (Malay: Skuadron Kawalan Medan – SKM, Air Base protections task). The unit conducted with special training technic and rescue missions, especially rescue operations the downed pilot behind the enemy lines or hostile territory, but they much more was very popular with life-saving services to the civilians (courtesy flights etc.). Other than that, PASKAU may also search and eliminate enemy troops who execute sabotage against RMAF air bases.

PGK
In those days of communist insurgency, the Royal Malaysian Police had a paramilitary arm called Pasukan Polis Hutan (PPH). They had several battalions and among them was the elite one, known as 69th Commando Battalion or VAT 69. It was actually formed in 1969 (hence the name - 69). The normal police too had an elite unit - Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK). UTK had a SWAT-like function as well as close protection roles. After the communist terrorist laid down arms in 1989, VAT 69 had problems finding a proper role. Finally on October 1997, the PPH was renamed as Pasukan Gerakan Am (PGA) while UTK and 69th Commando Battalion was merged. It was then called Pasukan Gerakan Khas (PGK).

All officers and mens of PGK were ever conduct the special training from United States (besides Australia, Britain and New Zealand SAS) including special investigators, counter-terrorist experts, risk, special demolitions, airborne and much more. The Pasukan Gerakan Khas police counter-terrorist ever involved in anti-terror operations in Malaysia, exampled the arms rebellions from Al Ma'unah terrorist militia led by Mohamed Amin Razali. The police special force which together with Grup Gerak Khas were success to tracked down the rebellion as well as involved to arrested suspected of Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist groups who involved the 9/11 attacks and Bali bombing. Beside that, the unit were also take over the 10 Para and GGK duties in Timor Leste after the terrorism in the country is calmed down

UNGERIN
The Marine Combat Unit or UNGERIN is a newly maritime anti-terror special forces which established in March 2006 and there were under control to marine police of RMP. Very different with other Malaysian special forces, the UNGERIN is only one special force in Malaysia which trained by the United States (all special forces of Malaysia is regularly trained with foreign special forces including the Special Air Service Regiments of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and a number of US services). The unit which special trained by VAT 69 PGK and US Navy SEALs were tasked to secure the Malaysia maritime especially Malacca Straits and Sulu Sea from some threats in the seabed, especially the piracy activities or smugglers and cooperations with naval elite units and coast guard.

Rapid Actions Troops
The Rapid Actions Troops or Trup Tindakan Cepat is a newly prisons anti-terror special forces squad which established in 3 October 2005 and there were under control to Malaysian Prison Department. Formed with contains 20 members had undergone three months training in Special Warfare Training Centre (PULPAK) in Sungai Udang Fort, Malacca by 11th Rejimen Gerak Khas Counter-Terrorist Regiment to dealing all terrorist threats and rioters which occurred inside the jails in Malaysia.

With this formed of this team, Prisons Department were able to carry out task escort without police help to escorted the prisoners which possess high profile criminal records to detentions centre. When the conditions needed, the team also used to assist the other Malaysian special forces to counter-terrorism missions.

Special Task and Rescue (STAR)
The Special Task And Rescue (Malay: Pasukan Tindakan Khas dan Penyelamat Maritime) or STAR team is the official coast guard special forces of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency which established to protect local maritime assets, especially Straits of Malacca. The commando initials was formerly trained by Air Force PASKAU and formed in April 25, 2005, STARs is trained to be a first responder to potential terrorist situations; deny terrorist acts; perform security actions against non-compliant actors; perform tactical facility entry and enforcement; participate in port level counterterrorism exercises; and educate other forces on Coast Guard counterterrorism procedures.

STARs are a quick response force capable of rapid nationwide deployment via air, ground or sea transportation in response to changing threat conditions. Multi-mission capability facilitates augmentation for other selected Coast Guard missions. The STAR's purpose is to develop systems and processes for standardized training, equipment, organization, planning, and scheduling of rapidly deployable specialized forces to execute mission objectives in support of tactical and operational commanders.
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Joint Anti-Terror Task Forces
Currently, when undercontrol of Arahan 18 Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) or Directive No.18 National Security Council, there are several units distinguished as Special Operations Force, namely;

Grup Gerak Khas (Army)
PASKAL (Navy)
PASKAU (Air Force)
69th Commando Battalion PGK (Police)
Special Actions Unit PGK (Police)
UNGERIN (Police)
Trup Tindakan Cepat (Prison Department)
Special Task And Rescue (Coast Guard)
Discussion had been on going that instead of having 7 separate units, there should be an initiative to combine all 8 into one organised unit as Malaysian Special Operation Forces or Joint Special Services Regiment.

A successful SAS model based on UK, New Zealand and Australia experience should be taken into a view. In matters relating to national security issue of these countries, the only recognised SAS Regiments will be the choice in order to neutralise the conflict.

Under so called concept of 'Joint Services Special Forces', the great 7 units can be combined together as one regiment headed by Major General/Vice Air Chief Marshal/Vice Admiral or even Deputy Commissioner of Police. This unit should be placed under matrix organization as to report directly to MKN and to each respected Chief of Army, Navy, Airforce and Inspector General of Police.

Within the joint unit, all 7 units can be re-organised as per SAS model such as;

Mountain/Land Troop (including/combining all specialised skills/unit acquired by the former Army Grup Gerak Khas, Police VAT 69 Pasukan Gerakan Khas);
Amphibious/Maritime Troop (including/combining all PASKAL specialised trade in seaborne operations, swamp, diving plus etc together with UNGERIN);
Air Troop (including/combining all PASKAU specialised trade in hostage rescue at the airport or aircraft, air installation protection and also taking over PARA troops facility and training of the HALO/HAHO from Grup Gerak Khas etc).
Counter Revolutionary Warfare and Counter Terrorist Unit (including/combining skills from Grup Gerak Khas, Pasukan Gerakan Khas, PASKAL, UNGERIN, TTC and PASKAU to form a several units, with 24 hour standby notice by the MKN. The example of this is Blue Troop and Red Troop of the SAS UK that are on 24 hours standby notice.)
The unification of these several units into one special unit does have its benefits and its disadvantages. However, in matters of serving the country, all differences including/especially the self pride should be resolved amicably. Some are the benefits should these units are united into one force;

Joint selection process can be achieved to obtain the best candidate from all Services and also from Police (such as SAS NZ)to ensure the highest quality of future unit trooper.
The cost of doing business or maintaining the forces will be much lesser and the saved money can be further invested on new weaponry, new tactics, high tech facilities, staff welfare etc.
The expertise of each respected unit can be cross sectionalised and documented to ensure every trooper is highly specialised in his craft or even better multi-skilled. The future is to sell the 'Malaysian expertise' to other country as to how SAS UK did as part of the marketing of British defence product and experties.
Economies of scales in asset management and procurement in the long run as to have a highly dedicated special forces and also to keep the cost low or manageable.
As to ensure the present of each services is equally exhibited, the head of each new unit can be divided as below;

Commanding officer of the Mountain/Land Troop - Brigadier General (Army)
Commanding officer of the Amphibious/Maritime Troop - Commodore (Navy)
Commanding officer of Air Troop - Brigadier General (Airforce)
Commanding officer of CRW/AT Unit - Senior Assistant Commissioner (Police)
However the officer and the NCOs can be cross sectionalised with each other based on his best achievement of his specialised skills or where he can performed the best.

Video: Joint Exs SOF from Malaysia and Indonesia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePWiO3asAWo...player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXVbqY_WIJo...player_embedded

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Female Panzergrenadier leads platoon into combat
25 August 2010

In a first for German military, female Panzergrenadier leads platoon into combat

"We had not advanced a hundred metres when the first rocket propelled grenades were fired at us" - 1st Lt Daniela Klix reports about an hours-long fierce gunfight where she and her infantry platoon had to stand their ground. It was the first time a female platoon leader led troops into battle.

Three months ago, the 2nd Company was tasked with an IED sweep - a search for hidden explosive devices - along the so called "Route Kamins" which goes from Kunduz to the West. 1st Lt Daniela Klix leads Charlie platoon to the front.

They advance between the Chardara police headquarters and a hill at J92. "I had two groups for the sweep, two groups to protect the flanks and was directly following them when the first rocket propelled grenades were fired at us after a mere hundred meters", Klix said.

Although warnings had been issued, all seemed quiet until that moment which represented the company's first hostile contact in Afghanistan.
Klix has joined in 2001, now she is the first woman to lead a Panzergrenadier platoon into combat. She has her platoon falling back, moving into new positions and putting up an hours-long fierce fight along with the rest of the company.

Since April last year she has been leading a Panzergrenadier platoon, and trained with her 30 troops for more than six months to prepare for the mission. "I knew that I would be out with the men for the bulk of the time and we had our minds set on the dangers of IEDs and firefights with insurgents. When I had first heard that I would lead the dismounted platoon, I started to brood about it", she said. "Now I am glad we did it that way, though. We were able to be more effective. It is more difficult to lead but I can also stay in direct contact with my troops."

What makes a woman seek such a male dominated profession? "I wanted a job where I could work with other people and do something for them, so I became a soldier and an officer", she says. As part of her training, she studied sport science at the Armed Forces University in Munich. Doing sports is also her primary hobby - she runs marathons, is passionate about triathlons and is also a member of the national selection for the international military sports championship (CISM). "The most impressive athletic thing for me was the Great Wall marathon in China, not only because I placed first."

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That bearded SF fella "Cowboy"
http://www.life.com/image/1373484
http://www.talisweb.com/hosting/david/davi...ces_soldier.jpg
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Nicknamed "Cowboy{, he was killed in operations in Afghanistan when conducting operations with the ANA and was mortally wounded when taking out Taliban RPG and mortar teams.
Speculation is that he is US Army Special Forces from the 19th Group.
Cowboy was on an early crew into the Afghanistan, and believe to be one of the members of the first NG SF unit to be sent into a brand new war zone.

Many did not know that he was KIA, but he was featured as the "cover dude" for a new SpecOps video game coming out in late Fall early Winter...and yes, his beard is legendary.

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Laser surgery for our SAS troops fighting terrorism
Australia's elite defence force troopers are having laser eye surgery to enhance their performance during combat.

Instead of wearing spectacles or contact lenses, crack army personnel such as SAS officers and navy divers must undergo refractive eye surgery.

Consultant in ophthalmology to the Australian Defence Force Michael Lawless said: "The Australian military has made a decision that you will be a better soldier if you have this done compared to being a soldier in contact lenses or glasses.

"That's why it is almost compulsory if you are in the SAS or in the commando units and counter terrorism units in Australia that you have to have it done.

"If you want to stay in those units, you have the surgery."

A spokesman for the Australian Defence Force said the surgery was available for troops who work in "extreme physical environments".

It's estimated between 30 and 40 per cent of officers in the Australian armed forces rely on spectacles to carry out day-to-day tasks.

Laser eye surgery has many advantages over glasses and contact lenses in the field. Spectacles can be broken or lost and clouded by rain and dust and they also interfere with night vision goggles and other combat head gear.

Contacts can also be problematic for soldiers because poor lens hygiene can lead to corneal infections.

An eye surgeon at The Eye Institute in Sydney, Dr Lawless performs refractive surgery on soldiers.

Dr Lawless said the United States army had recently committed $75 million to ensure its officers had laser eye surgery. "What they want is to have soldiers who can work better in the field," he said.

"They have made a decision that these people function better than they do in their contact lenses or glasses.

"The Australian military haven't tested it but they have made similar decisions based on the tests the Americans have done."

The laser eye procedures approved by the Australian Defence Force are Lasik, Lasek and PRK.

Personnel who undergo PRK or Lasek (a variation of PRK) treatment are generally fit for restricted duties within a week and Lasik patients can return to work after two days.

The day after Lasik surgery, about 99 per cent of patients can see well enough to drive a car.

Airforce pilots aren't permitted to have Lasik surgery until more is known about the effect that altitude has on the stability of the corneal flap.

During the Lasik procedure, a flap is created at the surface of the cornea and then it's peeled back to allow the laser beam to re-shape deeper corneal tissue.

Air crew can't return to flying duties for a minimum of six weeks after surgery while navy divers must wait three months following Lasik.

Since the Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program was introduced in the US in 2000, about 35,000 personnel in the army, navy and air force have undergone laser eye surgery.

In the 2003 financial year, the US army treated 8449 soldiers.

Of those, 86 per cent had unaided vision of 20/20 or better after the surgery and 98 per cent attained 20/40 or better.

Most US soldiers are treated for low or moderate myopia (short sightedness) and about one-third had Lasik treatment.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Health/Laser-su...3825127250.html

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Hi Mack !

Familiar face
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Richard_J._Machowicz.jpg

Richard “EOTech-Eyes” Machowicz, a former Navy SEAL, is was the host of the Discovery Channel and Military Channel show Future Weapons.
According to the program's introduction, he spent ten years as a U.S. Navy SEAL and now searches for new weapons and military technologies used in modern warfare.
He is also proficient in many martial arts and a practicer of Zen Buddhism. He will be the newest member on Spike's show, Deadliest Warrior.

According to his biography on the Discovery Channel's site, "he participated in numerous tactical operations with SEAL Team ONE and TWO.
While operating at SEAL Team TWO he was attached to the training cadre as the Leading Petty Officer of Land, Mountain and Arctic Warfare."
He also has practiced Muay Thai boxing, Jeet Kune Do, kickboxing, Aikido, Jujutsu, Savate, Arnis, and Karate for more than twenty years. He was a certified instructor in the Naval Special Warfare Combat Fighting Instructor Course, as well as a Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper.

He founded the Bukido Institute, as well as the Bukido Training System, which "teaches a performance philosophy that uses unarmed combat as a pathway for exploring the dynamics of doubt, hesitation, second-guessing, stress, pain, fatigue and fear."

Machowicz's work has been featured in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times and Men's Fitness. It has also been showcased on ESPN, Lifetime, and Fox Sports.

He appeared on the tools of destruction teaser for the game Red Faction: Guerrilla.

According to Spike, Richard Machowicz will be featured in Deadliest Warrior: Season 3.

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Army Ranger Hall of Fame
Fort Bragg warrior inducted into Army Ranger Hall of Fame

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Courtesy of 49th Public Affairs Detachment (Airborne), July 16, 2010) – “Take anyone off the street, shave his head, put dog tags on him, get him to raise his hand and he’s a soldier, but it takes a different kind of person with heart to be a warrior,” said retired Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer Gary O’Neal.

O'Neal’s dedication to his country was recognized last Friday when he was one of 14 “warriors” inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Ga.

O’Neal’s military career began with him being drafted in 1969. “My first assignment was a combat tour in Vietnam,” O’Neal said. While there, O’Neal served with several elite units to include the 173rd Airborne Brigade Line Company, Charlie Company, 75th Ranger Regiment and the 5th Special Forces Group.

During his first tour in Vietnam, O'Neal spent the majority of his time conducting hazardous missions that included Prisoner of War rescues and sniper operations.
“We lost 60,000 troops, but we killed over eight million”, O’Neal Said. “That’s almost a nine to one ratio.”

Shortly after his arrival home, in 1972, O’Neal attended Ranger School before returning for a 2nd tour in Vietnam. O’Neal received both the Silver and Bronze Star medals for his service in Vietnam.
“The rangers are the toughest and best light infantry unit in the world,” O’Neal said.

Up next, O'Neal went to the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course where he completed all the training to earn his green beret.

“There wasn’t a mission we couldn’t do as Special Forces and Rangers,” O’Neal said. “That’s the attitude that I’ve had as a team member, team sergeant, and a team leader.”

After earning his green beret, O’Neal continued on to complete scuba and sub-operations training as well as high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump school.
Besides attending schools, O’Neal spent more than 15 years training and fighting with American and Latin American forces in Central and South America.

“Gary is one of the finest field soldiers I have ever met in my entire life,” Gary Dolan, O’Neal’s platoon leader while he was in Charlie Company, 75th Ranger Regiment, said. “His ability to track the enemy soldier was the best I have ever seen.”

Furthermore, O’Neal was an instructor for the Army HALO School and spent two years as a Golden Knight on the Army parachute team.
“I will be the first Golden Knight to be inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame,” O’Neal said.
In addition, he was handpicked to help develop the first Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course at Fort Bragg.

“SERE is everything a Special Forces Soldier needs to survive,” O’Neal said. “It is one of the most important schools he will ever go through.”

In 1996, after an impressive military career, O’Neal retired from the Army. However, in 2004, he was again called on by the Army. This time, it was to be a master trainer in the world’s largest unconventional warfare field exercise — Robin Sage.

“Being a former soldier, I will continue to train soldiers until my body no longer physically allows me to,” O’Neal said.

O’Neal currently teaches seminars on his own developed fighting style, American Warrior Free Fighting System, where he is a 10th degree black belt. He travels throughout the United States when to teach the AWFS fighting style.

“When in combat, you don’t have time to take your opponent to the ground and try all the submissions and moves mixed martial arts teaches,” O’Neal said. “You have to get in and kill the enemy quickly so that you can continue on with the mission.”

All things considered, O’Neal is a true example of a warrior living by his motto, “Glory has a price. Honor is priceless. Integrity covers it all.”

http://news.soc.mil/releases/News%20Archiv.../100716-03.html


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Retired Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer Gary O’Neal held a five gallon bucket of water by an ice pick through his neck. O'Neal’s dedication to his country was recognized last Friday, July 9, when he was one of 14 “warriors” inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Ga. “This teaches Soldiers how to overcome pain,” O’Neal said. (U.S. Army photo)[B][SIZE=7][COLOR=blue]

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Oh.. that dude. Still in A-stan after all these years? Hardcore. RIP man

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Operation Anaconda (ROE for the fighting Units)

Operation Anaconda is the code name for an operation in early March 2002 in which the United States military and CIA Paramilitary Officers, working with allied Afghan military forces, and other NATO and non NATO forces attempted to destroy al-Qaeda and Taliban forces in the Shahi-Kot Valley and Arma Mountains southeast of Zormat.[1] This operation was the first large-scale battle in the United States war in Afghanistan since the Battle of Tora Bora in December 2001. This was the first operation in the Afghanistan theater to involve a large number of U.S. conventional (i.e. non-Special Operations Forces) forces participating in direct combat activities.

Between March 2 and March 16, 2002 1,700 airlifted U.S. troops and 1,000 pro-government Afghan militia battled between 300 to 1,000 al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters to obtain control of the valley. The Taliban and al-Qaida forces entrenched themselves in caves and ridges in the mountainous terrain and fired on U.S. forces attempting to secure the area with mortars and heavy machine guns. Afghan Taliban commander Maulavi Saifur Rehman Mansoor later led Taliban reinforcements to join the battle. U.S. forces had estimated the strength of the rebels in the Shahi-Kot Valley at 150 to 200, but later information suggested the actual strength was of 500 to 1,000 fighters. The U.S. forces estimated that they had killed at least 500 fighters over the duration of the battle.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anaconda

Articles about the ROE at Operation Anaconda
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Anaconda%3A+...ess-a0183044550
http://www.strategypage.com/on_point/20020627.aspx
http://www.scribd.com/doc/1420744/US-Air-F...da-Unclassified

Latest comments on the ROE:
Nothing like the perfect vision of 20/20 hindsight.

".....Reminds me of some post-ANACONDA joint-fires review we did at CENTCOM. A couple of months after ANACONDA, reps from all the players were called to CENTCOM for about a month...we went over EVERYTHING. One of the big complaints then (and now) pertained to "actionable ROE". The definition of this term meaning ROE that troops on the ground can understand and follow. The CENTCOM lawyers started on day one of this month in Tampa, with the goal of developing ROE for the operation that had already occured. They had all the facts, about everything, and at the end of month you know what we got...NOTHING. Every attempt at making lawyer speak understood by operators (because the lawyers couldn't speak operator) failed. At the end of the month, we had everything there was to know about ANACONDA...except for better ROE. ...."

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Albanian SF

Unconfirmed report : Albanian SF killed up to 20 Talibans in combat mission
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Last official indication is 295 Albanian troops at Afghanistan.
The Albanian contribution to ISAF operations in Afghanistan currently consists of 250 soldiers in three locations. The main contingent is composed of a company under Italian command in the province of Herat. Albania also has a squad of soldiers under Turkish command in Kabul and a contribution to a joint medical team with the Czech contribution.

July 2010
A unit of 44 men, part of the Special Operations Battalion has left for Kandahar, Afghanistan where it is supposed to engage in direct operations together with US and UK special forces.
The unit codenamed "Eagle-1" under the command of Lt. Col Dritan Demiraj its the first unit of the Albanian Army that will be involved in combat operations. In addition, according to out MoD, an additional SF unit and several APCs, will be deployed in Herat later this year.

Video:
http://top-channel.tv/video.php?id=17251
....the video says 110 Commando and another 90 special forces with them for some reason they deployed out the special forces they are going to Herat

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_48891.htm

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Canadian Pull Out to Include SOF Units
2 Sept 2010

OTTAWA - The shadow war fought in Afghanistan by Canada's ultra-secret, special forces will also end next year when the army ceases combat operations in Kandahar, says the general in charge of the country's overseas command.

It is a significant, if somewhat unrecognized, milestone for a force whose exploits have been blanketed in secrecy for almost a decade.

Much of the public attention on the end of the combat mission has focused on the battle group of nearly 3,000 soldiers who, since February 2006, have fought to keep Kandahar from slipping back in to the grasp of Taliban militants.

Those troops have fought largely under NATO command, but a separate, concurrent war was conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Operation Enduring Freedom, whose counter-terrorism mission since 2001 has been to hunt al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders.

Lt.-Gen. Marc Lessard, the head of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, said it's often not recognized the parliamentary motion to halt combat operations by July 2011 also applies to the special forces, who were the first to hit the ground in Afghanistan following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"The special forces are an entity of the Canadian Forces (and) the direction from the whole of government applies to the special forces," Lessard said in an interview this week with The Canadian Press. "Absolutely, it applies to every, every element."

How many special forces soldiers are in Afghanistan is classified, but they are thought to number in the hundreds

There are some in military circles who'd expected Canada to quietly maintain a token contingent of commandos on a rotational basis, even with the withdrawal of regular troops, but Lessard said there is no plan to leave any forces behind.

"There's absolutely no planning, and I can tell you because I'm the one doing it, for any type of residual force — or any type of new mission; there's no planning at all," said Lessard, who spent the better part of 2008 as commander of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan.

He said Gen. Walter Natynczyk, the defence chief, has given clear orders: ''We're not to engage in any planning whatsoever."

The directive is all-encompassing. Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under Access to Information show that even the staff officers at NATO's field headquarters in Kabul will be withdrawn, along with the combat troops and special forces.

"Staff and headquarters positions for which the CF is currently responsible will not cease in July 2011 but be maintained, but not beyond December 2011," said a Dec. 9, 2009 warning order from Lessard.

The Opposition has floated the idea of having Canadian troops stay on to train Afghan forces, but this appears to have been rejected by the Conservative government. At the same time, Prime Minister Stephen Harper publicly conceded last week that the government was grappling with how to protect Canadian diplomats and aid workers after the army withdraws.

Bringing home the special forces, will have a significant impact on the Allied forces, said retired major-general Lewis MacKenzie.

"They'll be missed," MacKenzie said Thursday. "They were a valuable source of intelligence, not just to us, but to the command by way of tracking high-value targets and identifying high-value targets. Therefore it is a loss."

One of the few bright spots of the latest bloody summer in Kandahar has been the success of U.S., Canadian, British and Australian special forces, who were largely responsible for killing or capturing more than 365 insurgent leaders, according to NATO figures released this week.

Canada's special forces are made up of two distinct groups: the elite JTF-2 commandos and the Canadian Special Operations Regiment.

The acronym JTF-2 is probably more widely known to Canadians. Its mission, similar to that of the U.S. Delta Force and British Special Air Service, is counter-terrorism — or "whacking the bad guys" as it's described in army lingo. The special operations regiment functions more like U.S. Army Green Berets and leads counter-insurgency fighting with troops who try to blend in with the countryside and understand cultural nuances.

About 40 JTF-2 soldiers landed in Afghanistan in December 2001, but the Liberal government of the day never announced their deployment and the force's accomplishments throughout the war have never been recognized.

The troops were awarded in 2004 a U.S. Presidential Unit Commendation for actions in Afghanistan.

JTF-2 has only ever acknowledged the loss of one member in a combat operation. It happened in April 2007 when Master Cpl. Anthony Klumpenhouwer fell off a communications tower in Kandahar.

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Afghan Special Forces


Video on ANA Sp Force unit Capability demonstation to Gen Petraeus

Click here:
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With Afghan National Security Forces leading the way, an Afghan Special Forces Unit performed a training demonstration for ISAF Commander, Gen David Petraeus. These soldiers have been conducting successful operations against insurgents and recently confiscated what could be Afghanistan's largest drug seizure ever.

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For Speedier and Safer Ascend back to the chopper

September 6, 2010:
Commandos are all about speed, especially when climbing down from a hovering helicopter (or a cliff or high building), or going up a rope to higher ground. There is an increasingly popular tool for this; a battery powered rope pulley. The technical term for this device is a Tactical Assault Ascender. One of the more popular models is the 17 kg/37.4 pound Swedish T1-16 ActSafe. On one charge, the ActSafe can lift up to 150 kg/330 pounds 400 meters, at a speed of up to 100 meters a minute (145 meters a minute coming down). The speed and distance can be programmed. When coming down, the battery is recharged. Otherwise it takes 45 minutes to recharge the battery. The ActSafe is waterproof (down to ten meters/31 feet underwater) and floats.

These devices have been featured in several movies, usually in the hands of professional thieves. This is something the manufacturers seek to avoid, and Tactical Assault Ascenders are only sold to government organizations. The last thing manufacturers want to see is Somali pirates using one to quickly board a merchant ship.

T1-16 Assault Ascender details:
http://www.safetactics.nl/tacticalwinches/...id=13&Itemid=28


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnEL9oRrisU&feature=related

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Special Warfare_Volume 23, Issue 1

-OEF Philippines
Thinking COIN, Practicing FID

- Connecting to the Populace
CA operations in Afghanistan

Read it here :
http://www.soc.mil/swcs/swmag/Assets/10Jan.pdf


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Special Warfare_Volume 23, Issue 2

- Effective use of FID expands SF influence

- The Lion, the Starfish and the Spider

http://www.soc.mil/swcs/swmag/Archives/10Mar.pdf


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Green Beret soldiers killed by IED

Two U.S. Special Forces Soldiers died when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device July. 29 in Tsagay, Afghanistan.

The following Soldiers, all assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, died when their vehicle struck an IED.

Capt. Jason E. Holbrook, 28, a native of Burnet, TX.

Staff Sgt. Kyle R. Warren, 28, a native of Huntington Beach, Ca.



Small town says goodbye to hometown hero

Watch the video here:
http://www.kvue.com/news/local/Small-town-...-100203289.html

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