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SOF Newsletter - 1 December, 2010

AFGHAN SOLDIERS SAVE MARINE
When a Marine was wounded by a booby-trap, Afghan soldiers acted quickly to save his life.
http://www.sofmag.com/afghan-soldiers-help-save-life-marine

NEW CLOSE-AIR SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY
The Air Force is testing new technology to aid in providing close-air support for troops on the ground.
http://www.sofmag.com/digital-close-air-support-improvements-way

KNIFE RIGHTS AIDS NEW YORKER

SOF Newsletter - 30 November, 2010

IED LEADER CAPTURED
ISAF troops captured a kidnapper and IED leader in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
http://www.sofmag.com/forces-detain-kidnapper-ied-leader-helmand

NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM ADVANCES
North Korea claimed a major advance in its nuclear program in the wake of their attack on a South Korean island that killed four people.
http://www.sofmag.com/north-korea-claims-major-advance-nuclear-program

MARINES SEARCH AND DESTROY
Marines carried out a mission against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

SOF Newsletter - 29 November, 2010

EXERCISE ANNOUNCED, THEN CANCELLED
The Republic of Korea announced, then cancelled, a live-fire exercise on the disputed island that came under a North Korean artillery attack.
http://www.sofmag.com/south-korea-announces-then-cancels-new-military-drill

ARMY PREPARES FOR ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENTS
Across the United States, bases are carrying out exercises to prepare for the next active-shooter incident in the wake of the terrorist attack at Fort Hood.
http://www.sofmag.com/joint-exercise-tests-ability-handle-active-shooter...

SOF Newsletter - 24 November, 2010

EXERCISE ANNOUNCED
The United States and Republic of Korea announced joint naval exercises to take place later this month.
http://www.sofmag.com/naval-readiness-exercise-announced

CACHES CAPTURED
Coalition and Afghan forces captured weapon and IED caches during operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan.
http://www.sofmag.com/combined-forces-net-weapon-ied-component-caches

BEMBA TRIAL POLITICAL?
Supporters of a former Congolese rebel leader claimed his war crimes trial was more about politics than justice.

SOF Newsletter - 23 November, 2010

CHICOM PRESS MISREPORTS
The International Security Assistance Force issued a statement contradicting a claim by Xinhua News Agency that NATO Choppers flew into Pakistani airspace.
http://www.sofmag.com/nato-helicopters-did-not-cross-pakistan

NORTH KOREA SHELLS SOUTH KOREAN ISLAND
A major artillery barrage struck a South Korean island, killing two South Korean Marines.
http://www.sofmag.com/n-korea-shells-south-korean-island-killing-troops

TOP ISAF TARGET CAPTURED!

SOF Newsletter - 22 November, 2010

TACTICAL NUKES TO SOUTH KOREA?
A new North Korean nuclear plant may escalate the situation on the Korean peninsula. One possibility is that South Korea may request that American tactical nuclear weapons be kept on the peninsula again after a 19 year hiatus.
http://www.sofmag.com/s-korea-could-seek-deployment-us-tactical-nuclear-...

SHARPER EYE IN THE SKY
The E-3 Sentry is receiving a major upgrade - making America's eye in the sky much sharper.
http://www.sofmag.com/major-awacs-upgrade-begins

TALIBAN LEADER WHACKED!

SOF Editor - 18 November, 2010

GIUNTA INDUCTED
Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta was inducted into the Hall of Heroes, one day after receiving the Medal of Honor for his heroism during a firefight in Afghanistan.
http://www.sofmag.com/giunta-inducted-pentagon-hall-heroes

RIVRON 3
Riverine Squadron Three began preparations for deployment in Virginia.
http://www.sofmag.com/rivron-3-prepares-deployment

HARD TIME FOR ARMED CRIME
Dave Workman reports on the Supreme Court upholding sentcing enhancements for using firearms during a crime.

SOF Newsletter - 16 November, 2010

MEDAL OF HONOR TO BE AWARDED
Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta will be awarded the Medal of Honor today - the first living recipient in the Global War on Terror. We salute this American hero.
http://www.sofmag.com/reluctant-hero-become-first-living-moh-recipient-v...

ARMY'S NEW EXPLOSIVE RECOGNIZED
IMX-101, designed by Picatinny Arsenal to be a replacement for TNT, was recently recognized as one of 2010's best inventions.
http://www.sofmag.com/safer-explosive-tested-qualified-picatinny-named-t...

BOUT EXTRADITED

SOF Newsletter - 15 November, 2010

KAREN NATIONAL UNION REJECTS SHAM ELECTIONS
Video of a Karen National Union leader rejecting the sham elections held by the military junta of Myanmar.
http://www.sofmag.com/karen-national-union-rejects-burmas-sham-elections

OBAMA PUSHES NUKE TREATY
Barack Hussein Obama is pushing the Senate to ratify the New START treaty with Russia in the lame duck session of Congress.
http://www.sofmag.com/obama-presses-us-russia-nuclear-pact

PUSH FOR SHARIA
James Simpson writes on the push for sharia law in the United States.

SOF Newsletter - 12 November, 2010

OBAMA DOD TO DISS VIETNAM VETS?
A report from the Washington Times claims that the Obama Administration is cutting back on the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War.
http://www.sofmag.com/obama-defense-department-dishonor-vietnam-vets

MARINES AID TSA, BORDER PATROL
EOD Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma provided assistance to the Transportation Security Agency and the United States Customs and Border Patrol.
http://www.sofmag.com/yuma-eod-helps-tsa-border-patrol-training

HOSTAGE SITUATION IN NIGERIA

SOF Newsletter - 10 November, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINE CORPS!
The Marine Corps turns 235 today, to celebrations among Marine units across the globe. Happy Birthday and semper fidelis from all of us at SOF!
http://www.sofmag.com/marine-corps-birthday-cake-cutting

REPORT OUTLINES NEW MEASURES FOR SECURITY
A year after the attack on Fort Hood, the Army has released a report outlining new measures to improve security and to prevent future attacks.
http://www.sofmag.com/fort-hood-report-outlines-ways-army-improve-securi...

SOF Newsletter - 5 November, 2010

ONE YEAR LATER
In the wake of the attack at Fort Hood, the military is applying the lessons learned.
http://www.sofmag.com/fort-hood-lessons-promote-better-force-protection

DEFEATING THE IED
The Office of Naval Research conference featured new technologies to defeat improvised explosive devices.
http://www.sofmag.com/onr-conference-feature-new-counter-ied-technologies

HAQQANI SHADOW GOVERNOR NABBED

SOF Editor - 4 November, 2010

MAKE IT FIVE!
The International Security Assistance Force confirmed that a fifth Haqqani Network bigwig was killed during an operation last week.
http://www.sofmag.com/fifth-haqqani-network-leader-confirmed-killed-duri...

MEET THE OPFOR
One of the features of training units to deploy to a combat zone is the opposition force - or OPFOR.
http://www.sofmag.com/raider-battalion-provides-opfor-116th-cavalry-mobi...

NUMEROUS INSURGENTS WHACKED

SOF Newsletter - 3 November, 2010

2010 ELECTION
The Republican Party took the House, gaining over 60 seats. Sadly, former Marines and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans Nick Popaditch and Ilario Pantano fell short in their bids for the House. Their candidacies and their service to this great republic are greatly appreciated.

UAV STRIKES KILL 11
Suspected UAV strikes killed 11 militants in Pakistan.
http://www.sofmag.com/pakistani-officials-say-us-missile-strikes-kill-11

JOINT EXERCISE WITH INDIAN MILITARY

SOF Newsletter - 2 November, 2010

ELECTION DAY!
Today is election day - be sure to vote! If you have, help your friends and family vote!

BACK TO BASICS
Engineers from the 10th Mountain Division have been mentoring the Afghan National Army, and keeping the supply routes safe.
http://www.sofmag.com/combat-engineers-go-back-basics

NEW AL-QAIDA TACTIC
The cargo bomb plot points to a new strategy of al-Qaeda: Trying to use mail bombs to blow aircraft up in flight.
http://www.sofmag.com/cargo-bomb-plot-may-signal-al-qaidas-strategic-shift