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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

SOF Newsletter - 1 November, 2010

ELECTION DAY IS TOMORROW!!
Nick Popaditch and Ilario Pantano, former Marines and veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, are running for Congress in the 51st Congressional District of California and the 7th Congressional District of North Carolina. For links to their campaign websites, go to http://www.sofmag.com. Do not forget to vote!

THREE HAQQANI NETWORK LEADERS WHACKED!
In an operation Sunday night in Paktiya province, coalition forces killed three Haqqani leaders.

SOF Newsletter - 29 October, 2010

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES INVESTIGATED
A series of suspicious packages in a number of states, including New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey has triggered an investigation.
http://www.sofmag.com/us-authorities-investigate-suspicious-packages-car...

A FELON WITH A GUN
Dave Workman discusses a situation where a bad guy got a gun, and how it inevitably leads to call to disarm the law-abiding who are potential victims of other bad guys.
http://www.sofmag.com/another-convicted-felon-gun

PAKISTAN DAWDLES

SOF Newsletter - 28 OCtober, 2010

FORMER ARGENTINE PRESIDENT KIRCHNER DIES
Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner died yesterday after a heart attack. Kirchner was the subject of an article in the July, 2010 issue of SOF that discussed how he and his wife were taking power in Argentina.
http://www.sofmag.com/former-argentine-president-nestor-kirchner-dies

ARMY TO EXPAND SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES
The Army will greatly expand its special operations forces, including the addition of five active-duty and two National Guard battalions of Green Berets, by 2017.

SOF Newsletter - 27 October, 2010

MAKING STRAIGHT SHOOTERS
The first round of pistol shooting resulted in two hits on the target. For Corporal Jamie O'Bannon, the task ahead was insurmountable. But the Marine combat marskmanship trainer would prove to be up to the task of improving a fellow Marine's skills.
http://www.sofmag.com/making-straight-shooters-range

UAV WHACKS SIX MILITANTS
A pair of Predator strikes took out six bad guys in Pakistan.
http://www.sofmag.com/suspected-us-drone-strikes-kill-6-pakistan

UNINDICTED CO-CONSPIRATORS

SOF Newsletter - 26 October, 2010

WASHINGTON TIMES CALLS FOR WAR ON WIKILEAKS
In an editorial, the Washington Times called for the federal government to treat Wikileaks as a national security threat and to take the appropriate measures, citing the document dumps involving Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

DESTROYING ENEMY POSITIONS
American military personnel recently carried out an operation that destroyed a number of Taliban positions in Afghanistan.
http://www.sofmag.com/enemy-positions-destroyed