Periodically we will publish short snippets of SOF news that are not covered by SOFREP in our more detailed reports. Covered here is news on AC-130s, Spetsnaz, irregular warfare, live tissue training, SOF pubs, and videos on SOF topics.

Former SF Officer Leads Army Reserve. LTG Charles D. Luckey has been appointed as the Chief of the Army Reserve and Commanding General of the United States Army Reserve Command. This was effective on June 30, 2016. Luckey began his career as an Infantry Officer and also served time in Special Forces. Read his biography posted on the U.S. Army Reserve website.

AFSOC Wants Laser for AC-130 Gunship. The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is willing to trade off some offensive capability for cost savings and fielding time by mounted a laser on the side of the plane instead of on the belly. Read more in “AFSOC favours side-mounted laser for gunship”, FligthGlobal.com, July 1, 2016.

“Live Tissue Training”. For years Special Forces medics have used goats for medical training to prepare them for treating casualties in a war zone. Some want to ban the practice. One writer, a former combat medic who did the training, thinks otherwise. Read “A Goat Helped Me Save My Buddy, and Others, on the Battlefield”, The New York Times, July 6, 2016.