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”,, 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.

SOF news - CJSOAC-A HQs dedicates HQs at BAF to fallen airmen
CJSOAC-A HQs dedicates HQs at BAF to fallen airmen

CJSOAC-A Dedicates Afghan HQs. The Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component – Afghanistan (CJSOAC-A) named their headquarters building in honor of two Special Tactics Airmen during a memorial-naming ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan on June 29, 2016. The HQs was dedicated to Capt. Matthew Roland (23rd STS) and Staff Sgt. Forrest Sibley (21st STS) who were killed on August 26, 2015 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Read the news story on the AFCENT website published July 2, 2016.

NWC Symposium on Irregular Warfare. The Navy War College recently held a symposium on irregular warfare at Newport, Rhode Island. I am sure there were at least a couple of SEALs in attendance.

Russian SF Getting New Boats. Russia is providing new high-speed transport and amphibious assault boats to the Russian Special Forces. The BK-10 assault landing boat and the BK-16 multipurpose amphibious boat will be given to Russia’s Special Purpose Military Units (Spetsnaz). Read a news report posted on Defense World, July 6, 2016.

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