At least once a week, perhaps more frequently, I plan on providing an update on news about special operations. This will be a listing of news events relating to SOF that could be of interest to the reader with links to the source of that news. The content could be a news story, information on book releases, documentaries, recent government publications, or other media about special operations and related topics. A significant amount of SOFREPs articles are on SOF but not all stories can be covered in detail – so this “SOF News Update” will round out SOF news coverage.

Canadian Special Forces Command (CANSOFCOM). My first exposure to CANSOF was in 2002 in Afghanistan. Prior to that time I had no idea they existed. At that time CANSOF, attached to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A), was operating in southern Afghanistan. CANSOFCOM, located in Petawawa, Canada, consists of five different units – Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2), Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU), Commandos of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR), 427 Special Operations Aviation Unit (427 SOAS), and the Canadian Special Operations Training Centre. Learn more about CANSOF in an article entitled Canada’s Commandos, by CTVW5, June 24, 2016.

Map of Europe SOF - SOCEURs area of operations.
SOCEUR Area of Operations

Special Warfare Magazine.  The latest issue has been published online by the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (January – June 2016, Volume 29, Issue 1, Fort Bragg, NC). This 88-page issue is primarily focused on special operations forces stationed or deployed to Europe. Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) is featured in most of the articles. Topics include 10th SFGA, special operations in Georgia, Estonia, Romania, Kosovo and other areas of Europe. Other subjects covered are countering the Russians, the “Gray Zone” (defined as the space between war and peace), Civil Military Support Element (CMSE) activities, and Military Information Support Operations (MISO).

SOCEUR Change of Command. Major General Mark Schawarz has taken command of Special Operations Command Europe in Stuttgart, Germany. SOCEUR is responsible for special operations forces (SOF) in Europe, a small part of the Middle East, and some countries in northern Africa. Read more in a news report by European Command (EUCOM) posted on June 8, 2016.