Adrenaline junkies out for a buzz.
Green Berets from 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) exit out the side of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter into the water to link up with their team during helocast training Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Green Berets participated in a training event in which they inserted into a maritime insertion point after deploying an inflatable zodiac boat to begin movement to a simulated objective. Helocasts are used to insert small units into a military area of operation by helicopter to carry out missions.
(Photo by Spc. Steven K. Young, 28 FEB 2013.)
An Operational Detachment Alpha from 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (7 SFG (A)) begin to be lifted off the ground by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a training event Eglin Base Air Force Base.
Statue unveiled at Ground Zero to honor SF warriors who rode horseback into Afghanistan after 9/11
Popular Mechanics spends some time with a Special Ops team before they head off to Afghanistan.
“You might think of special operations forces as gunslingers who launch clandestine raids. But the traditional role of spec ops is training soldiers and building nations—skills that will be put to the test as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan. PM rides along with an A-Team as is preps for this mission.”
Read the full story on Popular Mechanics.
The Daily has a four-part series that goes inside the U.S. Special Operations Community. Very cool stuff.
Just one video out of the series is this one on the A-10 Warthog. This is one mean aircraft.
Each part has a great piece of writing as well a video with tons of high-def footage.
Part One: The Sky’s No Limit [Air Force Pararescue Jumpers]
Part Two: Air Force’s Ugly Duckling [A-10 Warthog]
Part Three: Blades of Glory [HH-60 Pave Hawk]
Part Four: Behind the Scenes [Simulated Rescue Mission]
Filmmaker Vik Franke is in the final stages of producing a documentary on a group of US special forces. Franke was embedded with the commandos while they were hunting Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The film, On Killing, gives a unique view into the lives of the men who carry out America’s most dangerous military operations, like the recent killing of Osama bin Laden.
Devastating loss for our SOF community, their families, and America. Keep these warriors in your prayers. ~The Crew