Soldiers Magazine

Monthly magazine provides news and information about Army operations and policies

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 11, November

160th SOAR: Plus or Minus 30 Seconds
SPECIAL operations forces have come to rely on the "plus or minus 30 seconds" guarantee of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment: the ability to be on target anywhere in the world within 30 seconds of the desired time. The elite aviation...
4th POG: Words Conquer
PSYCHOLOGICAL warfare missions are planned to stimulate or strengthen positive attitudes and behaviors in enemy forces or civilians. This is achieved by passing on tailored messaging to the target audience. PSYOP Soldiers come armed with imagery, graphics...
528th Sustainment Brigade: Providing for the Force
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is logistics on the edge. Whether the edge of a mountain or the edge of a map, the 528th Sustainment Brigade is likely there, ensuring special operations units have what they need. The Army's only airborne sustainment...
75th Ranger: Living the Legacy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WANT to get physical? The 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite, light-infantry special operations force, may be for you. Volunteers for Ranger training must meet some of the most exacting physical standards in the Army. Rangers...
Advise, Support, Stabilize: 95th Civil Affairs Brigade Gun-Toting Diplomats
SINCE its formation in 2006, the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade has hit the ground running. From the Philippines to Africa to Afghanistan, the Army's only active-duty civil affairs brigade has made itself indispensible to special operations forces attempting...
Chief Warrant Officer 5: David Cooper
"As those pilots were taking out ammunition and loading my helicopter, they were in absolute plain sight of a determined enemy who was hell-bent to kill them, and yet they did not quit." ALL Chief Warrant Officer 5 David Cooper's family knew of...
MH-6 Little Bird: The MH-6 Little Bird, Only Found in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Is a Light Utility Helicopter Modified to Externally Transport Several Combat Troops
THE MH-6 Little Bird, and its attack variant, the AH-6, are used for Army Special Operations aviation. Originally based on a modified OH-6A, the newest version is based on the MacDonnell Douglas 530F and has a single, six-bladed main rotor and four-bladed...
SF NCOS: Share Leadership Insight
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THROUGHOUT history, NCOs have provided critical leadership under the most austere conditions. It is a lead-by-example attitude which has been the foundation of the Army's NCO Corps since its beginning. "My leadership style...
Sgt. 1st Class: Drew Kimmey
CIVIL Affairs Team 745 was stationed at Fire Base Cobra in Oruzgan, Afghanistan, with special operations detachments from the 3rd Special Forces Group, and members of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police. On Nov. 2, 2007, the...
Sgt. 1st Class: John (Mike) Fairfax
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN individuals join the Army, they set their sights on a host of advanced schools, like Air Assault, Ranger and Pathfinder. An airborne-qualified noncommissioned officer also sets his sights on the Jumpmaster Course. ...
SPC.: Joseph Gibson
AS the helicopter full of Rangers touched down that April night in 2008, in Iraq, Gibson and his fellow Soldiers found themselves dodging enemy small-arms fire less than 50 meters away. Gibson's platoon sergeant would later say the enemy small-arms...
SPC.: Kimberly Hernandez
MANY Soldiers attend the Combat Lifesaver's Course throughout their careers, learning emergency first aid such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, rescue breathing and how to control bleeding. "I never thought it would be something that I would need...
Special Forces: Shooters and Thinkers
Bestowing the Green Beret upon Special Forces in 1961, President John F. Kennedy called the distinctive headgear "a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom." That standard of excellence continues to...
Special Operations Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR)
The SCAR (special operations combat assault rifle) is a modular assault rifle family, designed by FN Herstal, responding to U.S. Special Operations Command requirements. The SCAR family of weapons includes the Mk-17 SCAR Heavy 7.62 mm rifle, Mk16 SCAR...
Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BEING born on the fourth of July with a name like John Wayne, arguably few people could be called more American. But for this young Special Forces communications sergeant, the price of freedom was realized April 6, 2008, when...
Staff Sgt.: Joseph Kapacziewski
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR Staff Sgt. Joseph Kapacziewski, Oct. 3, 2005, began like any other day. He was in Iraq on his fifth deployment with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, after serving three previous deployments to Afghanistan. But...
The Black Daggers: Global Warriors
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR almost three-quarters of a century, highly trained groups of Soldiers have been inserted behind enemy lines to disrupt the movement of enemy troops and supplies to the front lines. These brave Soldiers have frequently...
The Making of ... John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, USASOC's special operations university, is responsible for special operations training, leader development, doctrine and personnel proponency for civil affairs, psychological operations...
"The Ranger Creed"
THE Ranger Creed is the hallmark of the spirit, discipline, and duty of all Rangers and the standard by which all Army Rangers conduct themselves. Its roots go back to the "Standing Orders" of Roger's Rangers, with such simple, battle-tested guidelines...
USASOC: Full Disclosure: "(Special Operations Forces Are) Building Long-Term Relationships in Every Country, in Every Region in the World, and We Need Them There for a Long Time. Special Operations Forces, Especially Army Special Operations, Does This Better Than Anyone."
TALES of risk and adrenaline swirl around the Army's special operations forces. And while special operations have long operated at the tip of the spear, the character of the men and women of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, known as USASOC, is...