Special Operations NCOs Named White House Fellows

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Special Operations NCOs Named White House Fellows

A special operations NCO who has deployed 15 times and a former Army Ranger have been appointed to the 2022–2023 class of White House Fellows, a highly competitive program for leaders who are committed to public service.

Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program offers “exceptional young leaders first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the Federal government,” the White House said in its announcement.

Army Announces 1st Best Squad Competition Winner

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Soldiers representing the U.S. Army Special Operations Command accept the trophy for Best Squad during the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Recognition Luncheon at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. (Jeromie Stephens for AUSA)
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Army Announces 1st Best Squad Competition Winner

The winners of the Army’s inaugural Best Squad Competition and the service’s NCO and Soldier of the Year were announced Oct. 10 during a luncheon at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

The Best Squad is from Army Special Operations Command. Its members are Spc. Coy Anderson, Spc. Nathan Wallen, Spc. Jake Reichman, Staff Sgt. Devon Simpson and Sgt. Jonathan Warren.

The 2022 Soldier of the Year is Spc. Samual Alvarez of Army Forces Command, and the NCO of the Year is Sgt. Garrett Paulson from Army Medical Command.

'Security Force Triad’ is Powerful Army Tool

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'Security Force Triad’ is Powerful Army Tool

As a land force, the Army is strategically poised to leverage relationships with allies and partners in multidomain competition, but it must continue to proactively build its network, according to the author of a new paper.

Describing the Army’s security force assistance brigades, Special Forces soldiers and the State Partnership Program as a “security force assistance triad,” author Charles McEnany writes that all three are critical to the Army’s “modernization for strategic competition and [multidomain operations].”

AUSA Releases 4 New Podcasts in September

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AUSA Releases 4 New Podcasts in September

The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing four new podcasts in September, including a conversation with the Army’s top general in the Indo-Pacific and insights from a two-star general who has deployed 18 times.

Graphic Novel Features Delta Force Snipers

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Graphic Novel Features Delta Force Snipers

Master Sgt. Gary Gordon and Sgt. 1st Class Randy Shughart, who gave their lives to save their fellow soldiers during the fierce Battle of Mogadishu, are the focus of the latest graphic novel in the Association of the U.S. Army’s series on recipients of the nation’s highest award for valor.

AUSA Warfighter Summit Features McConville, Grinston

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AUSA Warfighter Summit Features McConville, Grinston

A new Association of the U.S. Army event focused on the Army’s warfighters will feature presentations from the service’s top leaders and the new commanding general of Army Forces Command.

The inaugural AUSA Warfighter Summit and Exposition will take place July 27–28 at the Crown Complex near Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The two-day, in-person summit is focused on the warfighter, and its theme is “America’s Response Force: Ready Today, Ready Tomorrow.”

Roberson: Army Must Prioritize Partnerships

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Roberson: Army Must Prioritize Partnerships

As the U.S. enters a new era of global conflict, it must continue to invest in vital security cooperation partnerships, a senior Army leader said during the recent 2022 Strategic Landpower Symposium hosted by the Army War College.

Events in Ukraine are an example of how building security cooperation enables America’s partners and allies to fend off external threats, said Maj. Gen. Patrick Roberson, commander of the Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. 

Special Operations Forces Adapt for Future Fights

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Special Operations Forces Adapt for Future Fights

As the U.S. military enters a new era of global competition, special operations forces will need to adapt in kind, according to a panel of authors who have written extensively about these troops. 

America is at a national security crossroads, said N.W. Collins, author of Grey Wars: A Contemporary History of U.S. Special Operations.

Webinar Highlights Role of Special Operations Troops

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Webinar Highlights Role of Special Operations Troops

A webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army will highlight the role of special operations forces during the past 20 years of war and their part in future warfare.

The Dec. 9 event, part of AUSA’s Thought Leaders series, will feature three authors who have written books about special operations troops. It will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern. The webinar is free, but registration is required here.