Although the military has thrown a cloak of secrecy over its operations, the Echo Company of the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment is increasingly being lauded in special operations and Army aviation circles.
“The Taliban are the victors,” said a retired general officer who commanded a brigade early in the war. “We just haven’t figured that out yet.”
The canoe had been the idea of Tom Hewitt, the agents’ case officer in the CIA’s huge Miami station, where he waited for word of the mission. It would be Hewitt’s job to guide their actions from afar, now that they were back in their homeland.
The Army’s top civilian leader has proposed shutting down the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, which has played a large role in preparing the military and civilians to work in regions recovering from war.
After 17 years of fighting grinding counterinsurgencies in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is shifting its gaze.
Congress and the Pentagon want to rein in and reorient America’s vaunted special operations forces, perhaps relegating them to the supporting roles they played before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
People who have spent time around Defense Secretary James Mattis are divided over the plausibility that he disparaged President Trump.
A highly decorated soldier from the Army’s elite Delta Force, Sgt. Maj. Christopher Nelms, 46, died July 1 from injuries sustained when his parachute failed to fully open during a June 27 jump at Laurinburg-Maxton Airport, N.C., about 40 miles southwest of Delta’s home post of Fort Bragg, N.C.
Iran and the U.S. have engaged in a war of words since the start of the Trump administration. On the ground in the Middle East the maneuvering has been much less confrontational, but dangers still lurk.