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I do believe that the Agrupación de Fuerzas Especiales Antiterroristas Urbanas (AFEAU) is a separate unit from the Agrupación de Fuerzas Especiales Antiterroristas Urbanas y Rurales (AFEUR). If I remember correctly, the AFEAU is a joint unit made up of military and police personnel, while both the Army and Navy have AFEUR units.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Columbia’s Special Operations Forces
@murphy9The 17th Air Support Operations Squadron, the AFSOC unit that provides JTACs to the 75th, has a bit of info up on their website. It's listed under the unit history section.
1 year, 10 months ago on Evolution of the 75th Ranger Regiment: RRD
So I'm guessing they were from Mexico, Central, South America, or the Caribbean then?
2 years ago on A Response to Linda Robinson’s “Future of SOF”
Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying push them through to get numbers up. If they're not cut out for the job, then send them on to another unit, where their local knowledge could be put to use, say CA, a PSYOP unit, MI, or use them as language/cultural instructors.
Jack, here's a question for you. What do you think of directly recruiting immigrants and the children of immigrants into SF? Especially immigrants from Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa, etc. (After they completed through background checks), as these guys would know the language and culture of the area they're from.
It all depends on which area of Ft. Belvoir they were on, and who was on post visiting at the time.
2 years ago on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Plant Security Breach
Namely because LEOs try to use the minimum amount of force necessary to effect an arrest. Somehow tossing in a frag grenade doesn't fit into that policy.
2 years ago on After Action Report of HRT Operation in New York
Are you kidding me? "the only thing he actually did with cops as witnesses is shoot at the cops and shoot a dog that attacked him." That has to be one of the most asinine statements I've heard in quite a while. The guy was an accused murder suspect, shooting at he police as they were trying to take him into custody. LEOs are legally allowed to use deadly force when confronted with deadly force.
@JackMurphyRGR @DominiqueSumner @NMOne
If you shoot me an email, I'll forward them to you.
If you guys are interested, I've still got articles I wrote on DSS MSD, USBP BORTAC & REACT, FBI HRT, and USMS SOG. I can shoot them too you like, but they were all written over a decade ago, so the info will be out of date.
Will do, I'm tied up in training classes most of the week, but I can see about starting on something over the weekend.
@CaseyDoherty @HunterGuy @Virginstateofmind @grover93
The fact that they already deployed multiple flash bangs, as well as gas, was probably enough of a clue that they were about to assault the building. And as you've already pointed out, what alternatives could they have used? Physically clearing each and every room in the place?
@CaseyDoherty @Virginstateofmind @grover93
As opposed to what tactic, sending in one of the SWAT, SORT, or HRT guys? I'm not trying to be a dick, but lets be real, if the choice is send in a dog, or send in one of your guys, it's always going to be send in the dog.
I also got asked to remove passages on some of the places they conduct training, only to have former unit members publish the same info in books, or for the FBI to release the info. And they're not the only guys who've asked me not to publish stuff. I had a buddy on the Marshal Service SOG who hooked me up with all sorts of pics of them conducting training, and operations in Puerto Rico. I guess his supervisor got wind that I planned on using some of them in an article, and that idea got nixed, as I don't think people realized they'd been deployed.
I also get flat out plagiarized by several people including a guy who tried to sell an article I wrote on BORTAC to a website. I just happened to know the guy who ran the site, and he asked me to look it over, and I told him it was my article. The guy just slapped his name on it, and sent it in. Things didn't work out well for him.
While I'm thinking about it, are you guys planning on doing any articles on other fed tactical units say BORTAC, SOG, DEA FAST, DSS MSD, DOE SRT & SRF? Or say something on the old USCG DIAT unit? I've got contact info for one of DIAT's former officers. He's a CG Captain down in Florida now. I got a chance to have a pretty good conversation with him a last year.
@The Midnight Philosopher They've been parachute trained for a years. I wrote an article on them about a decade ago, and they asked that I remove the information I had on their parachute capability, that they'd parachuted into an airport after the OKC bombing, and information on several of their members attending the dive parts of BUD/S and Combat Diver school.
In addition to loosing a lot of their senior FR guys, did MARSOC's activation hit other communities hard, like Radio Recon, ANGLICO, and EOD?
2 years, 1 month ago on A Brief, Recent History of Force Recon and MARSOC
The HRT has access to boats, and their own aviation unit, as well as armored vehicles for use.
2 years, 2 months ago on FBIs HRT: Selection and Training
Thanks, for the corrected info. As far as the info on the enhanced maritime teams goes, it's a direct quite from a OIG report in 2006.
"In September 2005, in an effort to enhance joint FBI/Coast Guard tactical efforts, the FBI created 14 enhanced maritime SWAT teams, nearly all of which are located in the FBI field office closest to one of the Coast Guard’s 13 Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST). The enhanced maritime SWAT teams are to receive additional maritime training and maritime equipment. The additional training will provide the 14 SWAT teams with a limited maritime capability for emergency purposes and allow those teams to work effectively with the MSSTs. The enhanced maritime training will focus primarily on water safety techniques and the unique aspects of tactical operations in the maritime arena."
2 years, 2 months ago on Successful HRT Hostage Rescue in Alabama: SOF Breakdown
Yes he was a member of that team, and I got the "19" number from the following 1995 quote by Janet Reno.
Attorney General Janet Reno's Opening Statement Before The Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee and the National Security International Affairs and Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee
August 1, 1995
"The FBI formed a critical incident response group to deal with crisis situations. This group has also been used successfully in the investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing. In addition, they have provided training to key officials in the Department of Justice and the FBI. The FBI special weapons and tactics or SWAT teams are not better able to assist the HRT in a crisis. The FBI has increased its SWAT team capabilities. There are now 19 enhanced SWAT teams strategically placed around the country; SWAT teams now cross-trained with the hostage rescue team, and the SWAT training unit is now under the direct supervision of the HRT commander."
So those numbers may have changed since then.
@HugeFan @ArcticWarrior @momengineer
DOE has their own training facility, as well as using contract personnel for their SRT, SRF, and CAT (think Red Cell/Red Team operations).
@StormR @JackMurphyRGR @ArcticWarrior @momengineer
In addition to the HRT, several of the enhanced FBI SWAT teams have deployed overseas to provide security details, that's in addition to units like BORTAC (the Border Patrol's full time national level tactical unit), the DEA FAST (and the guys they had supporting operation Snow Cap, back in the day), the USMS SOG, and other teams from the BP, ATF, CBP, etc. Plus the Coasties have been forward deploying small dets. from their MSRT on anti-piracy missions, and way back when they had their DIAT and IMLET unit running around Central & South American pulling anti-drug ops.
@JackMurphyRGR @ArcticWarrior @HugeFan @theAtrium @StormR
I wrote a pretty detailed article on the HRT, about 10 years ago, that detailed some of their operations and training up until then. The HRT asked me to remove some information on training locations, and capabilities, that have now been published by former unit members. There are are also several books you may want to look into reading.
No Heroes, Cold Zero, and Phase Line Green.
Actually, IIRC, the way it breaks down is like this: The HRT is the full time team, all 56 field offices have their own team, which varies in size depending on the field office. Of those, 19 are "Enhanced" teams, which get more training than the other teams, of the 19 enhanced teams, 13 are Maritime Enhanced (They get additional training in maritime operations). Of the enhanced teams, the LA field office is the largest, and the busiest team.
At one time TX ARNG had an entire airborne brigade, the 36th Airborne Brigade (formerly the 71st Airborne Brigade), as well as a Pathfinder Company (which was part of the 36th), a LRSC, and a separate LRSD that supported the 49th Armor Division. In addition to the reactivated airborne battalion, they've still got a LRSD, a recently formed activated a Special Forces company (IIRC), the newly activated SOD-A, and the TX Air National Guard also has a lot ground combat oriented units including a SOWT, a TACP, and the 204th Security Forces Squadron that specializes in providing ground combat training and airbase defense.
2 years, 4 months ago on New Special Forces CIF Unit Stood Up In Response To Benghazi Attack?
Not quite true, the French and British have been heavily involved in their former colonies. Other European nations, with interests in Africa, have also been keeping an eye on what's been going on as well.
Here's a link to their recruiting page, with some info on who their looking to recruit - www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=471332629553893&id=358207614199729
@Chris Martin @Old PH2 @Tango9
I'd like to see something on ISA, AVTEG, FCD, or the 24th STS.
2 years, 6 months ago on Beyond Neptune Spear: The (Open) Secret History of SEAL Team Six (Part 1)
I don' think a lot of people realize it's out there. Another book you might want to check out is Crippled Eagle, as it's info on FOG and Delta. As far as The Activity goes, got the first TPB a while back. I'm surprised no producer as approached them about optioning the book for a TV series. It's not like there isn't a market for it. Look at shows like The Unit, and Strike Back.
2 years, 7 months ago on A Story That Can Only be Told as Fiction: The Activity #8
@btrgo A lot of the information in Killer Elite was already published in Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era, by Steve Emerson, and Killing Pablo.
One Ass to Risk, it's a little insignia used by a lot of SWAT teams
2 years, 7 months ago on The Rhodesian SAS (Part 1)
I'd actually like to see articles on LRDG, and other WWII units like Popski's Private Army, the Royal Marine Boom Patrol, The Special Allied Airborne Reconnaissance Force, as well as additional stories and articles covering Rhodesian units, like the Selous Scouts, and their operations.
IIRC, I thought the AWG had a HHD, and four squadrons (A-D), not two. I remember reading they built a training site up on Ft. A.P. Hill not to long ago.
2 years, 7 months ago on The Asymmetric Warfare Group
@Tango9 I know the AF started trying to upgrade its security response forces a few years back by forming Tactical Response Forces (TRF) at their missile and nuke sites. That's in addition to the ESTs and Convoy Response Forces they already had. Plus they still get support from the US Marshals Service Missile Escort Unit (which you don't really hear about any more).
2 years, 7 months ago on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Plant Security Breach
@jyates01 There is a unit that tests the security of nuclear facilities called the Composite Adversary Team (CAT). Their entire purpose is to try to break into nuclear sites. I'll see if I can pull up the link to their old site.
@IronMike76 Actually the security guys working for WSI and BWXT are paid well. A lot of the mare prior military or law enforcement. They also get a LOT of leeway in the gear and weapons they're allowed to carry on the sites.
@The Midnight Philosopher There was discussion of federalizing all of the various nuke site security forces, and many of the contract guys wanted it to happen, and then they figured out what it was going to cost, and the idea died rather quickly.
Here's a video that I think pretty much sums up a lot of people's feelings on the show - www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/417896/august-14-2012/-stars-earn-stripes--reality-series
2 years, 8 months ago on Update: NBC’s Stars DON’T Earn Stripes: A SOFREP Perspective
IIRC, maritime CT unit, part of the Special Warfare Squadron, is called the Special Missions Group (SMG). The ROK Marine Recon Bn is nick-named the "Shark Men". They also have three Amphibious Recon Companies. In addition the ROK National Police Agency have Unit 868 (their SWAT/CT unit - there are also other SWAT units around the country, and they all get training in dealing with N. Korean terror attacks and N. Korean infiltration), and the Military Police have a unit called the Special Guard Team (SGT). And the ROC Coast Guard also has a special ops unit.
2 years, 8 months ago on Korean Special Forces: North vs South
Back in the late 90's it wasn't unusual to see little birds skimming along the tree tops near the VA/NC border area of Chesapeake, before the area became as built up as it is now.
2 years, 9 months ago on First (And Only) Look at a Secret “Seaspray” Helicopter?
There were several articles in the NY Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, and Newsweek that covered the Army's Special Operations Division, Seaspray, Yellow Fruit/BSI, ISA, etc. If you dig around on the net, you can pull them up in their archives.
@ArcticWarrior IIRC Aviation Tech Services was one of several front companies used by the CIA during that time frame.
@Chris Martin If you do decide to do one, you'd be amazed at the amount of open source material that's on the net. Everything from unit UICs to advertisements open billets for offers in the squadron recce troops.
2 years, 9 months ago on Shaping the World from the Shadows: The (Open) Secret History of Delta Force, Post-9/11 (Part 4)
A couple of quick questions about the upcoming show. Will the SOFREP TV series be on cable, and if so which network? Will it also cover paramilitary and law enforcement units like the FBI HRT, BORTAC, DEA FAST, (and international units like RAID, GIGN, GSG-9, NOCS, GIS, etc.). And lastly, any of you guys remember a show from the early 90's called World of Valor?
2 years, 9 months ago on Norwegian Special Operations
@Ravage From what I understand, the 1st Battalion is geared toward supporting National Mission Force requirements.
2 years, 9 months ago on News: Army Spec Ops Aviation Commander Promoted to Brigadier General
@SleazyWeazel From the photos I've seen, KSK uses a wide assortment of HK weapons systems, in addition to the G36 (and its variants).
2 years, 10 months ago on German SOF: Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK)
@JackMurphyRGR You're welcome. There's actually quite a few news articles floating around. Search the archives for the NY Times, Washington Post, and Time magazine, as they've all had articles on the Activity, as well, as other units like Seaspray, Yellow Fruit, etc.
2 years, 10 months ago on Intelligence Support Activity, JSOC’s Most Secretive Unit
@Old PH2 @JackMurphyRGR
There have been multiple news articles referencing that particular agency, including nice satellite photos of their facility.
I'll have to see if I can find my old copy of the actual issue, as SOF doesn't have an online article index, and they only list back issues from 2011 on. While I'm thinking about it, there are also several declassified ISA unit histories online, as well as info on other intelligence units listed here - www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB46/ Although a lot of them have been heavily redacted.
There was also a pretty good article on ISA in Soldier of Fortune, and I can't recall the issue number, that detailed a bit of their assessment and selection process, and a planned hostage rescue operation in Lebanon. And IIRC, Discovery Channel aired a show back in the early 90's where they spoke with a former member of ISA. I'll dig around and see if I can come up with the issue number for Soldier of Fortune, and the name of the show.
@ArcticWarrior There are several Polish SOF units. GROM is their primary CT/special mission unit. The Army also has the 1st Special Commando Regiment, and a new "Ranger" type unit called AGAT. The polish Navy's SOF unit is the "Formoza" combat diver unit. There's an intel/support unit called NIL, and their in the process of trying to form an SOF aviation unit.
2 years, 10 months ago on Polish GROM: Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego Part 1