Tag: special operations command

Former Green Beret accused of spying on the US for Russia

A former Green Beret has been arrested for allegedly serving as an asset for Russian military intelligence agents from December 1996 until January 2011, the Justice Department announced on Friday. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins is charged with conspiring to provide United States national defense information to agents of a foreign government, according to the U.S. […]

Delta bans former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill after he posted a photo of himself without a mask on a flight

Update: Since this article was published, Rob O’Neill says that Delta has banned him from traveling on its passenger planes.  Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL veteran who purportedly fired the shot that killed Osama Bin Laden, is having a rough one on Twitter — all over the perceived indignity of having to wear a face mask. […]

Former Navy SEAL says he did not throw a bomb at protesters but Portland police say he has ‘not been cleared’

Former Navy SEAL Louis Garrick Fernbaugh has denied throwing a pipe bomb at protesters in Portland, Oregon, earlier this month. After Portland police described Fernbaugh as a “person of interest” in connection with the Aug. 8 incident, Fernbaugh emailed Task & Purpose several times claiming that he had spoken with a Portland police detective, but since […]

SOCOM didn’t consistently document whether more than $800 million in gear met key performance metrics or not

U.S. Special Operations Command over two years failed to adequately track whether hundreds of millions of dollars in specialized equipment fully met the key performance metrics for the special operations to whom it was fielded, according to a new audit from the Defense Department inspector general. The DoD Office of the Inspector General audit, publicly […]

Police name former Navy SEAL a ‘person of interest’ after bomb thrown at Portland protesters

A former Navy SEAL is a “person of interest” in connection with an Aug. 8 incident in Portland, Ore. when at least one explosive device was reportedly thrown at protesters, police said. Investigators are trying to reach Louis Garrick Fernbaugh, according to Portland police. Task & Purpose has confirmed that Fernbaugh is a former SEAL […]

5th time’s the charm? Pentagon has yet another civilian leader of special operations in 3 years

The Pentagon is now on its fifth civilian leader in charge of special operations forces in less than three years. Ezra Cohen is currently performing the duties of the assistant secretary of defense of special operations and low-intensity conflict, said Pentagon spokesman Michael Howard. Cohen replaces Chris Miller, who was sworn in as director of […]

10 Marines punished following investigation into death of former Green Beret in Iraq

Ten Marines have been disciplined administratively following an investigation into the death of a former Green Beret who was working as a contractor in Irbil, Iraq, according to Marine Forces Special Operations Command. Rick Anthony Rodriguez died at Landstuhl, Germany, on Jan. 4, 2019. Two Marine Raiders and a Navy corpsman have been charged with involuntary […]

Naval Special Warfare Command cuts ties with SEAL museum over video of dogs attacking man in Colin Kaepernick jersey

Naval Special Warfare Command is suspending its support to the National Navy SEAL Museum amid an ongoing investigation into a video that showed military working dogs attacking a man wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey, a Navy official confirmed to Task & Purpose. “We will revisit our relationship with the Museum when I am convinced that […]

Why did Australian special forces pose with a Confederate flag in Afghanistan?

The U.S. military may have effectively banned the display of the Confederate flag at installations around the world, but that doesn’t mean the Rebel battle flag won’t pop up on distant battlefields. New footage obtained by Australia’s ABC public broadcasting network shows a pair of Australian special forces soldiers posing with the Confederate flag emblazoned […]

It’s official: A woman is joining the ranks of Army Special Forces for the first time in history

A woman has successfully finished Army Special Forces training and is joining the elite Green Berets for the first time in U.S. military history. “From here, you will go forward and join the storied formation of the Green Berets where you will do what you are trained to do: challenge assumptions, break down barriers, smash […]

US special operations forces are testing a ‘guaranteed hit’ smart rifle system in Syria

U.S. special operations forces are currently testing and evaluating a specially-designed computerized fire control and rifle sight system downrange in Syria, U.S. Special Operations Command confirmed to Task & Purpose. Photos published to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) on May 30, first reported by The War Zone, show several unidentified U.S. service members […]