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ARSOF In PACOM

On any given day, multiple teams of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are deployed throughout their regional area of responsibility. Like their SF brothers in the other groups, members of the 1st SFG(A) are also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan; however, it is the work quietly undertaken over the past decade that has made a significant difference in one of the most critical regions of the world: the Pacific.

The Case for India

India has a rich culture and an incredibly complex history: from the Taj Mahal, to the British East India Company, to the peaceful struggle for independence from British rule personified by Mahatma Ghandi. India has a long history of kingdoms and dynasties that have produced a storied military tradition. The strong and independent Indian military tradition continued in
both World Wars and to this day with a modern military and an emerging relationship with the United States. In a case of what right looks like, Green Berets of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) are developing a habitual and mutually beneficial relationship with the Indian Parachute Regiment.

Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines

The United States Military has been involved in persistent counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations for well over a decade. Since 9/11, special operations forces have played an integral, if not lead role in these efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq and the lesser-publicized Philippines. Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines serves as a compelling model of success, not only for COIN and CT but also for the larger umbrella concept of the ARSOF core activity: foreign internal defense.1 This success is due in large part to the evolution of the mission, and the adaptability of the U.S. special operations forces assigned to the Philippine Islands. The current U.S. military effort in the Philippines is entering a period of transition, prompted by changes to the operational environment based on security gains achieved over the past 11 years, as well as to support developments such as the United States’ “Asia Rebalance,” and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Internal Peace and Security Plan. The OEF-P way forward will set the stage for continued mission success in the Philippines and support to U.S. security objectives in the region.

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JANUARY-MARCH 2014
Volume 27 | Issue 1

Special Warfare cover, July-September 2011

From the commandant

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Throughout the month of November, the Philippines dominated international news; not for the hard won success of its government to combat violent extremist organizations and transnational terrorists, but rather for Typhoon Haiyan, the mega storm that wreaked havoc on the country’s central region.

While reading about the storm, you probably didn’t read about the efforts of the men and women of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command to open airfields and get aid to the people in the affected region. But they were there, quietly, professionally going about their jobs, just as they have been for the past 12 years operating under the auspices of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines.

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