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Air Commandos Conduct Special Operations Aircrew Rodeo

A total of six U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II aircraft and seven crews from the 67th Special Operations Squadron, which falls under the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, came together over a four-day period to conduct a conduct MC130J rodeo competition July 8 – 11, 2019. An Air...

GGP320 Slides from Grey Ghost Precision for SIG P320

Wallace, Idaho based Grey Ghost Precision has announced the release of their newest product line: aftermarket slides for the SIG P320 platform. These new slides are described as sharing “…the same precision engineering as the GLOCK aftermarket slides that GGP has been manufacturing for the past two years.” Dubbed the...

NATO and Partner SOF in Black Sea Region for Trojan Footprint 19

Approximately 1,400 special operations and armed forces from 10 nations deployed across host nations Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania June 10-21 for U.S. Special Operations Command Europe’s exercise Trojan Footprint 19. [caption id="attachment_6092" align="aligncenter" width="640"] A Bulgarian Special Forces soldier throws a smoke grenade to mark his position for extraction to...

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Members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron from Oklahoma City and Estonian tactical air control party specialists acknowledge a 442nd Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II from Whiteman AFB, Missouri during a show of force after completing close air support training at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range in Salina,...

US Army Astronaut Rockets Into Space On Apollo 11 Anniversary

Astronauts from three different countries blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday July 20, 2019 – the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 – heading for the International Space Station. On board were Colonel Andrew Morgan of the U.S. Army, Russian Air Force Colonel (retired) Alexander Skvortsov of...

U.S. Special Operations hosts Baltic resistance wargame

EINSIEDLERHOF, Germany—Special Operations leaders, national defense officials and civil representatives from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the United States participated in the U.S. Special Operation Command Europe-hosted 2019 Resistance Tabletop Exercise (TTX) held from June 3-5, 2019 at U.S. Air Force Europe’s Warrior Preparation Center. [caption id="attachment_6072" align="aligncenter" width="640"] A U.S....

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The Apollo 11 mission patch. Image credit: NASA https://www.nasa.gov/feature/the-making-of-the-apollo-11-mission-patch

Modern Guerrillas and the Defense of the Baltic States

I recently came across this interesting article on the Small Wars Journal website. It ties in nicely with our recent post about the "Ridge Runner" exercise in West Virginia, and thought it would be of interest to Strike-Hold readers: "Faced with the renewed prospect of Russian aggression and determined to...

Springfield Armory SA51 directed-energy rifle

The E11 not giving you enough blast for your bucks?  Try the new SA51 mid-size directed-energy rifle from Springfield Armory! It combines a miniature particle accelerator capable of unmatched accuracy with projectiles unaffected by wind or gravity. Currently in service with Groom Lake Air Force Base Security Force personnel, and coming soon...