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Libya: Americans Killed Defending Consulate Were On Contract To Hunt Down MANPADS

One of the Americans killed alongside Ambassador Christopher Stevens in an attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya Tuesday told ABC News before his death that he was working with the State Department on an intelligence mission to round up dangerous weapons in the war-torn nation.
In an interview with ABC News last month, Glen Doherty, a 42-year-old former Navy SEAL who worked as a contractor with the State Department, said he personally went into the field to track down so-called MANPADS, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, and destroy them. After the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, the State Department launched a mission to round up thousands of MANPADS that may have been looted from military installations across the country. U.S. officials previously told ABC News they were concerned the MANPADS could fall into the hands of terrorists, creating a threat to commercial airliners.

Rest in peace to the fallen. These men fought with every measure of their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice. They were also contractors, tasked with hunting down MANPADS in Libya, which is of vital national interest…and world wide interest.

Also, my condolences go to Brandon and SOFREP for losing a friend and fellow SOFREP team member. He was the ‘resident Naval Special Warfare’ editor there. Go to this link to read more.

As to the company these men worked for and the specific details of the contract, I haven’t a clue. The three articles I posted below give a background of these two men and a background of the MANPADS task force. Supposedly this same task force which was established in 2006, is looking at Syria to do the same thing. –Matt



Two ex-SEALs from SD killed in Libya
By Debbi Baker, Gretel C. Kovach, Nathan Max
September 13, 2012?
Two of the four Americans killed Tuesday after an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya were former Navy SEALs from San Diego County.
Glen Doherty, 42, of Encinitas, and Tyrone Woods, 41, of Imperial Beach, were working at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi as security and intelligence contractors. Also killed were the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and information officer Sean Smith. Three others were wounded.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that Doherty and Woods “died helping protect their colleagues.
“Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest gratitude are with their families and friends. Our embassies could not carry on our critical work around the world without the service and sacrifice of brave people like Tyrone and Glen,” she said in a statement.
The two former SEALs settled in San Diego County after initial training in Coronado, where all the elite naval special operators must pass a grueling 21-week test of mental and physical endurance.
Doherty, who grew up in the Boston suburb of Winchester, Mass., was a gregarious outdoorsman and high-octane adventurer, a self-proclaimed “high priest” of “The Cult of Recreationalism,” friends and family said.
The pilot, former ski instructor, surfer and trainer at the CrossFit/SEALFIT gym in Encinitas served nine years as a SEAL before getting out in 2005.

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Weapons Stuff: A Look At The New M855A1 62 Grain EPR ‘Green’ Ammunition

Inevitably, contractors will be using this ammo at one point or another. So I figured I would just give a heads up in case you do see some of it floating around.  This ‘green ammo’ sounds interesting, but I would really like to hear some more input before making any judgments on the stuff.

On the positive side, the article below says that it is a more accurate and consistent round. I like that, and I wonder how it compares to the Mk 262 or the Mk 318 ? If anyone has experience with this ammo, or if your company is able to obtain this stuff out there, I would like to hear your feedback. I also wonder what ammo the SEALs were using in their HK 416’s when they killed Bin Laden, because I am sure that will get a ton of attention as well. –Matt

Green Bullet’ as Effective as M855 Round – Consistently
May 9, 2011
Aberdeen, Md. – Since June, the Army has fielded about 30 million of its new 5.56 M855A1 “Enhanced Performance Round” in Afghanistan.
The cartridge, sometimes called the “green bullet” because it has an environmentally-friendly copper core instead of the traditional lead, has been getting mostly good reviews in the 11 months since it first deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom.
“The vast majority of everything we’ve got back from the field is positive,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey K. Woods, product manager, small caliber ammunition, during a “media day” at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
During the day-long event, reporters learned the benefits of the new cartridge, witnessed a demonstration of the round, compared to the round it is designed to replace, and had the opportunity to fire the round from both an M16 and M4 rifle.
Perhaps the biggest plus of the M855A1 “enhanced performance round” is the consistency it brings to the fight — more so than the 5.56 M822 round it is designed to replace.
Woods and other officials were reticent to talk specifically about the effects of the new bullet, or any bullet, on a “soft target” — a euphemism for enemy personnel. But what they made clear was the M855A1 is at least equal to the M855 on a soft target — but that it did damage with more consistency. Read the rest of this entry »

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Legal News: Navy SEAL Found Not Guilty Of Assaulting A Suspected Terrorist

   This is awesome news and I wanted to get this out there.  Bravo to Matthew McCabe and his team mates for fighting the good legal fight, and winning! –Matt


Navy SEAL Found Not Guilty of Assaulting a Suspected Terrorist

Military jury found a Navy SEAL not guilty on charges of punching a suspected Iraqi terrorist.

May 06, 2010

Matthew McCabe

A Virginia military jury found a Navy SEAL not guilty Thursday on all charges he punched an Iraqi suspected in the 2004 killings of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah.

“I’m really happy right now,” Matthew McCabe, the Navy SEAL, told Fox News shortly after hearing the outcome of the court martial. “It’s an amazing feeling. I’m on cloud nine right now.”

McCabe, a special operations petty officer second class, called the proceedings “troubling at times,” adding “having your career on the line is not an easy thing to handle.

McCabe was the third and final Navy SEAL to be prosecuted in the case. He had faced charges of assault, making a false official statement and dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee. McCabe was accused of punching last year is Ahmed Hashim Abed, the suspected mastermind of the grisly killings six years ago.

After the court martial, the 24-year-old from Perrysburg, Ohio, thanked the public for its continued support.

“It’s been great everything they’ve done,” he told Fox News. “But, don’t worry about it anymore. We are putting this all behind us. It’s done and over with. I’m going to try not to think about this ever again.”

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Somalia: Ship’s Captain Freed After Three Pirates are Killed in Gunfight

   I would guess that SEAL Team 6 was probably responsible, and good for them for pulling off such a difficult mission.  And this could have easily ended bad, but for this fight and this day, I will gladly cheer on and celebrate a success.

    The other point I wanted to make, is the comments made by the pirates themselves.  Especially after news that their fellow pirates were just dealt with violently.  Here is the quote:

“The French and the Americans will regret starting this killing. We do not kill, but take only ransom. We shall do something to anyone we see as French or American from now.” 

    My question for these thugs, is if you only take ransom, what are the RPG’s and AK 47’s for?  What a very odd mindset, and it is the type of mindset that has been conditioned by a really good racket.  No one has been pushing back for all of these years, and these thugs are probably shocked that anyone would want to fight with them.  But to the Somali, who comes from a life of war and chaos, fighting is not that big of a deal.  

    So with that said, it is even more important than ever, to start this process of getting security on ships.  And for those ships that do not have adequate security or still choose to not use security, I really wish you all the luck with that plan. –Matt  


Ship’s captain freed after three pirates are killed in gunfight

Published Date: 13 April 2009


AN AMERICAN ship captain was freed unharmed last night as three of the pirates who held him for days in a lifeboat off the Somali coast were killed during a navy Seals operation personally ordered by US president Barack Obama.

Captain Richard Phillips was in “imminent danger” of being killed before US snipers shot three of the four pirates. The fourth pirate was in US custody last night.

“They were pointing the AK-47s at the captain,” Vice-Admiral William Gortney, head of the US naval central command, said in a Pentagon briefing. He added that Washington had rejected negotiations with the pirates. “The United States government policy is to not negotiate,” he added.

Last night, Mr Obama said the captain had courage that was “a model for all Americans”.

He said he was pleased that Captain Phillips was rescued, adding that the US needed help from other countries to deal with the threat of piracy and to hold pirates accountable. However, Somali pirates threatened revenge last night, raising fears of future bloodshed on the high seas.

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