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U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMANDMACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, FLA.NOVEMBER 2005Marine Corps Special Operations Command activatedSOAL-T delivers technology to frontline warfighterSOF provides humanitarian hurricane reliefStationed for education: ‘Degree in Three’

TIP OF THE SPEARDepartmentsGlobal War On TerrorismSpecial Operations Command — KoreaU.S. Army Special Operations CommandNaval Special Warfare CommandAir Force Special Operations CommandMarine Special Operations CommandEducationHeadquarters USSOCOMSpecial Operations Forces HistoryPage 4Page 18Page 20Page 26Page 29Page 32Page 34Page 36Page 41Special operators partnerwith Pararescuemen toprovide humanitarianhurricane reliefPararescueman Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney assigned to TaskForce Katrina, shades a hurricane victim from the sunduring transport to a local hospital for emergency surgerydue to a ruptured Aorta. Pararescuemen and specialoperations warriors are brothers in arms in the Global Waron Terror. Photo by Airman 1st Class Veronica Pierce. Seepage 22.Tip of the SpearGen. Doug BrownCommander, USSOCOMChief Master Sgt. Bob MartensCommand ChiefCol. Samuel T. Taylor IIIPublic Affairs OfficerCapt. Joseph CoslettChief, Command InformationTech. Sgt. Jim MoserMr. Mike BottomsEditorsThis is a United States Special Operations Command publication.Contents are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, theU.S. Government, Department of Defense or USSOCOM. The contentis edited, prepared and provided by the USSOCOM Public AffairsOffice, 7701 Tampa Point Blvd., MacDill AFB, Fla., 33621, phone (813)828-4600, DSN 299-4600. E-mail the editor via Unclassified LAN [email protected] The editor of the Tip of the Spear reservesthe right to edit all copy presented for publication.Front Cover: 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Soldiers participate in a nighttime live-fire training exercise at the Iraqi army compoundfiring range on Forward Operating Base Iskandariyah, Iraq. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Edward G. Martens.Tip of the Spear2

HighlightsSOAL-T deliverstechnologyhelping SOFwarfightersmeet future and current requirements,page 16.Marine CorpsSpecial OperationsCommandUSSOCOM’s newest component, page 32.Stationed for education:‘Degree in Three’special operators take advantage of educational,opportunities, page 34.Tip of the Spear3

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISMDesert Protectors: Newest Iraqi army unitBy Spc. Chris StumpCJSOTF-APWith an intensity and passion only possessed by thosetruly motivated about their mission, the Iraqi army’s newestsoldiers successfully completed initial training just outsideCamp Fallujah Oct. 6.The virtues the new troops hold aren’t the only thingsetting them apart from other soldiers in the Iraqi Armythough. Every graduate is from the same tribe in the westernAl Anbar Province near Al Qaim along the Syrian border.Many, if not most, of the men are relatives. All joined thefight to free their families and loved ones from the grasp ofterrorists who have brought violence to their homes, villagesand cities of volatile western Iraq.“The terrorists come into our towns and kill. Only if wejoin the fight ourselves can we help protect our country,” saidPvt. Abdel.Abdel said he knows what he’s doing is important andwill make Iraq a better place.“The families and people of Iraq need to be rid of theterrorists. Iraq will only be better if we get more people tojoin and fight,” he said.To effectively combat the terrorists who have enteredtheir lives, the Desert Protectors spent several weeks underthe instruction of special operations personnel from both theU.S. Navy and Army. During the course, the soldiers learnedindividual and squad movements, how to react to enemy fireand other necessary skills.“I’m going to fight al Zarqawi’s followers,” Pvt. Ghedhaproudly proclaimed one day during a break at the riflemarksmanship range.“We’re going to take everything we learn here and goWA Special Operations Forces instructor watches a DesertProtectors squad conduct a maneuver and lay suppressivefire during a live-fire exercise. CJSOTF-AP photo.Tip of the Spear4New Iraqi army recruit practices close quarter combat drillsduring his training. The soldiers were being trained bySpecial Forces to combat anti-Iraqi forces in theirhometowns. CJSOTF-AP photo.back and fight the terrorists.”“Iraq needs us to fight,” he continued. “This is ourcountry and we need to fight to keep it safe.”And fight they will, according to their instructors andIraq’s Ministry of Defense officials.“These soldiers will play an important part in keepingwestern Iraq free of terrorists,” said one of the MoD’s ChiefWarrant Officers.“This group will take everything they know and use it toattack the terrorists who have attacked them and theirfamilies,” he said. “They will ensure no terrorists come fromoutside Iraq and that those who are here already don’t stay.”Providing freedom and security to those in their countrywho need it is why the soldiers joined the Iraqi army said themen. They would like to see Iraqis helping Iraqis in thefuture.“If we don’t get out and fight, who will make sure ourfamilies – wives, children, parents and others – are free fromthe terrorists?” asked one of the trainees. “I joined because Ihave a strong commitment to my country – only if we alljoin together will we be free from those hurting us.”

SOF conductsMEDCAP for800 IraqisCJSOTF-APMMore than 800 men, women,children and almost 500 sheep,goats, cows and chickens weretreated in a three day medical andveterinarian capabilities operationsin Tal Afar, Iraq, Oct. 10-12.Six Americans — militarysurgeons, medics and veterinarians— along with Iraqi army and policemembers visited the villages ofBurghah, Avghani and Bughah justnorth of Tal Afar.A Special Forces Soldier gives an Iraqi child a doll following a visit during aNot only did the opportunity tomedical capability operation in Tal Afar, Iraq, Oct. 10-12. CJSOTF-AP photo.visit these villages provide the U.S.Special Operations Forces and IraqiThe veterinarian set up his equipment next to theforces with valuable training, but they were also able tomedical team and immunized over 250 sheep, goats andprovide treatment for minor illnesses and a preventivecows.medical assessment of water, infrastructure and foodThe team also provided the village 250 doses of desources.wormer for future immunization for their animals.The medical and veterinary team were welcomed toOn the second day, the team visited the village ofthe village of Burghah on its first day of visits. TheAvghani. More than 500 individuals were examined andmedical team members treated about 250 Iraqis with atreated by the medical team there.wide range of ailments.The medical and veterinary team finished their threeday medical mission with visitsto both the villages of Avghaniand Burghulah. In the village ofBurghulah, a female militarydoctor treated over 60 womenand children.Between the two villages,the veterinarian team treatedover 140 sheep, 60 chickens,several cows and a bull.Throughout the visits, theIraqi Army and Police workedclosely together with U.S.forces to provide security for thevillagers.A Special Forces medic treats anIraqi during a medical capabilityoperation in Tal Afar, Iraq, Oct. 1012. CJSOTF-AP photo.Tip of the Spear5

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISMCAT organizes healthier lifeBy Sgt. Brian McElaneyCJTF-HOAAstruggling to provide even simple wound care anddiagnosis of common ailments. Yemen’s relationship withthe United States and other nations is allowing muchneeded help to reach these areas.As the CAT medic, he coordinates with national andlocal government agencies in Yemen to determine areas ofneed. Once areas are identified, several projects aresuggested by local leaders. It is important for a solidassessment to be made of the projects, according to themedic, to ensure money is being spent wisely and going tothose who need it most.“If there are any other [Non-Governmentorganizations] donating equipment and supplies out here,we don’t want to step on their toes,” he said. “We canalways use our resources some place else where help hasn’tcome yet.”Once the various projects have been assessed, the CATwill formulate a healthcare plan for the region —organizing donations from various organizations with fundsfrom CJTF-HOA. In Yemen, the CAT has worked to formAs the Civil Affairs Team finished writing their noteson the family planning room in the Baytal Qudhi clinic, inTa’izz, Yemen, they noted the need for monitoringequipment such as a scale for infants and evidence of priordonations from several outside organizations.“Is there something else that could be helpful here thatyou can think of?” asked the CAT 624 team medic, as helooked up from his notes.Amah Abdumilah, the clinic’s family planner, smiled asshe listed needed vitamins and other small supplies for theremote clinic in the mountainside villages around Taiz. TheCombined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa has alreadybegun a 203,000 renovation project to expand the clinicservicing thousands of villagers within a 15 kilometer (9mile) radius. The assessment of the clinic could result inthe coordination of additional medical equipment for thissecluded village in southwestern Yemen.The clinic represents several medical civil militarySee YEMEN, Page 7operations being conducted with the help of CJTF-HOAin Yemen. Members of the 96thCivil Affairs Battalion haveconducted medical andveterinary care, arranged formedical supply donations andcoordinated with CJTF-HOA’sengineers to arrange forexpansions and renovations for anumber of clinics.“CA works on three pillars— health, education and civilrelations,” the medic said. “Allthree impact the communityand, in a way, provide a level ofstability.”The need to create thisstability has been a foundationfor a cooperative effort betweenthe Yemeni government, CJTFHOA’s coalition members andseveral other organizationsdesigned to bring aid to Yemen’sneediest people.While the bigger cities haveLocal villagers explain their water collection system to a Civil Affairs Team 624 teamadequate healthcare, remotemedic as he assesses medical needs for the community. Photograph by Sgt. Brian E.areas such as those here areMcElaney.Tip of the Spear6

401st rebuilds Tal Afar after offensiveBy Lance Cpl. Bernadette AinsworthCJTF-APSScores of insurgents were reportedlykilled, detained or fled from the town ofTal Afar Sept. 11 as coalition forceslaunched an offensive into the city, locatedabout 30 miles west of Mosul in northernIraq.Now reconstruction and reestablishment of infrastructure in the cityhas been turned over to the 3rd ArmoredCavalry Regiment’s 401st Civil AffairsBattalion.The Civil Affairs Soldiers have alreadybeen working on short-term projects in TalAfar, including school refurbishments,supplying food, road repair, fixingelectrical problems, digging wells forTwo U.S. Army captains talk to reporters and local residents of Tal Afar, Iraq,about the U.S. Army's plan to help rebuild the city. They are with the 401stdrinking water and starting a localCivil Affairs Battalion. Photo by Pfc. James Wilt.newspaper.Not only do the Soldiers repair andThe 3rd ACR liaison officer, said he is excited to be arefurbish buildings, their long-term goal is to empowerpartof the solution.and teach the Iraqis to fix problems on their own when“I’m a military person with a humanitarian mission,”the coalition forces leave, said the commander ofhesaid.“We’re doing great things, and it’s good to be aCompany B, 401st CA Bn., Fort Bragg, N.C.partofit.”“Right now it is hard for the Iraqis to fix their ownThe reward of being able to sit down and talk withproblems because of security issues,” the commanderthe Iraqi’s is one of the best parts of the job, he said.said. “Once security is improved and people aren’t afraid“They’re great people,” he said. “It’s nice to knowanymore, they can start to lead a normal life, whichthatwe’re working for a good cause here.”includes taking care of their city.”YEMEN continued, Page 6relationships with large agencies such as the U.S. Agencyfor International Development, the World HealthOrganization and CARE as well as local organizations suchas Yemen Smile, a non-profit organization that treatschildren with cleft lips or palates.“I think coming over to Civil Affairs has made me amore well-rounded medic,” he said about his experiences inorganizing efforts from these organizations. “When I cameinto Civil Affairs, I brought some of my tactical andmedical knowledge and applied it. Now, when I get back, Ican take the knowledge I learned from Civil Affairs intothe combat forces. That way, if I am in an area where thereis a lack of Civil Affairs forces, I can maybe do some petprojects and bring this sort of help to people in otherplaces.”A Yemeni stone mason places a hand-cut block of stonewhile working on the foundation of an expansion of theBaytal Qudhi clinic, Yemen. Photo by Sgt. Brian McElaney.Tip of the Spear7

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISMCivil Affairs Teams improve Yemen girl's schoolBy Sgt. Brian E. McElaney,U.S. Marine Corps Public AffairsAApproximately 1,100 high school girls from the localcommunity here will have better educational opportunitiesand increased ability to take part in their society thanks to a 256,000 expansion and renovation of the Darshaad Girl'sSchool by the Combined Joint Task Force — Horn ofAfrica."You have noticed how the school is overcrowded,”said Hamida Ali Mohammed, principal of the DarshaadGirl's School. “After the completion of this project, thestudents will have much more room than before.”The project is part of a series of schools, clinics andmedical and veterinary assistance programs coordinated byCJTF-HOA's 96th Civil Affairs Battalion detachment aspart of Operation Enduring Freedom.The 96th CAB is the only active-duty Army CivilAffairs unit. It is based at Fort Bragg, N.C., and some of itsSoldiers are currently deployed to Africa.A new third floor is being added to the current structureto allow for more classrooms — allowing class sizes to becut in half. Additionally, new science labs are being addedon the second and third floors.Secondary education is rare for young women inYemen. While there are six primary schools available forgirls in Aden, Darshaad is the only secondary school. Whenthe school first opened in 1998, enrollment was low, but inrecent years more families are allowing their daughters tocontinue their education, Hamida said.“Of course my school is very specific and different thanthe other schools in this district,” Hamida said. “But it isnecessary for the girls here to be educated so that the otherhalf of the population can be activated. It is becoming asymbol that families in Yemen are now able to depend ontheir daughters.”“There is an obvious kind of impact you can have whenyou build something like a school,” said the Civil AffairsTeam 624 team leader. “It makes the area more stable andreally helps people. We all think we have the greatest job inthe world, we get to fight the war on terror by buildingthings instead of tearing things down.”Yemen currently has three times as many illiteratefemales than males, he said. However, both local andnational Yemeni government organizations have called onthe United States Embassy, Sana'a, CJTF-HOA and otherorganizations to help increase education in several areasthroughout the country. CJTF-HOA units are often a perfectfit to bring help to those who need it most because manyTip of the Spear8remote areas of Yemen are dangerous for foreign travelers.“Once you've been in the country, you learn it's acountry of peace loving people,” the team leader said. “Butwe have quite a higher level of security, so we can get intoareas that [other organizations] would normally ignore forsafety reasons.”CJTF-HOA has undertaken a growing number ofprojects over the last few months, as the CA teams and USState Department officials work to improve relationshipswith officials throughout the country. When the CA teamsfirst started operating in Yemen, suspicion and roughrelations hindered their ability to move freely throughoutthe country. However a combination of coordination andfriendship has resulted in a building of trust in the coalitionunits hoping to bring aid to those in need.At the Darshaad school, officials say these relationshipswill result in better education for thousands of youngwomen and a higher standard of living for Yemenis in Adenand the surrounding areas.Classes continue at the Darshaad Girl's Secondary Schoolin Aden, Yemen as contractors work to add a third floor tothe building. The addition will lower classroom sizes andincrease the quality of education available at the area's onlysecondary school for girls. Photo by Sgt. Brian E.McElaney.

Cultural skills — More than just languageBy Janice BurtonU.S. Army JFK Special WarfareCenter and SchoolAAt first glance, Pfc. MatthewCretul would appear to be more athome on a football field than on adance floor, but on Sept. 30 Cretul puthis agility and strength to the test as heperformed a traditional Filipino danceduring Cultural Day at Lee FieldHouse.Cretul and his fellow Soldiers, whoare currently enrolled in the SpecialOperations Language program throughthe U.S. Army John F. KennedyCultural skills play an important role in all special operations, like this ribbon cuttingSpecial Warfare Center and Schoolceremony at the Al Abbassiya School in Najaf, Iraq, with the Al Abbassiya mayor and(SWCS), are not only learning to speak 198th Civil Affairs Commander. Photo by Senior Airman Francisco Govea II.new languages, they are learning theIn planning for the cultural day, the idea was not just tocultures associated with them. The cultural day showcasedshowthe students the culture but rather to let them be part ofnine of the 10 designated languages taught at theit. Students were taught traditional music, dances andschoolhouse.The infusion of cultural awareness throughout the special ceremonies. They learned the history behind the customs, andthen they shared it with their fellow students as theyoperations training programs is not new. But with theperformed on stage during the festivities.transformation of its training programs, SWCS is placing a“When we first started planning for this, the studentsgreater emphasis on ensuring Soldiers leave the center with awere reluctant,” Rose said. “But as they got into it, theygreater cultural foundation and awareness of the countries inrealized that this was going to be a lot of fun, and that whatwhich they will be serving.they were learning was really good stuff. They’ve spent a lotThe event drew the more than 700 Soldiers currentlyof time rehearsing, and today they are really excited aboutenrolled in the language school as well as many members ofwhat they are doing and what they are going to learn.”their families. While there, they not only saw performances,That was evident by the good-natured ribbing Soldiersthey also were able to partake in traditional foods.“What is language without context?” asked Maj. Rodney dressed in traditional garb took from their friends, as well asby the cheers and high-fives following each performance.Rose, commander of Co. C, 3rd Battalion, 1st SpecialCretul, a Psychological Operations Soldier who isWarfare Training Group — the unit charged with languagelearning Tagalog, volunteered to demonstrate the intricatetraining. “A Soldier can learn a language, but if they don’tdance that involves stepping a pattern between two bamboounderstand the context and nuances of that language, theypoles as they are raised and tapped together.won’t be as effective. As special operations Soldiers, we are“I really enjoyed learning the dance and evenrequired to understand those nuances and the culture of theperforming. It was a blast,” he continued. “When you justpeople we are working with in order to fulfill our missions.”learn the language, you don’t really get the whole picture.Rose, who along with the language instructors at SWCSWhen you deploy, you are going to be immersed in thatorganized the event, works hard to ensure the cultural aspectculture for six months at a time, so it’s really better to knowis addressed throughout the students’ training. The languagethe culture so you can relate to the people and gain theirinstructors — all native speakers — share their culture withthe students on a daily basis, whether it is by teaching proper trust.”Sonny Guerrero, an instructor at the school, was proud ofgreetings or showcasing traditional music and dance. Eachof the language classrooms is decorated in a style designed to his students performed, and their willingness and excitement.“These special operations Soldiers go to their host countriesbring cultural awareness to the students.with more than language,” he said. “By knowing the culture,“In every aspect of our training we make sure thatit opens doors for them to do their missions.”cultural training is prominent,” Rose said.Tip of the Spear9

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM919th trains with coalitionpartners in Jordan, Norwaytraining accomplished, another major Early Victor objectivewas the bridge-building and interoperability trainingoccurring between all the participating countries, he said.Reservists from the 919th Special Operations Wing gotBorder security operations to halt trafficking and smugglingbetter acquainted with their Jordanian and Norwegianwere also a major focus.counterparts while supporting special operations missions“We all knew we were going to a place where theabroad.terrorist element is very active, so that was foremost in ourOver the summer, the wing sent 14 aircrew membersminds. However, because of the excellent support providedfrom the 5th Special Operations Squadron and a dozenby the Force Protection Element at the U.S. Embassymaintainers from the 719th Maintenance Squadron to support Amman and our own internal intelligence support providedAir Force Special Operations Command taskings for Earlyby Senior Airman Mike Taber, I felt we were able to manageVictor 2005, an annual multinational exercise in Jordan. They the threat and accomplish some good training,” Laird said.also took part in follow-on training in Norway.The trip to Jordan also included a cultural exchange day.The 5th SOS trained with U.S. Navy and Army SpecialThe Jordanians provided reservists a guided tour of theOperations Forces as well as SOF units from Jordan, Kuwait, archeological site of Petra; and reservists hosted a dinner forTurkey, Saudi Arabia and Italy during the Early Victorthe Jordanians at the deployed location, he said.portion of the trip.After mission accomplishment in Jordan, the Duke FieldMissions aboard the MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraftteam set out for Norway.included personnel airdrops, black-out landings, infiltration,Although the original tasking was for Early Victorexfiltration, and night- participation, timing was excellent for the 5th SOS to alsovision goggle lowmake the stop to work with the Norwegianlevel training, saidJaegerkorps, said Roy Vaughn, AFSOC planner forMaj. John Laird, 919ththe Norway bilateral exercise.Operations Support“The switch was like night and day,” LairdSquadron planner.said. “We went from a hot, brown, barrenOther than the flyinglandscape to one of lush green and moderatetemperatures.”Norwegians are part of the coalitionfor the war against terrorism, Vaughnsaid. The exercise familiarizescoalition partners in the use of U.S.SOF air support in a deep battleenvironment to enhance futurecoalition operations anddeployments.The Combat Shadow served asa platform for high-altitude static lineJaegerkorps jumps. The drops wereconducted at about 18,000 feet above sealevel. Other joint training includedinfiltration, exfiltration and aerial re-supply offood and water, he said.While aircrew members werebusyflying missions, maintainersA Norwegian Jaegerkorps jumps out of an MC-130P Combat Shadow flying at about18,000 feet above sea level. AFSOC photo.were working hard to keep theBy Sandra Henry919th SOW/PARTip of the Spear10

Norwegian Jaegerkorps prepare for the high-altitude static line jump. “The Norwegian special operations forces were welltrained professionals who spoke excellent English,” said Maj. John Laird, 919th Operations Support Squadron planner.“They were very enthusiastic to be hosting us.” AFSOC photo.plane flying, said Senior Master Sgt. Stan Lasko, 719th MXSproduction superintendent for the trip.“As with any mission, maintenance support is vital,”Laird said. “If the plane doesn’t work, the operators can’t flyand accomplish the mission. Throughout the deployment,Lasko and the maintenance team busted their butts to makesure we had a flyable plane and we did every time.“To successfully complete any mission, exercise orcontingency operation, it all boils down to the quality ofpeople you take along and the support you receive fromhome,” he added. “From the aircrew to the maintainers andsupport folks, both with us and back at home station, allmade this deployment a success.”Air Force takes delivery of first CV-22The U.S. Air Force took delivery of the firstproduction representative CV-22 Osprey atthe Bell Helicopter production facility inAmarillo, Texas Sept.16. The current program callsfor the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Commandto field 50 CV-22s to join the Global War onTerrorism and other special operations missions.The aircraft will conduct an Operational UtilityEvaluation next year, followed by InitialOperational Test and Evaluation. The CV-22is scheduled to complete developmentaltesting at Edwards AFB, Calif., in Sept. 2007,with Initial Operational Capability (IOC)scheduled in 2009.Tip of the Spear11

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISMSecretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeldvisits U.S. Special Operations CommandBy Mike BottomsUSSOCOM Public AffairsSSecretary of Defense,Donald Rumsfeld paid a visit toU.S. Special OperationsCommand in early October toreceive briefings on thecommand’s actions in the Waron Terror.America has one goal in thewar on global terrorism: “It’svictory — unconditional,unapologetic and unyielding,”Rumsfeld said.“Your mission is to be onthe offense; it’s to go on theattack, and that’s what ourforces are doing — They’reengaging the enemy where theylive so that they do not attack uswhere we live.”Gen. Doug Brown (right), commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, greetsWhile at MacDill, RumsfeldSecretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld at MacDill AFB Fla. Photo by Mike Bottoms.also visited U.S. CentralCommand and conducted a townequipment acquisition, intelligence gathering strategies,hall meeting for the men and women of both majordemocratization of Iraq, medical processes, mediacommands and the 6th Air Mobility Wing.relations and militaryAt SOCOM, hetransformation.met with the Gen.Rumsfeld finishedDoug Brown,“SOCOM is making great progress in the Globalby reminding theUSSOCOMWar on Terrorism.”— Secretary Rumsfeldaudience we are in acommander, and other“test of wills”flag and generalconcerning the Global War on Terrorism and how muchofficers who gave the Secretary an operational brief onhe appreciated the contributions of the military.worldwide Special Operations Forces activities.“You fight today so that our children and theirAfter finishing his SOCOM visit, Rumsfeld paid achildren might not have to experience the heartbreak ofvisit to USCENTCOM where he received a currentsomething like Sept. 11,” Rumsfeld said. “And the mensituation brief on Pakistan’s earthquake disasterand women in uniform — you and your associates allassistance.across the globe — are displaying resolute courage, theNext, Rumsfeld headed to MacDill’s Gen. Benjaminkind of courage that's defined our country through theO. Davis Conference Center and conducted a town hallgenerations.”meeting. The Secretary began by thanking the militaryLeaving MacDill, Rumsfeld traveled to United Stateseffort assisting in the disaster relief efforts in PakistanSouthern Command and Key Biscayne Florida, to hostand India. “Your efforts show the compassion andthe Ministers of Defense and Security of the Centralprofessionalism of the men and women in the U.S.American nations at a conference themed “Security andmilitary,” he said.Economic Opportunity.”Rumsfeld discussed a myriad of topics includingTip of the Spear12

POLAD – SOCOM’s envoy to worldBy Tech. Sgt. Jim MoserUSSOCOM Public AffairsU.S. Special Operations Forces are engagedthroughout the world fighting the Global War onTerrorism. They work hand-in-hand with ambassadors,country teams abroad and policy makers in Washingtonto ensure the safety and security of the United States.Though everyone is on the same team, sometimesdifferent elements of the teams see things differently, andcoordinating the various roles can be difficult.In this crossroads of politics and war, MarshallAdair, U.S. Special Operations Command’s politicaladvisor is helping the command navigate the dynamicrelationship between the State Department and themilitary.Adair, a minister-counselor in the Senior ForeignService, advises Gen. Doug Brown, SOCOM’s four-starcommander, and his staff on how U.S. special operationsand foreign policy mesh, and how they may be mutuallyconstraining or supportive. He is also responsible forcoordinating with the Department of State and U.S.diplomatic posts abroad.His experience includes a variety of diplomaticpositions overseas and at the State Department. Theseincluded posts in Europe (France & BosniaHerzegovina), Africa (Democratic Republic of theCongo), and Asia (Burma and four different posts inChina: Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing, & Chengdu). InWashington he has served as an international tradenegotiator, Deputy Assistant Secretary for EuropeanAffairs and president of an association representingAmerican diplomats and their profession.With more than 30 years experience in diplomacy, hefinds the POLAD position here one of his morechallenging diplomatic assignments.“SOCOM is a very interesting case,” he said. “Withour global mandate (lead DOD command

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