An Operational Detachment Alpha from 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (7 SFG (A)) begin to be lifted off the ground by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a training event Eglin Base Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 5, 2013. Green Berets from 7SFG (A) participated in a training event in which they practiced Special Purpose Insertion Extraction (SPIE). Spies are used to rapidly insert or extract soldiers from terrain that does not allow helicopters to land. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Young)
Army SSG Richard L. Vazquez, 28, of Seguin, Texas. Died November 13, 2013, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position while on dismounted patrol during combat operations in Panjwai, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
2. The UK equivalent of the Navy SEALS is the Special Boat Service. The selection process involves a grueling endurance test, jungle training in the rain forests of Belize, and combat survival training, which involves intense interrogation of candidates. And you get only two attempts to pass.
Army SSG Matthew Q. McClintock, 30, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Died January 5, 2016, supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Assigned to to 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Buckley, Washington. Died of wounds sustained when hit by enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in Marjah District, Afghanistan.
Army SSG Adam M. Thomas, 31, of Tacoma Park, Maryland. Died October 4, 2016, supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. Died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device exploded near his position during dismounted operations in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan