Drew, Jonathan. "U.S. Marine Corps Renames Its Elite Branch 'Raiders.'" Time, 19 Jun. 2015. [http://time.com]
"The Marines will rename several special operations units as Marine Raiders at a ceremony" on 19 June 2015. "The name will give a unique identity to the Marines' branch of U.S. Special Operations Command.... [T]he formal names of eight units comprising some 2,700 Marines will include 'Marine Raider.'"
Lamothe, Dan. "Marine Corps Realigns its Special Operations, Sends Elite Troops to Middle East." Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2015. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander of the Marine Corps Special Operations, "[t]he Marine Corps is close to completing a realignment of its elite Special Operations troops, sending some of them to the Middle East this month as part of a broader effort to refocus after years of fighting in Afghanistan." The troops will be "focused on training and coordinating with friendly governments to guard against insurgencies. Others already have been deployed to Africa and the Pacific."
Pushies, Fred J. MARSOC: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command. Osceola, WI: Zenith, 2011. [pb]
From advertisement: "In 2006, the U.S. Marines officially became part of the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with the creation of the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC)."
Robeson, Mastin M. [MGEN/USMC] "Forging Marine Special Operators." Joint Forces Quarterly 56 (1st Quarter 2010): 85-88.
The author is Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Established 24 February 2006, MARSOC is "still in the process of growing [its] force to its authorized structure. [It is] currently at 82 percent of [its] Marine build, 94 percent of [its] Navy build, and 75 percent of [its] civilian build.... [It hopes] to become fully mission capable during fiscal year 2012."
Seck, Hope Hodge. "Marine Raiders to Lead Joint Spec Ops Fight against ISIS." Marine Corps Times, 26 Aug. 2015. [http://www.marinecorpstimes.com]
Capt. Barry Morris, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, has said that the Marine Corps' "special operations command will lead the next rotation of operators into Iraq.... Marine Raiders will head the staff element for the next iteration of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Iraq [CJSOTF].... The unit is set to deploy early next year and will be led by a MARSOC colonel."
Watson, Julie. "Marine Special Operations Team Members Honored." Associated Press, 3 Dec. 2012. [http://www.ap.org]
In a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, CA, on 3 December 2012, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus "honored four members of a Marine special operations team in a rare public ceremony for those who have served in the covert forces." Marine Sgt. William Soutra Jr. was awarded "the Navy Cross, the Navy's highest honor and the military's second highest honor, for tending to the wounded while guiding the platoon to safety during an attack in Afghanistan's Helmand Province in July 2010.... Three others on his team, including a Navy corpsman, were given Silver Stars."
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