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Friday SITREP: The Intriguing Origin of the Term Special Operator

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Friday July 31st, 2020

THE INTRIGUING HISTORY OF THE TERM SPECIAL OPERATOR

Operator – someone who operates.

In the civilian world, that could be someone operating an excavator, a wheeled tractor, and other similar heavy equipment. Historically, the term applied to people who worked in the old-school telephone centers and operated the manual telephone switchboards that were necessary in order from someone to call another number.

In the military, conversely, the term operator has come to be associated with troops serving in Special Operations Forces (SOF). A Navy SEAL operator, a Special Forces operator, a Marine Raider operator has become standard nomenclature, even in official communique and statements.

But what’s the actual origin of the term? 

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NEW ON SOFREP

As part of our effort to educate some of our daily users on the inner workings of the various Special Ops Units, we have introduced the SOF Units section. There, we'll be laser-focused on populating the sections with important, informative and unique trivia related to all of the United States SOF Units.

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12,000 US TROOPS TO LEAVE GERMANY

After President Trump blasted Germany for not doing its part in supporting NATO, nearly 12,000 U.S. troops will be shifted from Germany. Additionally, the headquarters of the U.S. European Command and Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) will be relocated from Stuttgart, Germany, to Mons, Belgium where the NATO Special Operations Command is located. 

Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Wednesday the multi-billion dollar move that will bring 6,400 troops back to the United States and shift another 5,600 to Italy and Belgium. Esper said the troop relocations can begin within weeks but may take years to fully complete.

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USS LIBERTY: WHEN ISRAEL ATTACKED AND ALMOST SUNK AN AMERICAN WARSHIP

The officers of the USS Liberty were sunbathing on the decks of their ship on June 8, 1967, just outside of Egypt’s territorial waters. Not too far away, Egypt was in the middle of the Six-Day War with Israel, who would occupy the Sinai Peninsula by the war’s end.

The peaceful day aboard the intelligence-gathering ship was destroyed when Israeli Mirage and Mystere jets tore through the air – and dropped ordnance that ripped through the Liberty’s hull.

Commander William McGonagle was severely wounded as the Israelis fired rockets, dropped napalm on the bridge, and then strafed his ship. He still managed to call his crew to quarters and take command of the Liberty from the bridge. The ship was on fire, men were dead and wounded, and McGonagle himself was burned by napalm and losing blood.

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