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Old 29 June 2020, 19:18
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SOF magazine archive

Stumbled on this quite by accident. Not complete but a good selection. The classified section is worth the time to read.

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https://archive.org/details/SoFjune1...ge/n3/mode/2up
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Old 29 June 2020, 20:50
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When I went to Israel in 1984, May/June, later that year was an article about the Israeli airborne drop in SOF.
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I had a friend (Ranger buddy class 4-80, Force Recon Marine, Eric Strahl) who wrote for them. They did a feature on a SWAT school I was an instructor at in TN at the State Academy around 85-86ish.
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Stumbled on this quite by accident. Not complete but a good selection. The classified section is worth the time to read.

Enjoy folks!

https://archive.org/details/SoFjune1...ge/n3/mode/2up
Awesome find!

Thanks for sending me the article on FR mid 80's: Nelson and St. Pierre are legends in 2nd Force.
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I flew Cobra's with Wayne Geer, whose brother Galen wrote for SOF.
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SOF magazine guys visited my unit a couple of times back in the day, at our base in the Caprivi Strip. We plied the guys with booze and tried to outdo each other with exaggerated rambo stories for them. It seemed funny at the time.
Pre-internet was a different world and SOF Mag was influential in my career choice. Still in contact these days with RKB via Facebook.
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SOF Mag was influential in my career choice.
+1. I think I was 12-13 when I read my first issue. I had to hide them from my mom.
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Thanks GPC !
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SOF magazine guys visited my unit a couple of times back in the day, at our base in the Caprivi Strip. We plied the guys with booze and tried to outdo each other with exaggerated rambo stories for them. It seemed funny at the time.
Pre-internet was a different world and SOF Mag was influential in my career choice. Still in contact these days with RKB via Facebook.
That guy is still alive? Wow!
Loved that mag growing up. My Dad was a Nam 1st Cav grunt, so I’d heard some lingo by age 10. First poem I wrote in school, grade school, was a poem about humping a ruck through the jungle. Teacher made it dirty.

It did not go over well with the teacher, worse when I got home.
Ole Mom heard from the teacher, and felt the same. Dad laughed his ass off, mom got out the paddle that said "spare the rod, spoil the child". Simpler times😂
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^^^ Just talked to RKB today he's doing good at 87.
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^^^ Just talked to RKB today he's doing good at 87.
No way? That’s damn cool. I was enamored with that guy when I was a kid. My step-grandfather was a salty old fuck that did contract work after Vietnam. He’d gotten me my first SOF sub for my 11th birthday.
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That was a really interesting history throwback.

Now I know where the "underwater knife fighting techniques" references comes from!
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That was a really interesting history throwback.

Now I know where the "underwater knife fighting techniques" references comes from!
Wait? I thought Kiwi’s were born knowing how to do that?
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Who here has had their name published in SOF Magazine?
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Who here has had their name published in SOF Magazine?
I don't think I was mentioned by name but I think they did ask for it when they interviewed me in an article titled "SWAT training Tennessee style" or something close. I really can't remember, it was a lifetime ago.
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I was interviewed when stationed at Key West. My 15 mins of fame, I guess.
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No problem, that magazine had a strong influence on my life.
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Old 25 July 2020, 13:40
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No problem, that magazine had a strong influence on my life.
My case is a bit different. I'm French, and SOF is hardly circulated here.

I knew that name, but all I had heard was it has a reputation for controversy. Mercenary stuff, and some cases of contract killers recruited through the classified ads...

Now that I have gone through a reasonable part of it, I would say that there is the best and the worse.

The worse : stuff I file as "fringe" (Waco theories... there is even a cover about black helicopters !) ; and that cover about Jonathan Idema has not aged well.

The best : well, SOF featured serious reporting (i.e. David Isby's coverage about the Soviet-Afghan war) and serious research (John B. Dwyer, Greg Walker, Dale Andradé...)

And that best is a big discovery for me. I have been reading books and other stuff about special operations forces for a while, and I thought I knew the relevant bibliography, but I have almost never seen a reference made to SOF articles. That's undeserved.
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