special operations task group



Australian Special Operations Task Group includes members from the Special Air Service Regiment, No.1 and No.2 Commando Regiments and the Incident Response Regiment of the Australian Army.


1JPAU at Work - Imagery by: CPL Oliver Carter and CAPT Bradley Richardson, Taji, Iraq.

Australian and New Zealand trainers from Task Group Taji have enhanced the weapon handling and shooting skills of Iraqi Security Forces at the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy at the Taji Military Complex, Iraq. Australian and New Zealand trainers are providing instructional support to an Iraqi Army NCO Academy course. The Academy is designed to enhance the skills of the Iraqi Army’s junior leaders. Around 200 junior Iraqi leaders are learning lessons to enable them to lead and train their own soldiers. Training at the NCO Academy includes medical training, weapon drills, navigation and leadership training including small group tactics. Iraqi Security Forces continue to be trained by Task Group Taji personnel from Australia and New Zealand at the Taji Military Complex in Iraq as part of the broader international Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission. The training includes weapon handling, building clearances and obstacle breaching techniques; as well as training in the Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) for squad through to company-level operations to use in their fight against Daesh.Task Group Taji’s BPC contribution is part of Australia’s broader Defence contribution to Iraq, codenamed Operation OKRA, which includes a Special Operations Task Group and an Air Task Group.

Dog Packs 

Thought it was about time for some more Dog Packs. Just sharing some cool (and possibly inspirational) pictures. Don’t know any more info on the specific packs than what I’ve shared below:

Australian Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) Soldier checks the chest rig on an SOTG Military Working Dog.

Found here


Elements of 2nd Command Regiment, other Special Operations Command units and additional Navy, Army and Air Force, personnel wich form the Special Operation Task Group (SOTG) are in the Middle East preparing to deploy to Iraq.


Battling enemies with empathy.

[1] Pallets of bottled water are loaded aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in preparation for a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq. Airmen with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron airdropped 40 bundles of water for displaced citizens in the vicinity of Sinjar, Iraq.

[2] U.S. Army parachute riggers with the 11th Quartermaster Company, 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade palletize halal meals for a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. 

[3] U.S. Soldiers with the 5th Special Forces Group, 101st Airborne Division and Joint Special Operations Task Force-Gulf Cooperation Council work with parachute riggers assigned to the 11th Quartermaster Company, Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade to palletize water for a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. 

The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct military operations in support of humanitarian aid deliveries and targeted airstrikes in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and interests, in response to activities conducted by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr, 7 AUG 2014.)