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“ For one small group of elite soldiers, the war has already begun. The US Special Forces Group 5, 1st Battalion, D. Company, deployed on peacekeeping duty to the Republic of Georgia in the Caucasus. This handful of Green Berets represents the very tip of the spear, the first line of defense. Equipped with the latest battlefield technology, and trained in the latest techniques of covert warfare, they strike swiftly, silently, invisibly. They call themselves "the Ghosts." - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (Game) intro ”

Ghost Recon , also known as "The Ghosts" , formerly known as Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group , is a Tier One Special Mission Unit of the United States Army , formerly a detachment of the Army Special Forces , colloquially known as the "Green Berets".

Similarly to all units operating under the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) , all military operations conducted by Ghost Recon are highly-classified. Nearly all Ghost Teams have multiple designations, but regardless, the covert unit is commanded and administrated by JSOC, often serving as the United States' first line of offense in terms of conducting highly classified covert operations .

Reorganized following the Russian Insurgency, Ghost Recon was split from the Green Berets, and stylized by the Department of Defense as the Group for Specialized Tactics.

With all Ghost operators conducting covert operations as Advanced Force Operations (AFO) teams, they are often assisted by elements of the Special Activities Center's Special Operations Group (SAC/SOG) of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and occasionally with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) . Additionally, should Ghost operators encounter agents from the aforementioned organizations, said agents would be authorized to take control of the Ghost team should their missions fall under the same parameters.

  • 2 Structure
  • 5 Selection
  • 7.1.1 First Korean War (2007 conflict)
  • 7.1.2 2008 Russian War
  • 7.1.3 Rescue in Waziristan
  • 7.1.4 Eritrean-Ethiopian War
  • 7.1.5 Intervention in Cuba
  • 7.1.6 Conflict in Colombia
  • 7.2.1 Second Korean War (2011)
  • 7.3.1 Operation: Narco Road
  • 7.3.2 Operation: Fallen Lord
  • 7.4.1 Sri Lankan conflict
  • 7.4.2 War against Artemis Global Security
  • 7.4.3 Russian invasion of Norway & Rescue of David Crenshaw
  • 7.4.4 Counter-Terrorism in Middle East
  • 7.5 Raven's Rock Conflict
  • 7.6 Operation Greenstone
  • 7.7 Phantoms Conflict
  • 7.8 Alternate Future (World War III)
  • 8 Equipment
  • 9 Notable Members
  • 10 Ex-Ghost Recon Members
  • 12 Appearances in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (media franchise)

Overview [ ]

The Ghosts

Members of Alpha Team (2007-2011)

The Group for Specialized Tactics, also known as the Ghosts, is an elite Special Mission Unit within the US Army and JSOC and is located at Fort Bragg , North Carolina . The unit was established in 1994 and is a secretive special operations force.

In its old name, it is a company-sized reconnaissance unit within the 5th Special Forces Group's 1st Battalion of the Army Special Forces. However, in reality, it is the Army's crème of the crop Special Mission Unit whose operators are armed with state-of-the-art weapon systems and are trained in the best field and combat tactics. They are the most experienced, specialized, and qualified special operations force that JSOC has to offer. They operate first in and last out of the field, striking enemies at their most vulnerable swiftly, silently, and invisibly, hence their alias; the Ghosts. Ghost Recon teams specialize in both covert and clandestine operations within denied or politically-sensitive territory with little to no support. Most of their operations before 2011 were hidden in the information security (infosec) level between classified to top-secret and were only known by the Chief of Staff , the President and most of all; the CIA, NSA and DIA, until an American television series; Modern Heroes that aired after 2011, reviewed some of those details to the public. However, other sensitive documents about this unit are yet to be revealed, preventing anyone knowing too much about the Ghosts.

Essentially, the Ghosts operate as the POTUS’s private SMU, using their experience, teamwork with the latest technology to infiltrate and take down threats around the world without leaving any traces that they exist or were present at the time of the incident(s).

The primary role of the Ghosts appears to be conducting deniable Advance Force Operations which often involve:

  • Asymmetric Warfare
  • Direct Covert Action
  • Special Reconnaissance
  • Unconventional Warfare  

Secondary roles historically have included:

  • Counter-intelligence
  • Counter-narcotics
  • Counter-proliferation
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Executive Protection
  • Foreign Internal Defense
  • Guerrilla Warfare
  • Personnel Recovery

As Special Operations soldiers, they are trained to execute Direct Action raids (focused, short-duration attacks). Typical missions include assassinate or kidnap High-Value Targets (HVTs) , secure or destroy sensitive documents and classified hardware, and sabotage or harassment of the enemy.

Like most special operations forces, the Ghosts are less formal than their conventional brothers in the US military, as are their relationships between officers and enlisted men. Due to the secret nature of their work, the members of the Ghosts socialize almost exclusively with one another.

Structure [ ]

Cap Squad

Members of Alpha Team (2013)

During active deployments, Ghost operators are organized into fireteams of 4 to 6, often under the command of a temporary Ghost Lead for the duration of the mission/operation. Owing to its classified nature, the true strength of the elite unit remains unknown, however, estimates by both US and foreign intelligence services approximate the strength of the unit to be roughly that of a company, consisting of roughly 200-250 operators.

Additionally, owing to the consistent active deployments and limited manpower, Ghost operators are noted to occasionally conduct solo operations. Designated as "Lone Wolf", these operators are often selected for their uncanny ability to operate individually without support, and are often tasked with high-level operations that are too risky for the deployment of a fireteam.

Led by various commanders throughout its existence, the Ghosts initially operated under the command of the Green Berets, however, following the Russian Insurgency, the unit was reorganized into its own separate unit. Usually led by a Lt. Colonel, the Ghosts' first official commander was Lt. Colonel Harold "Buzz" Gordon, before being replaced by Lt. Colonel Susan Grey sometime in 2020. By 2025, Scott Mitchell was appointed head of the unit, and played a vital role during the events of the Raven's Rock coup in 2024 and the events and subsequent aftermath of Operation: Greenstone.

Classes [ ]

Ghost SF teams are organized into Advanced Force Operations (AFO) units:

GRC classes

Classes available in 2024 .

Frequently deployed into different teams, most Ghost Recon AFO units are not often permanent, with operators often rotating with different units depending on the mission requirements.

  • AFO Team Alpha
  • AFO Team Bravo
  • AFO Team Charlie
  • AFO Team Hunter
  • AFO Team Kingslayer
  • AFO Team Greenstone
  • AFO Team Motherland
  • AFO Team Predator
  • AFO  Team Yankee
  • AFO Team RET

Post-Russian Insurgency, the team was reorganized into the Group for Specialized Tactics and given dedicated logistics support and air support. Also, around that time, the team was reorganized into three classes: Specialist , Assault , and Recon .

Selection [ ]

Ghosts GRAW

Owing to its secretive nature, the recruitment process for Ghost Recon is extremely stringent, with members required to have enlisted within the United States Armed Forces and proven themselves in active combat. Rarely, however, membership is offered to those from other nations whom have proven themselves among fellow Ghost operators. During the selection, all potential Ghost recruits are forced to participate in a rigorous psychological evaluation to test their perseverance and compatibility with fellow Ghost recruits.

Additionally, aside from a thorough psychological evaluation, all recruits are made partially aware of the unit's secretive nature, with many abiding by its covert nature, and understanding that unlike their brethren in other special forces units, their actions and successes would never become publicly acknowledged by the public and politicians. Despite this, the unit's psychological evaluations have occasionally failed to prepare future operators, resulting in several high-profile defections from the unit.

Regardless, should recruits successfully pass Phase I, they will be promptly inducted into Phase II of their training and will be promptly reassigned from their units.

Training [ ]

Phase - II involves advanced combat training, language learning and technical training. Candidates who successfully pass the second phase are commissioned as full-fledged Ghosts and are then assigned to either a team on training, a team on standby or a team that is ready for deployment. Moreover, training usually emphasizes on team coordination, technology usage, survival, stealth and direct combat with which involves no-less than 4 Ghosts as a 4 multi-gender fireteam against a huge group of hostiles. This training is reinforced with a basic medical aid requirement to complete the training, largely as most operators would be cut off from official support, hence the need to ensure that all wounded teammates remain active in the field.

Operating out of Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the Ghosts are often noted for their uncanny ability to rapidly deploy into conflict zones, often deploying within an 18-hour window upon request and approval. Additionally, in keeping with its rapid deployment nature, Ghost Recon units are often deployed via helicopter insertion. However, should the option become unavailable, the Ghosts are trained to infiltrate into hostile territory by other means, including High Altitude-Low Opening (HALO) jumps by aircraft and/or hijacking enemy and/or ally vehicles.

Often armed with a variety of lethal weapons from the U.S. military's standard-issue and from foreign nations and with experimental equipment, Ghost Recon's greatest tactical advantage comes from their state-of-the-art communications and reconnaissance equipment. Serving as the military's foremost elite reconnaissance unit, the Ghosts deployed in combat zones observe and report the often-volatile situations on the ground as commanders and politicians mull over decisions with potentially dire repercussions.

Owing to their elite nature, each member of Ghost Recon is equipped with the latest high-tech weaponry and communications equipment. Much of their gear are designed to be durable, reliable, modular, long-lasting and lightweight. This flexibility allows each operator to enter combat zones in a wide variety of environments without needing to carry cumbersome equipment. Additionally, trained in weaponry ranging from both standard-issue and experimental weaponry, the Ghosts are also taught by retired special forces instructors in different close-quarter combat techniques (CQC). Honing their skills, Ghost operators are additionally trained with different types of melee weapons, including combat blades and other unarmed non-lethal techniques. This extreme conditioning allows Ghost Recon units to preserve against overwhelming odds during combat.

In an effort to stay ahead of their enemies, the Ghosts often readily embrace and utilize a large variety of intelligence-gathering devices and advanced technology, with the resulting technologies developed by 2024 essentially allowing the elite operators to engage their opponents without needing to physically see them. By the events of the Raven Rock coup, this is reinforced by the frequent utilization and deployment of Sensors and miniature UAV Drones, allowing Ghost Teams to keep track of enemy movements during firefights; any enemy tagged are displayed as silhouettes on the Ghosts' heads-up displays. Additionally, prior to 2009, Ghost Recon operators utilized a variety of optical devices that allowed Ghost units to spot enemies through dense smoke, dark environments, fogs and even thick pieces of cover. This was later supplemented by the introduction of the CROSS-COM system issued sometime in early 2009, granting each operator the ability of relaying crucial intelligence and information to their teammates. Initially developed as a form of lens, the system was radically redeveloped and upgraded by 2024 as a pair of sunglasses through which Ghost Recon operators could interface with heavy munitions and drones such as the Warhound drone in Russia.

However, despite their superior training and equipment, should friendly support become available, Ghost operators are authorized to seek and utilize friendly armored and air units to support their operation. This support, however, is ultimately limited largely owing to the unit's covert nature. Due to this, most Ghosts tend to avoid participating in open conflict, often ensuring that extensive surveillance and intelligence gathering is conducted prior to the initiation of the operation. Hence, most Ghosts operate under the idea of reconnaissance, observation and planning. Should lethal action be required, Ghost operators often gain the upper hand by both marking targets and initiating synchronized shots to simultaneously neutralize multiple targets.

With the increasing prevalence of terrorist attacks in major cities in the 21st century, Ghost Recon began re-training their operators, with many forced to become accustomed to urban environments. As a result, later training placed a heavier emphasis on constant CQC training to navigate the often cramped alleyways and streets, as operators were similarly forced to avoid both detection and heavy collateral damage. However, it is noted that while Ghosts maintain a strict "no-killing" civilians policy, units cut off from official support are given partial leeway with regards to collateral damage, depending on the stability in the region. Additionally, consistent with the prevalence of urban operations, intense room-clearing techniques were frequently conducted during training exercises, in which detailed planning, speed, expert marksmanship, element of surprise and violence of action were leveraged to overwhelm hostile forces and conduct VIP rescue.

In operations conducted in outside environments, Ghost Recon uniforms were often equipped with a variety of camouflaged patterns depending on the environment. In operations conducted in forests or jungles, these teams would be provided ghillie suits to reduce visibility among enemy forces. By 2019, in conjunction with Skell Tech, Ghost Recon operators were provided and equipped with prototype optical camouflage gear. The successful deployment of the prototype camouflage equipment during the events of Operation: Silent Spade in Bolivia resulted in the mass-production of said units, with the optical camouflage becoming standard-issue equipment provided to all Ghost Recon operators by 2024.

Overall, heavily revered among the United States Special Operations community for their unnatural composure during combat, these military operators serve as the first line of offense against enemy forces of the United States. Their exceptional success rate has established their position as the country's foremost special forces unit with their ability to recover actionable intelligence playing a vital role in forming policy decisions and future military actions. Owing to their secrecy, many Ghost operators have trouble forming relations with other fellow servicemen, however, during active combat, the Ghosts have been known to readily cooperate and assist their infantry counterparts and allies. These overall factors have resulted in little equal opposition against the Ghosts, with only the Russian Bodark unit known to be roughly equal to their American counterparts.

Timeline [ ]

With little records of their missions available prior to the 2000s, the responsibilities and operations conducted by Ghost Recon expanded heavily throughout the 21st century, with most missions consisting of unconventional warfare and counter-terrorism operations.

2002-2010 [ ]

Scott Mitchell 2007

Mitchell around 2007.

The Ghosts were in active service as of August 2002. Several were present at then-Master Sergeant Scott Mitchell 's Silver Star medal ceremony.

First Korean War (2007 conflict) [ ]

In 2007, following the sinking of the USS Clarence E. Walsh by a North Korean missile on patrol in the South China Sea, President David Bowers sought to retaliate against the rogue General Paik. Deploying Ghost Recon, the unit spearheaded the assault against North Korean forces, eventually forcing them to withdraw from the conflict. Humiliated at the defeat, months later, General Paik mobilizes his nuclear arsenal, before being killed by a Ghost Recon team led by Mitchell and ending the war. Throughout the conflict, Ghost Recon units worked extensively alongside Third Echelon, and their cooperation was paramount to the success of the United States.

2008 Russian War [ ]

In 2008, following a coup by Russian Ultranationalists, conflicts in Georgia began escalating following the South Ossetia War. Suspecting the involvement of the Russians, Ghost Recon units were deployed to Georgia to assist them in stamping our further rebellion to prevent a casus belli for Russian annexation.

Despite their best efforts, Russian forces nevertheless began their invasion of Georgia. With little active resistance, most of the Georgian government fled into exile as Russia annexed Georgia and forcibly inducted it into the Russian Democratic Union. Condemning the invasion, the United States re-deployed Ghost Recon forces to the Latvian border, shortly after discovering the increased Russian presence near it. Once again, despite their best efforts, the Russians began their invasion of the Baltic states roughly three days earlier than anticipated. Scrambling their military forces, a United Nations task force was able to blunt the Russian advance, forcing it to withdraw back into Latvia. Shortly after, the Ghosts were tasked with hostage rescues in a nearby POW camp where a senator's son had been placed 10 days after his capture.


Ghosts in Cuban Conflict , 2010.

With the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Baltic, civil war erupted in Russia between the Centrists and the Ultranationalists. In the midst of the chaos, the Ghosts were order to increase confusion and sow discord among the military and civilian population. This confusion was further enforced when the Ghosts sunk two subs at the Murmansk Naval Base. Eventually, with the war reaching its climax, acting Prime Minister Karpin privately requested a NATO force to help the loyal Russian troops crush the coup. Readily agreeing, NATO finally broke through the lines of Ultranationalist forces, securing the Kremlin by November 10th and ending the war.

Rescue in Waziristan [ ]

Sometime in January 2009, members of the United States Special Forces linked up with their CIA contacts to report further Taliban movements at the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, having caught wind of the exchange, Taliban forces ambushed the group and promptly wiped out most of the group, capturing at least three survivors. In response, the U.S. military deployed undercover Ghost Recon operatives into the area to search for the captured survivors.

Upon discovering the location of the captives, Mitchell and his team stormed the Taliban safe house before proceeding to the extraction point. Unfortunately, their extraction went awry when they were ambushed by swarms of Taliban fighters emerging from the tunnel complex. Forced to flee the site, Mitchell and fellow operator Alicia Diaz were narrowly able to reach the secondary extraction point before further Taliban reinforcements arrived.

Returning to mainland, Mitchell received criticism from Major Susan Grey for his decisions during extraction. However, Lt. Colonel Gordon, having overseen the operation, grew impressed with Mitchell's skills during combat, requested Mitchell join the peacekeeping force set to depart to Eritrea.

Eritrean-Ethiopian War [ ]

In late May 2009, shortly after the major upheaval in Russia, a series of brushfire wars erupted. Among the conflicts erupted included the decades-long conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia shortly after a violent military coup in Ethiopia. Supplied by vast amounts of Russian equipment, the invasion was conducted by rogue Ethiopian general Tesfaye Wolde , the initial invasion proved successful as Ethiopian forces reach the Eritrean coast in a matter of days. The disorganized Eritrean military are forced into staggered retreat as they are unable to mount effective resistance against the invaders.

With disruptions in shipping in the Red Sea following the invasion, vital relief efforts were unable to arrive into the continent. With a dire humanitarian crisis looming in Africa, the United Nations decided to deploy a military task force to expel the Ethiopian invaders. Deployed as the spearhead of the international task force, Ghost Recon units arrived in Eritrea on 16th May, successfully establishing a beachhead and seizing a nearby radio tower. Shortly after, the Ghosts neutralized a major staging point in a train station, disrupting local operations for Ethiopian forces.

As the UN task force began making their way inland, Ethiopian forces retreated and initiated a scorched-earth policy. During one such operation, the Ghosts were narrowly able to save a key oil refinery from Ethiopian forces, allowing UN forces to progress unhindered. Over the course of the war, the Ghosts continued playing a vital role in ensuring that Ethiopian forces were repeatedly harassed, allowing UN forces to rapidly recapture large swaths of the country. Eventually, by 25th June, with the Ethiopian front on the verge of collapse, Wolde attempted to rally his troops, before being captured by Ghost Recon operators and ending the war.

Intervention in Cuba [ ]

By 2010, owing to economic sanctions placed by the United States, the Communist Party in Cuba grew increasingly unpopular among the Cuban population. This resulted in a popular uprising that toppled the Communist Party and paved the way for democratic elections to take place. Appointed as interim president, Pedro Ebana sought to ensure free and fair elections, and requested assistance from the international community to safeguard the polling centers. However, with a violent revolution brewing in Western Cuba, the United States readily offered to deploy peacekeepers into the country, having already deployed Ghost Recon to seek out and suppress the violence in the western regions perpetuated by the People's Democratic Front .

Identifying Ariel Priego as the major threat towards the elections, but unable to eliminate him owing to his candidacy, the Ghosts instead sought to eliminate his ability to strong-arm voters by targeting his major allies and drug trafficking agents. Their efforts prove relatively successful as election day arrived, Ghost units were able to protect a major polling center from men loyal to Priego who attempted to kidnap hostages and seize control of the building. Having lost the election in a major landslide, the ever-desperate Priego requested aid from his FARC backers in Colombia, who deployed hired soldiers to take Cuba by force. However, having been intercepted by elements of the United States military, most of the hired soldiers are eliminated and FARC opts to cut their losses.

Fleeing to a hillside mansion, the Ghosts were ordered to capture Priego alive, with the new government aware that his death could turn him into a martyr. Succeeding in their objectives, the Ghosts were able to prevent Priego's escape attempt and return him to the mainland for his arrest.

Conflict in Colombia [ ]

Following the successful democratization in Cuba, the newly elected Cuban President offered amnesty towards members of the former FDG. With nearly all members readily accepting, the revelations of the now-defunct organizations ties towards Colombia's narco-terrorist organizations was exposed. With this new knowledge, Cuban and Colombian intelligence services begin a joint-investigation into the narcos influence in South America. Their cooperation is further expanded upon shortly after a series of devastating attacks is conducted on Colombian cities by both guerrilla and right-wing paramilitaries groups following the collapse of their precarious ceasefire.

With government forces seemingly unable to contain the violence, the Colombian government requested aid from the United Nations, whom readily agree to deploy a peacekeeping task force shortly after declaring a humanitarian crisis. With most peacekeeping units tasked with safeguarding major cities, transportation centers and ensuring stability in populated areas, Ghost Recon is covertly deployed to investigate the sudden rash of violence, eventually discovering a major conspiracy within Cuba by members of the same drug cartel that had previously funded Priego's election campaign. Alongside the threat of the cartel, the Ghosts discover that the newly-formed MFLC's chaos threaten the stability of both Ecuador and Peru, and have worked in conjunction with FARC to establish major sleeper cells in Cuba, threatening violence in the fledgling democracy should the UN task force remain in Colombia.

With new orders to prevent their activation, the Ghosts begin launching surgical strikes against the MFLC, finally targeting their major stronghold in the hills bearing a large radio tower. The destruction of the facility resulted in the shutdown of all sleeper cells still in Cuba, resulting in the collapse of the MFLC and ending the conflict in Colombia.

2011-2019 [ ]

Kazakhstan conflict

Ghosts during Kazakhstan conflict .

Second Korean War (2011) [ ]

By 2011, North Korea was in the midst of a major famine and political turmoil, having poured too much of its funding into the military. In an attempt to alleviate the damage of the famine, much of its funding to the military is cut off. Incensed, the North Korean military mobilizes against its government, under the command of rogue General Jung Chong-Sun . Blaming other nations for North Korea's plight, Jung mobilizes the military and its nuclear arsenal for war against surrounding Asian countries.

In response to the threat, the United States mobilizes its NATO allies to shut down Jung's operations before he destabilizes the Korean Peninsula. With the Ghosts leading the fray, the NATO task force is able to hamper Jung's plans and cripple many of his operations. In response to each attack, Jung grows even more desperate, resulting in the transportation of three nuclear warheads to major population centers. With the North Korean front on the verge of collapse, Jung launches a last-ditch effort to eliminate NATO forces. Invading a nearby dam, Jung intended to detonate a nuclear device in it, potentially resulting in the deaths of thousands. Despite his desperate attempt, the Ghosts under the command of Captain Scott Mitchell successfully disarms the warhead and kills the rogue general as he attempts to flee via helicopter.

Shortly after the conflict ended, Mitchell's efforts was documented on the Military Channel's show Modern Heroes after 2011. The episode included interviews with members of Alpha Team, finally revealing the existence of Ghost Recon to the public.

In 2012, the Ghosts conducted Operation War Wraith in China, along with eliminating Asad Rahil , the coup master in Kazakhstan.

Ghosts in Mexico

Ghosts in Mexico , 2014.

Mitchell also led Alpha Team during the Mexican upheavals, first stopping Ontiveros ' coup and then stopping a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) attack during Juan de la Barrera 's rebellion .

During this time, they were deployed to Afghanistan solely to eliminate the Taliban leader, Zahed. They encountered extreme difficulties and resistance from inside the US intelligence community.

In 2014, the Ghosts were the subject of a briefing for General Keyes about the future of warfare.

Operation: Kingslayer [ ]

Wildlands Team

A Ghost Team in Operation Kingslayer .

In 2019, shortly after the bombing of the US Embassy in Bolivia that left two Marine guards injured and the kidnapping of an DEA agent, the United States government opted to deploy a Ghost Recon fireteam under the command of Major Anthony "Nomad" Perryman. Launching Operation: Kingslayer, the operation was jointly led by the CIA, DEA and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). With orders primarily for revenge, the team was ordered to link up with CIA Case Officer Karen Bowman and assist the embattled Kataris 26 rebellion against both the Santa Blanca Cartel and the corrupt Bolivia La Unidad.

Over the course of the operation, the Kingslayer Team successfully eliminated and crippled large swaths of the Santa Blanca leadership. Discovering that at least three members of the cartel leadership were Americans, the team was sanctioned by the US Government to eliminate the collaborators. Eventually, the team was able to capture and negotiate a deal with Unidad's top military general Baro, in exchange for a truce between both factions, the Ghosts would keep their chaos and destruction to a minimum.

Eventually, as the Ghosts captured two of the four Cartel buchon heads, El Sueño, head of the Santa Blanca Cartel propositioned the team, to which they firmly rejected his offer and continued their operations against the remaining buchon heads. With the elimination of the remaining cartel leadership, the Kingslayer Team was betrayed by their Kataris 26 allies, whom intended to take sole credit for the downfall of the Santa Blanca Cartel. Unfortunately, El Sueño overpowered Pac Katari, the head of Kataris 26 and brutally decapitated him. Arriving at their location, before the Ghosts could arrest El Sueño, Bowman and the team discovered that he had made a deal with the Department of Justice. With orders to take him back to the United States, the Kingslayer Team soon discovered that Ricky Sandoval, the DEA Agent captured by Santa Blanca was the true mastermind behind the bombing of the US Embassy in La Paz. Disturbed by this information, the Kingslayer Team eventually left Bolivia, having achieved their objectives in eliminating the Santa Blanca Drug Cartel.

Operation: Narco Road [ ]

Operation: fallen lord [ ], early 2020s [ ], sri lankan conflict [ ].

Ghosts Sri Lanka

A Ghost Team in Sri Lankan conflict .

In 2020, shortly after the massacre of the crews of several US-mining vessels, Ghost Teams Alpha and Bravo were deployed to Sri Lanka to further investigate the situation. Allying with Ranjit Hisan and his non-political Mumpuri Guard, the Ghosts began acting upon intelligence from the CIA informant Dilip Khan and began striking at the Activists, eventually crippling their operations and successfully removing their leader Kumara Fazal .

Shortly after the collapse of the Activists, the Ghost Recon teams were ambushed by the Loyalists, forcing the Mumpuri Guard to rescue them. After the ambush, the Ghosts continued their operations in Sri Lanka, rescuing Lt. Colonel Mitchell from captivity after his helicopter was shot down. Eventually discovering that their CIA informant was a Loyalist double agent, the teams learned that the massacres were false-flag operations conducted by the Loyalists in an effort to allow the group to absorb the remnants of the Activists.

With this new knowledge, the Ghosts successfully capture Khan and forced him to make a public confession, resulting in open conflict between the Loyalists and Activists. Using this conflict as cover, the Ghosts teams were able to infiltrate the Loyalist headquarters and rescue the captured Sri Lankan President from captivity. During the rescue, the Ghosts recovered intel that revealed the leader of the Loyalists as the Minister of Energy, Sunil Ranga . Launching a raid on his mansion estate, the Ghosts kill Ranga upon his resisting arrest resulting in a cessation of hostilities. With further fighting quelled, the Ghosts were thanked by Hisan for their actions, to which the teams denied their involvement in the conflict and departed Sri Lanka.


The future of the Ghosts.

War against Artemis Global Security [ ]

In 2021, during the war between the United States and Artemis Global Security, the Ghosts were deployed to key military installations around the country. However, having been caught off-guard by the sudden attack, scattered Ghost units were unable to mount a proper defense, resulting in the capture of twelve nuclear warheads from the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia.

Under the threat of a nuclear attack, US forces were finally able to re-establish communications nationwide shortly after the destruction of the jamming device in Chicago. This allowed Ghost Recon units to re-organize and mount a devastating campaign against occupying Artemis PMC forces. With support from the Air Force's H.A.W.X Squadron, Ghost units under the command of Mitchell were finally able to repair the badly damaged Space, Land, Air Missile Shield and sabotage Artemis's satellite launch.

With its operation against the United States collapsing rapidly, remaining Artemis forces consolidated in the Nevada Desert, hoping to prevent US military forces from recovering the nuclear devices, however, their efforts were once again thwarted by both the H.A.W.X. squadron and Ghost Recon. In spite of the total collapse of nearly all Artemis forces in the United States, members of Artemis' leadership sought to smuggle a previously unrecovered nuclear device into Los Angeles in a last ditch effort against the country. Scrambling to locate the device, Ghost units were deployed on the ground to search the city, with their assistance proving vital in allowing the H.A.W.X Squadron to finally locate and destroy the nuclear device.

Russian invasion of Norway & Rescue of David Crenshaw [ ]

Sometime after the war against Artemis, Russian ultranationalist military units seized upon the United States' inability to respond to international threats, and invaded Norway. With most major military units still battered following the conflict, the United States opted to deploy a single Ghost fireteam into the country, conducting an amphibious operation into the country. Concurrently, Bravo Team discovered that ultranationalist General Maxim Cherskiy had conducted the operation, and with orders to eliminate him, Bravo Team assisted their allies in Moscow. Concurrently, a Ghost Lead had worked with members of H.A.W.X. Squadron to recover their captured commander David Crenshaw. Shortly after, he assisted elements of the Royal Navy during the NATO-led Operation Triton resulting in the collapse and subsequent withdrawal of all Russian forces in Norway. Taking advantage of the chaos, Bravo Team successfully located and neutralized the rogue Russian general and assisted Loyalist forces in re-taking Moscow, with assistance from elements of the H.A.W.X. squadron.

Ghosts 8-bit

The Ghosts during the hunt for a nuclear weapon.

Counter-Terrorism in Middle East [ ]

Ghosts Afghanistan

Ghosts in the Middle-East.

By 2022, Ghost Recon units had returned to the Middle East, working alongside other elements of JSOC to launch counter-terrorism operations. Among the operators deployed included then-Major Anthony "Nomad" Perryman, Josiah Hill and Cole D. Walker. During these operations, the trio operated under the command of Vaughan , often frustrating the trio with his incompetence. In one such operation, Nomad had been badly wounded during an ambush by hostile militia units, before being rescued by Walker, as the duo held off the enemy units long enough for reinforcements to arrive and rescue the duo.

Over the course of the deployment, tensions between Walker and Vaughan rapidly grew as Walker grew increasingly insubordinate. This eventually came to a head when Vaughan accidentally killed a civilian woman in an allied village. Concerned over the potential backlash US military units would face, Walker and Nomad attempted to detain the panicking Vaughan who had attempted to frame the woman. Blaming Walker for his actions, Vaughan attempted to shoot Walker before being disarmed by Nomad. Angered, Walker promptly executed Vaughan, to the disbelief of Nomad.

Recalled to the United States, Walker grew angered at the perceived incompetence and politicization of the military and was forcibly discharged from the Ghosts. With discontent brewing within its ranks, Ghost Recon promptly recalled its units back to the mainland, and initiated a company-wide stand-down order as it sought to quell further discontent.

By 2023, with most major tensions simmering, the Ghosts were redeployed overseas as Russian ultranationalists began making a resurgence. With the unit redesignated as the Group for Specialized Tactics, the Ghosts launched Operation "Take Down Overlord" in an effort to disrupt cooperation between Raven's Rock and local ultranationalist forces. With orders to eliminate Ivan Illitch Kerenski , head of the local ultranationalist forces, the Ghosts quickly eliminated him and destroyed a prototype Russian UGCV Drone before departing from the area. Shortly after the operation, the Ghosts discovered that the rogue Russian general Sokolov had agreed to sell multiple RSM-56 Bulava nuclear missiles to Chevchenko, a major arms dealer. With its target still unknown, the Ghosts were sent to disarm the warheads, however, the team was soon intercepted by Russian Bodark forces, during which Ghost operator Chuck was killed attempting to disarm the warheads. Eventually, despite eliminating the Bodark units, the Ghosts were unable to prevent the Russians from capturing the nuke.

Raven's Rock Conflict [ ]


Members of Hunter Team .

In 2024,  Predator Team led by Master Sergeant  Jose Ramirez  was killed by the remote detonation of a nuclear warhead after they stopped a convoy transporting it in Nicaragua. Then, Mitchell decided to launch an investigation into their deaths by having  Hunter Team led by Captain  Cedric Ferguson  to follow possible leads. The team was deployed to Bolivia, Zambia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Georgian border and Russia during the time of the Raven's Rock coup and discovered that  Raven's Rock was responsible for killing Predator Team, Hunter then tracked down their leaders and eliminated all of them in Russia.

Later on, members of Hunter Team also helped track down a rogue CIA agent. At one point, the Ghosts assisted a rebellion in Nicaragua against President Raphael Rivera .

Operation Greenstone [ ]

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Ghosts in Operation Greenstone.

In 2025, the Ghosts conducted Operation Greenstone under the supervision of Colonel Mitchell , as they are deployed for a reconnaissance mission at Skell Tech's new headquarters in Auroa after the U.S. government loses contact with the island and the company's CEO Jace Skell . Four teams of 32 Ghosts were taken out by experimental Legion drone swarms even before they could be deployed for the operation. Most of the Ghosts, other than Nomad , Holt , Midas , Fury , Vasily , Fixit and 2 male Ghosts were killed in action in an attack by the Wolves , a group of rogue military specialists and former Ghosts, led by former Ghost and Nomad's ex-brother-in-arms Walker .

After surviving the attack, the remaining Ghosts find out that the Wolves have not only taken over the island's security and hired a private military contractor, Sentinel , to guard it, but they have also taken over the automated drone production facilities and are planning to unleash their " Wonderland " upon the world by releasing experimental military drones via a submarine at key targets in order to enforce peace.

The Ghosts now not only have to complete the operation without support, but also at the same time, they have to survive and take down both Wolves and Sentinel troops. They later find out that they were set up by CIA Deputy Director Peter Miles , who is working with Walker and Trey Stone, Sentinel's CEO and founder, who is a former Ghost. Nomad managed to take out Walker, who was hiding at his base of operations and destroy the submarine before it could leave Auroa.

Later, Nomad is contacted by Mitchell, who tells him that FSB has informed him that Trey Stone is conspiring with Raven's Rock to launch a chemical terrorist attack into the United States. Nomad is tasked by Mitchell to locate and eliminate key individuals involved in this conspiracy. After successfully killing all targets, including Pyotr Bukharov and Trey Stone , all evidence are transferred to the FSB and Peter Miles is arrested. Nomad and the remaining Ghosts are instructed to be on standby for extraction.

Operation Motherland

Three months after closure of Operation Greenstone, the island of Auroa is under the threat of being taken again as several nations race to capture the advanced technology left on the Island behind by Skell Tech. Because of this, the US Army was unable to set foot on the Island and the US Navy had to set up a blockade to prevent the island from being taken over.

Therefore, the CIA decide to launch Operation Motherland and aid the Outcasts to retake the Island and declare Auroa an independent sovereign nation. Karen Bowman is tasked as the Case Officer and Nomad, Vasily, Fury and Fixit are redeployed on the island once again. However, they discover that the Bodarks have taken over the Island and are working with the remnants of Sentinel Corp and Wolves to maintain control on the Island.

The Team also eliminates key Bodark Lieutenants and Commanders to find out that the Bodarks are framing Russia by developing weapons and killing civilians so that the world turns against Russia. The Team tracks down the leader to Golem Island with a Kill/Capture Order. Nomad can either capture Katya Maksimova and surrender her to the Outcasts or kill her as ordered by Bowman.

Phantoms Conflict [ ]

Roughly 20 years after the events of Operation: Greenstone, the Ghosts entered into a conflict with an organization known as the Phantoms. Consisting of primarily ex-Ghosts, the Phantoms sought to end the United States' hegemonic imperialism. Deploying Yankee Team to investigate a break-in at ATHENA Corp. in Taiwan, the Ghosts skirmished with the Phantoms, eventually successfully capturing an operative and forcing the rest to withdraw. Upon interrogation, the Ghosts were provided false information, during which Yankee Team was caught in an ambush in Pakistan, and narrowly survive the trap. Despite the efforts of the Phantoms, the Ghosts were able to recover intelligence in Pakistan.

GRP conflict

Ghosts fighting the Phantoms.

Following up on the intelligence, Yankee Team was captured by Omega Company, a noted high-tech PMC that had ties with both the Phantoms and Ghosts. The team was eventually broken out by Phantom Bard and his Shadow Team from Omega's facility in Singapore. With the revelation of Omega Company and the escalation of attacks on both Phantoms and Ghost Recon, both teams decided to form a temporary alliance against the company. This led to the discovery of Omega's then-unknown link to ATHENA Corp. during which, the Phantoms and Ghosts decided to launch a raid against ATHENA.

Alternate Future (World War III) [ ]

In an alternate future of 2020, The Ghosts continued their operations during World War III .

The Ghosts also fought in England and Dubai during the hunt for the “ Snow Maiden .” Three teams were on the ground during the Russian invasion of Poland, and they were saved by a Joint Strike Force gunship pilot. After the brainwashed Major Alice Dennison disappeared, General Mitchell deployed Ghost teams to look for her. Mitchell himself oversaw the assault on the Spetsnaz headquarters at Fort Levski.

Equipment [ ]

The Ghosts use a variety of weapons and equipment at this chart:


The classes in Ghost Recon Online : Recon, Assault, Support

Recently, the Ghosts have started to make use of the Integrated Warfighter System, which includes the CROSS-COM , under version of 1.0 & 2.0 systems in the 2010s and 3.0 versions in the 2020s. They also use high-tech gadgets like the UAV Drone from Skell Technology and the Warhound . The Ghosts also have a set of uniforms , which changed over the years since their founding.

Notable Members [ ]

Ex-ghost recon members [ ].

Cole D. Walker Wolves (K.I.A.)

  • The Ghosts' logo during the 2000s has a D CO. 1ST BN. 5TH SFG on the top of the black yellow patch, while the GHOST RECON is located at the bottom of the patch. The top middle a skull is wearing a gray green beret with a black 5th SFG flash issued from 1961 to 1964 and 1985 to 2010. It has two lightning bolts on both sides and a yellow XM29 OICW (Objective Individual Combat Weapon) at the bottom, but above GHOST RECON.
  • The multiplayer classes in Future Soldier are Rifleman , Engineer , and Scout .
  • Andrew Ross , Nick Salvatore , Weaver and Fury are the only 4 operators within Ghost Recon that were in other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces prior to the Army transition, with Ross, Weaver and Fury being part of the Navy SEALs (Weaver and Fury specifically hailing from DEVGRU ) and Salvatore being part of the Marine Corps Force Recon prior to the Ghosts.
  • The Ghosts of Delta Company are entirely fictional, as Army SF battalions currently only support 3 companies (A, B and C).
  • In Tom Clancy's EndWar, the american Joint Strike Force riflemen units are called Ghosts, in reference to the Ghost Recon Unit.

Appearances in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (media franchise) [ ]

  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon novel
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (First appearance)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert Siege
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 (Both versions)
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (brief crossover)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2
  • " The End Begins: Ghost Recon " (Mentioned only)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Combat Ops
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Predator
  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
  • Tom Clancy's EndWar: The Hunted
  • Tom Clancy's EndWar: The Missing (Mentioned only)
  • Ghost Recon: ALPHA
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Ghost Recon Commander
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Choke Point
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
  • Ghost Recon Future Soldier: Future War
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wii
  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 (Console version, 8-bit game)
  • Ghost Recon Phantoms Webcomic
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint: Blind Prophets
  • 2 Ghost Recon
  • 3 Tomb Raider: Relics of the Ancients

How The ‘Golden Hour’ Created A Crisis In Care For The Deployed Warfighter

In 2009, the Department of Defense introduced the so-called 'Golden Hour' mandate. This led to the development of systems that...

By Dr. Kai Engstad | Published Sep 17, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

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In 2009, the Department of Defense introduced the so-called 'Golden Hour' mandate. This led to the development of systems that ensured the injured warfighter access to surgical care within 60 minutes of injury.

This led to massive infrastructure being created in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the deployment of forward surgical teams, extensive medevac capabilities, and the in-country availability of advanced and specialized medical care. Undoubtedly, this saved many lives and has led to the expectation is that this is the standard.

But is this the future or even the present? The environment of conflict currently and in the coming years seems likely to look very different.

In the last few years, in order to maintain operational flexibility while still meeting the golden hour mandate, smaller versions of forward surgical teams (20-30 people and multiple surgeons) have developed. These include GHOST-T (Golden Hour Offset Surgical Treatment Teams) and ERST (Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical Team) made up of a perhaps a single surgeon and less than 10 people.

With forward deployments consisting increasingly of embedded advisory and support roles rather than large missions with occupying forces, the demand for these teams have grown and the operation tempo has increased.

Therein lies the issue: Surgeons are being deployed to areas and in teams where their skills, experience, and ingenuity are expected overcome poor facilities and equipment and support. Because of their small size, in order to keep surgical capacity available for the warfighter, the deployed surgeon plays primarily a standby role with little operative experience. Unlike surgeons deployed in more robust settings who maintained skills in part by operating on host country nationals and providing some humanitarian care. Like in sports, practice is what makes perfect.

Frequent deployment without much operative experience combined with low volume, low acuity care when stateside makes military surgery increasingly unattractive. Surgeons, like athletes, want to be on the field and playing the game rather than sitting in the stands. This combined with the low surgical volumes of most military surgeons compared to their civilian counterparts and one can question how competency can be maintained.

Senior surgeons are leaving the Army in large numbers. Indeed, more than half of highly experienced general surgeons are reportedly leaving by retirement or separation in the coming year.

The number of citizen soldier surgeons in the reserves are also well below authorized numbers, resulting in little surge capacity and requiring active duty surgeons to cover this mission as well.

In short, surgeons with increasingly limited operative and trauma experience are expected to care for patients with potentially the most horrendous injuries, with minimal access to technology, equipment, and personnel to assist them.

What are the solutions?

First, the Mission Zero Act (H.R. 880) which will fund the embedding of military trauma teams into civilian trauma centers awaits passage through Congress. Also, expand the Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons (MHSSPACS) program, allowing increased civilian-military partnerships that support combat readiness. Explore new partnerships with humanitarian organizations and non-governmental organizations that may have resources on the ground in many current forward areas of operation. Contracted surgical assets may be another avenue to consider. And encourage and support the involvement of deployed surgical assets in the surgical care of host country nationals in order to maintain readiness in the deployed setting

What we need to do is balance the spirit of “Golden Hour” mandate, with its call for zero preventable deaths and public expectation of providing the highest possible quality of care regardless of location, with the reality of smaller footprints, immature deployments in nonpermissive environments, much less logistical infrastructure and a paucity of evacuation assets

Kai Engstad is a board-certified general and cardiothoracic surgeon. He is experienced in working in austere environments and conflict areas, including Kurdistan and Myanmar. He is interested in the intersection between military and civilian surgery in conflict zones.

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These are the 4 secretive US special-ops units that JSOC gives its toughest missions

  • Within US Special Operations Command is a secretive component known as Joint Special Operations Command.
  • JSOC's four Tier 1 special-mission units are the cream of the crop in the US special-operations community.
  • JSOC is known for some of its high-profile operations, such as the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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Nowadays, the US special-operations community is a behemoth, with over 70,000 special operators, enablers, and support troops assigned to it.

It is composed of many units, some more known than others. Everyone and their mother have heard about the Navy SEALs, but few know about Air Force Combat Controllers or Army Civil Affairs troops.

Since the 1980s, all these units have roughly fallen under the same organization: US Special Operations Command . SOCOM is composed of five component commands, all but one of them with a service affiliation — such as Naval Special Warfare Command or Air Force Special Operations Command.

The only SOCOM component command without a service affiliation is joint — meaning that it includes units from across the services — and is the most secretive one.

Joint Special Operations Command is America's 9-11 force. Its four Tier 1 special mission units are the cream of the crop in the US special-operations community and are the first ones to get the call for a mission.

JSOC regularly changes the names of these units and keeps other details secret for operational security, meaning information about them is often outdated by the time it reaches the public, but here is a brief, open-source breakdown of what's known about the four units, how they operate, and what missions they've done.

The Army's Delta Force

Founded in 1977 by Charlie Beckwith, an enterprising Green Beret officer , Delta Force is the Army's dedicated counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and direct-action special missions unit.

Delta Force has participated in almost every major and minor conflict since it was created, including Grenada in 1983, Panama in 1989, Somalia in 1993, and, in recent years, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

Some notable operations include the failed rescue of American hostages held in Tehran in 1980, the rescue of Kurt Muse from Modello Prison in Panama in 1989, the "Black Hawk Down" incident in Somalia in 1993, and the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2019.

The "Unit," as Delta Force is nicknamed, was also pivotal in the industrial-scale counterterrorism campaign that dismantled Al Qaeda in Iraq during the counterinsurgency campaign there in the mid-2000s.

Delta Force is open to every member of the armed forces, including National Guard and Reserves troops. However, Delta operators tend to come from the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, which has a reputation as a feeder unit for Delta, and the Army Special Forces Regiment, nicknamed the "Green Berets."

The Navy's Naval Special Warfare Development Group

The Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) — formerly known as SEAL Team 6 — is the Navy's dedicated counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and direct-action special missions unit.

Created in 1980 by Dick Marcinko, a visionary and rule-bending Navy SEAL officer , DEVGRU has had a mixed record.

The unit is most well known for Operation Neptune Spear, the raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, in Pakistan in 2011. DEVGRU has participated in many more operations, including the recent rescue of an American citizen held hostage in Nigeria .

However, the unit has come under fire for alleged war crimes , and the conduct of its members on and off the battlefield has earned the unit increased scrutiny .

What makes DEVGRU different from Delta Force is that it recruits solely from within the Naval Special Warfare community, meaning that only Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft crewmen can join the unit.

The Air Force's 24th Special Tactics Squadron

On paper, the 24th Special Tactics Squadron is just another special-operations squadron — there is also a 22nd and a 23rd Special Tactics Squadron.

In reality, the unit is the Air Force special-operations community's elite, recruiting its special operators from the other non-tier-1, or "vanilla," special tactics squadrons.

The unit is composed of Combat Controllers, Pararescuemen, Special Reconnaissance (formerly Special Operations Weather Technicians) operators, and Tactical Air Control Party commandos.

To enter one of these special-operations career fields, one has to pass a grueling selection and training process that takes up to two years. Then, after serving a number of years in a "vanilla" special tactics squadron, one has to pass another selection for the 24th.

The main difference from the rest of special mission units is that the 24th Special Tactics Squadron rarely, if ever, operates on its own. Rather, its special operators are attached to other JSOC units.

For example, during the Battle of the Black Sea in Somalia in 1993 — known as the "Black Hawk Down" incident — a small team of 24th Special Tactics Squadron Pararescuemen and Combat Controllers were attached to and fought alongside the Delta Force squadron involved in the operation.

The Army's Intelligence Support Activity

The most secretive unit out of the four, the Intelligence Support Activity was created after the failed Iranian embassy hostage rescue operation in 1980 to provide the then-nascent SOCOM and the wider US military with credible, timely, and actionable human and signals intelligence.

The unit recruits from across the services and has a strategic rather than tactical mission, tasked with informing the decisions of policymakers and senior military and interagency officials. Many of the unit's operations and activities are classified.

Stavros Atlamazoglou is a defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate.

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Schriever GHOST program elevates Airmen and Guardian resiliency

Colorado springs, co, united states, story by senior airman alexus wilcox  , space base delta 1.

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SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The 21st Medical Group, Guardian Holistic Operational Support Team (GHOST) at Schriever Air Force Base supports Airmen and Guardians through resiliency resources. The mission of GHOST, formerly known as the Space Team for Airmen Resilience (STAR), is to provide mission-readiness physical, spiritual and psychological support to Airmen and Guardians through reliable and accessible embedded engagement at the unit level. “Being this close to the mission and having an understanding of what Guardians need in terms of resource has been a huge advantage,” U.S. Space Force Tech. Sgt. Walker Jean-Philippe, 21st MDG, GHOST operational support flight chief. “We’ve been able to positively impact the barriers to care by simply meeting Guardians in the work space.” “STAR, now GHOST was originally envisioned by Gen. John “Jay” Raymond to address harmful coping mechanisms related to operational stressors experienced by space operators along the four pillars of comprehensive fitness: mental, physical, social and spiritual,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Raymond Clydesdale, U.S. Space Force deputy command surgeon. This USSF program includes a physical therapist, flight physician assistant, clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, mental health technician, chaplain and a religious affairs Airman. The GHOST team currently supports Space Delta 8 - Satellite Communications and Navigational Warfare and Space Delta 9 - Orbital Warfare along with the 3rd Space Experimental Squadron. This unique team is the first embedded team in the USSF. Additionally, USSF seeks to provide embedded teams to Deltas at each installation and is negotiating with the Air Force Medical Service on developing and resourcing more embedded teams. “GHOST is designed to be a ‘permanent’ embedded operational support; whereas traditional medical group operational support teams are ‘transient’ embedded operational support by moving between an installation’s units every few months,” said Clydesdale. This means that Airmen and Guardians can have direct and consistent support as well as team of individuals that have a deeper understanding of their mission and responsibilities. “The concept of embedding medics or chaplains within operational units is not new, just new to space operators,” said Clydesdale. “The role of the flight surgeon developed shortly after humans began flying so that physicians could experience the rigors of hazardous environments to better understand their flying patient population, to develop trust and rapport with that same population, and to optimize pilot performance for mission success. GHOST strives for the same among the Guardian population.” Although there are other base resources that address the four pillars of comprehensive fitness, they do not exist in an operationally secure environment as GHOST does. Prior to the name change, 66 of 100 Guardians in the STAR pilot program noted in an internal survey they would not have used the base services if the STAR mission did not exist. “Historically, military members have had a fear of going to mental health out of concern for reprisal or possibly losing clearances,” said U.S. Space Force Maj. Lauren Taylor, DEL 8, 2nd Space Operations Squadron director of operations. “Garrison support for GHOST ensures people understand that taking care of health and welfare is a priority.” Ultimately, GHOST allows Airmen and Guardians to live a more balanced life by having immediate access to care and eliminate the process of scheduling and waiting for an appointment to be available. “As the general public has rightly focused more attention to mental health issues over the past several decades, garrison support for GHOST is important to show the military can innovate and adapt to the issues its members are struggling with today,” said U.S. Space Force Capt. Collin Dart, DEL 8, 2nd Space Operations Squadron assistant director of sustainment. Currently, there are ongoing discussions at different levels of leadership to figure out a way to expand the same resources GHOST provides to all of the deltas that have a need for them.


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Is Ghost Recon a real unit?


No, Ghost Recon is not a real military unit. It is a fictional special mission unit in the video game series Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. However, there are real-world special operations units such as Army Delta Force, Navy SEAL Team 6, Marine Special Recon, and CIA Special Activities Division that can be considered similar to the Ghost Recon team in terms of specialized tactics.

What military unit is Ghost Recon?

Ghost Recon, also known as “The Ghosts,” is a fictional Tier One Special Mission Unit of the United States Army in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon video game series. Its former designation is Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group. In the real world, the United States Army Special Forces, also known as the “Green Berets,” support three companies: A, B, and C.

Are the Ghosts a real military branch?

No, the Ghosts are not a real military branch. In the Ghost Recon video games, the Ghosts refer to the fictional special mission unit within the United States Army. However, there are real-world military groups like Army Delta Force, Navy Seal Team 6, Marine Special Recon, and CIA Special Activities Division that specialize in specialized tactics and can be associated with the origin of the word “ghost.”

Is there a real Ghost Squad?

No, the Ghost Squad mentioned in this context is fictional. It was created by Tom Grieves and inspired by the real-life “Ghost Squad” that existed between 1994 and 1998, which was a secret unit investigating police corruption.

What country is Ghost Recon based on?

Ghost Recon is a video game series, and the fictional Santa Blanca drug cartel in the game has turned the South American country of Bolivia into a perilous narco-state.

What military unit is Ghost Recon based on?

Ghost Recon is based on the United States Army Special Forces, also known as the “Green Berets.” In the game, Ghost Recon is a fictional Tier One Special Mission Unit, formerly known as Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group.

Are the Ghosts Delta Force?

In the Ghost Recon video game series, the Ghosts are not specifically identified as Delta Force. However, they are a Tier 1 Joint Special Operations Force of the United States Army and can be considered similar in their elite status and specialized training.

Who invented Ghost Recon?

Ghost Recon was created by Tom Clancy and developed by Red Storm Entertainment. It is a tactical shooter video game series that was first released in 2001.

Is there a ghost team in the military?

There is no specific military unit called the “Ghost Team.” However, the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is a real command that oversees special operations forces, including units like Delta Force and SEAL Team Six. These units are highly classified and are sometimes referred to as “ghost units” due to their secretive nature.

Is Ghost Wars based on a true story?

No, Ghost Wars is not based on a true story. It is a television series that revolves around a fictional remote Alaskan town experiencing a deadly mass haunting.

Is Ghost an elite soldier?

In the context of the Ghost Recon video game series, yes, Ghosts are depicted as elite soldiers. They are an untraceable unit of highly skilled individuals who operate in high-risk conflict areas and track down high-value targets using advanced combat technology.

How many Ghost Army members are still alive?

There is no specific Ghost Army mentioned in the provided content. However, there is a real-life unit called the “Ghost Army” that operated during World War II. As of the provided information, there are nine surviving members of the Ghost Army mentioned, including Bill Blass and Ellsworth Kelly.

Why is it called the Ghost Army?

The real-life “Ghost Army” was called so because it was a top-secret unit of American artists, designers, and sound engineers who used elaborate ruses and deception to fool Nazi Germany about the location and size of Allied forces during World War II.

What is a ghost deployment?

The term “ghost deployment” does not have a specific meaning in the provided content. However, “Ghost” is also the name of a free and open-source publishing platform used for building and running blogs, magazines, and journals.

Does the US Army have recon?

Yes, the United States Army has reconnaissance units. One example is the United States Army Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course (RSLC), which provides training in reconnaissance fundamentals for officers and non-commissioned officers.

Is there an army recon?

Yes, there are Army reconnaissance units in the US Army. These units are responsible for gathering intelligence and scouting enemy areas. Examples include Land Recon Companies, Mechanical Recon Companies, and Special Recon Companies found in Battalions, Divisions, Commando Brigades, and provincial military commands.

Does the army have a recon unit?

Yes, the United States Army has recon units. These units play a vital role in reconnaissance missions, gathering intelligence, and scouting enemy areas. They are typically comprised of specialized soldiers trained in reconnaissance tactics.

What is ghosts based on?

The term “ghosts” mentioned in this context appears to refer to the Ghost Recon video game series rather than a specific real-world concept. Ghost Recon is a tactical shooter video game series developed by Red Storm Entertainment and published by Ubisoft. It is not based on a true story but rather a fictional concept.

What is Ghost War?

Ghost War is a player versus player (PvP) mode in the Ghost Recon Breakpoint video game. It allows players to engage in multiplayer combat without gear level advantages. Players can upgrade their characters and classes to participate in intense PvP battles.

How scary is Ghost Wars?

Ghost Wars is a horror series that involves a remote Alaskan town experiencing a deadly mass haunting. It contains violent and bloody scenes, threats, bullying, cursing, and drinking. It may be intense and scary for some viewers, especially those sensitive to horror content.

What does SOCOM stand for in the military?

SOCOM stands for the United States Special Operations Command. It is a Unified Combatant Command that oversees Special Operations Forces from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. SOCOM is responsible for planning and executing special operations activities worldwide.

How do I get into JSOC?

JSOC, the Joint Special Operations Command, consists of highly trained soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and civilians who have undergone a rigorous and selective screening process. While most positions in JSOC are filled by officers, enlisted personnel can also apply. The requirements for joining JSOC vary depending on the specific unit and role within the command.

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Ghost Army, a World War II Master of Deception, Finally Wins Recognition

President Biden signed a bill that bestows the Congressional Gold Medal to the members of “a traveling roadshow of deception” that built inflatable tanks and trucks to trick the Germans.

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By Vimal Patel

The Ghost Army had one goal: Deceive Hitler’s forces and their allies.

Credited with fine-tuning the ancient art of deceptive warfare, the American military units of the Ghost Army used inflatable tanks and trucks to cloak the true size and location of American forces. They played ear-piercingly loud recorded sounds to mimic troop movement. They sent out misleading radio communications to scramble German intelligence.

The objective was to trick the Germans into thinking the Allies were in the neighborhood in force, so that actual units elsewhere had time to maneuver.

The Ghost Army, described as “a traveling roadshow of deception,” was composed of engineers and artists, designers and architects, radio operators and truck drivers. The work was so secretive that group members, who are credited with saving thousands of Allied lives, were unsung heroes for several decades after the war. But a grassroots effort in recent years culminated this week in the ultimate recognition from the U.S. government.

On Tuesday, President Biden signed a bill that grants the Congressional Gold Medal — Congress’s equivalent of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — to members of the Ghost Army for “their unique and highly distinguished service in conducting deception operations” during World War II.

“Through their courageous, creative and innovative tactics, the top-secret Ghost Army outmaneuvered and deceived the Nazis, saving thousands of Allied lives during World War II,” Representative Annie Kuster, Democrat of New Hampshire, who sponsored the legislation, said in a statement . “More than 75 years after defeating fascism in Europe, it’s time these soldiers receive the highest honor we can award: the Congressional Gold Medal.”

Bernie Bluestein, of Schaumberg, Ill., is one of only 10 known surviving members of the Ghost Army, an unofficial term for the two U.S. Army units involved in the subterfuge. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, Mr. Bluestein’s unit, carried out more than 20 deception campaigns close to the front, including in France and Germany. A sister unit, the 3133rd Signal Company Special, executed two campaigns in Italy in 1945.

In an interview on Tuesday night, Mr. Bluestein, 98, said the award gave him an indescribable feeling of satisfaction, but he expressed sadness that so few veterans were alive to enjoy the honor with him. The other surviving members of the group range in age from 97 to 99.

“Something we did was appreciated by so many people and at the time we didn’t realize that,” Mr. Bluestein said. “It’s really a great feeling to have people acknowledge that I had a job to do in the service and it was helpful in our winning the war.”

In one of the 23rd’s most elaborate feats of trickery, during the critical Rhine River campaign to finally crush Germany, the unit set up 10 miles south of the spot where two American Ninth Army divisions were to cross the river. To draw attention away from the actual divisions, the Ghost Army conjured up a decoy force of inflated tanks, cannons, planes and trucks; sent out misleading radio messages about the American troops’ movements; and used loudspeakers to simulate the sound of soldiers building pontoon boats.

The Germans fell for the ruse. They fired on the 23rd’s divisions, while Ninth Army troops crossed the Rhine with nominal resistance.

During that campaign, Mr. Bluestein and other soldiers would visit bars and gathering spots and pretend to be senior officers to create scuttlebutt among the locals that the Americans were up to something. The hope was that German spies would eventually be misdirected.

But Mr. Bluestein was an artist at heart. Before the unit began using inflatable tanks, he would paint on cloth draped over wooden tanks to make them look authentic. He stenciled insignia for 23rd members, and he produced posters to distribute around towns — anything to create an authentic flourish.

“Like, Coca-Cola signs, so they’ll say, ‘Oh, yeah, the Americans are here,’” Mr. Bluestein said.

Mr. Bluestein had a long career after the war as an industrial designer for companies that made household appliances like refrigerators and toasters, but in retirement he found himself embracing art again. These days, his favorite objects to sculpt are pins and needles, a tribute to his father, a tailor, and his mother, a seamstress.

About half of the soldiers in Mr. Bluestein’s unit, the 603rd Camouflage Engineer Battalion, were artists, said Rick Beyer, a documentarian who has chronicled the story of the Ghost Army and pushed for the gold medal.

The Army took existing units and “mashed them together, Frankenstein style,” to create the 23rd, he said, but it also recruited from art schools like the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cooper Union. Some members became famous after the war, like the fashion designer Bill Blass and the painter Ellsworth Kelly.

In addition to Mr. Bluestein, the other nine surviving members of the Ghost Army are Bill Anderson, 97, of Kent, Ohio; James T. Anderson, 99, of Dover, Del.; John Christman, 97, of Leesburg, N.J.; George Dramis, 97, of Raleigh, N.C.; Manny Frockt, 97, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Nick Leo, 99, of Brentwood, N.Y.; Mark Mallardi, 98, of Edgewater, Fla.; Bill Nall, 97, of Dunellon, Fla.; and Seymour Nussenbaum, 98, of Monroe Township, N.J.

Mr. Beyer, who produced a 2013 documentary that aired on PBS about the Ghost Army and later co-wrote a book with Elizabeth Sayles, “The Ghost Army of World War II,” said the effort to bestow a Congressional Gold Medal on the group was the product of a grassroots campaign that required two-thirds of each congressional chamber to co-sponsor the legislation.

“We had to convince literally 350 congressional offices, one by one, of doing this,” Mr. Beyer said. The end result was a rare bipartisan feat at a time of intense partisan rancor. “Sometimes, it’s good to take a breath and say maybe there are some things we don’t have to be completely cynical about,” he said.

“The Ghost Army in some ways is still helping to keep our country safe,” Mr. Beyer said, “because people are still studying what they did and are learning from it and use it today.”

Although warfare has evolved since then, and advanced reconnaissance technology makes fooling enemy forces with inflatable tanks a bigger challenge, the principles and innovation of the Ghost Army live on today in the work of soldiers who practice psychological operations, Gen. Edward G. Burley, a retired Army brigadier general who commanded the Joint Psychological Operations Task Force in Iraq, said in an interview.

General Burley said soldiers today are taught about the imagination employed by the Ghost Army to “think outside the box” to make military deception more believable.

“These are giants, and we’re standing on their shoulders,” he said. “Their techniques are still being used today. We’re just adding additional elements to adjust for technology.”

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RALEIGH, N.C. — When World War II veteran George Dramis came home, he didn’t talk much about the war. If someone asked what he did there, he’d tell them the truth: He was a radio operator.

But there is much, much more to his story.

Dramis, 97, was one of the 1,100 soldiers in the U.S. Army’s 23rd Headquarters Special Troops . Referred to now as the Ghost Army , they formed in 1944 with a key job: deceive the German military as to the whereabouts of Army divisions. This was after the D-Day invasion at Normandy, as Allied forces fought to free Europe from the Nazis.

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“We would come in at night,” Dramis told The News & Observer, explaining how the Ghost Army operated.

“[An Army division] would sneak away, quietly. We would come in and fake their radio transmissions. We had huge half-tracks with tremendous speakers on them that you could hear for 15 miles. They were recorded things of actual troop movements — tanks, trucks, guys swearing, yelling ‘Get over here!’” he said.

A half-track was an armored personnel carrier. Those speakers that carried sound for 15 miles weighed 500 pounds, Dramis said, and it sounded like a real division coming in. The Ghost Army used inflatable tanks, trucks and other equipment that would appear to be camouflaged, and soldiers even wore fake division patches.

Those 1,100 troops used visual and audio deception to appear to be 15,000 troops. And as Dramis told people after the war when his work was still classified, he was indeed a radio operator. He kept the secret until 1996, when the Ghost Army’s efforts were declassified.

There are just nine veterans of the Ghost Army still living. With a bill co-sponsored by North Carolina’s U.S. Rep. Deborah Ross and signed into law by President Joe Biden in February, those men will receive a Congressional Gold Medal. Ross, a Democrat, and Republican Sen. Thom Tillis’ staffer Trey Lewis were among those who attended a recent ceremony at the Waltonwood Lake Boone assisted living community in Raleigh.

One of Dramis’ modern counterparts was at the ceremony, too.

Army Col. Chris Stangle is commander of the 4th Psychological Operations Group, 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), at Fort Bragg. Stangle told Dramis that Special Operations was built off of what the Ghost Army started. Stangle told The N&O that the work Dramis did has been built upon with techniques used by what is known as PSYOP today.

Like at other ceremonies of recent years honoring World War II veterans, speakers often call them heroes, including Dramis.

“They keep talking about this hero part all the time. Well, I’m not so sure about that hero stuff,” Dramis told those gathered.

“The 18-, 19-year-old, 20-year-old guys that” — Dramis paused and took a deep breath — “maybe lasted one minute or two minutes or three minutes, and they never made it. They never got to grow up and have a life … those guys are the heroes.”

After the war, Dramis was a factory worker and eventually president of an industrial supply company before he retired in 1990, according to the Ghost Army Legacy Project. He and his late wife had four children, and Dramis’ two living sons attended the ceremony, along with two of Dramis’ grandsons.

Saturday, July 23, 2022, was also proclaimed George Dramis Day by Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin.

Dramis’ son Jim Dramis, of Raleigh, wrote in The Charlotte Observer last year about the Ghost Army Legacy Project’s years-long push to get the bill passed so his father and others would be recognized with a Congressional Gold Medal. While the medal is still being minted, ceremonies for George Dramis and other Ghost Army veterans are already being held.

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Ghost Army veterans set to receive Congressional Gold Medal in March ceremony

A “Ghost Army” soldier stands before an inflatable tank used to deceive enemies in World War II.

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WASHINGTON — The surviving members of a secret World War II unit that deceived and tricked Germans on the battlefield will receive a Congressional Gold Medal in a long-awaited March ceremony at the Capitol.

Congress will bestow its highest honor to the Ghost Army on March 21 in recognition of the unique role the unit played in helping defeat Nazi Germany by misleading German forces about the size and location of Allied troops and allowing actual units time to maneuver.

Lawmakers voted in 2022 to award the medal to the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops and the 3133rd Signal Service Company. At the time, nine former members of the 1,100-man Ghost Army were alive. Just seven members survive today and several are expected to attend the ceremony.

The presentation of the medal will cap a 20-year effort by the nonprofit Ghost Army Legacy Project to raise awareness about the creative exploits of the Ghost Army after its existence was declassified in 1996.

Soldiers with the Ghost Army landed in Europe shortly before D-Day — June 6, 1944 — and carried out more than 20 deception campaigns through the end of the war, using inflatable dummy tanks, prerecorded tracks of troops in action, fake radio dispatches and other tactics to fool the enemy.

Operations by the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops were often dangerously close to the front lines in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Two deceptions were carried out in Italy by the 3133rd Signal Service Company.

“What made the Ghost Army special was not just their extraordinary courage, but their creativity,” said Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., the sponsor of the House bill that authorized the medal.

Many members were pulled from art schools, advertising agencies and other professions that required imagination and encouraged creative thought. Soldiers drew inspiration from their civilian careers as artists, architects, engineers and lawyers to think up elaborate illusions.

Their success at misdirection led the Germans to believe the small Ghost Army was much larger than its actual size.

In a final deception campaign, the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops impersonated two divisions to convince the enemy that the U.S. Army would cross the Rhine River ten miles south of its actual crossing point. More than 600 dummy vehicles were inflated for the effort as the Ghost Army played sounds of soldiers building pontoon boats and transmitted false radio dispatches.

The charade allowed U.S. troops to enter Germany with little resistance. Military analysts have credited Ghost Army soldiers for saving 30,000 American lives during the war.

“Rarely, if ever, has there been a group of such a few men that had so great an influence on the outcome of a major military campaign,” said Army analyst Mark Kronman, according to the Ghost Army Legacy Project.

The surviving members of the Ghost Army include James “Tom” Anderson of Delaware, Bernard Bluestein of Illinois, John Christman of New Jersey, George Dramis of North Carolina, William Nall of Florida, Seymour Nussenbaum of New Jersey and John Smith of Michigan.

“It’s a thrill to have that honor,” Bluestein said of the medal in an interview with Smithsonian Magazine in 2022. “If you ask most of us, we never thought much about what we did. We did what we had to do in the war ... and that was it.”

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17 Military Personnel Talk About The Creepiest Thing They’ve Seen On Duty

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Redditors who have had military experience talked about the creepiest thing they’ve seen on the job in this thread . Here are the spookiest answers:

Empty boats

“US Navy photographer here. In the deepest parts of the ocean, you will often steam past small boats that are empty or seemingly empty. Sometimes they look like they got loose and no one looked for them. Sometimes they looked disgusting like someone lived in them until they couldn’t. Sometimes it’s obvious someone is still in them but they haven’t moved for weeks…” — lightwolv

Laughing soldiers

“There were multiple instances of North Vietnamese soldiers just walking straight up to US forces in the middle of combat. They’d look at them and they wouldn’t even raise their weapon or unsling it. They would just start laughing at the US soldiers. Then the US guys would shoot them. I sure there’s a reasonable explanation of why this happened, but it’s pretty creepy that the enemy might just walk up to you and just start laughing in your face seemingly not caring whether you shoot them or not.” — evan466

“As a Marine, I used to have the graveyard patrol shift at the Beirut Bombing Memorial. Part of the memorial is dedicated to a veteran’s cemetary. Oddly enough I never got freaked out being completely alone in a remote cemetery, in the middle of the night, surrounded by dense woods on all sides. It was actually kind of peaceful, to be honest.

However, one night I was patrolling near the perimeter fence where some of the oldest headstones are, when I heard the sound of a woman humming. I followed the sound and noticed a light glowing through the vines and brush of a large tree. As I approached, I could literally feel my hair beginning to lift as if there was an electric current in the air.

I pushed aside the brush and what I saw nearly took my breath away. It was an old, weathered headstone with a large cross etched into the marble. Only the cross was glowing a bright, vivid blue, like a neon bulb. The humming was also suddenly much louder and had a weird plurality to it, like it was coming from hundreds of voices at once.

Needless to say, I freaked the fuck out. I screamed like a scared little girl and sprinted back to the parking lot. I radioed the guard who was supposed to relieve me and forced him to come early, then spent the rest of my shift in the cab of his truck. I don’t think he believed me, but he stayed in his truck and didn’t go out on patrol until the sun was fully up.

A few days later, I worked up the nerve to return to the grave (during the day, of course). As I suspected, in the light of day it was a completely mundane headstone. There was no name, only the aforementioned cross. I ran my hands over the stone and checked to see if maybe there was some sort of hidden light source or solar panel, but no, it was just plain, solid, unremarkable stone. The humming was gone, too.

I eventually returned to my normal shift, but never again experienced anything out of the ordinary. I never learned whose grave that was, either, but I find myself thinking about it from time to time. It certainly sounds absurd when I say it out loud, and I suppose it could have been a hallucination or a trick of my tired brain, but I don’t believe it was. I think it was real; a ghost or spirit of some sort, but I don’t think it was malevolent at all.” — Rainbow-Grimm

“We wrote it off as some of the instructors messing with us but while training at JWTC, there was a blood curdling scream in the middle of the night. Definitely sounded like a woman. The Lt in charge made us do a quick accountability check then he started radioing the training center to see what the hell happened. The instructors went out from their compound, did some checks but didn’t find anything. They said it’s not the first time they had units out there calling in to report the same thing.” — BossAVery

A phantom smoker

“Is a dude vanishing spooky enough? I was on one rooftop on post with another marine and on the building next to mine was a dude smoking a cigarette. I looked to my partner to mention it but when we looked again he was gone. The roof access door for that building was very rusty and loud so there’s no way he snuck out in those few seconds it took to get my partners attention.” — Im-M-A-Reyes

Lights in the sky

“Not my story, so I’ll tell it as best I can: this happened during a rotation at the National Training Center sometime in 2015. A battle was occurring at night, a light appeared in the sky and for ten minutes or so there was silence. This may not seem too interesting until you look at the numbers and statistics, you’re looking at massive amounts of people and equipment during a rotation, constant radio chatter, vehicle noise, people talking, etc. and suddenly just nothing… then the light seemed to make a couple strange turns, one being around 90 degrees, and split and disappear.” — Blackjack357

Ghost soldiers

“I was by myself in the Engine Room of a submarine on the midwatch, just a newly reported sailor trying to find equipment so I could display knowledge to one of the watchstanders.

There are a number of bays in Engine Room Lower Level with narrow passages that pass through the center. I came down one of the ladders, and I swore I saw someone walk across the ship about fifteen feet in front of me. I could hear his footsteps as he walked around a corner and out of sight.

Three problems: 1. He was wearing utilities, an older, light blue blouse and dark navy slacks. Nobody had utilities anymore. They had been phased out three years earlier. 2. There was only one other person awake in the Engine Room that late at night, and he was standing at the top of the ladder behind me, waiting for me to come back up with an answer to his question. 3. He wasn’t actually there.

I wrote it off as sleep deprivation, but I’ll admit it shook me for a while.

Fast forward to four months later, I had gone out to sea with another submarine of the same type. While I was there, I met a sailor who had previously served on my ship. After a few weeks of standing watch with him, he told me a story of a sailor who had committed suicide while on watch when he served on my ship almost a decade earlier. In Engine Room Lower Level. In his utilities.

I wish I could have gotten a picture of the look on my face. I’m sure it was the definition of disbelief.” — icesir

More ghosts

“A friend of mine went to Afghanistan and got stationed in an area that was used as a base by the Soviets. He swears that sometimes when he was on sentry duty he could hear whispers that didn’t sound like English or the local languages. He’s convinced he heard Russian.” — TofuDeliveryBoy

Triangular UFO

“One time at an Air Force Base in the ROK we had a power outage at night, all of us walked out of our hangar doors to take a see what the problem may have been and we saw a very, very large triangular shape passing over our hangar. It was a clear moonless night previously and when we went outside to look around we noticed the starscape being covered then slowly uncovered. No sound associated with the event other than normal sounds of the location. I’ll never forget.” — SnoGoose

“This is my dad’s story. After he was done in Vietnam he soon stationed at an air force base in Greenland. They had bad blizzards often there and when they came through the base shut down and every section of the barracks would take role call. These blizzards are intense. There were cables running between all the buildings you attached to your person with a carabener so if there was a sudden white out you didn’t get lost and die. They had people die literally 20 meters from shelter because they got lost in bad weather and froze.

He said for about 5 months every time they locked down for weather they would hear horrendous screaming outside. Everyone was accounted for so they didn’t risk sending anyone out to investigate. They wrote it off as an animal. However, every time this was heard, the engine room would be wrecked. Tools everywhere, paperwork all over the floor, tables and tool boxes knocked over, even one time a several thousand pound jet engine had been lifted from it’s work bench crane thing and smashed almost 30 feet away.

The hangars and engine room had cameras covering ever single possible entrance with spot lights that made them clear even in a white out. No animals, no people, no anything was ever seen entering or leaving those buildings. Then one day it just stopped.

Edit- OK, since I have a lot of debate on what could have caused this I will clear some stuff up.

This was not something they just shrugged at. It cost a lot of money and threw a wrench in at least one surveillance routine which caused a lot of brass from the DOD and the CIA to breath fire down the base commander’s neck. This facility, beyond military function, served as a base for a lot of civilian research as well. There was a full investigation using all manner of scientists, engineers, and specialists. They came up with no satisfactory explanation for what was happening.

I do not believe in the paranormal nor did my father. This is the only spooky type story he has from 22 years in the service. No one knows what happened. It was very strange in ever way. Hundreds of people wrote reports and documented this, it wasnt just some grease monkeys scratching their heads and randomly guessing.

That said, I spoke to my mom. She told me a couple things I missed.

After one of these occasions the U2 in the shop had all it’s electronics turned on. Many of the systems in this plane were special built for this air frame and this particular crew’s mission. These systems were complex and archaic. Very few people knew how to operate this machinery and the only ones on base that could were two engineers and it’s crew. It wasnt a simple matter of hitting power buttons and flipping switches from off to on.

Another time three barrels of hydraulic fluid vanished and were never found.

They doubted the screaming noise was wind because it came in short, irregular, bursts and winds never produced those sounds again. They theorized it was a polar bear but, if it was, it’s coincidental timing was extremely uncanny.

Lastly control picked up a bunch of weird interference and anomalous readings that, again, had the uncanny timing of happening only when this was going on. They were never able to reproduce these errors in a controlled manner.” — creepyredditloaner

“This never happened”

“Used to be F22 Avionics for the USAF (2A3x2) no shred, at an undisclosed base, a light appeared above the flightline moving in odd ways and hovering. We called it in to our #1 and he called other AMUs to ensure there were no sorties being flown that we didn’t know about. Shortly after F22s and 16s were scrambled and could not intercept the object. It disappeared into the night. We saw this go down from our flightline. Shortly after, we were informed that this never happened.” — phdaemon

Piano notes

“Navy. When I was in groton CT, for basic enlisted submarine school. I was roving the barracks at night. I had a UI(under instruction), so I was showing him the ropes. What to check and and how to check. It was mainly fire extinguishers and secured doors. Well on the second or third floor of the barracks there is a recreation room with a TV and chairs and a piano. Mind you everyone was asleep and it was 0200 in the morning. Well I decided to go and see if I remembered how to play the piano a little. We decided to continue to finish the patrol so we started walking down the hall when we heard a single piano note go off. We both heard it while I was in mid conversation so we kind of looked back, and than we both looked at each other to see if we both had heard the same noise. We shrugged it off as our imaginations running wild. But as soon as we got to the end of the hall and opened the door to the stairway a sharp key note was heard coming from down the hall in the direction of the room with the piano. We left the floor as soon as possible and later shared the story with some shipamates and they told us story’s of sailors that had died in the barracks.” — compaq2598

Submarine ghosts

“Submariner here. There are few things as unnerving as wondering about the engine room from 2330-0530 alone on watch. When the boat is largely shutdown in port it becomes a very quiet place. The roving watches usually make it an hourly game to speed through their log rounds, especially in the lower levels. One particular in port period, the boat was moored in Pearl Harbor and a few people started complaining about a real uneasy feeling. I was on the mid-watch as the SEO on evening and a Senior Chief came back to do his required 0300 tour. We saw him walk past maneuvering on his way to shaft-alley. This particular Senior Chief was the crusty old salt type, and would usually spend a bit of time just sitting in the lower levels of the engine room alone and contemplate life, so we expected as much. What we didn’t expect was him to literally run into the maneuvering area a few minutes later. The man was pale faced, and breathing heavily. We sat up straight, our eyes as wide as his thinking we were about to have to announce and fight some ship casualty. He slumps into the EDO chair. A few tense, and silent, moments go by. We’re on pins and needles. He finally opens his mouth and tells us about the “fucking ghost in shaft-alley.” Swears a sailor passes by him as he’s sitting on a trash can in shaft alley. His first response was to call out to the guy, see who it was. But then he realized this guy isn’t dressed right. He describes what this guy was wearing, the old WWII naval uniforms. So he quickly gets up to catch up to the guy, and he does. Catches up to him all the way aft. The guy turns towards the Senior Chief. Looks right at him. Then turns away and literally walks through ass end of the boat. It’s now that the Senior Chief decides it’s time to leave shaft-alley, and promptly does so. Swears up and down that he knows what he saw. I sure as hell wasn’t about to leave maneuvering that night to find out for myself.” — Driftwolf

“One of my drill sergeants actually has a creepy story from one of his Afghanistan deployments. He was infantry so being in the field and out of missions for multiple weeks wasn’t uncommon. One night while sleeping in a fighting position he dug, he felt something nibbling at his feet. He woke up and kicked it off and what he saw wasn’t any type of marsupial but a little humanoid figure he could only describe as looking just like Gollum. But being in the field with little sleep he chalked it up to just seeing things. A couple days later he and another guy and on watch and the other guy pointed out something and said “what the fuck is that” and pointed at a stone wall in the distance. My drill sergeant looked through this binoculars and crawling across the top of this stone wall was the exact little humanoid creature he encountered a few nights before.” — dee_swoozie

Cemetery ghost

“I worked in Arlington National Cemetery while I was in the army. The Tomb Guards always talked about seeing or just hearing soldiers marching some nights. We were cataloging graves one night when I thought I saw a soldier in my team up ahead, so I called him over. He answered from behind me. When I looked back, the other soldier was gone. I am a skeptic and I believe everything “paranormal” has a real world explanation, but I’m still trying to figure that one out.” — chrisberman410

St. Elmo’s Fire

“Saw a ghost and some creepy shit happen when we were removing the old Fresnel lens from the Presque Isle Light in Michigan. Also, seen some weird creepy lights and St. Elmo’s fire near the old Waugoshance Light. Compasses and radios all quit, radar and GPS wouldn’t work either. The light near Sturgeon Bay is haunted as well, and we stayed at the light near Two Rivers, and the whole family saw the ghost.

There are several lights in the Great Lakes that are open to Active, Reserve, and Retired military members as vacation rentals. We stayed at Rawley Point Lighthouse and the Sherwood Point Lighthouse. They have visitors logs that are like a diary, and multiple stories are in there about the hauntings, dating back to the 70s. I KNOW that Sherwood Point is haunted…..” — derpsalot1984

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What branch of the military is Ghost Recon?

Ghost Recon is a fictional special forces unit from the video game franchise Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. It is not an actual branch of the military, but it is often associated with the U.S. Army Special Forces and other special operations forces.

What are the different Ghost Recon games?

Is ghost recon a realistic portrayal of special operations forces, what platforms are ghost recon games available on, can you play ghost recon games in multiplayer mode, are there any novels based on ghost recon, what is the premise of the ghost recon games, do ghost recon games focus on teamwork and strategy, are there any film adaptations of ghost recon, who is tom clancy and what is his connection to ghost recon, can you customize your weapons and equipment in ghost recon, are there any expansion packs or dlc for ghost recon games, do ghost recon games feature open-world gameplay, are there any mobile versions of ghost recon games, do the ghost recon games depict realistic weapons and equipment, can you play as different types of soldiers in ghost recon games.

The Ghost Recon franchise includes games such as Ghost Recon, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, and Ghost Recon Wildlands.

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While the games are based on real-world military tactics and equipment, they are ultimately works of fiction and may not accurately portray actual military operations.

Ghost Recon games are available on platforms such as Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.

Yes, many Ghost Recon games offer multiplayer modes, allowing players to team up with friends or strangers online.

Yes, several novels have been written based on the Ghost Recon universe, expanding on the stories and characters featured in the games.

The games typically involve players taking on the role of elite soldiers tasked with carrying out secretive and dangerous missions in various global hotspots.

Yes, teamwork and strategic planning are key elements of gameplay in Ghost Recon titles.

As of now, there are no film adaptations of Ghost Recon, although there have been rumors of potential movie projects.

Tom Clancy was a popular author known for his military and espionage novels, and his name is often associated with the Ghost Recon franchise.

Yes, players can customize their loadouts and gear to suit their playstyle in most Ghost Recon games.

Many Ghost Recon games offer additional content in the form of expansion packs or downloadable content (DLC), providing new missions, weapons, and other enhancements.

Some Ghost Recon games, such as Ghost Recon Wildlands, offer open-world environments for players to explore and carry out missions in.

Yes, there are mobile versions of Ghost Recon games available for smartphones and tablets.

The games often feature a wide array of real-world firearms, gear, and vehicles, providing a sense of authenticity to the gameplay experience.

Yes, players can often choose from various classes or roles, each with their own unique abilities and equipment in Ghost Recon titles.

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