Exclusive: Former Special Forces Soldiers Fight New War On The Internet Rob March 30, 2013 Army 11 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: From the dark alleyways and desolate rooftops of Baghdad to an empty studio apartment in Clarksville, Tenn., former Special Forces soldier Dave Williams finds himself on the front lines of a new war. Unlike the war in Iraq, Dave’s only weapons are his fingers and the laptop on the floor in front of his mattress. In this dark room he sits, his experience his ammunition, and he types. Dave’s new mission is to find fakes, frauds and wannabes trolling the Internet trying to talk about something they know nothing about — The U.S. Army Special Forces. For many of the Army’s former elite, the story is the same. They have returned from honorable service in combat only to be slighted by lesser soldiers and even civilians pretending to know something about special operations. On Internet sites such as YouTube and Facebook, the former Green Berets correct erroneous comments with precision and secrecy. Commenting on a YouTube video titled “ICTF Video,” presumed former SF Solder identified only as “OP1GOLF” writes, “There is no marines or seals in this video. It wasn’t ICTF either. Anyone who is actually in the know, knows which team this really was.” But which team it really was only he knows, and OP1GOLF won’t say. Special Forces is better than that. Before he departs the comments section of YouTube, OP1GOLF warns, “If you dont know the real deal you dont deserve to know, fucking wannabe’s. Stop trying to claim part of a mission you were not on. It doesn’t make your gay little unit look any cooler to say your guys were there.” On a separate cyber front, another former SF soldier participates in Operation: Dick-Measuring Contest. Posting to a Marine’s personal Facebook page, an SF soldier under the alias “thatSFdude” comments,”MARSOC basically stole the Q-course from the army, but you guys aren’t anywhere close to SF. why don’t you wait a few more decades and get a few more wars under your belt before you go claiming how bad ass you are.” Patrolling the endless roads of the Internet isn’t easy and it’s not the job they asked for, but these warriors bravely take on the new challenge without reservation. It’s a service ingrained in them from hard fought battles of the past, and one that continues on in these wars of the future. Wars fought on the Internet. Wars fought on the floors of studio apartments in Clarksville. For others, however, patrolling the Internet is a “team” effort — an A-team effort. For them, there are reservoirs, safe havens of their own internet forums. Here, the Quiet Professionals collaborate and remind themselves — and others — of what it means to be “SF.” In chat rooms they work together to answer important questions, such as “Who can wear the long tab,” and occasionally bring a lucky high school kid’s Army poster to life by offering him some real SF guidance. But the primary mission is never forgotten, and soldiers like Dave Williams brave on towards the real focus of effort. They hunt the wrong, and maintain order by fighting a war only they can fight. A war they didn’t ask for, but a war they will win. Internet trolls beware. Michelle Dawn Lotz-Lynch says: January 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM Excellent. Mark Ivey says: January 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM *Raises maus clenched in fist*. Patrick Ellam says: January 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM Jacob, what’s your issue with SOCNET? Joshua Dumont says: January 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM Once again, they got me before I read that it was from the duffleblog. Jim Gocht says: January 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM Iz…that Woody Haroldson… in that graphic… He’s been “hittin’…some big bicep” iron since hiz last movie… Olde soldier sends.. Jacob Arnett says: January 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM Sounds like SOCNET lol. Zodee Yak says: January 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM wow… Gerard Black says: January 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM Probably the guy that got kicked out of SF because he couldn’t grow a beard. Josh Noble says: January 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM This is a war that Special Forces have no hope to win. Trolls don’t need to win, merely endure. They put the Viet Cong to shame. All they have to do is draw a few well-meaning but naive soldiers into a drawn out flame war. The soldiers will be the ones ridiculed by the masses of the internet. To engage a troll is to lose to a troll. Andrew Neblock says: January 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM “What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.” Dusty Larson says: January 3, 2014 at 3:39 AM lol Right? “Quiet professionals” my ass.