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The 10th Special Forces Group (10th SFG) is another brigade-sized unit assigned to Fort Carson, CO.
It is assigned to the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command located at
Fort Bragg, N.C. The group trains for and conducts combat,
unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, and foreign internal
It consist of a group headquarters and support units and three
subordinate battalions. One of these battalions, the 1st Battalion, is
forward deployed at Panzer Kaserne, near Stuttgart, Germany.
The 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was first constituted as the
1st Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Service Force on July 9, 1942
at Camp William Harrison, Montana. This specialized Canadian-United
States unit was organized and trained to conduct commando raids against
Nazi Germany's fledging nuclear weapons capability in the the
Scandinavian region of occupied Europe. However, the unit was diverted
to the campaign in the Aleutian Islands, where they were confronted by
not only Japanese, but the brutal arctic climate.
The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) derives its lineage from the
unit of World War II fame -- The First Special Service Forces. "The
Devils Brigade" -- a combined Canadian-American Force, constituted 5
July 1942 in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and
Headquarters Detachment,1st Battalion, Third Regiment,1st Special
3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) was activated at Fort Bragg, NC on
29 June 1990. In the mid-1990s the Third Special Forces Group had as
its responsibility all of the Caribbean and all of the western part of
the continent of Africa. The reactivation of Fort Bragg's 3rd Special
Forces Group brought to five the number of Special Forces groups on
active-duty status. Each group has three battalions, a group support
company and a headquarters company. The companies have six Operational
Detachment Alphas, or A-teams, assigned to them. The ODA is the heart
and soul of SF operations.
The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) was officially activated at on
24 June 1957, at Camp Drake, Japan. The unit was activated even though
all its elements were either en route to Okinawa or on temporary duty
in South Vietnam on that date. The 1st SFG thereafter sent a number of
mobile training teams to conduct missions in Thailand, Taiwan, the
Philippines, Indonesia, and South Vietnam.
An A-Team cannot deploy or operate without the support of the B
Team. The B-Team consists of 11 personnel and is the headquarters
element of the Special Forces company. It acts as the command and
control of the A-Teams within the company. The B-Team establishes and
operates the AOB, or Advanced Operational Base. The B Team can and does
- Plan and conduct SF operations separately or as part of a larger
force; Train and prepare SF A-Teams for deployment; Infiltrate and
exfiltrate operational areas by air, land, or sea; Conduct operations
in remote areas and hostile environments for extended periods of time
with minimal external direction or support; Develop, organize, equip,
train, and advise or direct indigenous combat forces up to regimental
size in Special Operations (SO); Train, advise, and assist other U.S.
and allied forces and agencies.
The primary operational element of a Special Forces company, an
A-Team consists of 12 Special Forces Soldiers; two officers, and ten
sergeants. All team members are SF qualified and cross-trained in
different skills. They are also multi-lingual. The A-Team is almost
unlimited in it's capabilities to operate in hostile or denied areas.
A-Teams can infiltrate and exfiltrate their area of operations by air,
land, or sea. An A-Team can operate for an indefinite period of time in
remote locations with little or no outside support. They are truly
independent, self-sustaining "detachments". A-Teams routinely train,
advise and assist other U.S. and allied forces and other agencies while
standing by to perform other special operations as directed by higher
authorities. All detachment members are capable of advising, assisting,
and directing foreign counterparts in their function up through
Forces Command exercises command and control over five active component
groups. Additionally, it exercises training oversight of two Army
National Guards groups. Each Special Forces Group is regionally
oriented to support one of the war fighting commanders-in-chief
(CINCs). Special Forces soldiers routinely deploy in support of the
CINCs of U.S. European Command, U.S. Atlantic Command, U.S. Pacific
Command, U.S. Southern Command and the U.S. Central Command.