1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)
The 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) is a division-level special operation forces command within the US Army Special Operations Command. The command was established on 30 September 2014, grouping together the Army Special Forces (a.k.a. the Green Berets), Psychological Operations (or PSYOP), Civil Affairs, and support troops into a single organization operating out of its new headquarters building at Fort Bragg, NC.
|1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)|
US Army Special Forces shoulder sleeve insignia
|Active||30 September 2014 - present|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Army|
|Role||Organize, train, educate, man, equip, fund, administer, mobilize, deploy and sustain Army special operations forces to successfully conduct worldwide special operations|
|Size||22,971 personnel authorized:|
|Part of||US Army Special Operations Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Bragg, North Carolina|
|Engagements||War on Terror|
|Commanding General||MG E. John Deedrick Jr.|
|Deputy Commander||COL Josh Rudd|
|Command Sergeant Major||CSM Tomas G. Sandoval|
|Distinctive unit insignia|
The main task of the 1st Special Forces Command is to assemble a force specifically tailored for dealing with any unconventional issue that's required within a designed area of responsibility, utilizing a mix of traditional combat and unconventional warfare units. The mission of 1SFC (A) is to organize, equip, train, and validate forces to conduct full spectrum special operations in support of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Geographic Combatant Commanders, American ambassadors, and other governmental agencies. The new command includes an organic military intelligence battalion, all seven Special Forces groups (including the five active duty and two Army National Guard groups), two Psychological Operations groups, a civil affairs brigade, and a sustainment brigade. The Command has the ability to rapidly deploy a high-level headquarters to run sustained, unconventional campaigns in foreign theaters.
|1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)|
|Name||Headquarters||Structure and purpose|
|1st SFC(A) Military Intelligence Battalion||Ft. Bragg, North Carolina||The 1st SFC(A) Military Intelligence Battalion performs direct multi-source military intelligence support to the 1st Special Forces Command.|
|Special Forces Groups||Various||There are seven special forces groups: 1st SFG(A), 3rd SFG(A), 5th SFG(A), 7th SFG(A), 10th SFG(A), 19th SFG(A) (ARNG), and 20th SFG(A) (ARNG) that are trained for unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, and counter-terrorism missions.|
|Psychological Operations Groups||Ft. Bragg, North Carolina||Tasked to work with foreign nations to induce or reinforce behavior favorable to U.S. objectives via two operational groups, the 4th POG(A) and 8th POG(A)|
|95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne)||Ft. Bragg, North Carolina||Enables military commanders and U.S. Ambassadors to improve relationships with various stakeholders in a local area to meet the objectives of the U.S. government via five operational battalions: 91st Civil Affairs Battalion, 92nd Civil Affairs Battalion, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, 97th Civil Affairs Battalion, and 98th Civil Affairs Battalion.|
|528th Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne)||Ft. Bragg, North Carolina||Provides combat service support and combat health support units for all USASOC elements via the 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion (Airborne), a Special Troops Battalion, an ARSOF Support Operations Cell, six ARSOF Liaison Elements, and two Medical Role II teams.|
On December 21, 2016, Stars and Stripes reported that the 1st Special Forces Command were taking part in Operation Inherent Resolve as the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.
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- USASOC Headquarters Fact Sheet Archived 2016-10-19 at the Wayback Machine, from the USASOC official website, last accessed 14 May 2017
- "'We're a significant presence:' General updates Fort Bragg troops on Islamic State fight". military.com. 21 December 2016.