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The 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) is a division-level special operation forces command within the US Army Special Operations Command.[2] 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)
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US Army Special Forces shoulder sleeve insignia
Active30 September 2014 - present
Country United States of America
Branch United States Army
TypeSpecial Operations
Size22,971 personnel authorized:[1]
  • 22,845 military personnel
  • 126 civilian personnel
Part ofUnited States Army Special Operations Command DUI.png US Army Special Operations Command
Garrison/HQFort Bragg, North Carolina
EngagementsWar on Terror
Commanders
Commanding GeneralMG E. John Deedrick Jr.
Deputy CommanderCOL Josh Rudd
Command Sergeant MajorCSM Tomas G. Sandoval
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia
SpecialForces Badge.svg

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RoleEdit

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.[3][4]

CompositionEdit

  1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)[5]  
Name Headquarters Structure and purpose
  389th Military Intelligence Battalion (Airborne)[6] Ft. Bragg, North Carolina The 389th performs direct multi-source military intelligence support to the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).
Special Forces Groups Various Each special forces group is designed to deploy and execute nine doctrinal missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counter-insurgency, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, information operations, counterproliferation of weapon of mass destruction, and security force assistance via seven geographically focused groups:[5]
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 that provides scalable, regionally oriented, and culturally astute special operations psychological operations forces to combatant commanders, U.S. ambassadors, and other agencies. Their mission is to advise, plan, develop, synchronize, deliver and assess military information support operations and other information related capabilities across the range of military operations.[5]
  95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne) Ft. Bragg, North Carolina The 95th enables military commanders and U.S. ambassadors to achieve national objectives by countering adversary control and improving a partner’s control over populations. The 95th accomplishes this as a member of the ARSOF team and through its relationships with the U.S. Department of State, government and non-governmental organizations, and local populations via five geographically focused battalions:[5]
  528th Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne) Ft. Bragg, North Carolina The 528th provides enduring logistics, signal support, and medical care to Army Special Operations Forces (RSOF) and joint elements worldwide and is task organized with a various elements based at each Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) and Army Service Component Command (ASCC) via the following units:[5]

HistoryEdit

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.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/671462.pdf
  2. ^ Trevithick, Joseph (26 November 2014). "The U.S. Army Has Quietly Created a New Commando Division". Medium.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  3. ^ Rogers, Darsie. "1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)" (PDF). Benning Army. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  4. ^ Scott Tyson, Ann (17 December 2014). "NEW ELITE DIVISION-LEVEL UNIT CREATED BY ARMY". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e Army Special Operations Forces Fact Book 2018, USASOC official website, dated 2018, last accessed 28 July 2019
  6. ^ 389th Military Intelligence Battalion @1SFCMIBN, official Facebook page, last accessed 28 July 2019
  7. ^ "'We're a significant presence:' General updates Fort Bragg troops on Islamic State fight". military.com. 21 December 2016.