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Encyclopedia > United States Special Operations Command
Emblem of the United States Special Operations Command.
Emblem of the United States Special Operations Command.

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM or USSOC) is the Specified Command charged with overseeing the various Special Operations Commands (SOC or SOCOM) of each branch of the U.S. military. The command is part of the U.S. Department of Defense. When Special Operations Forces (SOF) of different branches are used for the same operation, USSOCOM acts as the Joint Command Center (JCC) of all the forces used in the operation. USSOCOM is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.SOCOM is a separate brand of the armed forces, with 44,000 special operations commandos from the Army, Air Force and Navy. Image File history File links Socom. ... Image File history File links Socom. ... An emblem consists of a pictorial image, abstract or representational, that epitomizes a concept - often a concept of a moral truth or an allegory. ... The armed forces of the United States of America consist of the United States Army United States Navy United States Air Force United States Marine Corps United States Coast Guard Note: The United States Coast Guard has both military and law enforcement functions. ... The United States Department of Defense, abbreviated DoD or DOD and sometimes called the Defense Department, is a civilian Cabinet organization of the United States government. ... The United States Special Operations Forces is the official category which the United States Department of Defense lists the U.S. military units that have a training specialization in unconventional warfare and special operations. ... Aerial Photo of MacDill Air Force Base, Florida - March 1987 MacDill Air Force Base Emblem showing a KC-135 Stratotanker of the 6th Air Mobility Wing with the Tampa Skyline and Gasparilla ship in the background. ... Nickname: Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. ...

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History

The idea of a unified special operations command had its origins in the aftermath of Operation Eagle Claw, the disastrous attempted rescue of hostages at the American embassy in Iran. The ensuing investigation, chaired by Adm. James L. Holloway III, the retired Chief of Naval Operations, cited command and control and inter-service coordination as significant factors in the failure of the mission. Combatants United States Iran Commanders Col. ... James Lemuel Holloway III (born 1922) is a retired U.S. Navy admiral and naval aviator who was highly decorated for his actions during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. ... The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is the senior military officer in the United States Navy. ... The phrase command and control is used in various fields: In telecommunications Command and control (C 2) is the exercise of authority and direction by a properly designated commander over assigned and attached forces in the accomplishment of the mission. ...


Further problems in Grenada in Operation Urgent Fury involving communications problems, training coordination, and equipment commonalities increased the visibility of the problems of inter-service standardization. Combatants United States Antigua and Barbuda Barbados Dominica Jamaica Saint Lucia Saint Vincent & the Grenadines Grenada Cuba Commanders Ronald Reagan Joseph Metcalf Hudson Austin Pedro Tortolo Strength 7,300 Grenada: 1,500 regulars Cuba: about 722 (mostly military engineers)[1] Casualties 19 killed; 116 wounded[2] Grenada: 45 military and...


A significant part of the problem was identified as related to attempts to use standard-force-issue equipment (radios, helicopters, aircraft, surface craft) for the more demanding special operations, and the lack of support from the various services for developing and equipping their special operations forces with equipment suitable to the missions. Special forces or special operations forces is a term used to describe relatively small military units raised and trained for reconnaissance, unconventional warfare and special operations. ...


The Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 would eventually lead to the birth of USSOCOM on April 16, 1987. The Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 Pub. ...


List of USSOCOM commanders

Name and Affiliation Start of Term End of Term
Gen. James J. Lindsay, US Army April 1987 June 1990
Gen. Carl W. Stiner, US Army June 1990 May 1993
Gen. Wayne A. Downing, US Army May 1993 February 1996
Gen. Henry H. Shelton, US Army February 1996 September 1997
Radm. Raymond C. Smith, Jr., US Navy (interim)   September 1997 November 1997
Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, US Army November 1997 October 2000
Gen. Charles R. Holland, US Air Force October 2000 September 2003
Gen. Bryan D. Brown, US Army September 2003 July 2007
Adm. Eric T. Olson, US Navy July 2007 Present

General James Joseph Lindsay is a retired United States Army four star general, and served as the first commander of the United States Special Operations Command. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Carl W. Stiner born (September 7, 1936) is a retired United States Army four-star general. ... Wayne Allan Downing (May 10, 1940 – July 18, 2007) was a retired four-star United States Army general born in Peoria, Illinois. ... Henry Hugh Shelton (born 2 January 1942) is an American career military officer. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... General Peter J. Schoomaker General Peter Jan Schoomaker (born February 12, 1946) became the 35th Chief of Staff of the United States Army, on August 1, 2003. ... Gen. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... Gen. ...

Component Commands (incomplete)

Each Special Operations Command is unique and capable of running their own operations, but when the different Special Operations Forces need to work together for an operation, USSOCOM becomes the joint component command of the operation, instead of a SOC of a specific branch. Joint Special Operations Command is under the command of USSOCOM. Emblem of the Joint Special Operations Command The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). ...


Air Force

The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Florida is in charge of the Special Operations Forces of the U.S. Air Force. The command currently oversees: Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) was established May 22, 1990, with headquarters at Hurlburt Field, Fla. ... Hurlburt Field is a base of the United States Air Force located in Okaloosa County, Florida on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation immediately west of the Town of Mary Esther. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area South Florida Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Seal of the Air Force. ...


Active-duty

Reserves & National Guard // Activated as the 16th Pursuit Group on December 1, 1932, in the Panama Canal Zone. ... Hurlburt Field is a base of the United States Air Force located in Okaloosa County, Florida on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation immediately west of the Town of Mary Esther. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area South Florida Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... 352 SOG emblem The 352d Special Operations Group (352 SOG) is the United States Air Force component for Special Operations Command Europe, a sub-unified command of the United States European Command. ... Tail of a 100ARW Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker, Serial 58-0100, displaying the crest of RAF Mildenhall and the historic SquareD badge as used by the unit during the second world war RAF Mildenhall (IATA: MHZ, ICAO: EGUN) is a Royal Air Force station located at Mildenhall in Suffolk... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the United Kingdom anthem is God Save the Queen. ... // Lineage Established as 3d Air Commando Group on 25 Apr 1944. ... Kadena Air Base is the largest American airbase in Asia. ... Air Force Special Tactics are special operations personnel of the United States Air Force under the Air Force Special Operations Command or AFSOC, a branch of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). ... Hurlburt Field is a base of the United States Air Force located in Okaloosa County, Florida on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation immediately west of the Town of Mary Esther. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area South Florida Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... USAFSOS Shield The United States Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) is a primary support unit of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the Air Force component of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). ... Hurlburt Field is a base of the United States Air Force located in Okaloosa County, Florida on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation immediately west of the Town of Mary Esther. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area South Florida Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Hurlburt Field is a base of the United States Air Force located in Okaloosa County, Florida on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation immediately west of the Town of Mary Esther. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area South Florida Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ...

The 919th Special Operations Wing (919 SOW) is a Air Force Reserve wing of the United States Air Force based at Duke Field, Florida. ... Named for 1st Lt. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area South Florida Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... The 193d Special Operations Wing is a special forces wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, part of the United States Air National Guard. ... Harrisburg International Airport (IATA: MDT, ICAO: KMDT) is a public airport located eight miles (13 km) southeast of the central business district (CBD) of Harrisburg, a city in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. The airport code MDT is a reference to the surrounding community of Middletown, which is a suburb of... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Louisville International Airport (IATA: SDF, ICAO: KSDF) is a public airport centrally located in the city of Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA. The airport covers 1,200 acres and has three runways. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... KPDX Airport Diagram Aerial view of KPDX from the southwest For the airport of Portland, Maine, see Portland International Jetport For the drug PDX, see 10-propargyl-10-deazaaminopterin PDX is also a nickname for the city of Portland, Oregon Portland International Airport (IATA: PDX, ICAO: KPDX) is the largest... Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... Location of Gulfport in the State of Mississippi Coordinates: , Country United States State Mississippi County Harrison Founded Incorporated Government  - Mayor Brent Warr Area  - City  64. ... Dothan Regional Airport (IATA: DHN, ICAO: KDHN) is a public airport located 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Dothan, in Dale County, Alabama, USA. DHN is mostly used for military aviation but is also served by one commercial airline. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... Selfridge Field is a joint Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard training facility in Harrison Township, Michigan, near Mount Clemens. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... Destinations with direct service from Pittsburgh Pittsburgh International Airport (IATA: PIT, ICAO: KPIT, FAA LID: PIT), commonly shortened to PIT, is an international airport located in the Pittsburgh suburb of Findlay Township, approximately west of downtown Pittsburgh at Exit 6 of PA-60 (Future I-376) and the Northern Terminus... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Dallas redirects here. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...

Army

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) is in charge of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) of the U.S. Army. The command currently oversees: USASOC shoulder sleeve patch. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...

  • United States Army Special Forces Command (USASFC)
    • 1st Special Forces Group - 1st Battalion stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and the 2nd and 3rd Battalions are headquartered at Fort Lewis, Washington. 1st SFG has responsibility for the Pacific.
    • 3rd Special Forces Group - Headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 3rd SFG has responsibility for all of Africa except for the eastern Horn of Africa.
    • 5th Special Forces Group - Headquartered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 5th SFG has responsibility for the Middle East, Persian Gulf, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa (HOA).
    • 7th Special Forces Group - Headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 7th SFG has responsibility for Latin and Central America as well as the Caribbean (along with 20th SFG).
    • 10th Special Forces Group - 1st Battalion stationed near Stuttgart, Germany, and the 2nd and 3rd Battalions are headquartered at Fort Carson, Colorado. 10th SFG has responsibility for Europe, mainly Central and Eastern, the Balkans, Turkey, Israel and Lebanon.
    • 19th Special Forces Group - National Guard unit for the Special Forces. 19th SFG has responsibility over Southwest Asia (shared with 5th SFG), as well as the Pacific (shared with 1st SFG).
    • 20th Special Forces Group - National Guard unit for the Special Forces. 20th SFG has an area of responsibility covering 32 countries, including Latin America south of Mexico, the waters, territories, and nations in the Caribbean sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the southwestern Atlantic Ocean. These areas of responsibility are shared with 7th SFG.
  • 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (SFOD-D, Delta Force) - Headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
  • 75th Ranger Regiment (Rangers, Light Infantry) - Headquartered at Fort Benning, Georgia.
  • 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers, Helicopters) - Headquartered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
  • 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) Psychological Operations
  • 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) Civil Affairs (CA)
    • U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC) was recently moved under the control of U.S. Army Reserve Command and is responsible to overseeing all Reserve Civil Affairs and PSYOP units. The 96th Civil Affairs Bn (A) and the 4th PSYOP Group (A) represent active duty Civil Affairs and PSYOP and fall directly under USASOC. USASOC retrains proponency for all Civil Affairs and PSYOP doctrine and training.
  • Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne) (Provisional) SB(SO)(A)
    • 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion (Airborne)
    • 528th Special Operations Support Battalion (Airborne)
    • Material Management Center (Airborne)
    • five Special Operations Theater Support Elements
  • John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center (USAJFKSWCS) and its schools:

The United States Army Special Forces—or simply Special Forces (capitalized)—is an elite Special Operations Force of the United States Army trained for unconventional warfare and special operations. ... The 1st Special Forces Group is a U.S. Army Special Forces unit that was activated on 24 June 1957 at Camp Drake, Japan. ... This article is about the prefecture. ... Fort Lewis is a census-designated place and U.S. Army post located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... The 3rd Special Forces Group is a U.S. Army Special Forces unit that was activated on 5 December, 1963 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. ... Troopers of the 82nd training on Fort Bragg Paratroopers in training at Fort Bragg Fort Bragg is a major United States Army installation, in Cumberland and Hoke Counties, North Carolina, USA, near Fayetteville. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Fort Campbell is a large post of the United States Army located approximately ten miles northwest of downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... The 7th Special Forces Group was activated on 20 May, 1960. ... Troopers of the 82nd training on Fort Bragg Paratroopers in training at Fort Bragg Fort Bragg is a major United States Army installation, in Cumberland and Hoke Counties, North Carolina, USA, near Fayetteville. ... The 10th Special Forces Group was formed on June 19th, 1952, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with Colonel Aaron Bank in command. ... City Center seen from Weinsteige Road Solitude Palace The 1956 TV Tower U.S. Army Kelley Barracks Stuttgart (IPA: []) is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. ... Fort Carson is a census-designated place and United States Army Base located in El Paso County, Colorado. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... (Redirected from 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta) Official force name 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Airborne) 1st SFOD-D (A) Combat Application Group (CAG) Delta Force Nicknames D-boys Delta boys Deltas Branch U.S. Army Chain of Command USASOC Description Versatile Special Operations Force, mainly trained for... Troopers of the 82nd training on Fort Bragg Paratroopers in training at Fort Bragg Fort Bragg is a major United States Army installation, in Cumberland and Hoke Counties, North Carolina, USA, near Fayetteville. ... The 75th Ranger Regiment—also known as the United States Army Rangers—is an elite light infantry special operations force of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC); with headquarters in Fort Benning, Georgia. ... Fort Benning is a United States Army base, located southwest of Columbus in Muscogee and Chattahoochee counties in Georgia and Russell County, Alabama It is part of the Columbus, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. ... (Redirected from 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment) Unit name 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Abbreviated: 160th SOAR (A) Nickname Night Stalkers Branch U.S. Army Mission Provide aviation support to U.S. Special Operations Forces Headquarters Fort Campbell, Kentucky USA Motto Night Stalkers Dont Quit (NSDQ) Death Waits... Fort Campbell is a large post of the United States Army located approximately ten miles northwest of downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) is the only active duty PSYOP element in the United States Army, constituting 26 percent of all U.S. Army Psychological Operations units. ... Psychological Operations (or PSYOPS) are techniques used by military and police forces to influence a target audiences emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately behavior. ... Civil Affairs (CA) is the official name for special operations units that conduct civil-military operations. ... The United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC) was founded in 1985. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... HALO/HAHO is a term used by the United States armed forces to describe a method of delivering personnel, equipment, and supplies from a transport aircraft at a high altitude via free-fall parachute insertion. ...

Navy

The U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command (NAVSPECWARCOM or NAVSOC) is in charge of the Special Operations Forces of the U.S. Navy, particularly the different SEAL Teams. The command currently oversees: NAVSPECWARCOM logo. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... SEALs in from the water. ...

SEALs in from the water. ... A C-5 Galaxy is loaded with people and equipment from the Deep Submergence Unit, Naval Base Coronado. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... SEALs in from the water. ... The Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek is the major operating base for the Amphibious Forces in the United States Navys Atlantic Fleet. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,774 sq mi (110,785 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ... Mark 8 mod 1 SDV The SEAL Delivery Vehicle or Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV) is a manned submersible used to deliver United States Navy SEALs and their equipment for special operations missions. ... A C-5 Galaxy is loaded with people and equipment from the Deep Submergence Unit, Naval Base Coronado. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek is the major operating base for the Amphibious Forces in the United States Navys Atlantic Fleet. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,774 sq mi (110,785 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ... Seal team six The history of the Navys Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) Teams is closely tied to that of the Seabees. ... SEAL Team SIX patch The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group; otherwise known as NAVSPECWARDEVGRU, the NSWDG, or simply as DEVGRU; is the premier Navy SEAL unit and the United States Navys primary Counter-Terrorism and covert operation unit. ... FTC Dam Neck is the home of the Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic of the U.S. Navy. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,774 sq mi (110,785 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...

Marine Corps

  • Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), as the US Marine Corps component of USSOCOM, trains, organizes, equips and, when directed by the Commander, USSOCOM, deploys task organized, scalable, and responsive U.S. Marine Corps special operations forces worldwide in support of combatant commanders and other agencies.
  • Marine Special Operations Battalions (MSOB)
    • 1st MSOB (Camp Pendleton, CA)
    • 2D MSOB (Camp Lejeune, NC)
  • Marine Special Operations Advisor Group (MSOAG), formerly the Foreign Military Training Unit
  • Marine Special Operations Support Group (MSOSG)
  • Marine Special Operations School (MSOS)
    • Special Mission Training Branch - East (Camp Lejeune, NC)
    • Special Mission Training Branch - West (Camp Pendleton, CA)

Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is a new subordinate command to the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) that is to contain the Marine Corps planned contribution to SOCOM. It was announced on 1 November 2005 by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, following a meeting between him, the USSOCOM...

Other Marine Corps Forces not from MARSOC

The MSOAG, formerly the FMTU, has been operating since 2005, before MARSOC formally existed. MARSOC was formally activated during a February 24th ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., where MARSOC is now headquartered. Fox Company, 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, was the first of the Marine Special Operations Battalions' companies to activate in the Spring of 2006. Drawing its manpower from the core of 2nd Force Reconnaissance Co., Fox Company's creation came at the expense of 2nd Force Reconnaissance Co., which stood down upon the transfer of its platoons to both MARSOC's 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, and a new company (Delta) of 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion. Distinguish from Marine Recon Battalions . ... SEALs in from the water. ... Marine Reconnaissance Battalions in the U.S. Marine Corps, often called Recon Marines, exist to provide information about the enemy to higher command. ... The 75th Ranger Regiment —also known as the United States Army Rangers— is a special operations force of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC); with headquarters in Fort Benning, Georgia. ... Two marines from the 1st Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) Battalion guarding an Iraqi oil rig in April 2004 The Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) is a branch of the United States Marine Corps security forces capable of rapidly deploying to improve security at United States Government installations worldwide. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. ... Anti-Terrorism Battalion (AT Bn) is a specialized-infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps. ... The U.S. 2nd Marine Division is a division of the United States Marine Corps, which forms the ground-force component of the II Marine Expeditionary Force. ... Scout Sniper, (MOS 8541) is a specialist in the United States Marine Corps whose mission to deny the enemy freedom of movement by shooting enemy leaders, crew-served weapons operators, radiomen, observers, messengers, and other key personnel with single, well-aimed shots. ...


The Joint Special Operations Command

The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is the USSOCOM branch working on counter terrorism. It controls the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (SFOD-D, Delta Force), which is administratively under U.S Army command; the DEVGRU (Navy Special Warfare Development Group, formerly SEAL Team 6); parts of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), notably the the 1st Battalion, which flies several versions of the AH/MH-6 "Little Bird" helicopter; the USAF's 24th Special Tactics Squadron and several squadrons of the 16th Special Operations Wing; the unit previously known as Intelligence Support Activity, a covert unit that often changes its name and carries out special missions in support of other JSOC units, and several other Special Missions Units. Emblem of the Joint Special Operations Command The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). ... (Redirected from 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta) Official force name 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Airborne) 1st SFOD-D (A) Combat Application Group (CAG) Delta Force Nicknames D-boys Delta boys Deltas Branch U.S. Army Chain of Command USASOC Description Versatile Special Operations Force, mainly trained for... SEAL Team SIX patch The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group; otherwise known as NAVSPECWARDEVGRU, the NSWDG, or simply as DEVGRU; is the premier Navy SEAL unit and the United States Navys primary Counter-Terrorism and covert operation unit. ... The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (160th SOAR (A)) is a special operations force of the United States Army that provides aviation support by helicopters to general purpose forces and other special operations forces. ... The Hughes H-6 is a family of light utility civilian and assault helicopters of the United States Army. ... Intelligence Support Activity patch The US Army Intelligence Support Activity (USAISA, frequently shortened to Intelligence Support Activity or ISA, and nicknamed The Activity) is a United States Army Special Operations unit originally subordinated to the US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) but now part of the Joint Special Operations...


Portions of JSOC units have made up the constantly changing counter-terror strikeforce variously known as Task Force 121, Task Force 6-26, and Task Force 145 since the September 11, 2001 attacks. Task Force 121 is a classic example of the United States Joint Task Force concept of conducting Special Operations. ... Task Force 626 is a [[United States Joint military/Government Agency unit; orginally set-up to find High Value Targets (HVTs) in Iraq in the aftermath of Operation Iraqi Freedom. ... Task Force 145 is a U.S. military special forces group specifically charged with hunting down al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and, prior to his death on June 7, 2006, Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. ...


External links

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References

  1. USDOD. U.S. DOD Dictionary of Military Terms. United States of America: U.S. Department of Defense. June 5, 2003.
  2. USDOD. U.S. DOD Dictionary of Military Terms: Joint Acronyms and Abbreviations. United States of America: U.S. Department of Defense. June 5, 2003.
 
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Psychological Operations (2092 words)
On deployments the unit generally forms task forces with a cell of soldiers from a regional battalion forming the core, while soldiers from the 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion (the PSYOP Dissemination Battalion) provide the media expertise, and soldiers from the 9th Psychological Operations Battalion provide the tactical expertise in theater.
In addition to the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), there are two Psychological Operations Groups (the 2nd and 7th PSYOP Groups) in the U. Army Reserve which are under the command of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command.
The 193rd Special Operations Wing is a Pennsylvania Air National Guard unit that supports the PSYOP Groups missions with their EC-130 Commando Solo aircraft.
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