Special Forces Groups

Written by admin on January 9th, 2012

Active United States Army Special Forces Groups

Since the inception of the United States Army Special Forces in 1952, the number of men involved in the various operations has increased and their roles have become increasingly more significant since the “War on Terror” began. The following is a run down of the active Special Forces Units operating within the United States Army today:

The 1st Special Forces Group ¨C Headquartered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington along with its 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Battalions, its 1st Battalion is forward deployed at Torii Station, Okinawa.

The 3rd Special Forces Group ¨C Headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The 5th Special Forces Group ¨C Headquartered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The 7th Special Forces Group ¨C Headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

The 10th Special Forces Group ¨C Headquartered at Fort Carson, Colorado.

The 19th Special Forces Group ¨C One of two National Guard Special Forces Groups. Headquartered in Draper, Utah, with companies in Washington, West Virginia, Ohio, Rhode Island, Colorado, California, and Texas.

The 20th Special Forces Group ¨C The second of the two National Guard Special Forces Groups. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with battalions in Alabama (1st Battalion), Mississippi (2nd Battalion), and Florida (3rd Battalion), with assigned Companies and Detachments in North Carolina ; Chicago, Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky; Western Massachusetts; and Baltimore, Maryland.

Special Forces Groups No Longer Active 

The following Special Forces Groups played an important part of campaigns in the past but are no longer active:

6th Special Forces Group ¨C Active from 1963 to 1971.

8th Special Forces Group ¨C Active from 1963 to 1972.

11th Special Forces Group ¨C Active from 1961 to 1994.

12th Special Forces Group ¨C Active from 1961 to 1994.