|A Quick History of Army Special Forces
8 Dec 95 - U.S. Army Special
Operation Support Command formally activated at Fort Bragg, N.C.
15 Sep 95 - 11th and 12th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (U.S.
Army Reserve) deactivated.
1 Sep 94 - 2nd Battalion, 10th
Special Forces Group (Airborne) uncases colors at Fort Carson,
Colorado, completing the move from Fort Devens, Mass.
01 Oct 91 - USACAPOC and USASOC
gain full command and control of Army Reserve
27 Nov 90 - USASOC realigns its
forces by function instead of component. 1st SOCOM and USAR SOC
redesignated as U.S.
Army Special Forces Command and U. S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological
Operations Command respectively.
29 Jun 90 - 3rd Special Forces
Group (Airborne) activated at Fort Bragg, N.C.
16 May 90 - 160th Special
Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) formally
activated at Fort Campbell. KY.
1 Dec 89 - U.S. Army Special Operations Command activated as the 16th major Army
10 Jun 88 - HQ, 5th Special
Forces Group (Airborne) moved from Ft. Bragg, N.C. to Ft.
9 Apr 87 - Special Forces branch
established for officers.
16 Oct 86 - Task Force 160
redesignated the 160th Special Operations Aviation Group
17 Sep 86 - 112th Signal
Battalion (Airborne) formally activated at Fort Bragg, N.C.
15 Aug 86 - A battalion of 5th SF
Group moved from Bragg to Fort Campbell, Ky.
2 Jun 86 - 528th Support
Battalion (Airborne) activated as the 13th Support Battalion at
16 Jan 85 - Task Force 160
transferred from 101st Airborne Division to 1st SOCOM.
19 Oct 84 - 1st Battalion, 1st
Special Forces Group activated at Torii Station Japan.
3 Oct 84 - 3rd Battalion, and
Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment
activated at Fort Benning, Ga.
1 Oct 84 - Special Forces
established as a separate Army Career Field for enlisted
soldiers (CMF 18).
18 Apr 84 - 1st SOCOM
Augmentation Detachment activated to streamline peacetime
command and control of USAR SOF units.
4 Mar 84 - 2d & 3rd
Battalions 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) activated at Fort
1 Oct 83 - 1st Special Operations
Command (Airborne) activated.
21 Jul 83 - U.S. Army Institute
for Military Assistance renamed U.S. Army John F. Kennedy
Special Warfare Center and School.
1 Oct 82 - 1st Special Operations
Command (Airborne) provisionally activated at Fort Bragg.
Dec 74 - 96th Civil Affairs
Battalion constituted at Fort Bragg from assets of 95th Civil
Affairs Group deactivated at Fort Lee, Va.
1 Oct 74 - 2nd Battalion, 75th
Ranger Regiment activated at Fort Lewis, Wash.
1 Jul 74 - 1st Battalion, 75th
Ranger Regiment moves to Fort Stewart (Hunter Army Airfield),
28 Jan 74 - 1st Battalion, 75th
Ranger Regiment activated at Fort Benning, Ga.
15 Sep 71 - U. S. Army Civil
Affairs School assigned to U.S. Army Institute for Military
Assistance and moves to Fort Bragg from Fort Gordon, Ga.
10 Jan 69 - U.S. Army Special
Warfare School becomes the U.S. Army Institute for Military
7 Nov 67 - Headquarters &
Headquarters Company, 4th Psychological Operations Group
constituted into the Regular Army.
1 Dec 67 - 4th Psychological
Operations Group organized in Vietnam from elements of the 6th
21 Sep 61- 5th Special Forces
Group activated at Fort Bragg, N.C.
10 Dec 56 - U. S. Army
Psychological Warfare Center renamed the U.S. Army Special
19 Jun 52 - 10th Special Forces
Group founded at Fort Bragg, N.C. by Col. Aaron Bank.
10 Apr 52 - U. S. Army
Psychological Warfare Center established at Fort Bragg, N. C.
26 Aug 45 - 96th Headquarters
& Headquarters Detachment, Military Government Group
9 Jul 42 - 1st Special Service
Force, "The Devils Brigade" a joint Canadian-American
unit, is formed at Fort William Henry Harrison, Montana.
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