An Operational Detachment Alpha from 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (7 SFG (A)) begin to be lifted off the ground by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a training event Eglin Base Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 5, 2013. Green Berets from 7SFG (A) participated in a training event in which they practiced Special Purpose Insertion Extraction (SPIE). Spies are used to rapidly insert or extract soldiers from terrain that does not allow helicopters to land. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Young)
September 15, 1966 The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) establishes the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Recondo School at Nha Trang ("recondo" is derived from 'reconnaissance,' 'doughboy,' and 'commando,' and the term had been used by the 101st Airborne Division recondo school under Gen. Westmoreland's command in 1958-60). All students have to be volunteers, possess a combat MOS, be in excellent physical condition, have been in Vietnam at least one month and have six months reta
Army SSG Matthew Q. McClintock, 30, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Died January 5, 2016, supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Assigned to to 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Buckley, Washington. Died of wounds sustained when hit by enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in Marjah District, Afghanistan.
Although smaller in number than their Aussie counterparts, the New Zealand SAS contributed a troop - 25 men and an officer - to Vietnam starting in late 1968, attaching them to the larger Aussie special forces group. Three rotations would pass through the country before New Zealand began to withdraw in late ‘72. (New Zealand Army) #VietnamWarMemories
A U.S. Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) salutes his fellow Soldiers while jumping out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft over a drop zone in Germany, Feb. 24, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Jason Johnston)
Army SSG Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, Indiana. Died December 3, 2014, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Died of wounds sustained when hit by enemy small-arms fire while conducting a clearing operation in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.
Members of Det “A”, 5th Special Forces Group, located north of Saigon in War Zone D, are served their Thanksgiving Day dinner a little in advance of “Turkey-Day”. With two regiments of North Vietnamese Regulars in the vicinity, it is unlikely the men will have a quiet Thanksgiving Day. Prepared at a distant base, the complete hot meal was flown in by helicopter during a lull in the fighting.