The 10th Special Forces Group is an Army Special Forces unit that was formed in 1952 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Features of the 10th Special Forces Group
As with all of the Special Forces, the 10th Special Forces Group requires a high level of physical fitness, training, daily performance, and personal appearance. Additionally, they require a standard of total dedication and commitment to the group and their mission.
The group is responsible for operations within Europe (EUCOM and SOCEUR) but have recently been added to the African region (AFRICOM), first being deployed to Saudi Arabia during the First Persian Gulf War in 1991.
Now, the 10th Special Forces Group is heavily involved in the War on Terror with deployments to Georgia, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
History of the 10th Special Forces Group
The 10th Special Forces Group was created on June 19, 1952 with Col. Aaron Bank on command, and its headquarters was founded a month later.
The first class of the 10th Special Forces Group graduated in 1952 and within one year had aggregated 1,700 personnel. In September 1953, 782 of these members deployed to Germany, establishing a headquarters in Bavaria.
Additionally, 99 more members deployed to Korea and the remaining personnel staying at Fort Bragg and formed the core of the 77th Special Forces Group.
In 1968, the majority of members deployed to Massachusetts while the 1st Battalion remained in Germany as part of Special Forces Detachment- Europe and is currently located at Panzer Kaserne in Stuttgart.
In 1994, the 10th Special Forces Group moved again to Fort Carson, Colorado where they still operate today.
Heritage of the 10th Special Forces Group
It all started with the 1st Special Forces that commenced on July 9, 1942 during World War II. This joint American and Canadian organization earned a Distinguished Unit citation and was the beginning of all the Special Forces Groups we know today.
Members of the Special Forces wear a shoulder patch representing the core traits and purposes underlying the missions of the groups.
The teal blue arrowhead is a homage to Native American skills in which Special Forces are trained in to a high degree. The dagger represents the unconventional warfare functions of the Special Forces. And, the three flashes show their ability to strike quickly and effectively in the three areas of land, sea, and sky.
The Special Forces motto, “De Oppresso Liber” means “From oppression we will liberate them” and the symbol of the Special Forces is the Trojan horse. The Trojan Horse Crest was originally worn by members on their berets in the 1950s before it was eventually added to the crest as the official emblem of the Special Forces Group and remains an unofficial symbol of the 10th Special Forces Group.