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"Delta Force," officially known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment- Delta - (Airborne) (1st SFOD-D), is one of the U.S. special missions units primarily focused on the counter-terrorism mission.  Delta is located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
 
Though Delta is primarily a tier-one counter-terrorist unit, specifically directed to kill or capture high value units (HVU) or dismantle terrorist cells, Delta remains extremely flexible and can engage in direct action missions, hostage rescues, and covert missions working directly with the Central Intelligence Agency, as well as high ranking protective services of our senior leaders during visits in war torn countries.  Delta is under operational control of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) though administratively supported by the Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).

Compared to our nation's military history, Delta is relatively young, having been formed in November  1977 by its first commander, Colonel Charles Beckwith.  With the growing threat of terrorism around the world, Beckwith saw a need for a precision strike force within the Army after working with the British Special Air Service (SAS) in the early 1970's.  Beckwith was tasked to form the new unit and pulled largely from the Special Forces Groups.  The type of missions the Delta has been involved with over the past few decades are classified but some have been declassified and noted publicly in media reports and books written by Delta Operators.

Commanding Officers:

1977 - 1980  COL Charles Alvin "Chargin' Charlie" Beckwith (1929 -1994)
1980 - 1982  COL James R. "Rod" Paschal
1982 - 1985 COL (later BG) Sherman H. Williford
1985 - 1989 COL (later MG) William F. "Bill" Garrison 
1989 - 1992  COL (later General) Peter J. Schoomaker
1992 - 1994  COL (later LTG) William G. Boykin
1994 - 1996  COL Bernard J. McCabe, Jr.
1996 - 1998  COL (later MG) Eldon A. Bargewell
1998 - 2000  COL (later MG) Gary L. Harrell
2000 - 2002  COL (later BG) James H. Schwitters

From November 1977 to 31 September 1982, Delta personnel were authorized to wear JFK Special Warfare Center and School shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI), distinctive unit insignia (DUI), beret flash, and parachute background trimming.

From 1 October 1982 to 30 November 1989, Delta personnel were authorized to wear the Army's 1st Special Operations Command (Airborne) (Provisional) shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI), distinctive unit insignia (DUI), beret flash, and parachute background trimming.

From 1 December 1989 to the present, Delta personnel are authorized to wear Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI), distinctive unit insignia (DUI), beret flash, and parachute background trimming.


Send any corrections or additional information to SGM Mike R. Vining (USA Retired), email: sgmmvining@gmail.com.  I served in the unit from 24 March 1978 to 5 June 1985.  I graduated from Operator Training Course One (OTC-1) and was assigned to B Squadron.  I was TDY to unit from 20February to 5 April 1986, and returned to the unit on 31 July 1986.  From August 1992 to January 1999, while assigned to the unit, I was attached to Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).


105 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Acer, Robert, MAJ, (2001-Present)
  • Adams, Herman, MAJ, (1961-1983)
  • Addleman, Arthur, LTC, (1985-Present)
  • Althoff, Andrew, SFC, (1990-1997)
  • Alverez, Jack, SGM, (1969-1995)
  • Anderson, Curtis, CW3, (1980-2001)
  • Banta, Irvin, SGM, (1969-1992)
  • Beltran, Brian, CW3, (1989-Present)
  • Bender, David, SGM, (1984-2008)
  • Bergman, Mark, SGM, (1979-2006)
  • Blanchard, Charles, MSG, (1994-2014)
  • Blanchard, Stu, SSG, (1975-1982)
  • Briere, Donald, LTC, (1963-1993)
  • Brown, Kent, MAJ, (1970-1981)
  • Cantwell, Richard, LTC, (1971-1995)
  • Casper, Nico, SGT, (2008-2012)
  • Coffey, Nicholas, S/Sgt, (2004-2008)
  • Cox, Robert, COL, (1976-2004)
  • Devault, Eric, MSG, (1985-2008)
  • DOYLE, ERMEL, CW2, (1996-2002)
  • Elmore, Darrell, LTC, (1956-1994)
  • Etter, John, CSM, (1988-Present)
  • Farris, George, CW4, (1974-2004)
  • Gardiner, Gary, MSG, (1973-1993)
  • Gentry, Mark, CSM, (1966-1992)
  • Goldder, Ben, 1LT, (2005-Present)
  • Hand, George, MSG, (1980-2001)
  • Hanson, Phillip, SGM, (1969-1989)
  • Harvey, Blaine, CSM, (1989-Present)
  • Hatkwa, Ayman, SGT, (1985-2005)
  • Headman, Rodney, SGM, (1963-1983)
  • Hernandez, Veneris, 1SG, (1969-1991)
  • Hicks, Louis, MSG, (1978-2000)
  • Hite, Rick, LTC, (1972-1992)
  • Hotujec, Jeff, MSG, (1968-1990)
  • Hudak, Joseph (Joe), MSG, (1995-Present)
 

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Iraq Campaign Medal
Criteria
The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Iraq and the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles, and all air spaces above the land area of Iraq and above the contiguous ... More
2003
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service ... More
Description
11 September 2001 to Present
2001
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Afghanistan Campaign Medal was awarded to Service members assigned or attached to a unit participating in Operation Enduring Freedom for 30 consecutive days or for 60 nonconsecutive days in Afghan ... More
2001
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service ... More
Description
2 August 1990 to 30 November 1995
1995
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, participate in specified United States operations or those in direct support of the United Natio ... More
Description
Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY and RESTORE DEMOCRACY, Haiti, 16 Sep 1994 - 31 Mar 1995.
1995
Valorous Unit Award
Criteria
The Valorous Unit Award may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States; while engaged in military oper ... More
Description
October 1993, Operation GOTHIC SERPENT, Task Force Ranger, Mogadishu, Somalia.
1993
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, participate in specified United States operations or those in direct support of the United Natio ... More
Description
Operation GOTHIC SERPENT, Task Force Ranger, Somalia, 5 Dec 1992 - 31 Mar 1995.
1993
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Criteria
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense to Joint Activities of the Department of Defense for meritorious achievement or service, superior to that which is ... More
Description
17 December 1990 to 16 January 1991, Operation DESERT STORM.
1991
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Criteria
The Southwest Asia Service Medal is awarded for service in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees North latitude and west ... More
1991
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Criteria
The Southwest Asia Service Medal is awarded for service in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees North latitude and west ... More
Description
Operation DESERT STORM
1991
Valorous Unit Award
Criteria
The Valorous Unit Award may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States; while engaged in military oper ... More
Description
1989, Operation JUST CAUSE, the invasion of Panama.
1989
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, participate in specified United States operations or those in direct support of the United Natio ... More
Description
Operation JUST CAUSE, the invasion of Panama, 20 Dec 1989 - 31 Jan 1990.
1989
Humanitarian Service Medal
Criteria
The Humanitarian Service Medal is an individual award, presented to individuals who are physically present at the site of immediate relief and who directly contribute to and influence the humanitarian ... More
Description
Operation POCKET PLANNER, U.S. Federal Penitentiary Prison Riot, Atlanta, Georgia, 24 November ? 5 December 1987.
1987
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Criteria
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense to Joint Activities of the Department of Defense for meritorious achievement or service, superior to that which is ... More
Description
25 October 1983, Operation URGENT FURY, the invasion of Grenada.
1983
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, participate in specified United States operations or those in direct support of the United Natio ... More
Description
Operation URGENT FURY, the invasion of Grenada, 23 Oct 1983 - 21 Nov 1983.
1983
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Criteria
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense to Joint Activities of the Department of Defense for meritorious achievement or service, superior to that which is ... More
Description
24 to 25 April 1980, Operation EAGLE CLAW, the Iran Hostage Rescue Mission.
1980
Humanitarian Service Medal
Criteria
The Humanitarian Service Medal is an individual award, presented to individuals who are physically present at the site of immediate relief and who directly contribute to and influence the humanitarian ... More
Description
Operation EAGLE CLAW, Iran Hostage Rescue Mission, 24 to 25 April 1980.
1980
 
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