Command Profile: USASOC

Projecting Multi-Force Readiness

From Armor & Mobility May/June 2017 Issue

U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) provides the nation’s premier Special Operations Forces, delivering appropriate and effective capabilities to joint force commanders and interagency leaders across the entire spectrum of conflict and under any operating conditions. USASOC invests in new ideas and capabilities to anticipate changing environments and new demands in order to maintain a competitive edge over U.S. adversaries.

1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) Soldiers of 1st SFC (A) possess expertise in tactics, combat advisor skills, military deception, sabotage and subversion, foreign language, relationship building skills, cultural understanding, adaptive decision making and cognitive problem solving. Trained in special warfare, 1st SFC units include five active duty and two National Guard Special Forces groups, two Military Information Support Groups, one Civil Affairs brigade, and one Special Operations Sustainment Brigade.

U.S. Army Special Forces (Airborne) Special Forces Soldiers are highly skilled in conducting Special Operations missions before, during and following conflict. They make up a multi-purpose force capable of unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, special reconnaissance and are also skilled linguists. They are regionally oriented and are comprised of 12-person teams (ODAs), who are carefully selected and highly-trained senior experts.

4th and 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) Military Information Support Operations Soldiers are language trained and cultural experts, skilled in both traditional and emerging media, communication, and influence techniques. They provide the military commander the means to communicate to specific foreign audiences in an area of operation. They plan, guide, and exploit psychological impacts of military operations in support of the United States and its allies.

The 95th CA Brigade (Airborne) Civil Affairs Soldiers are trained in local traditions, culture and language. They organize, train, equip and deploy forces worldwide to conduct Civil Affairs Operations to reduce and/or mitigate civil vulnerabilities leveraged by state and non-state actors for legitimacy and influence over relevant populations.

The 528th Sustainment Brigade (Airborne) The brigade provides support to large and small SOF operations and is uniquely configured to use Theater, Army, indigenous or SOF unique sustainment systems. These expert logisticians can operate in any environment and are capable of supporting sensitive missions around the globe.

U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS) The JFK Special Warfare Center and School is the Army’s Special Operations Center of Excellence.  It invests in the development of human capital to produce Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations and Special Forces Soldiers from recruitment to retirement in order to provide the operational units with a professionally trained and well-educated force. The Special Operations Center of Excellence is the U.S. Army proponent for ARSOF concepts, doctrine, leader development, training and education, and also trains and qualifies joint SOF and interagency personnel. The Special Operations Center of Excellence also teaches Advanced Special Operations and Advanced Skills training.

U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne) USASOAC provides command and control, executive oversight, training and resourcing of Army Special Operations aviation assets, units and personnel in support of national security objectives. USASOAC consists of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), the USASOC Flight Company, the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion, the Technology Applications Project Office (TAPO), and the Systems Integration Management Office (SIMO).

75th Ranger Regiment Rangers are a lethal, agile, and versatile Special Operations Force that conducts forcible entry operations and special operations across the entire spectrum of combat. Rangers are capable of planning and executing complex, worldwide operations in high-risk, uncertain and politically sensitive areas. They are trained on a wide variety of mobility platforms. Training and combat missions are conducted at night, during adverse weather conditions, using specialized equipment, tactics, techniques and procedures designed to fit the difficulty, risk and requirement for each combat mission.