3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Definition/Scope: The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) -(3rd SFG(ABN)) is a U.S. Army Special Forces (SF) unit active in the Vietnam Era (1963-69) and reactivated in 1990. Its area of operations (AO) is now Africa (excluding the Horn) and the Caribbean basin. The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) was reactivated at Fort Bragg, NC on 29 June 1990. In the mid-1990s the Third Special Forces Group had as its responsibility all of the Caribbean and all of the western part of the continent of Africa. The reactivation of Fort Bragg's 3rd Special Forces Group brought the number of Special Forces groups to five on active-duty status. Each group has three battalions, a group support company and a headquarters company. The companies have six Operational Detachment Alphas, or A-teams, assigned to them. The ODA is the heart and soul of SF operations. US special forces are training African military forces to respond within 30 days when such regional humanitarian disasters strike. The goal of the African Crisis Response Initiative is to create effective, rapidly deployable units that can operate together in a humanitarian or peacekeeping operation. The program began in Senegal and Uganda in late July 1997 with the arrival of about 120 U.S. troops of the 3rd Special Forces Group and XVIII Airborne Corps, both of Fort Bragg, NC; US Army Europe; and US Special Operations Command. The 1st Battalion, 3rd SFG, was the first U.S. Special Operations unit to conduct African Crisis Response Initiative training.
Acronym:3rd SFG (ABN)
Broader Terms:Army special forces
Related Terms:10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)