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1st SFGA was first activated on June 24, 1957 and then, at
the conclusion of the Vietnam War, inactivated on June 28, 1974.
It was again reactivated on September 4, 1984.
Basing. 1st SFGA is based at
Joint Base Lewis-MChord
Washington. It has a forward deployed battalion at Tori Station,
Conflicts. The group has taken part in the Vietnam War,
Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi
Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines).
Vietnam. 1st SFGA was involved in Vietnam very early in the
war, with detachments deployed from 1957 until the mid-1960s.
Many of its teams would deploy to Vietnam on six month
Historical Summary of 1st SFGA TDY Teams ro RVN 1965
Hait. During the Operation Uphold Democracy teams from 1st
SFGA would deploy along with other mulit-national forces (i.e.
Pakistan) as a Coalition Support Team (CST).
Philippines. 1st SFGA provided the bulk of the teams and
personnel for the conduct of unconventional warfare in the
Philippines starting in February 2002. During this extended time
frame 1st group teams trained up members of the Philippine armed
forces, condcuted numerous MEDCAPs, and provided operations and
intelligence fusion temas to actively assist the Armed Forces of
Philippines to target terrorist cells.
Iraq. 1st group has deployed its battalions on several
rotations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Afghanistan. 1st group has deployed its battalions and
companies numerous time in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
Attached and Supporting Units for 1st SFGA
Special Action Force (SAF). At one time, the 1st SFG was the
nucleaus of the Special Action Force for the Pacific area. Other
units augmented 1st SFGA such as medical, intellligence,
medical, and engineer.
400th ASA SOD. The 400th SOd was assigned to the 1st Special
Forces Group in late 1960. The SODs provided signal intelligence
support to the SF teams and staff.
Websites with Information about 1st SFGA
1st Special Forces Group Facebook
1st Special Forces Group by WikipediA
Lineage and Honors Information, 1st SFGA, U.S. Army Center of
1st Special Forces Group by Special Forces Search Engine
History of 1st SFGA by Jake Jacobson, 1957 to 1984
First in Asia Association. This organization is a non-profit
(IRS 501-C-3) dedicated to supporting the history, lineage,
current, and former members of the 1st SFGA. The group raises
funds to provide financial and material to support the
maintenance and upgrades to the Group's Memorial Wall and Plaza,
Memorial Day ceremonies, and providing assistance to Gold Star
families and other Group functions.
Special Forces Association Chapter 16, Fort Lewis, Washington
Videos about 1st SFGA
Oliver North reports on Special Forces in Philippines,
Hannity & Colmes, Fox News, April 2009. Posted on YouTube, 5