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USASOC Headquarters Fact Sheet
About the U.S. Army Special Operations Command
Since Sept. 11, 2001, few elements of the U.S. military have been more involved in the Global War on Terrorism than the Soldiers of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, or USASOC.
In Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and numerous other hotspots around the world, USASOC Soldiers have been amongst the first forces to deploy in support of U.S. and coalition force objectives.
Many of these Soldiers, most of them having served in numerous combat rotations, remain deployed to those locations along with conventional forces and multinational partners to help ensure the success of all GWOT operations, whether in a frontline combat role or a humanitarian assistance function.
HISTORY & RESPONSIBILITIES
On Dec. 1, 1989, the Department of the Army established USASOC at Fort Bragg , N.C. , as a major Army command to enhance the readiness of Army special operations forces.
In addition to reporting to the Department of the Army, USASOC also functions as the Army component of the U.S. Special Operations Command, or USSOCOM, located at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. USSOCOM is the congressionally mandated, unified combatant command responsible for all Department of Defense special operations forces within the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
With an allocated strength of approximately 23,000 Soldiers, USASOC commands both active-duty and Army Reserve special operations forces. The command also provides oversight of Army National Guard special operations forces’ readiness, organization, training and employment in coordination with the National Guard Bureau and state adjutants general.
USASOC controls seven major subordinate elements, which in turn train and maintain forces for deployment by USSOCOM to combatant command theaters worldwide.
USASOC’s major subordinate commands include the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne),the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command, all located at Fort Bragg , N.C. Its major subordinate units include the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning , Ga. , the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Campbell , Ky. , Military Information Support Operations Command (Airborne)(Provisional), the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne) and the Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne), all at Fort Bragg, N.C.
The U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., controls five active Special Forces groups and has training oversight for two groups in the Army National Guard. The Green Berets are uniquely selected, trained and equipped for deployment around the world during peacetime, conflict and war. Regionally and culturally oriented, Special Forces Soldiers are experts in unconventional warfare, direct action, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense and combating terrorism.
The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) at Fort Bragg, N.C., is one of the Army’s premier education institutions, managing and resourcing professional growth for Soldiers in the Army’s three distinct special-operations branches: Special Forces, Civil Affairs and Military Information Support.
The 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning , Ga. , is the Army's premier light infantry force. The Rangers are flexible, highly-trained and rapidly deployable Soldiers with specialized skills who can be employed against a variety of targets. The regiment's three battalions plan and conduct direct action missions in support of U.S. policy objectives.
The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command organizes, mans, trains, resources and equips ARSOAC units to provide responsive, special operations aviation support to Special Operations Forces and is the USASOC Aviation staff proponent
The 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.., is the only active component civil affairs brigade within the Department of Defense. Its primary mission is to provide operational and tactical civil affairs support to special operations forces and rapidly deploying contingency forces. It must also maintain the ability to provide operational and tactical civil affairs support to conventional forces in collaboration with Army Reserve civil affairs forces.
The 528th Sustainment Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., supports all elements of the special operations community in the Global War on Terrorism. The unit is composed of the 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion, which provides cutting-edge telecommunications; ARSOF Liaison Elements (ALE), which are regionally oriented on Army special operation forces logistics; and the Special Troops Battalion. The 528th Sustainment Bde. (A) also provides ARSOF with two unique capabilities: the ARSOF Support Cell (ASC) and two Medical Level II teams.
The Military Information Support Operations Command (Airborne)(Provisional), Fort Bragg, N.C., the only active-duty Army psychological operations unit, was provisionally activated in August 2011. The command provides fully capable Military Information Support (MIS) forces to Combatant Commanders, U.S. Ambassadors, and other agencies to synchronize plans and execute inform and influence activities across the range of military operations. The command comprises two groups, each consisting of three regionally oriented battalions, and is supported by a media production and dissemination battalion.