First Special Service Force

First Special Service Force

All Special Forces Groups in the 1st Special Forces Regiment trace their official U.S. Army lineage and honors to the FSSF activation on 9 July 1942. The SF Coat of Arms, emblazoned on the SF Regimental colors, are connected to the Force. The shield was originally approved for the FSSF. It includes the distinctive V-42 fighting knife designed by LTC Frederick. READ MORE

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CG Priorities

PREPARE: SORT(ing) Out the Casualties

The Special Operations Resuscitation Team in Afghanistan

PEOPLE: Commando & Ranger Training

Preparing America’s Soldiers for War

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Michael L. Kunik

Peerless Professional, Patriot

“This Vest May Save Your Life!”

U.S. Army Body Armor from WWII to Present

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From the ARSOF Archive

A Korean War Photo Memoir

A Korean War Photo Memoir

This photo collection of retired First Sergeant (1SG) James Carlo ‘Joe’ Pagnella (deceased) was furnished by James M. Pagnella, one of his twin sons (the other is James Christopher). Quotes in the captions come from a 28 February 1995 Pagnella letter to John B. ‘Barry’ Dwyer, the author of Commandos From The Sea: The History of Amphibious Special Warfare in World War II and The Korean War (Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 1998). These old pictures provide ‘identity’ to the CIA and JACK paramilitary advisors and reality to the Yong-do training areas used by the SMG (Special Mission Group) raiders and the U.S. Navy support, as well as humanity displayed by the American fighting man worldwide. Many thanks to the Pagnellas for sharing the family treasure.

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First Special Service Force

“The eyes of Canada and the United States are upon us. Let them see that, as in the past, we only move forward.”
-BG Robert T. Frederick

ARSOF ICONS

A tribute to officers, warrant officers, and soldiers who had a significant impact on ARSOF history.

The Last Full Measure Of Devotion

A tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command who have paid the ultimate price in our war since the attacks of 9-11.

ARSOF Medal of Honor

The story behind the thirty-one medal of honor recipients. Read their stories.

Office of Strategic Services (OSS)

Read a Primer on the Special Operations Branches and Detachments of the Office of Strategic Services

1,903 Days as a POW

COL James ‘Nick’ Rowe, POW Diary

VERITAS Issues

Vol. 14, No. 3, 2018

Vol. 14, No. 3, 2018

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Vol. 13, No. 1, 2017

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Vol. 12, No. 2, 2016

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Vol. 12, No. 1, 2016

Vol. 12, No. 1, 2016