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77th Special Forces Group

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The 77th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on September 22, 1953. The group was formed when the 10th Special Forces Group, based at Fort Bragg, departed for Bad Tolz, Germany. The cadre from 10th SFG left at Fort Bragg, about 200 soldiers, formed the 77th SFG.

It's first commander was Lieutenant Colonel Jack T. "Black Jack" Shannon.

Cadre for 1st SFG. In April 1956 four detachments of the 77th SFG were transferred to the Pacific theater to serve as the cadre for the activation of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Okinawa in June 1957.

Operation HOTFOOT. Laos was a Cold War area of conflict between the West and the communist nations. It was under the threat of Communist Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese Army troops operating inside its borders. In 1959 the 77th SFG began a classified operation to train Laotian Armed Forces infantry battalions, armor, and artillery units on U.S. weapons and individual soldier skills.U.S. Special Forces went to Laos as 'contracted civilian technicians' and wore civilian clothing. The first rotation of SF troops was under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Arthur D. 'Bull' Simons.

Vietnam. In 1960 the group deployed teams to South Vietnam to train Vietnamese Ranger and Special Forces personnel.

Basing. 77th SFGA was based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina - the home of the U.S. Army's Special Forces.

Deactivation. In 1960, the 77th SFG(A) was designated as the 7th Special Forces Group.

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Piasecki, Eugene G., "Training the Trainers: Donald D. Blackburn and the 77th Special Forces Group (Airborne)", Veritas, Vol. 5, No.1, 2009.





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