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U.S. Army Special Operations Command was established Dec. 1, 1989, by the Department of the Army at Fort Bragg, N.C., as an Army Service Component Command to enhance the readiness of Special Operations Forces. USASOC is home to the elite fighting forces who conduct operations across the full spectrum of warfare, including unconventional warfare, counter-proliferation, direct action, psychological operations, special reconnaissance, civil affairs, foreign internal defense and information operations.

USASOC commands and controls two component subordinate commands, and five component subordinate units, which in turn train and maintain forces for deployment by USSOCOM to combatant command theaters worldwide.

USASOC’s two component subordinate commands are U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, and the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), both headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C. The component subordinate units include the 75th Ranger Regiment, headquartered at Fort Benning, Ga.; 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky.; 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.; 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.; and 528th Sustainment Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The command also provides oversight of Army National Guard Special Forces’ readiness, organization, training and employment in coordination with the National Guard Bureau and state adjutants general.

The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School— USASOC’s special operations university—is responsible for special operations training, leader development, doctrine and personnel proponency for Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations and Special Forces, The Center and School’s 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) conducts a wide spectrum of special operations training.
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