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2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

The 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) includes 6 Green Beret teams, a headquarters and headquarters detachment, and a support company. The Battalion, part of the West Virginia Army National Guard, had subordinate units spread over 3 states, but headquarters in Kenova West Virginia. C Company and the Battalion's support company, were also in West Virginia, in Kingwood and Kenova respectively. Some 200 were based in Kenova, while another 100 are based in Preston County. The troops were trained in "a variety of unconventional methods, reconnaissance, extraction, those types of things. They were often used to augment existing conventional forces as a complement to those forces. The West Virginia unit was combat ready and had been deployed to Egypt and Haiti.

Other subordinate units were in Ohio and Rhode Island. A Company was located in Middile Town, Rhode Island, part of the Rhode Island Army National Guard. B Company in Columbus, Ohio was part of the Ohio Army National Guard.

In May 1995, units of 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) were mobilized to reinforce 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) for peacekeeping operations in Haiti. Company B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Operations Group deployed with 6 Special Forces Operational Detachment As to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then to Haiti.

In Bosnia and Kosovo, unconventional warfare elements of 10th Special Forces Group advised NATO coalition forces and provided liaison control elements to Task Force Falcon and Task Force Eagle. After hostilities ended between various ethnic factions, 10th Special Forces Group and conventional NATO elements maintained the peace and facilitated and supported reconstruction and reconciliation. Operational Detachment As from A Company, B Company, C Company and Detachment 1 mobilized and deployed to Kosovo between 2000 and 2002. There they augmented 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 10th Special Forces Group, providing valuable experience and civilian skills to the peace building effort. In December 2002, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) assumed the Special Operations Command and Control Element mission at Camp Bondsteel. They were subsequently replaced there by Company A, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group.

In late November 2001, the 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group learned it would be deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom for up to a year. Its destination was not initially revealed. About 300 members of the 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group got orders to ship out in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit was to go to another location in the United States to complete processing before they were called overseas to support the war on terrorism. 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was mobilized and deployed to Uzbekistan to establish a forward operating base supporting operations in Afghanistan.

In June 2002, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) mobilized and deployed to Kuwait in support of US Central Command Operation Desert Springs. After relieving Company A, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Camp Doha, Special Forces Operational Detachment B 950 took on the Advanced Operational Base mission subordinate to the Special Operations Command and Control Element to Coalition Forces Land Component Command. Five Special Forces Operational Detachment As conducted foreign internal defense, liaison and control element and unilateral training missions prior to the build up of US Forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom. In October 2002, Company A, 1st Battalion 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) relieved B 950 and subsequently led coalition forces north from Kuwait to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was mobilized in October 2005 and conducted pre-mission training with 10th Special Forces Group in Colorado and Wyoming. In January 2006, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom in support of Forward Operating Base 102 under the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Arabian Peninsula. For 7 months the citizen-Soldiers of National Guard Special Forces trained, advised and assisted their Iraqi counterparts. They conducted numerous missions and raids leading to the successful capture and detention of terrorists and insurgents.




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