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Special Forces Detachment - Korea (Airborne)

On 16 October 2005, Special Forces Detachment Korea (Airborne) was inactivated and its personnel reflagged as the 39th Special Forces Detachment, 1st Special Forces Regiment.

The Special Forces Detachment Korea (Airborne) (SFD-K) primarily helped train Republic of Korea special warfare units in specialized tactics, techniques, and procedures.

A dedicated US Army Special Forces presence was first created in Korea in 1963. This had evolved from unconventional warfare elements the US had deployed to the peninsula during the Korean War and which remained in the country thereafter. Initially such elements were primarily concerned with the training of partisan stay-behind forces and preparations for such operations in the event of another invasion by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

In 1974, what had become the Special Forces Detachment - Korea (SFD-K) assumed a primary training mission for the ROK's special warfare units. At that time, the unit was no longer deemed to be combat deployable.




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