“From the rigorous, demanding training at the Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to an exciting Special Forces Training Mission high in the Bavarian Alps, THE BIG PICTURE audiences will find this release timely, entertaining and informative!”
The film looks in particular at the 10th Special Forces Group. The 10th Special Forces Group is responsible for operations within the EUCOM area of responsibility, as part of the Special Operations Command, Europe (SOCEUR), as well as parts of Africa and the Middle East. 10th SFG was formed on 19 June 1952, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, under the command of Colonel Aaron Bank. The Group was split in 1953, with one half being sent to Germany, while the other half remained at Fort Bragg to form the core of the 77th Special Forces Group.
In 1968, the majority of the unit transferred to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, with the exception of 1st Battalion, which remained in Germany. Between 1994 and 1995, 10th SFG moved to Fort Carson, Colorado, which remains its current home.
10th Special Forces Group began training with unconventional warfare groups from friendly countries in the 1960s, beginning with NATO allies. The Group has also trained various components of the militaries of several Middle Eastern countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Iran, as well as Kurdish tribesmen. Units of the 10th SFG have participated in humanitarian missions to the Congo, Somalia, and Rwanda. 10th SFG was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1991 during the First Persian Gulf War. The 10th SFG has been heavily involved in the War on Terrorism, deploying to Georgia, North, West, and Central Africa, Afghanistan, and to Iraq.
(Hat tip to former 10th SFG member Ken G. for alerting us to the video)
The exercise began with the troops cross-training on the different nations’ equipment – and getting the chance as well to earn each other’s national jump wings. Led by the soldiers of the French Army’s 11th Parachute Brigade, the force of approximately 1,000 airborne troops from France, Germany, the US, Spain and the UK moved into the tactical operation phase of the exercise.
Troops were dropped from French and US aircraft at the military camp of Caylus (Tarn-et-Garonne). They then proceeded to secure and enlarge the air head, and move out into attacking and securing key objectives to enlarge the area under their control – thus enabling follow-on forces to land and build up a forward operating base for further combat and stabilization operations.