By Jim Campbell
October 14th, 2018
This was the first television series to run on Special Operations, was ahead of its time.
The origin of Delta Force.
Compared to our nation’s military history, Delta is relatively young, having been formed in 1977 by its first commander, Colonel Charles Beckwith.
With the growing threat of terrorism around the world, Beckwith saw a need for a precision strike force within the Army after working with the British Special Air Service (SAS) in the early 1970’s.
Beckwith was tasked to form the new unit and pulled largely from the Special Forces Groups.
The type of missions the SFOD-Delta has been involved with over the past few decades are classified but some have been de-classified and noted publicly in media reports and books written by Delta Operators.
Here is a list of several of the declassified engagements:
Operation Eagle Claw – In 1980, during the Iran Hostage Crisis a failed attempt at a rescue due to aviation equipment/operator error led to the death of eight Americans;as a result the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment was created.
Operation Urgent Fury – Grenada prisoner rescue from the Richmond Hill prison.
Operation Just Cause – Panama invasion to capture Noriega and protect some 35,000 Americans living in Panama. Gulf War – Iraq invades Kuwait and the US-led alliance defeats Saddam Hussein and his Army, pushing them back into Iraq.
Operation Gothic Serpent – Part of the Battle of Mogadishu (1993) where U.S. helicopters were shot down and two Delta Operators SFC Randall Shughart and MSG Gary Gordon were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their efforts that day.
War in Afghanistan -Within a month of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Special Forces operators aided in defeating and dismantling the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Operation Red Dawn – Locating and capturing Saddam Hussein.
If you believe that actually happened.
Countless Hostage Rescues around the world.
Actual 7th Special Forces image: Delta Force
Actual unclassified video from Delta Force showing what it takes to become an operator.
An inside look at Delta Force