Special Forces Regiment (Airborne)

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1 Special Forces Regiment (Airborne)
SFRA.jpg
Pin Badge of the Special Forces
Active June 25, 1962[1] - Present
Country Philippines Philippines
Branch Philippine Army
Type USA - Special Forces Branch Insignia.png Special Forces
Role Airborne Operations, Riverine Operations, Direct Action, Special Reconnaissance, Unconventional Warfare Operations, Disaster Relief Operations, Psychological Operations
Size 5 Special Forces Battalions, 20 Special Forces Companies, 1 Special Forces School
Part of Under the Special Operations Command, Philippine Army (SOCOM, PA)[2]
Garrison/HQ Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija
Nickname SF
Motto Courage and Determination
Colors Yellow Gold
March Special Forces Song
Engagements Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines
Anti-guerilla operations against the NPA and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines) Streamer.png
Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge
Presidential Streamer Award
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Cpt Fidel V Ramos (INF) PA
Col Arturo B Ortiz INF (GSC) PA
Insignia
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
Special Forces Shoulder Sleeve Insignia.jpg
Special Forces Qualification Badge
PA Special Forces Qualification Badge.jpg
AFP Parachutist Badge
The AFP Parachutist Badge Basic.jpg
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (Riverine)[3]
SF Riverine Badge.jpg

The Special Forces Regiment (Airborne)[4][5] is an elite Philippine Army unit established in the 1960s by then Cpt Fidel V Ramos (INF) PA (first Commanding officer of the Special Forces), primarily trained in both Unconventional Warfare Operations and Psychological Warfare Operations. The unit was also trained by its US counterpart US Army Special Forces (Green Berets).[6]

Like the Scout Rangers, members of the Special Forces Regiment of the Philippine Army are also highly trained in the art of counter-insurgency operations. Upon assignment to the Special Forces, soldiers are made to undergo the Basic Airborne Course. They, later-on, undergo the Special Forces Operations Course - an eight-month course that equips each SF soldier in the basics of Special Forces and Unconventional Warfare Operations. Each member of the SF Regiment may opt to undergo specialty courses as well after finishing the Special Forces basic course. These include, but is not limited to, undergoing further training in demolitions and bomb disposal (EOD), psychological warfare operations (PSYOPS), riverine operations, combat diving, as well as VIP security training in preparation for a re-assignment with the Presidential Security Group.

The basic combat organization of the Special Forces is the 12-man Special Forces Team. An SF team will have at least one of each SF MOS present in the team.

Units[edit]

The following are subordinate battalions and companies of the 1st Special Forces Regiment:[7]

Headquarters[edit]

  • Headquarters & Headquarters Company
  • Special Forces School

Battalions[edit]

  • 1st Special Forces Battalion
  • 2nd Special Forces Battalion
  • 3rd Special Forces Battalion
  • 4th Special Forces Battalion

Companies[edit]

  • 1st Special Forces Company
  • 2nd Special Forces Company
  • 3rd Special Forces Company
  • 4th Special Forces Company
  • 5th Special Forces Company
  • 6th Special Forces Company
  • 7th Special Forces Company
  • 8th Special Forces Company
  • 9th Special Forces Company
  • 10th Special Forces Company (Airborne) a.k.a. "COBRAS" or Company Of Brave Reverent Army Soldiers
  • 11th Special Forces Company (Riverine)
  • 12th Special Forces Company (Riverine) a.k.a. "FROGMAN"
  • 13th Special Forces (Knights) Company
  • 14th Special Forces Company
  • 15th Special Forces Company (Conqueror)
Commanding Officer Year
CPT ROLDAN 2010-2012
CPT FABROS 2012-2014
CPT NAMOCA 2014- present
  • 16th Special Forces Company
  • 17th Special Forces Company
  • 18th Special Forces (Riverine) Company a.k.a. "STINGRAY"
  • 19th Special Forces Company
  • 20th Special Forces Company

Lineage of Commanders[edit]

  • Major Fidel V. Ramos
  • Major Bienvenido Castro
  • Colonel Melchor Dela Cruz
  • Major Benjamin Samonte
  • Lt. Colonel Benjamin Fe
  • Colonel David Abundo
  • Colonel Ernesto Calupig
  • Colonel Jose Lapus
  • Colonel Leo Alvez
  • Colonel Voltaire Gazmin
  • Colonel Alan Cabalquinto
  • Colonel Victor Ibrado
  • Colonel Benito Ramos
  • Colonel Arturo Ortiz
  • Colonel Roberto Morales
  • Colonel Aminkadra Undug
  • Colonel Donato San Juan
  • Colonel Ronnie S Evangelista

Notable Officers[edit]

  • General Fidel V. Ramos AFP- (First Commanding Officer)
  • General Lisandro Abadia AFP
  • General Angelo Reyes AFP
  • Lieutenant General Voltaire Gazmin AFP
  • Lieutenant General Arturo Ortiz AFP

Headquarters[edit]

Operations[edit]

  • Anti-guerilla operations against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front.
  • Counter-Terrorist operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group, Jemaah Islamiyah, and Al Qaeda operating in the southernmost Philippine Island of Mindanao.
  • Anti-guerrilla operations against the New People's Army.
  • Anti-guerrilla operations against Communist Dissidents at height of the Vietnam War in support of the PHILCAVG.
  • Anti-Coup D' Etat Operations during the May 1 Riots (May 1, 2001)
  • Anti Coup D' Etat Operations during the height of the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny led by LTSG Antonio Trillanes IV PN.
  • Anti Coup D' Etat Operations during the height of the 2006 Coup attempt led by BGen Danilo Lim AFP.
  • COMELEC Marshalls during National and Local Elections.
  • Provided force on force multipliers for government forces during the height of the 2007 Manila Peninsula Siege led by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and BGen Danilo Lim AFP.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ The Special Forces School, Philippine Army Special Forces Operations Manual PAM 3-071, 2008, SFR(A), p. 1-1.
  2. ^ The Special Forces School, Philippine Army Special Forces Operations Manual PAM 3-071, 2008, SFR(A), p. 3-1.
  3. ^ http://philippinenavy.tripod.com/army.html Online Article about SF (Riverine) Units.
  4. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/philippines/1sfra.htm
  5. ^ The Special Forces School, Philippine Army Special Forces Operations Manual PAM 3-071, 2008, SFR(A).
  6. ^ Conboy, Ken. South-East Asian Special Forces. London, UK: Osprey Publishing, 1991
  7. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/philippines/1sfra.htm
Bibliography
  • Philippine Army History, The Philippine Army Museum
  • The Special Forces School, Philippine Army Special Forces Operations Manual PAM 3-071, 2008, SFR(A).
  • Conboy, Ken. South-East Asian Special Forces. London, UK: Osprey Publishing, 1991
  • Books LLC (2010), Special Forces of the Philippines: Special Action Force, Presidential Security Group, Philippine Marine Corps Force Recon Battalion. General Books LLC. ISBN 9781155645537.
  • Special Operations Forces Online Database

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