20th Special Forces Group

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20th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
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20th SFG(A) beret flash
Active1 May 1961 – present
Country United States
BranchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Seal of the United States Army National Guard.svg Army National Guard
TypeSpecial Forces
RoleForeign internal defense, Counter-terrorism, Counter-narcotics, Unconventional warfare, Direct action, Combat search and rescue, Special reconnaissance
Part ofTitle 10: 1st Special Forces Command
Title 32: Alabama Army National Guard
Garrison/HQBirmingham, Alabama
EngagementsVietnam War, Gulf War, War on Terrorism, War on ISIS
COL Derek Lipson
Former 20th SFG(A) recognition bar, worn by none-special operations qualified soldiers—in lieu of a beret flash—from the 1960s to 1984[1]
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20th SFG(A) background trimming
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1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) distinctive unit insignia, worn by all SFG(A)s
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1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) shoulder sleeve insignia, worn by all SFG(A)s from 1955–present
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U.S. Special Forces Groups
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19th Special Forces Group

The 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) or 20th SFG(A) is one of two Army National Guard groups for the United States Army Special Forces. It is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama (and is thus part of the Alabama Army National Guard) and as part of the United States Southern Command has an area of responsibility covering 32 countries, including Latin America south of Mexico, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the southwestern Atlantic Ocean. The area is shared with the Eglin Air Force Base-based 7th Special Forces Group, which is the active Regular Army Special Forces group responsible for the same region.

The 20th Special Forces Group has battalions from Alabama (1st Battalion), Mississippi (2nd Battalion), and Florida (3rd Battalion), with detachments in Draper, Utah; Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; New Milford, Pennsylvania; Camp Atterbury Indiana; Glen Arm, Maryland and Chicopee, Massachusetts. There is also a military intelligence company located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Following the start of the Global War on Terror the 20th has been actively deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world.


  1. ^ US Army Special Forces 1952–84, Bloomsbury Publishing, by Gordon L. Rottman, dated 20 September 2012, ISBN 9781782004462, last accessed 29 March 2019

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