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Global Warfighters: U.S. SFOD-D


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The SFOD-D are one of the 12 Tier 1 units in Medal of Honor Warfighter. Mark Christianson writes about a brief about the storied unit. Origins

 

http://cdn.medalofhonor.com/sites/default/files/images/sfod-d-photo-small.jpgSFOD-D photo from international Tier 1 photo shoot

 

The concept of SFOD-D was developed in the 60s after Special Forces officer Charles Beckwithreturned from an exchange program with the British SAS (Special Air Service),and presented a plan of action for an American SAS-type force with a broadrange of special skills focused on direct action and counter-terroristmissions. However, the plan wouldn’t be realised until the 1970s whenterrorism became a primary U.S. concern and Beckwith was selected to form theunit.Training SFOD-D draws from existing ranks of qualified members who typically comefrom Special Forces and the Ranger Battalions, although this is not arequirement. Once successfully completing a selection course consisting of abarrage of individual physical and mental tests, applicants chosen for the unitundergo a six month Operator Training Course (OTC) to learn counter-terrorismand counter-intelligence skills. Mission SFOD-D perform direct action and covert action operations including hostagerescue, counter-terrorism, advanced force operations, and other operations insupport of US policies and objectives. SFOD-D operates in various sizes fromindividual operator actions, to small team size, as well as partnering withsupport forces from US and allied SOF units. Tactical Operations SFOD-D has operated around the world largely as covert operations, presentat all US engagements from the 1980s to current day operations. The unit workswith many of the world’s leading Tier 1 military counterparts. SFOD-D wasmost notably portrayed for its role in Mogadishu, Somalia when its mission tocapture high value targets was compromised by a helicopter crash and turnedinto an intense local battle through city streets as members worked with U.S.Army Rangers to rescue the downed aircraft and trapped personnel. Medal of Honor Warfighter The SFOD-D is one of 12 playable Tier 1 units from 10 different nations inthe Medal of Honor Warfighter multiplayer experience. Medal of HonorWarfighter introduces blue-vs-blue multiplayer matches, so players cancompete to see who is the best of the best and most elite warfighter on October 26.http://cdn.medalofhonor.com/sites/default/files/images/sniper-footer.jpg

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