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    Photo By Spc. Steven Alger | A team of Green Berets assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) line the...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Steven Alger 

    10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Green Berets from 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) recently completed advanced close quarters training on multiple ranges here June 21-July 9. Operators also developed higher-level marksmanship and technical skills while moving in simulated urban areas and breaching doors.

    The Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat course is a three-week long training event that teaches a higher level of urban tactics. It is designed to give Green Berets an understanding of navigating dense urban environments and engaging in close quarters battle.

    The course gives novice shooters or even more experienced marksmen the skills to become more adept at engaging opposing forces inside and outside of buildings, through alleyways or even rooftops. Green Berets frequently attend ranges to hone their accuracy and maintain the fundamentals of marksmanship. All of these combined allows operators to move through obstacles with speed and accuracy.

    “It is broken down into 3 different portions; Flat range time, CQB, and Urban movement” said one of the student team members. “From a tactical level to an operational level it is building great standard operating procedures and habits across the force.”

    For each portion of the SFAUC course there are established Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures that allow interoperability with members from other Special Forces groups. When the SFAUC course is held there is always an influx of members who have never attended before who may not have any experience coordinating with a team in a CQB environment. Each event is constructed to establish a baseline to see where the team needs improvement.

    Everything the SFAUC cadre teaches is a compilation of years of personal experience and directly correlates to how conflict in areas such as Afghanistan and Iraq has affected troops throughout the years.

    “Harvesting the experience, the knowledge and the TTPs they have developed are extremely valuable to pass on to our new [Operators]” a troop commander said. “You are looking at over 50 combat rotations collectively between the guys that work in SFAUC.''

    Green Berets are selected by attrition by constantly testing their limits. Showing determination and tenacity is required to earn the coveted Green Beret.

    Many of the new members do not have as much experience handling combat stress, so they rely on the senior members to guide them. Stacking up on a door to enter a room when they have only the faintest idea of what could be on the other side can be a major stressor. They also breach doors with explosives, all while moving with speed and precision.

    “Stress can be conditioned,” a Green Beret said. “Calm breeds calm and the way to get to that point is by stacking stress so they learn to adapt to it.”

    As SFAUC continues to grow and develop Green Berets with advanced skills and TTPs, the functional training programs that follow are reviewed and revised to build the foundation for success. All of the retained wisdom and lessons learned become more valuable as the course continues to evolve with SFAUC cadre, and with each new batch of Green Berets leading the way.



    Date Taken: 06.22.2021
    Date Posted: 08.04.2021 15:53
    Story ID: 402434
    Location: FORT CARSON, CO, US

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