Picture men who excelled in their jobs in the Green Berets or Airborne
Rangers and you get the men of Delta Force. Highly secretive, the
Army won't even confirm the existence of the 1st Special Forces
Operational Detachment-Delta (SFOD-D). They are well-seasoned, well-conditioned
renegades who are some of the most experienced, unconventional soldiers
in the military. Some reportedly have long hair, often wear civilian
clothes and prefer not to look anything like soldiers. As Mark Bowden,
author of Black Hawk Down, said, "They are professional soldiers
who hate the army."
Created by U.S. Army Colonel Charles Beckwith in 1977 in response
to the growing threat of terrorism, the unit is heavily influenced
by the British SAS. Delta commandos have taken part in the Panama
and Grenada operations to reportedly rescue various prisoners, and
served as body-guards in Operation Desert Storm while later conducting
covert missions to destroy Scud missile launchers.
They train in a remote area of Ft. Bragg, NC in what's known as
a "first-class" training facility. Their exact training
methods are classified but it is known that they train constantly
for a variety of missions, aware that they can never anticipate
when they will get the call and for what. "D-Boys," as
other specops-types call them, are experts at "snatch and grab"
missions and assassinations. It is also said that they are extensively
trained in SCUBA and HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) techniques.
Their exploits were made famous in the book Black Hawk Down, but
more recently, it was widely reported that Delta was involved in
the assassination of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.