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SilkRider32
01-23-2009, 11:59
This year the 20th Group turns 50 years of age. There will be a celebration in May.

Red Flag 1
01-23-2009, 12:42
Happy Birthday 20 th!!!!

May we have many returns!!

Any idea where the celebration will be?

JJ_BPK
01-25-2009, 06:23
Happy Birthday 20 th!!!!

May we have many returns!!

Any idea where the celebration will be?

Yes,, when/where will the party start???

jatx
01-25-2009, 09:28
2nd BN had its celebration earlier in the spring up at Camp McCain. The whole BN was present, as were quite a few FOG's, and our unit leadership did it right...:D

JJ_BPK
01-26-2009, 18:22
I just found this page stating the 20th SF(a) was started in 1961.

http://www.groups.sfahq.com/20th/history.htm

That would put the 50th BD in 2011???

I am trying to contact Col Brian C. , President of the 20th SF Association.

VVVV
01-26-2009, 20:33
All the RC SFG's were activated in 1961.

USAR
2nd SFG
9th SFG
11th SFG
12th SFG
13th SFG
17th SFG
24th SFG

ARNG
16th SFG
19th SFG
20th SFG
21st SFG

SilkRider32
04-13-2009, 18:32
The celebration has been change to 18 July 2009.

SF_BHT
04-13-2009, 19:01
Here is the correct history for the 20th SFG(A). Think someones math needs checking

U.S. Army, Alabama National Guard 8 July 1961 Organized Homewood (Birmingham), Alabama

February 1963 re-organized with elements of the
Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi

June 1963 relocated Headquarters to Birmingham, Alabama

8 February 1966 re-organized to include elements of the
US Army National Guard from: North Carolina

1 January 1968 re-organized to remove elements of the
US Army National Guard from: North Carolina

September 1972 re-organized to remove elements of the
US Army National Guard from: Louisiana

September 1972 re-organized to include elements of the
US Army National Guard from: Rhode Island

30 September 1978 re-organized to remove elements of the
US Army National Guard from: Rhode Island

Current: Headquarters Detachment , 20th Special Forces Group
Birmingham, Ala.

Richard
04-13-2009, 19:02
According to the CMH's Lineage and Honors - Infantry, they were reconstituted in 1960 in the RA - withdrawn from RA and allotted to USAR/NG in 1961. ;)

Richard's $.02 :munchin

SF_BHT
04-13-2009, 19:17
According to the CMH's Lineage and Honors - Infantry, they were reconstituted in 1960 in the RA - withdrawn from RA and allotted to USAR/NG in 1961. ;)

Richard's $.02 :munchin

Richard

I have done a lot of reading and could not find that link to the 1960 ref. The 20th Inf Reg continued on past 1960 in the regimental system. Can you give me a link so I can correct my data.......Please

Richard
04-13-2009, 19:23
Richard

I ahve done a lot of reading and could not find that link to the 1960 ref. The 20th Inf Reg continued on past 1960 in the regimental system. Can you give me a link so I can correct my data.......Please

Don't have a link - I have the pages I copied from the Lineage and Honors back when I was at Fort Benning circa '83-'88.

richard

SilkRider32
04-13-2009, 20:53
All that I have been able to find is the 20th was chartered in 1961. I do not understand the reason for having a 50th anniversary celebration two years early. I do remember something of the guard unit that was rolled over to the 20th being in existance during the Korean War time period, maybe this has something to do with why they are holding the celebration this year. Somebody out there knows why 2009 was chosen but I am not the one. I was just passing on some info. Sorry for the confusion.

SF_BHT
04-13-2009, 23:19
Don't have a link - I have the pages I copied from the Lineage and Honors back when I was at Fort Benning circa '83-'88.

richard

CMH's Lineage and Honors - Infantry page does not have the info that you have.... Go figure the Doc's there are behind on their info updates.....

SilkRider32
06-17-2009, 12:06
Date of the Event: July 18, 2009
Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Start Time: 12:00 Noon

This event will include 3 happenings:

1. Rededication of the “Stone” that was placed at the Oporto Armory in dedication to Medal Of Honor winner, Retired Colonel Ola Lee Mize who served as the Active Army Adviser to the 20th for many years

2. Change of Command for the 20th Special Forces

3. Recognition of the Special Forces existence in the Alabama Army National Guard for 50 years

- At 1200 to 1215, we will meet outside to rededicate the Stone to Colonel Mize

- We will move inside and at approximately, 1230 to 1300/1315, there, the 20th Change of Command will be conducted

- At this time Lunch will be served to everyone and while eating, the recognition of the 50th Anniversary to the Special Forces in Alabama will be presented

Comments: The complete program will be conducted and hosted by the 20th Special Forces Group, except for a portion of the recognition of the 50th Anniversary that will be presented by the 20th Special Forces Society.

All former members of the 20th SFGA are encouraged to come. If you know someone who was in the 20th, please get the word out to them. Thanks.

VVVV
06-17-2009, 14:17
Date of the Event: July 18, 2009
Location: Birmingham, Alabama

3. Recognition of the Special Forces existence in the Alabama Army National Guard for 50 years



According to Geoffrey E Barker's "A Concise History of US Army Special Operations Forces" Volume 1 (2nd Edition) the 20th SFG lineage is as follows.

1942: Constituted in the AUS as 2nd Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 1st Special Service Force. Activated on 9 July at Ft William Henry Harrison, Montana.

1944: Inactivated on 5 December at Menton, France,

1945: Disbanded 6 January in France


1960: Reconstituted in the Regular Army, concurrently consolidated with Co B 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion, with the consolidated unit redesignated as HHC, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), withdrawn from the Regular Army and allotted to the Army National Guard of Alabama.

1961: Organized on 8 July from existing Alabama Army National Guard units and Activated with Headquarters at Homewood, Alabama.