The U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (SFOD-D) is one of
two of the U.S. government’s principle unit tasked with counterterrorist operations outside the United States. Delta
Force was created by U.S. Army colonel Charles Beckwith in 1977
The unit is headquartered in a remote section of the U.S. Army’s sprawling Fort
Bragg, North Carolina. Reports of the compound indicate that no expense has been spared, including numerous shooting facilities
(both for close quarters battle and longer range sniping), an Olympic-sized swimming pool, dive tank, and a three-story climbing
wall. Yet, as lavish as these accouterments may seem, they all serve vital roles in training counterterrorists.
Delta troopers are also equipped with the most advanced weaponry and equipment available
in the U.S. special operations arsenal. A significant portion of their gear is highly customized and cannot be found anywhere
but in Delta’s lockers.
The vast majority of the unit operatives come from the United States’ elite Ranger
battalions and Special Forces groups, however candidates are drawn from all branches of the Army, including the Army Reserve
and National Guard.