Security Force Assistance Command

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Security Force Assistance Command
US Army Security Force Assistance Brigade SSI.png
ActiveNovember 2018 – present [1]
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States of America
BranchFlag of the United States Army.svg  United States Army
TypeDivision-level command
RoleTrain and advise foreign militaries
Security force assistance
Part of United States Army Forces Command SSI.svg US Army Forces Command
Garrison/HQ Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Color of berets  Brown
Website Official Facebook page
Commanding GeneralMG Donn H. Hill [2]
Initial commander BG Mark H. Landes [3]
Distinctive unit insignia
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Beret flash
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The Security Force Assistance Command (SFAC) is a division-level command element for the United States Army's new security force assistance brigades (SFAB). These units' core mission is Security force assistance to conduct training, advising, assisting, enabling and accompanying operations with allied and partner nations. [1]



SFAB has its roots in Special Forces training and doctrine. The original Military Assistance Training Advisor (MATA) course was established in 1962 as part of the U.S. Army Special Warfare School. It prepared conventional U.S. Army officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) for assignments as advisors to Vietnamese Army units. Instructors were Special Forces NCOs who were trained in conducting Foreign Internal Defense (FID) missions. One notable feature of the school was the “MATA Mile” – a running course through the woods alongside Gruber Road at Fort Bragg. Students were provided with ST 31-179, MATA Handbook for Vietnam (January 1966).[ citation needed ] The SFABs carry on the FID mission of conventional foreign forces today.


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