Delta Force: Speed, Surprise and Violence of Action

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The most secretive of all the Special Operations forces, Delta Force, like the Air Force Special Ops shown here, often works under cover of darkness. STAFF SGT. EMERSON NUÑEZ/U.S. AIR FORCE. INSET: U.S. ARMY

 

Detachment Delta. The CAG—Combat Application Group. ACE—the Army Compartmented Element. Or simply “The Unit.” No matter what you call Delta Force, the U.S. Army’s first and most effective counterterrorism force has been silently protecting America and its allies since the late 1970s, when an upswing in terrorist activity such as bombings and hijackings led the military to create its own elite task force based on the British Special Air Service (SAS). Continue reading