What Makes SOF Unique

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Stejskal discusses what makes special operations forces (SOF) unique within the military.

By way of background, Detachment A was a highly specialized and secretive unit within Army Special Forces that was built for unconventional warfare behind the German lines (and in Berlin) in event of a Soviet invasion.  The detachment was also tasked to support the counter-terrorism mission as it emerged in the 1970s and 1980s and even sent some operators to the Iranian desert in support of Operation Eagle Claw, the mission to release American hostages held there in 1979-1980. After a 20+ year Special Forces career, Stejskal subsequently served with the Central Intelligence Agency for another 13 years.  His book, Special Forces Berlin, is a fascinating read, and it was a great pleasure and honor to interview him.

The Special Operations Warrior (SOW) Series captures thought leaders from across the components of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine special operations, plus Special Mission Units within the Joint Special Operations Command and within other government agencies (OGA).