USASOC to hold stone dedication ceremony Oct. 24

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 20, 2008) – The U.S. Army Special Operations Command will be holding a memorial stone dedication ceremony Oct. 24, 9 a.m. at Meadows Memorial Plaza here.

During the ceremony, a memorial stone will be placed in the plaza honoring veterans of the Vietnam War operation Project DELTA and Special Forces Detachment B-52. Lt. Gen. Robert W. Wagner, commanding general of USASOC, will host the ceremony. Members of Detachment B-52 will also be attendance.

Project DELTA was initiated on May 15, 1964 as a covert operation in Vietnam with one U.S. Special Forces A-Detachment training the Civilian Irregular Defense Group and Vietnamese Special Forces in conducting long-range reconnaissance patrols. Detachment B-52 was formed by the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) as a command and control headquarters for the project, which included nearly 100 U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers and more than 1,200 South Vietnamese soldiers.

Detachment B-52 performed a wide-variety of missions, including locating enemy units, intelligence, bomb damage assessment, artillery and air strike coordination, hunter-killer missions, special purpose raids, and conducting harassing and deception missions.

Project DELTA was highly successful as a Special Forces long-range reconnaissance operation. The intelligence provided the identities of more than 70 NVA and VC units, enabling the capture of numerous supply caches, documents and prisoners. The information was often gained in remote and largely inaccessible areas of the country and was produced with minimal casualties.

On July 31, 1970, Detachment B-52 was official deactivated.

NOTE TO NEWS MEDIA: News media interested in covering the ceremony should contact USASOC Public Affairs Office at (910) 432-6005, or e-mail pao@soc.mil. Media should provide a list of representatives covering the event along with after-hours contact information to include e-mail addresses, so we may keep you advised of changes to the program schedule.

Members of the media who wish to cover the ceremony must register with USASOC PAO by Oct. 23 before 4 p.m. Please provide the number of news team members, video/still photographers, live trucks and other special equipment you plan to bring to the ceremony. Media planning live coverage during or after the program must provide that information to USASOC PAO when responding to this invitation. Special needs or interview requests should be submitted at this time as well.

Media should meet representatives of USASOC PAO at Stryker Golf Course on Bragg Boulevard by 8 a.m. The media convoy will depart Stryker no later than 8:15 a.m. USASOC PAO will also escort live trucks in that convoy.
 
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