SFOD-B: The B Team
Special Forces Operational Detachment Bravo – The B Team – provides support to an A Team. An A Team cannot deploy or operate without them.
The B-Team consists of 11 personnel and is the headquarters element of the Special Forces company. It acts as the command and control of the A-Teams within the company.
The B-Team establishes and operates the AOB, or Advanced Operational Base.
The B Team can and does –
Plan and conduct SF operations separately or as part of a larger force.
Train and prepare SF A-Teams for deployment.
Infiltrate and exfiltrate operational areas by air, land, or sea.
Conduct operations in remote areas and hostile environments for extended periods of time with minimal external direction or support.
Develop, organize, equip, train, and advise or direct indigenous combat forces up to regimental size in Special Operations (SO).
Train, advise, and assist other U.S. and allied forces and agencies.
ODB “B-Team” Structure
SPECIAL FORCES COMPANY COMMANDER (CO)
Rank: 0-4, Major
The Company Commander exercises command of the personnel and elements assigned or attached to the company. When the company establishes an AOB, he serves as the AOB commander.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER (XO)
Rank: 0-3, Captain
He directs the company staff and assigns specific responsibilities. He coordinates with the company sergeant major to direct and supervise company administrative and logistical procedures.
Rank: W0-1 and up, Warrant Officer
He has staff responsibility for all matters pertaining to the organization, training, intelligence and counterintelligence (CI) activities, and combat operations of the company and it’s detachments.
18 Zulu- COMPANY SERGEANT MAJOR
Rank: E-9, Sergeant Major
He is the senior enlisted person in the company and the commander’s principal advisor on matters pertaining to enlisted personnel. He supervises the daily training, operations, and administration of the company.
18 Zulu – SPECIAL FORCES OPERATIONS SERGEANT
Rank: E-8, Master Sergeant
He assists the XO and Company Technician in accomplishing their duties. When the company and it’s detachments are uncommitted, they manage the company’s training program for the company commander.
18 Fox – ASST. OPERATIONS SERGEANT
Rank: E-7, Sergeant First Class
He assists the Operations Sergeant in the accomplishment of his duties.
18 Delta – SPECIAL FORCES MEDICAL SERGEANT
Rank: E-7, Sergeant First Class
He provides routine, preventative, and emergency medical care to the company and any indigenous forces. He also trains allied and indigenous forces in basic emergency and preventative medical care. He gathers medical information and advises the company staff on all health care matters.
18 Echo – SPECIAL FORCES COMMUNICATIONS SERGEANT
(2 per “B Team”)
Communications Sergeant (Rank: E-7, Sergeant First Class)
Asst. Communications Sergeant (Rank: E-6, Staff Sergeant)
The commo sergeants advise the Company Commander on communication matters, and prepares communication plans. They install, operate, and maintain all the company’s communication equipment. They also train detachment members and indigenous forces in signal equipment procedures.
Rank: E-6, Staff Sergeant
He is the principal logistical planner. He coordinates closely with the battalion S-4 and service detachment commander to meet the unique needs of the company and it’s detachments.
Rank: E-5, Sergeant
He supervises, operates, and maintains the company’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) detection and contamination equipment. He also assists in establishing, administering, and applying NBC defensive measures.