Preserving the History and Legacy of
The US Pathfinders
Welcome Pathfinders past, present, and future!!
What is a Pathfinder?
Today's Pathfinders are highly trained soldiers. They perform as combat air traffic controllers capable of establishing landing zones and drop zones for troops or supplies. They control all air traffic into and out of remote sites or established airfields. Often times they are the first ones into a drop zone or landing zone and the last ones out. Pathfinders are experts at downed aircraft recovery and personnel extractions. Pathfinders are experts at external slingload rigging and inspections. To read more about the history of the Pathfinders check our general history page.
101st Airborne Pathfinder monument St Germain De Varreville, Normandy France. The National Pathfinder Assn wrote the words on this monument and they were selected by the committee. photo credit 101st Airborne Division.
Our very own member MSG Henry Beck Jr. receives The Distinguished Service Cross for heroic action in Vietnam. MSG Beck was with the 101st Pathfinders and was also a Pathfinder School instructor. Photo credit US Army.
SFC Tello is a National Pathfinder Assn Charter Member and former 101st Pathfinder competing in The Best Ranger Competition Apr 6th, 2017.
MSG Stackpole served 6 years in the 101st Pathfinders and is a former winner of The Best Ranger Competition in 2009. Team 15 is a double Pathfinder team that came in 2nd Place in the 2017 Best Ranger Competition.