1970s thru 1990s

Regular Army Pathfinder Units

3rd Aviation Bn 3rd Infantry Div Pathfinder Det Germany

5th Infantry Pathfinder Det. 53rd Aviation Bn Fort Rucker, AL 1963-1975

6th Cavalry Bde Pathfinder Det. Fort Hood, TX 1975-1989

8th Infantry Division Pathfinder Det. Germany

11th Pathfinder Platoon, 11th Aviation Group Dolan Barracks, Schwabisch Hall Germany

12th Pathfinder Platoon, 12th Aviation Group Wiesbaden Air Base Germany

17th Aviation Brigade/Group Pathfinder Platoon Korea

2-31st Infantry (2nd Battle group) Co A and 5-31st Infantry Pathfinder Team Fort Rucker, AL 1960-1963

82nd Aviation Airborne Pathfinder Platoon,  Fort Bragg, NC

2nd Squadron 17th Cav, 101st Airborne Pathfinder Det. Fort Campbell, KY

101st Airborne Pathfinder Platoon/Company Fort Campbell, KY

F Co 6th Bn-101st Aviation Regiment Pathfinder Company Fort Campbell, KY

187th Pathfinder Company Fort Campbell, KY and Fort Benning, GA

188th Pathfinder Detachment Fort Campbell, KY (unconfirmed)

222nd Aviation Bn Pathfinder Det Fort Wainwright, Alaska

267th Combat Aviation Bn Pathfinder Det. Fort Stewart, GA

503rd Aviation Bn Pathfinder Det. Hanau Germany (unconfirmed)

Co C 509th PIR (Pathfinder/Airborne), 1st Aviation Brigade Fort Rucker, AL 1975-1993

Co A 511th PIR (Pathfinder/Airborne), 1st Aviation Brigade Fort Rucker, AL 1993-1995

US Army Japan Pathfinder Detachment (unconfirmed)

National Guard Pathfinders

28th Infantry Detachment (Pathfinder), 28th Avn Bn 28th Inf Div, PA ARNG Fort Indiantown Gap, PA

76th Infantry Detachment (Pathfinder), 40th Inf Div, CA ARNG Stockton, CA

77th Infantry Detachment (Pathfinder), 73rd Inf Bde, OH ARNG Worthington/Columbus, OH 


667th Infantry Detachment (Pathfinder), VI ARNG Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands

1136th Infantry Detachment (Pathfinder), TX ARNG Austin, TX

 

US Army Reserve Pathfinders

5th Pathfinder Platoon USAR Fort Meade, MD

26th Infantry Pathfinder Platoon USAR Wichita, KS

27th Infantry Pathfinder Platoon USAR Grand Prairie, TX

54th Infantry Pathfinder Platoon USAR Wenatchee,WA

79th Infantry Pathfinder Platoon USAR Douglas, UT

Most of these units were inactivated in the 1990s

C Co 509th Pathfinders Ft Rucker, AL 

1989 and 1990 Leapfest Parachute competition champions

511th Pfdrs replaced 509th Pfdrs
511th Pfdrs replaced 509th Pfdrs
C 509 Pfdr Sharkwater DZ
C 509 Pfdr Sharkwater DZ
C Co 509th Pfdr 1984
C Co 509th Pfdr 1984
C Co 509 Pfdr largest slingload in US Army history 1987
C Co 509 Pfdr largest slingload in US Army history 1987

Photo Credit Eric Hunt

C 509th Pfdrs Ft Rucker 1987
C 509th Pfdrs Ft Rucker 1987

Photo Credit Adam Demino

C Co 509th Pfdr 1984 (2)
C Co 509th Pfdr 1984 (2)
C Co 509 Pfdr 1979 Ft Rucker
C Co 509 Pfdr 1979 Ft Rucker
C Co 509 Pfdr 1986
C Co 509 Pfdr 1986
C C0 509th early 1980s
C C0 509th early 1980s
C Co 509th Wall
C Co 509th Wall

Photo Credit Eric Hunt

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sign

Photo credit Eric Hunt

509th Leapfest 1987 2nd Place
509th Leapfest 1987 2nd Place
509 Pfdrs
509 Pfdrs

Atchley Glendenning Warren Seltzer McKee Kuzmak. Photo Credit Dave McKee

Leapfest Team 1987 2nd Place
Leapfest Team 1987 2nd Place

Piette Mikach Frayer Payne Kautsky

Frank Flores Hunt Phelps Mckee Rogers Tate Warren Eastridge Whatley
Frank Flores Hunt Phelps Mckee Rogers Tate Warren Eastridge Whatley

Photo Credit Page Whatley

101st Pathfinders

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Slaathaug 2 Collins
Slaathaug 1
Slaathaug 1

Photo Credit Ron Slaathaugh

NCOs
NCOs
101st group
101st group

Photo Credit Randy Harmon

101st pfdrs
101st pfdrs
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6 101
101PF
101PF
101 group
101 group
17 Cav Petty
17 Cav Petty

Photo credit Chris Petty

101st front Radz Greg Richards back Woods Harnett Whitmack
101st front Radz Greg Richards back Woods Harnett Whitmack
Force Davis
Force Davis

Photo Credit Matt Force

Fano Debord Honduras 1981
Fano Debord Honduras 1981
Pouncer Sadlowski Mikach Fish
Pouncer Sadlowski Mikach Fish
plaque
plaque

Photo Credit NPA

101st Pathfinder 1979 - 1981
101st Pathfinder 1979 - 1981

Photo Credit Robert Fogarty II

Jeff bayer unknown Martin Phil Harnet Neil Hansen Garcia Greg Richards
Jeff bayer unknown Martin Phil Harnet Neil Hansen Garcia Greg Richards

Honduras. photo Credit Greg Richards

Radz
Radz
1980s
1980s
Layne Jeffery 1988
Layne Jeffery 1988

Photo Credit Layne Jeffery

Photo Credit Courtesy Greg Richards
Photo Credit Courtesy Greg Richards
Photo credit Greg Richards
Photo credit Greg Richards

187th Pathfinder Det Fort Benning, GA

Photos courtesy Ray Wilkins and Page Whatley

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Trng 187
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Wilkins
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stabo
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HQ
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187th
187th SL
187th SL
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187
HQ
HQ
187th Mike Duke 1982
187th Mike Duke 1982
Courtesy Ray Wilkins
Courtesy Ray Wilkins
Ray Wilkins
Ray Wilkins

17th Aviation Group/Brigade Pfdr Plt Korea

MIke Duke
MIke Duke
Ed Dennis 17th Pfdr
Ed Dennis 17th Pfdr
Brent Meiers 17th
Brent Meiers 17th
Brent Meiers John Rogers 17th
Brent Meiers John Rogers 17th
17th Pfdrs Mike Duke
17th Pfdrs Mike Duke
17th Sign
17th Sign
Frank Hepton 17th
Frank Hepton 17th
17th pf Korea
17th pf Korea
17th Pfdrs Korea
17th Pfdrs Korea
Rogers patch
Rogers patch
17th Pfdrs Brent Meiers
17th Pfdrs Brent Meiers
Mike Duke 17th Pf Korea
Mike Duke 17th Pf Korea
Jeff Howard Mike Duke 17th
Jeff Howard Mike Duke 17th
Mike Duke 17th Pfdr
Mike Duke 17th Pfdr
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11th Avn Group Pfdr Plt

Photos Courtesy Allen Raiford, Steve Eng, Brian Suchman

27th Inf Pfdr Plt USAR

Photos courtesy Robert Fogarty III

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11th
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11th Pathfinder platoon 1
11th Group
11th Group
11th Pathfinder platoon
11th Pathfinder platoon
11th Avn Grp Pfdr Plt
11th Avn Grp Pfdr Plt
11th Pfdr Grp
11th Pfdr Grp
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11th 1
27th pfdr
27th pfdr
27th pf
27th pf
27th
27th
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27 scroll
27th Pf final formation
27th Pf final formation
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27PF
27th Pathfinders prepare for a large air assault mission
27th Pathfinders prepare for a large air assault mission
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long-patrol-finish
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27th-last-b4-deactiv

5th Inf Pfdr Plt USAR

Photos courtesy Bryan Greaves, Doc Roberts

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5th coin 2

Doc Roberts

5th coin
5th coin

Doc Roberts

Bryan Greaves 2
Bryan Greaves 2
Bryan Greaves 3
Bryan Greaves 3
Bryan Greaves
Bryan Greaves
Bryan Greaves 1
Bryan Greaves 1
Bryan Greaves 4
Bryan Greaves 4
5th Pathfinders
5th Pathfinders
5th pf
5th pf

26th Inf Pfdr Plt USAR

Courtesy Jak Keller

26th Jak Keller
26th Jak Keller
26th USAR PF
26th USAR PF
26th
26th
26th 1989
26th 1989

Courtesy David Van Buskirk

26th 1990
26th 1990
26th
26th
26th Reunion
26th Reunion
Reunion
Reunion

82nd Airborne Pathfinder Platoon

Matt Olson
Matt Olson

Courtesy Matt Olson

CPT Lee
CPT Lee

Photo credit Aaron Lee

Matt Olson
Matt Olson

Courtesy Matt Olson

Jon Carr
Jon Carr
82nd pfdrs
82nd pfdrs

Cpt Lee Photo credit Aaron Lee

82nd Pf Plt scroll
82nd Pf Plt scroll
Fran Bujnowksi
Fran Bujnowksi

12th Aviation Group Pathfinder Platoon

12th
12th

Photo credit Ray Cunningham

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12thgrp
12th Pfdrs
12th Pfdrs

Photo credit Ray Cunningham

12th pfdrs
12th pfdrs

Photo credit Ray Cunningham

12th 1986
12th 1986

Burns, Moran, Giornesto, Cunningham, Cole, St John, Owesley, Webster, Millner or Milliner. Photo credit Mark Webster

77th Inf Pfdr Det OH ARNG

PATHFINDERS PARTICIPATE

Five men from the 73d Brigade's elite 77th Pathfinder Detachment, headquartered in Columbus, attended the 101st Air Assault School with Army Reservists and R.O.T.C. cadets.

 

The Buckeye Guard

Pathfinders 'Show Their Stuff'

BY SFC BOB DEVOE

Staff Writer

Five members of the Ohio Army Guard's elite 77th Pathfinder Detachment got a chance to "show their stuff" during Annual Training at Ft. Campbell recently by attending the tough Airborne Air Assault School.

The Assault Course is seven and one half days long and is run by active Army NCO's. Officers are not recognized on the school's grounds and "cadets" assume all chain of command positions.

CPL Debra Nightingale, an active Army instructor with the school (and the first female instructor) explains "A student must first be recommended by his commander in order to attend Air Assault School and, the student must be able to pass the rigorous Airborne physical fitness test too."

The Assault Course consists of classroom instruction; a confidence course (anyone failing to negotiate two obstacles is automatically dropped from the course); and a 10.9 mile road march. The road march is conducted in full battle dress including helmet, rifle and pack, and must be completed in under two hours, twenty minutes, according to the corporal.

In addition to the rough physical training, cadets are also required to learn hand and arm signals for helicopter ground operation s, and how to properly guide and move aircraft at a landing zone.

CPL Nightingale, and the other Air Assault instructors are proud of the fact they " don't cut any slack" for the cadets. The training is no-nonsense and requires a student to " pay attention to detail." "The confidence course teaches both self-confidence and trust in your equipment,"

emphasized Nightingale. Women may attend the course; but they are expected to do everything a male cadet does. And that includes male push-ups and the grueling road march .

CPL Nightingale, and the rest of the Assault School staff, view most National Guard troops as " long-haired and out of shape". They also feel most Guard members have " poor attitudes"; but they were " impressed" with the five Ohio Guardsmen attending the school. The Ohio Guardsmen had high praise  for the Air Assault school and its staff too.

Members of the 77th Pathfinder Detachment attending the school included : PFC Rick Wamsley, PFC James Snabl, PFC Mark Arnold, PFC John LaRue, and PFC Steven Bank. Most are attending college under the ONG Scholarship Program.