Fort Lewis, WA — The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) will celebrate Menton Week, beginning Dec. 1 and leading up to the 64th annual Menton Day, which commemorates the inactivation of the combined U.S. and Canadian First Special Service Force on Dec 5, 1944.
That unit, commonly referred to as the “Devils Brigade’ during its service in WWII, was one of the first special forces units ever activated- and has a distinguished record of unconventional operations behind enemy lines.
Monday, Dec. 1: Special Forces family members are invited to a demonstration of U.S. Army special operations small arms weapons. The event will also feature activities for Special Forces family members, including a chance to shoot various special operations small arms.
Tuesday, Dec. 2: At 10 a.m., there will be a combined rendering of honors and wreath laying ceremony at the 1st Special Forces Group compound.
Wednesday, Dec. 3: Teams of combined U.S. and Canadian forces will kick off a joint competition with an airborne insertion at Rogers Drop Zone. The teams will go on to compete in helicopter rappelling and rifle marksmanship events. In the event of inclement weather, this event may be rescheduled for Dec. 4.