By Gordon L. Rottman
US detailed Forces in Vietnam created and knowledgeable the Civilian abnormal safety staff, a wide paramilitary association designed to function out of fortified camps in distant parts and defend the neighborhood inhabitants from Viet Cong incursions, while engaging in border surveillance, raids and wrestle patrols within the neighborhood quarter. Their fortified camps have been usually overrun by way of the Viet Cong and, having no spare manpower, the USA specified Forces created devoted response devices that can act in a responsive and versatile demeanour - cellular Strike (MIKE) Forces.
This booklet examines the MIKE devices, that have been shaped from the CIDG, the parachute and airmobile education they got, and the operations that they undertook, from relieving pleasant camps to large-scale self reliant offensive operations. Written by means of Gordon L. Rottman, a former US particular Forces soldier in Vietnam, this name presents the 1st organizational historical past of the MIKE forces during this clash.
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Extra resources for Mobile Strike Forces in Vietnam 1966-70
They fell under no military legal system. If a striker committed a civil crime he fell under the Vietnamese civilian legal system. The maintenance of MIKE Force morale was a continuing problem. Efforts were made to improve base camp living conditions, increase pay, provide adequate uniforms, and present decorations. The CIDG were authorized the award of the US Commendation Medal and Bronze Star, both with "V" devices for valor, as well as the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star. Some units wore different-colored scarves for each company and were presented guidon streamers commemorating successful operations.
Web strap allowing a man to strap himself in. The man could not be hoisted into the helicopter, but would be flown out dangling below it. -capacity rough-terrain forklift hauls a speed pallet dropped from a transport aircraft to a supply dump at a Project OMEGA FOB at Dok To. (Lee B. Wilson) members varied greatly between units, mission, area, timeframe, and personal preference. During some operations they wore Ml steel helmets and carried entrenching tools, items never carried by camp strikers.
The multi-battalion MSFs had corporal I (CPL I) three-company battalions. Companies had a small sergeant (SGT) sergeant (SGT) master sergeant (MSG) master sergeant (MSG) headquarters, three or four three-squad rifle platoons, warrant officer (WO)I sometimes with a weapons squad, and a weapons 2nd lieutenant (2LT) lieutenant (LT) platoon. Some companies had a combat reconnaissance platoon or section. For all practical purposes there were I A senior NCO grade equivalent to the ARVN aspirant. no battalion headquarters companies.