Colonel Charles Beckwith is a former United States Army Officer with experience in United States Army Special Forces. Colonel Beckwith is best known for starting 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment (SFOD) Delta; better known, by the general public, as Delta Force.
He commanded Detachment B-52 of MACV-SOG. This unit was involved in the preliminary fighting at Plei Me, before the larger Battle of the Ia Drang; he later said that while then-lieutenant colonel Hal Moore told him to find the enemy so Moore could kill them, Moore never visited any of Beckwith's hospitalized troops.
Colonel Beckwith became aware of the need for a force like Delta after spending a year with British Special Air Service (SAS) and studying how they train, and operate.