I sat down with a former Ranger medic from 3rd Ranger Battalion for a few hours to talk about the massive rescue and recovery operation following Operation Red Wings. Doc’s platoon was alerted and deployed to Afghanistan within 18 hours.
SOFREP: What was going through your head when you first got the page to deploy to Afghanistan ahead of our scheduled rotation which was a couple of weeks away?
Doc: Some of us were actually planning to have a barbecue when the page came in to report immediately to Battalion. Once I showed up to the Charlie Company area it was a mad house. My platoon (1st platoon) was the only one of the three to get alerted. At first I thought it was a random piss test until we were told to get our gear and hop on a plane.
From the time we were paged to the time we took off for Afghanistan it was well under 18 hours.
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Great story so far. Lookin for a campfire myself to read part 2 near.
@robgb It wasn't a jab at the ODA guys at all. More than anything I was shocked that there were other friendly's on the ground. I've never seen a campfire on an objective either so I was a little taken back. Also, the very next statement was taking a shot at myself so....
@robgb Well, it was an ODA that rescued Marcus.
Nice shot at the ODA guys, one day Rangers will get the "one team, one fight concept" good story though.