November 11, 2013

Operation Red Wings: The Untold Story Behind Lone Survivor

On the morning of June 28th, 2005, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, a small, four-man team of Naval Special Warfare operators under the command of Lieutenant Michael Murphy was compromised. There are two types of compromise, soft and hard. A soft compromise is essentially that a unit’s mission was exposed but there is no enemy fire exchanged. A hard compromise is the opposite of this. If you’ve read Lone Survivor (or seen the movie), you understand that the goat herder’s were the first “soft compromise”, and this led to a “hard compromise”, and a satellite phone call that would end a life.

Only a little while after informing the Joint Operations Center of their compromise, Lt Murphy called the JOC by satellite phone to inform them that the team, consisting of himself, HM2 Marcus Luttrell, GM2 Danny Dietz, and STG2 Matthew Axelson, was under heavy fire and required the Quick Reaction Force (QRF). A QRF team is always on standby in these situations. That was the last anyone in the rear heard from the team.

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is a former Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and again in 2007, with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Recon Bn. After two years of schools and workups, including Scout/Sniper Basic and Team Leader's Courses, he deployed to Afghanistan with 4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF. He is now the author of the military thrillers Task Force Desperate, Hunting in the Shadows, and Alone and Unafraid. His latest American Praetorians thriller, The Devil You Don't Know, is now available on Amazon.

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  • BadKompany

    Fuck thats all we get... Lol

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  • YankeePapa

    ...One of the hardest things about war is that you can do everything right and still lose people.  No matter how well trained your people, no matter how well executed a mission... it can sometimes hang by a thread.  That thread can be at the mercy of random chance, enemy action... or even your own people not on site with you.  YP