February 17, 2012

Invading Afghanistan with ODA 555: Part I

I’m proud to present to SOFREP readers this special interview with Scott Zastrow about his experiences with ODA 555 during the initial invasion of Afghanistan. Scott was an 18D (Special Forces Medic) on his Special Forces team and was among the first boots on the ground in country on October 19th, 2001. This will be the first of a two-part interview, and maybe I can twist Scott’s arm into having him come back again to tell us more of this incredible history of Green Beret’s waging Unconventional Warfare during the opening salvo of Operation Enduring Freedom.


Tell us about what prompted you to join the Army in the first place, and Special Forces in particular?

I was raised in the Midwest where there is a lot of Patriotism and American pride. My father and brother had both been in the Army, so it was an easy choice for me to make.

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About the Author

is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • VetsforgottenAmerica

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  • Robert_k_1986

    Scott was my Senior Medical TAC when I was going through SOPC back in 2004.  He was an intense yet in a weird way, loving guy.  He gave us a 6 hour brief on triple nickel and their exploits.  Great guy

  • bmiles84

    I can definitely relate with Scott when he was talking about that sense of competing to prove yourself. It's almost a sick sense of "I'm so young and inexperienced, I could be fired at any moment". Great interview, Jack!

  • Marcin Rak

    @Tango9 @Achilles No problem:) There is more interesting books. I have to ask Brandon Webb to make the special part of this page only for "recommended reading" :)

  • Tango9

    as long as it's not Hall & Oates or Ke$ha, you'll be fine.