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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