Note: this is part of a series about America’s first counterterrorism unit. You can read part one here. Blue Light, America’s first counterterrorism unit, had found its home out at Mott Lake. Their compound was sparse, but served its purpose. There were four buildings, a combatives pit, and the “RAM” drop zone, which stood for Robert A. Mountel, the commander of 5th Special Forces Group. It is said that Mountel got $25,000 of funding earmarked for Blue Light from a friend at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but that was all they were getting. Ultimately, the money came out of the same stream of Pentagon funding that was used for Delta Force. Otherwise, the Blue Light members practiced a tried and true Special Forces tradition: scrounging.

“One of our guys stole a Jeep from the military police,” Blue Light’s sergeant major laughed. When Colonel Mountel came out, the sergeant major asked him not to inquire as to where the Jeep had originated.

“We were always ready to go, always concerned about the fact that we were out there in the boonies, and if there were any bad guys who wanted to get us, they could,” Boyatt said. “We walked around locked and loaded all the time, carrying .45s with the hammer back and the grip safety taped down. We operated like that for a long time.”

Blue Light was a nickname for the classified project name no one ever actually used. This followed the non-classified naming convention used at the time; the same was used for Green Light as well. This was similar to the non-classified names used for Special Forces projects in Vietnam, which used letters of the Greek alphabet such as sigma, omega, and delta.