Continued from Part One….


A final Press check—a movement that pulls the bolt of his weapon back slightly to ensure a bullet is seated and ready to go—ensures that his primary and secondary weapons are both up and that he is ready for work. The exercise in touch makes him feel more connected to the task at hand. He can smell cool smoke in the air as the tight formation hurdles through the night at over 150 knots, just feet from the Pakistani village rooftops. The smell in the air is the familiar fragrance of developing third world countries, the SEAL is used to it by now, and when he breathes it all in, it brings a familiarity and a certain calmness to him. One minute out. The Helos bank sharply to the right, and for a second the squad was deep in the bank of the helicopter and staring directly toward the ground, only held in place by inertia. The Helo’s then leveled out in unison and flare in position as the fast ropes simultaneously deploy.

Seconds later the assault element slides down the ropes and head straight to business. The lead assault members find that all doors are unlocked as they make their way into the main compound. They all know and appreciate that this is a familiar sign that the team is unexpected company. Assault team two enters the main house as the first terrorist reaches for his weapon. He takes his last breath as four well placed shots enter his head at over a thousand feet per second. The Belgian Sheppard continues slightly ahead of the main element and has indicated to his handler a direction of obvious importance. This is relayed quickly to the rest of the team. The laser guided Sheppard is equipped with a full motion night vision video camera, titanium bite teeth. He receives commands from his handler in silence from an embedded communications ear bud. This is not a dog you want to run into in the middle of the night.