recently conducted an interview with former Delta Force commander Dalton Fury, who is also the author of the book Kill Bin Laden.  Dalton Fury (a pseudonym) also has a novel recently out called Black Site, which I’ve already pre-ordered and am very much looking forward to reading.  In the meantime, enjoy this interview from  Dalton does a great job at dispelling some of the myths that inevitably surround Tier-One units such as Delta.

Jeffrey Denning: When you were in Delta Force, were any of your friends and neighbors aware of what you did for a living? If not, how difficult was it to live, in essence, a double life? And while you’re at home, do your neighbors know what you do for a living, or do they just assume you’re in one of the SF Groups at Bragg?

Dalton Fury:

It’s ridiculous to think that you can serve in a Tier 1 unit like Delta or ST6 and not have friends that know you are there. Your buddies before you were selected typically remain your buddies even when your name is removed from the Army’s official roles to operationally protect your identity. It’s just not that big of a deal and your friends are usually supportive and happy for you.

Dalton Fury with a fellow operator in Baghdad

Balancing profession and family is no different in Delta than any other unit in the military. You may have been first through the breach on a target in Fallujah 24 hours ago and took the million dollar shot, and now staring at a stack of bills that need to be paid, worrying about the leak in the roof, while struggling to check 6th grade math homework. It’s this normalcy, the innate human desire to simply be a good husband and father, not wanting to let your family down just as much as your teammates – that keeps things in perspective.