Pale Horse: Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with the 101st Airborne Division” is the remarkable never-before-told true story of an Army aviation task force during combat in the Afghan War, told by the commanding officer who was there, Jimmy Blackmon. SOFREP had an opportunity to ask Jimmy a few questions about his experiences and his book.

SOFREP: What particular difficulties did you experience while operating rotary-wing aircraft in an environment like Afghanistan?

JB: The most significant challenge for aviation in Afghanistan is the terrain and weather. Coupled with an indigenous enemy that understands how to use the terrain to their advantage, the terrain is a game changer.

What are some particularly hairy missions recalled in “Pale Horse”?