Green Team…

Any group that joins JSOC is forged in through the hell that is Green Platoon/Green Team. you work your arse off just to get in. It depends on what branch and what group your trying out for. I have found through out my career going through “Two Pipelines” you would think one was enough punishment, but the second was the one I retired from and it was the most rewarding by far.

Going through Green Platoon for the 160th was by far my favorite assignment. You spend six weeks of hell although there is hell and there is purgatory. I had already been through Ranger school (not the 75th ranger regiment) all those guys who say your not a ranger because you did not belong to the 75th relax I went for a leadership school. However I did go all the way through with no recycles. Suck it Batt Boys! Im kidding… Compared to Ranger School Green Platoon was difficult but I had developed a mantra, “as long as you made it through today you can make it through tomorrow” “You made it did everything they wanted today, you can do it all again” and my personal favorite “Your not a quitter, you’ve never quit anything since a mile long swim when you were 14 don’t start now, quiting is embarrassing”

I swam the required 500m swim on the first day. My dad watched me swim, I had never swam that far before, I don’t remember saying this, but my dad said you looked at me tired and worn saying “I was going to finish or they were going to pull me from the bottom”. I worked up to my mile swim on the last day. and the day before I had the devilish “cross chest carry” that as I started working as a lifeguard, getting more and more certifications the BSA was the only one that taught it the, American Red Cross, YMCA deemed it unsafe and better the patient go under than rescuer and the swimmer. I guess better one than drown than two, but I suppose if it is your loved one it is not to risky. Any of us that have had any kind of dive training swim training etc. know what the panicked mind can do, however; look at the Coastguard…. they don’t quit. Neither do I. If I can rescue I guy who outweighed me by over 100lbs had ten years on me and almost a foot and swim him 25m just about anyone can. He did not want me to get my lifeguard. He was going to drown me, I say to you Mike… you made a man out of me at 14. thanks for that!

Ridiculous movies with asinine martial arts…

Im here to tell you that shit exists. It is frightening when it is you against more than three or more other people.

However; the military has developed SOCP, which has turned into a conglomeration of multiple forms of martial arts. Take for example Chief Special Warfare Operator Byers. He was number two man through the door, in which his number one man was mortally wounded, his NVG’s were were knocked everywhere he landed on the “objective”, the individual adjacent to him. Was a hostile target after he readjusted his NVG’s and he engaged him in hand to hand combat while keeping the objective covered. On exfill with the objective secured the individual worked his life away to keep his team mate alive. It is rare that actions such as these are awarded the Medal of Honor to the nations top teams, our lives are not as valuable as others in the results military. 

Operation Redwings… Underlying Truth.

There is many decorations for the C co 75th Ranger Regiment, and I believe 3rd Special Forces Group Second Battalion (not 100% on that) Instead they spend well over hours telling an inaccurate story of how the fire fight went. How Turbine 33 was shot down, and how the LT CMDR put a gun to the pilots head to insert them after they broke apart hard. I have spoken on this many times there are three ways to take down a MH47, right up the butt and you have to hit the engine. Otherwise they are pretty much RPG proof. I have watched an MH47 take one to the rotor and the rotor said essentially  “get that shit out of here” Ive watched them bounce off the side those things are tough as nails! In Turbine 32 they aborted there initial infill and the tail chief SSG GO@$@#$URSELF was looking on the thermal and NVG to find a place to infill. The Seals decided they did not want to do 90 ft fast ropes on the back side of the mountain. (should of put that in the movie) 

There is no doubt that all of the units and all of individuals worked there asses off to help him. To make it a Navy only thing makes it about a 20/30% accurate film. None the less the man went through hell. Another individual who went through hell is Mohammad Gulab, especially because he put his life, and his village on the line and they have paid the price for it. Lutrell has gone from a medically retired veteran, to an individual who has a net worth of $1.5 million and climbing

Perspective… She as much as of a mistress as the mission set.

His told a story of where he received a Troops in Contact over his helmet. The weather was bad that night. He had to do a “weather let down” it was a fire fight that I was involved in. I remember it because usually when the A10 does a flyby they break contact and we can all go home.He got word that we were firing to the west and so he let his gun rip for longer than usual. He said the fire out of his guns blinded his NVG’s and he had to pull a high G turn to miss colliding into the mountain, and back into the weather, he said he head the worst thing an A10 pilot could hear… Silence.

A10 pilot then he was an LTC and he brought up the convoy attack where Jessica Lynch was captured and and AH64 went down. He ran it up the flag pole to go get the Pilots. We got hung up with the riot caused by Al Assad. We could see a mass of Jets, PAVEHAWKS, it looked nearly like an airshow. We checked in over the radio and got no answer back. For all of y’all that have been to Iraq what seems a hill 5 min later your still climbing. We stopped because no one answered. What we saw was quite the air show. Come to find out they were mounting a rescue of the Apache pilot’s. If we could of had line of sight, they would of had a few heavily armed gun trucks and a two squads of SMU soldiers. The commander said abort, and just like that they were gone. The Apache pilot’s were captured. The speaker said there is a fate worse than dying. 

     If they knew we were there would it of changed his mind. He said he would of lost more people trying to save two than trying to get to them. Maybe thats the Air Force’s Policy. We were coming in from the back side. they would of not expected us to be there. they always say hind site is 20/20 but I hate that statement. I prefer perspective

Things caught in a photograph….

Camera’s the great debate these days, Im not talking about body camera’s on an officer. Although they fit the bill in the broad spectrum of some of the bodies within the paragraphs. The images they capture images and show what is going on during a certain situation, lately this can either give an individual his freedom or condemn them within the press, causing him to fight for his good name back. As Sheriff Clarke stated early on in these incidents, “when an officer is exonerated, how do you put that toothpaste back in the tube”. This gives an interesting pause because while I started a career where camera’s were bulky and heavy. Now we have commanders flying over head watching what we do, and our phones take photos that our twelve megabit photos and they have them on them generally all the time

When you look at a photo all you see is whats in it. The saying a picture is worth a thousand words is an accurate statement. Can the picture tell you anything about the atmosphere of the photo, say for instance its a picture of two kids smiling big, but in the back ground the father and the mother are fighting like cats and dogs, slamming doors, throwing things, and the picture taker is the uncle and said ill give you ice cream if you smile! and the picture turned out ADORABLE so it goes up on Instagram, everyone in that individuals social group thinks man everything must be great in there world

This is a strongly divide topic so I will tread lightly as possible. The things the SIGNET (Signal Intelligence) guys showed me is that people who put there kids out on Facebook one, can delete the pic but Facebook “catalogs” it as part of its facial recognition software and two Its crazy for me have Facebook use its facial recognition software algorithm and “cataloged” photos to link my child and or automatically want to tag them in a photo that some guy took of the family rooting for a friends in the stands at the local soccer tournament. (smaller crowed more likely hood of it picking your child out) of a complete strangers profile. I am a USASOC guy through and through was lucky enough to get there quickly in my career, I scan crowd A LOT, and if I see someone with a cellphone I almost always take my hat off and throw it over my duder’s face or my hand anything I can to obscure his facial features enough.

Not to get statistical but ever since the birth of the internet, sexual crimes against kids, sexual predatory crimes against minors, and the worst of all HUMAN TRAFFICKING has gone up by nearly a MILLION PERCENT! Ill wait while you check my facts. Human Trafficking had existed before the internet however its shape and scope was not to the intensity it is now. It was truly to move people, across borders, out of Cuba, escaping countries etc. I thank my SIGNET buddy, “Bret” or helping me with all that info. It was not to long ago that everyone thought I was crazy for having a no kids on FB rule… now people are starting to understand. It has gone up enough that ARSOF/USASOC has gotten involved to break these rings up. The military divides boundaries and jurisdictional issues as long as it is deemed an executive order. Otherwise known as a “war on” Militaries can bridge the gap where PD/Sheriff’s ICE FEDS and all others in other countries fall short. I implore you to look into a movie called the Abolitionist.

Worsening it all making it sad is the, part of all the photos out there these days is that people steal them. I read a blogger who had gotten really famous, if you will and she found out someone was stealing photos of her kids because they were so photogenic. Why steal photos of kids, in the military woman/girlfriends will buy pregnant women’s positive pregnancy tests and sonogram pics. to entrap there assumed boy friends. People are CRAZY. The aforementioned blogger did not start ruining her photos with Picture tags, with layovers, she just simply took pics with her kids not looking directly at the camera. Its a great Idea if you want to post photos of your kiddos.

It’s been a rough week…

President Trump is a busy man, Retired General Mattis (Secretary Of Defense, just feels weird saying it that way) has just been “handling it” depending on how you look at it Mad Dog has lived up to the title we had back in the early days “secretary of war”. With war comes casualties. With war comes casualties, my father an officer in Vietnam told me about the acceptable loss rate is twenty percent. The brain trust at the pentagon takes your mission and force size, as long as you do not loose more than twenty percent. I never believed it until a friend of mine in my unit who went on to work for the agency and higher things, taught me to question everything. Having an acceptable loss rate, as a medic, when they preach no man left behind. Seems a bit Oxymoronic does it not?

Twenty eight April we lost two Rangers from the Seventy Fifth Ranger Regiment and another was wounded. The two Rangers were killed Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22.

Two days later just outside Mosul Iraq, 1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, 25 he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Then out of left field news broke of a sailor died in Somalia, at first I thought it was a misrepresented article. Then it made sense, we found the head of the piracy and we went in to cut the head of the piracy operation. They have cost multi millions approaching a billions for companies to negotiate for human life

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, 38, was killed during an operation against al-Shabaab on May 5 in a remote area approximately 40 miles west of Mogadishu. Chief Milliken was the first casualty since 1993 and the battle “Gothic Serpent”