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What Do Air Force Special Operations Do? - Part 1

June 17, 2021

In 2001, when the war in Afghanistan had already started, there was an assassination attempt against then-acting Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai. His PSD (Personal Security Detail) were actually U.S. Navy SEALS. One of the PSD SEALS was shot in the head and that is where the story begins.

This is the real-life story of the Afghanistan rescue mission told by retired AFSOC (Air Force Special Operations Command) military helicopter pilot Bryan Martyn. Bryan was the Mission Commander who spearheaded this military helicopter rescue mission while involved in an Afghanistan firefight.

This short clip represents the sheer power, courage, and strategery of the AFSOC troops that were stationed in Afghanistan. The ability to change missions in combat at a moment's notice, while executing the flying and rescue aspect of this mission, getting caught in the midst of firefights in Afghanistan, speaks to the training and expertise of members of the US soldiers in Afghanistan.

“Ok, go get the helicopters ready. We got a “lat/long”, we looked at the satellite image, and thought, “where can we land in Kandahar...”

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