By Michael Golembesky
The sequel to New York Times bestseller Level 0 Heroes
Level 0 Heroes, Michael Golembesky's bestselling account of Marine specified Operations staff 8222 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, was once just the start for those now battle-hardened designated operations warriors.
The unforgiving Afghan iciness has settled upon the 22 males of Marine targeted Operations crew 8222, callsign Dagger 22, within the distant and adversarial river valley of Bala Murghab, Afghanistan. The Taliban warring parties within the quarter may have beloved not anything greater than to once more move dormant and relaxation till the recent spring combating season started. No probability of that―this wintry weather will be different.
Along with Afghan and foreign safeguard Forces (NATO), the Marines of Dagger 22 persevered their struggle through the harsh wintry weather to form the battlefield sooner than the Afghan flooring started to thaw. From one firefight to the following, the noose started to tighten round the village of Daneh Pasab and the Taliban command mobile working there. On April 6, 2010, a flooring strength including U.S. military specified Forces, Afghan Commandos and Marine Corps designated operations carried out an evening attack to wreck the seriously entrenched Taliban strength, breaking their grip at the valley and preventing the spring offensive earlier than it even began.
But not anything in Bala Murghab comes simply as strive against operations put on at the operators of Dagger 22 as they lean on one another once more to be able to entire their challenge in a single of the main brutal environments on earth.
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Extra resources for Dagger 22: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan
Pat and Jack were both Force Recon Marines that had been reassigned to MARSOC like many of the guys on the team. Jack was soft-spoken and someone I trusted deeply. We shared a lot of things in common, same age, married, kids, and an underlying notion that military life had run its course for us and our families. They were both good guys to lean on when things got tough, and I tried to be that for them. We started out slow with our ANA soldiers—a few local foot patrols around the Bazaar area and to COP Pathfinder on the other side of the valley.
Military generators eat JP-8 fuel like a fat kid at a buffet dessert bar. Some CDS drops were all fuel; twenty pallets containing four fifty-five-gallon drums of JP-8 would be pushed out of the back of a C-17 aircraft as it thundered past the FOB at about a thousand feet. Fuel in Afghanistan is lifeblood; it ranks up there with water and ammunition. If you don’t have it, you are pretty much screwed. Except for the amazing view, CDS drops were usually pretty uneventful. Occasionally you would get a parachute that would not blossom open.
It sucked that we lost one of our trigger pullers, but Mikey needed some downtime after his head injury. It wasn’t a bad idea, though, having Mikey as our set of eyes and ears on the command watch floor. If anything, he had good firsthand knowledge of the situation in BMG and could help argue our case when it came to getting CONOPS approved. It wasn’t a permanent assignment, Andy would swap him out with another team member in about three months. Until then, Mikey made the best of it. PRO 6’s departure from Bala Murghab was not the only change in the air in early January.