Episode 584: Mike Durant, ‘Black Hawk Down’ Pilot, Former Night time Stalker, and US Senate Candidate

On this week’s podcast SOFREP senior editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri interviews Mike Durant.

Mike was famously in Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu. Throughout the operation, his Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by Somali militias. The occasion was featured within the Black Hawk Down ebook and film.

Mike spent 22 years within the navy, nearly all of them as a Night time Stalker of the a hundred and sixtieth Particular Operations Aviation Regiment. He’s now working for the U.S. Senate in Alabama.

Mike Durant talks about what led him to hitch the navy, and his first expertise flying in a helicopter. After going to flight faculty, Mike managed to get the one Black Hawk slot. At first, flying the brand new and iconic chook with all its devices and gizmos was as if flying an area shuttle.

Mike additionally talks about Somalia and recounts the occasions of that fateful day and the heroic actions of Delta Pressure members Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart. But, he highlights that Operation Gothic Serpent was a tactical success however a political failure.

Steve and Mike then swap to politics. Mike tells us why he determined to run for workplace: and from Afghanistan to vaccine mandates and profession politicians who don’t have any real-life expertise there are many causes to take action.

As Mike says, the one option to know if you can also make a distinction is by getting within the struggle.

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