Superior Drive Operations in Iraq with tenth Special Forces Group | Mark Giaconia | Ep. 129

Earlier than the Iraq struggle in 2003, Inexperienced Beret groups infiltrated Northern Iraq, linked up with the CIA, and embedded deeply with the Kurdish Peshmerga to arrange for struggle. These particular missions have been known as “Superior Drive Operations.” Subsequently, these particular groups introduced in the remainder of the Inexperienced Berets throughout an operation known as “the Ugly Child.”

Then, one of the vital vital battles in Special Forces historical past occurred: “Operation Viking Hammer,” the place six Inexperienced Beret groups together with a handful of CIA and Air Drive Particular Ops personnel, mixed with roughly 8000 Peshmerga, took again tons of of sq. kilometers from virtually 1000 Ansar Al Islam extremists, and secured a poison manufacturing facility of nationwide stage significance. This guide is the one firsthand account of those important Unconventional Warfare operations, written by an operator who was there.

Along with describing these traditionally vital Particular Operations missions, “One Inexperienced Beret” additionally particulars a 15-year profession within the Inexperienced Berets that features many distinctive experiences, equivalent to joint operations alongside Russian Spetznaz on the northern border of Kosovo, and postwar operations in Bosnia embedded deeply with the locals. Mark Giaconia questions every part, and gives a VERY humble, sobering, and human perspective on struggle, navy service, and strategic concerns. One Inexperienced Beret may be very inspiring, and conveys the writer’s private evolution from gunslinger to educated pc scientist; a real story of “publish traumatic development.”

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00:00 Intro
03:20 Origin Story/Moving into the navy
09:35 Being assigned to tenth group in SF and what the mission was earlier than 9/11
13:25 Boozing in Bosnia
17:15 Heads in a effectively in Bosnia | 1997
19:10 Operation Vodka Chaser | Russians invade Serbia | 1999
23:53 SEALs being despatched in to explode prepare tracks
26:01 Being deployed to Kosovo | Embedded with the Russians | February 2001
32:28 Joint Operations with Spetsnaz
45:35 Mutiny towards the brand new ODA Crew Sergeant | 2001
51:53 Getting spun up for the AFO mission in Iraq | 2003
1:03:37 The “Ugly Child” mission
1:08:55 Witnessing the “Shock & Awe” airstrikes
1:12:40 Operation Viking Hammer
1:38:00 The Sargat chemical facility and accumulating samples
1:47:28 Heading again dwelling and coping with PTS
1:55:15 18F course and pivoting from the ODA’s
1:58:45 SOCOM (Inter Company Process Drive)
2:00:50 Transitioning out of the navy and into tech
2:05:45 It is alright to be multiple factor
2:07:23 Viewer questions