Like many men in my generation, the events of September 11th, 2001 led me to my local recruiters, and the images and stories of the bearded Green Berets in the following invasion of Afghanistan and hunting of the Taliban led me to Special Forces.
Special Forces works mainly based on decentralized planning and organization, and so the way we are assigned Areas of Operation (AO) and missions during a deployment are different from the rest of the military. This process is outlined in Love Me When I’m Gone, which explains why my deployments took place in so many different parts of the countries we were in.
During our time in Afghanistan, ODA 022 spent time and ran missions in Herat, Kabul, Logar, The Tagab Valley (Kapisa Province), Ghazni, Wardak, Barak-e-Barak, Khost and a few others. Many of these locations have been in the news for being areas of heavy fighting at one time or another, which is exactly why we were there. Click on the different areas for a little in-depth information on the areas to gain more insight and knowledge.