The army does not want you to listen to this book. It does not want to advertise its detention system that coddles enemy fighters while putting American soldiers at risk. It does not want to reveal the new lawyered-up Pentagon war ethic that prosecutes US soldiers and marines while setting free spies who kill Americans.
This very system ambushed Captain Roger Hill and his men.
Hill, a West Point grad and decorated combat veteran, was a rising young officer who had always followed the letter of the military law. In 2007 Hill got his dream job: infantry commander in the storied 101st Airborne. His new unit, Dog Company, 1-506th, had just returned stateside from the hell of Ramadi. The men were brilliant in combat but unpolished at home, where paperwork and inspections filled their days.
With tough love, Hill and his first sergeant, an old-school former drill instructor named Tommy Scott, turned the company into the top performers in the battalion.
Hill and Scott then led Dog Company into combat in Afghanistan, where a third of their men became battlefield casualties after just six months. Meanwhile, Hill found himself at war with his own battalion commander, a charismatic but difficult man who threatened to relieve Hill at every turn.
After two of his men died on a routine patrol, Hill and a counterintelligence team busted a dozen enemy infiltrators on their base in the violent province of Wardak. Abandoned by his high command, Hill suddenly faced an excruciating choice: follow army rules the way he always had, or damn the rules to his own destruction and protect the men he'd grown to love.
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An uncomfortable truth can be the most freeing thing, for it brings clarity to the deepest part of a man that knows there is something wrong with the world.
In an era of fake Social Justice this book could be the spark of a true movement that brings accountability to those in power.
In a nation that all to often tries to legislate morality the truth is that it is men like the men in Dog Company that plant roots of honesty and integrity into the American People.
Stands Alone, Together...Forever
Read, listen, and remember utmost loyalty to brothers above ones self. This was one of the most difficult things I've ever had to read and often uncontrollably had to put it down. Travesty, rage, unparalleled sadness, and even pride fall short to describe my last few days. I love and know several of these men and have been honored to trust my life to their care at some points a long the way. I will recommend this book wholeheartedly for the rest of my life.
The true men of 1st Battalion will always have my deepest and utmost respect, love, and loyalty.
Having served under Captain Hill and First Sargent Scott for the 2008 to 2009 deployment to Afghanistan. I can say with out a doubt they we're the best company level leadership I had encountered in my almost five years at Fort Campbell. Their dedication and love for us (their men) was amazing. The book is true to life, we did not receive proper support and detainees we're repeatedly released even though we had evidence to support further detainment.
Although my own career was cut short, I have maintained friendships with soldiers and sailors who continued their careers to extend to over 30 years in some cases.
I have seen the methodology of our armed forces transformed from an effective fighting force to sometimes nothing but a shadow of its former glory.
This book tells of just such a case. A case in which career minded egotists sacrifice American soldiers lives to pad their own portfolio.
The book is well formed and fluid. It's story is addictive.
I am heartbroken that this BS happens but I am proud to see their are still officers and NCOs that put their men first.
I like how the investigation was engineered to fit the narrative, and no real police work was done. The charges were unwarranted for a combat zone! Letting lying enemy combatants go is a crime in itself, the Army should charge the command staff for negligence.
The Enemy on all Sides!
The Enemy in your Wire!
This was a really good book, and now that is has seen the light of day for a while, I decide to do a simple google search to see what type of discussion it is generating. From my perspective, I do not see an overwhelming conversation to a contrary state, it’s mostly disappointment in the Army at how it could allow this to happen, and positive reviews of the book. I contend that the Army is made up of people, so I thought it would be interesting to see where some of the command staff above Capt. Hill are now.
With that said, I noticed that some of the senior officers declined to be interviewed for this book, to me that is telling that they continue to cover their political backsides. If you google the names of some of the command staff players, you read about here, you will see they continue to, I won’t use the term “Serve”, instead I’ll use the term “Work” at the DOD. I’ve made this distinction because I do not see their acts as selfless anymore.
I would only hope that senior officials in the DOD and the President's administration read this book, and know who they are working with, and challenge if these people can be trusted. We are entrusting the security of America to some of these people, and if covering their backsides is more important than the security of America, they should be shown the door.
I superbly enjoyed the book and would like to let Capt Hill and Sgt Scott know that I as an American was sad to hear that American Soldiers lost their live because of incompetence at their command level, you deserved better!
To a non military person this is a very disturbing account of the inability for our grunts on the ground to safely defend themselves in the non-stop battle they fight for our freedom.
Fantastic eye opening story of heroes scrambling to do the right thing for there men there country and there families in the middle of an impossible situation.
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