Monthly Archives May 2002

David H Hackworth

Our U.S. Army Rangers still aren’t allowed to talk publicly about Operation
Anaconda, fought last March in Afghanistan, probably because the Op proved
in spades how out of touch the top brass are with counter-guerrilla tactics.
I suspect the Secrecy Act is being employed once again to protect bad
generals – at the cost of telling our countrymen the truth about an
extraordinary mission conducted by the men of the 1st Platoon of Alpha
Company, 1/75th Rangers.

Eyewitness reports I’ve stitched together from allied commandos testify to
that platoon’s daring and heroism while rescuing teammates and aircrew from
a downed chopper as they were about to be snuffed out by a ferocious enemy.

Earlier, the platoon had been spread across the battlefield on separate

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Timothy Deslatte was killed on 05-22-2002

Timothy was working on a communications tower and due to a winch/rope failure he fell to his death. He is survived by his wife Samantha, his son Noah, daugher Mackenna and unborn son Connor Timothy.

Clipping from Local Newspaper: “Two technicians working on a wireless communications tower about 50 miles east of Austin died after a fall Wednesday. Timothy Paul Deslatte, 27, of New Braunfels and Joe Edward Palafox, 22, of Waco died at 4:15 p.m. while installing equipment for Verizon Wireless near the community of Lincoln. Another man was injured. A worker lowering the men in harnesses from the tower lost control of the rope and the men fell 200 feet, the sheriff’s office said.”

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A Close Call

Senior Airman Nathan Brown (left) calls in coordinates from his PRC-117F satellite communication system, while Staff Sgt. Michael Grilli surveys the area. Teams like these train in navigation proficiency at Fort Bragg’s field training area, in North Carolina, to ensure they’re experts in talking to pilots on high and ultrahigh frequencies

When it comes to close air support, these airmen are experts. It’s their calls that bring air power to the Army battlefield.

by 1st Lt. Carie A. Seydel
photos by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung

Like contestants on a survival-based reality television show, the airmen ensured they had everything they would need to sustain operations for at least three days...

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