Desert Thunder

Desert Thunder By SSgt Szczepaniak
The annual “DESERT FALL FLING” starts once again, by January 1998 heated words are exchanged. Late January 98′ 5th Special Forces Group is alerted for deployment to Kuwait. 5th SFG SOF TACP (SSgt James Price at Ft Campbell / MSgt Chris Brewer is already in country) is told to prepare for deployment, 22nd ASOF (Ft Bragg) receives request from US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) for additional SOF TACP support. MSgt Mark Lutz (3rd SFG) and SSgt Greg Szczepaniak (7th SFG) are told they will leave in the morning to link up with SSgt Price at Ft Campbell. The SOF TACP’s are assigned to an A-TEAM making them unlucky man #13. Team training and integration is conducted over the next week and a half. Three A-TEAMS (with SOF TACP’s) and a Command and Control element deploy from Ft Campbell. Link up with MSgt Brewer in country. Told that Teams will move out to Ali Al Salem AB. SOF TACP’s are asked to be advance team since USAF elements are running the still being built tent city. SOF TACP’s arrange tent space and chow and acquire very scarce building supplies along with providing the Sat-Link back to the main force on Camp Doha. Over the next few months SOF TACP’s do several missions with the A-TEAM’s they are assigned to while advising and living amongst the locals. The 3rd ID and its TACP’s from Ft Stewart arrive sometime at the end of Feb or beginning of March and that leg errr I mean Mech thing. AIRBORNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!