I could clearly see the objective ahead of me. The rocket launch pad, defended by enemy troops and illuminated by numerous spotlights, was now impossible to miss. As I lay exhausted in a desert ravine, surrounded by 150 paratroopers from the 75th Ranger Regiment, I knew that accomplishing the mission—to take and hold the facility and secure the rocket payload—would not be easy. But I felt confident that my Rangers would fulfill their team missions and overpower the enemy.
October 17, 2017