40 years ago, 98 people in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran were held hostage by Iranian radicals for 444 days before being released. A failed mission to rescue the hostages known as Eagle Claw would be the catalyst for the creation of special operations forces. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Lamb who was involved in the mission told the Military Times that “Eagle Claw was the mission that gave birth to the United States Special Operations Command.” The talent and skills the U.S. had were present, but it not put together properly. This paved the way for a better understanding of how intelligence, air support, and unique equipment was needed to be successful.