A small group of five Green Berets at Fort Bragg had been using their off hours to facilitate the rescue of American citizens and Afghan allies who remained in Afghanistan. They were operating with the support of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) who supported their desire to actually go to Afghanistan and help on the ground but the DoD refused. Carrie Elk, a psychotherapist who specializes in combat related trauma, was at Fort Bragg observing their efforts. “Army Special Operations is more than a job, and our soldiers care deeply about the people they have worked closely with on deployments,” said Army Maj. Dan Lessard. Elk could sense the desperation in their attempts to save their friends and allies. Once the team experienced some success in coordinating exfiltration their services were requested by other military members who had heard of their courageous logistical efforts.
The Crossroads of Special Operations