In an interview with SOFREP, Scott Zastrow, a Green Beret in the United States Army’s Special Forces, recounted his experiences during the initial invasion of Afghanistan as part of Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 555. Raised in a patriotic family, Zastrow went from being a medic stationed in Germany to eventually becoming an 18D (Special Forces Medic) and being among the first American troops on the ground in Afghanistan on October 19, 2001. He spoke about the uncertainty and preparation in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and how his unit, ODA 555, received significant media attention for their high-profile missions.
- Scott Zastrow was inspired by a patriotic upbringing and followed his father and brother into military service.
- A pivotal moment in his early career led to him gaining a reputation as a high-speed medic, setting him on the path to Special Forces.
- Zastrow recounted the pre-9/11 state of the 5th Special Forces Group and the evolving role of his unit, ODA 555, post-9/11.
- Preparation for their Afghan mission was shrouded in uncertainty, but the Green Berets continued training and honing essential skills.
- Zastrow’s experiences in Afghanistan were complex and challenging, highlighting the importance of rigorous training and mental preparedness.