Thirty years after the Battle of Mogadishu, known as the “Black Hawk Down” battle, veterans from Operation Gothic Serpent reflect on their experiences and challenges. This operation saw the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, under Task Force Ranger, face off against Somali forces in an attempt to capture warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
- The Battle of Mogadishu occurred on Oct. 3-4, 1993, during Operation Gothic Serpent. The objective was to capture or kill warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, responsible for attacks on UN representatives supplying food and water to Somalia.
- Members of Task Force Ranger faced enormous challenges, including a lack of advanced technology available to today’s special operations forces. They succeeded in capturing two of Aidid’s lieutenants.
- Three veterans from Task Force Ranger, Brad Thomas, Norman Hooten, and Mike Durant, share their personal experiences and reflections. All emphasize the strong bond formed among those who fought in the operation.
- The Battle of Mogadishu is one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. special operations history, resulting in the death of 18 American service members.
- The veterans agree that the lessons learned from the operation, both positive and negative, have significantly influenced the future of special operations.