While American Special Operations units are often written about and are part of the public discourse in the United States, the particular challenges faced by our allied SOF units in Europe tend to get overlooked if not disregarded. From Lithuania to the United Kingdom, our European SOF partners have made a significant contribution to the War on Terror, some of them nearly stretched to the breaking point. The purpose of this article is to discuss the specific challenges that some of these units face, and when possible, propose a few solutions.
Based on interviews with a half dozen European Special Operations veterans, each from a different country, it is SOFREP’s goal to educate and inform the pubic about military Special Operations and perhaps give some credit to our often neglected friends on the other side of the Atlantic as the war against terrorism evolves, changes forms, and perhaps reorients itself to once again face down not just terrorist organizations but also nation states such as Russia.
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Private Brandon Queen was advised to carry a knife with him at all times by his team leader, knowing that their squad leader favored young, pre-pubescent-looking soldiers. “Once the sun goes down, who knows where Santoro is and where Queen is. Something could happen in the corner of the FOB,” his team leader told SOFREP.
At Forward Operating Base (FOB) Kushamond in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, a rogue soldier stalked the men of 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, a part of the 101st Airborne Division.
Staff Sergeant Johnny Santoro was a predator, Queen was told, and he had to take precautions. “Everybody knew he was gay and everyone was scared of him. Basically, he used intimidation and rank [to get what he wanted],” Queen said. After dealing with months of groping, stalking, and harassment, Santoro attempted to forcibly pull down Queen’s pants to perform oral sex on him. Queen removed himself from the situation, and multiple members of the platoon heard Queen running away at a high rate of speed in the dead of night.
Today I started a Facebook group called Samruk International, named after Deckard’s Private Military Company in my series of novels. I figure this is a practical and effective way to communicate with readers. I will of course continue to post updates on this blog as well. If you want to hear about the status of the latest book, “Gray Matter Splatter” just sign up for the group!
My appearance on CNN yesterday with host Brooke Baldwin has Trump supporters freaking out. It is funny how people love Trump for being “politically incorrect” but the second you say something un-PC about his campaign they trash you for it!
Hey everyone, sorry for the long delay between posts on this blog. I’m still hard at work writing and researching the forthcoming Deckard novel, “Gray Matter Splatter.” I’m probably two thirds of the way into the draft of the novel. In the meantime, my day job takes me around and keeps me busy. Here is a selection of my recent articles which have appeared on SOFREP.com.
Special Forces Military Free Fall Student Becomes a Towed Jumper!
Summer, the Chinese Spy that tried to gather intel off me and my friends at the SHOT show this year.
Three Years Later: Benghazi and American Covert Operations in Libya.
JSOC Operators on the Ground for El Chapo Capture.
Special Forces Soldiers Left Flapping in the Breeze in Marjah, Afghanistan.
North Korea’s Hydrogen Bomb: More Smoke and Mirrors.
Hey folks, sorry for not posting lately. I’m still slowly grinding away on the new Deckard novel. For some updates and behind the scenes information on the Deckard series please check out the following podcast where JT Patten and I discuss the books at length.