By Michael Golembesky
The sequel to New York Times bestseller Level 0 Heroes
Level 0 Heroes, Michael Golembesky's bestselling account of Marine precise Operations workforce 8222 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, was once only the start for those now battle-hardened distinctive operations warriors.
The unforgiving Afghan wintry weather has settled upon the 22 males of Marine unique Operations crew 8222, callsign Dagger 22, within the distant and antagonistic river valley of Bala Murghab, Afghanistan. The Taliban opponents within the sector may have cherished not anything greater than to once more pass dormant and relaxation till the hot spring battling season started. No probability of that―this wintry weather will be different.
Along with Afghan and foreign protection Forces (NATO), the Marines of Dagger 22 persevered their struggle in the course of the harsh wintry weather to form the battlefield earlier than the Afghan floor started to thaw. From one firefight to the following, the noose started to tighten round the village of Daneh Pasab and the Taliban command mobilephone working there. On April 6, 2010, a floor strength along with U.S. military distinctive Forces, Afghan Commandos and Marine Corps exact operations performed an evening attack to ruin the seriously entrenched Taliban strength, breaking their grip at the valley and preventing the spring offensive earlier than it even began.
But not anything in Bala Murghab comes simply as strive against operations put on at the operators of Dagger 22 as they lean on one another once more so as to entire their project in a single of the main brutal environments on earth.
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The launcher and its team had eluded us for almost two weeks. They would fire three rockets one day, go dormant for two days, and move the launch to a new location. The one thing we couldn’t figure out was if the majority of the calculated launch locations were coming from around the village of Qibcaq (pronounced Kip-chalk), which was located across the river from the FOB and to the south. But on a few occasions the POO grid would put it directly south near the village of Daneh Pasab, which was on our side of the river.
Ever since PRO 6—the 82nd’s battalion commander—had left Bala Murghab, the team’s operational tempo had slowed down tenfold. Operation Buongiorno was our last major mission, and now we were limited to what our ANA could handle. Was this a good thing? Yes and no. It was fulfilling to get outside the wire on a regular basis and contribute to the fight. On the other hand, being tasked out to every knee-jerk reaction mission got old real fast. Having downtime allowed for me to work on other things that would help out Rob and the rest of our intelligence section.
Starting out with only a dirt lot, a few tents, and shipping containers, Billy and Jamie had been working hard to help improve the living conditions in our compound at the FOB. One of the team’s first priorities was getting the local workers to construct a small building out of handmade bricks. It would house all of our ammunition, mortar, rockets, explosives, and anything else that went boom. Everything we needed had to be made by hand. Do you how hard it is to get a sheet of fucking plywood in Bala Murghab?