By Dennis Chalker, Kevin Dockery

One of the main elite scuffling with forces within the US army, Seal staff Six specialises in counter-terrorist operations. during this complete first-person background, grasp leader Boatswain Mate Dennis Chalker unearths the missions and perils he encountered as "plankowner" - a founding member of this elite unit - during the last 20 years. an ideal Op is an operation during which a project is done with out discovery of intervention. Chalker tells of 1 such ideal Op the place his staff effectively penetrated enemy territory, accomplished their goal, and left with no hint - a narrative unknown beforehand. An action-packed actual story, this riveting first-hand account illuminates the commitment, guts, and exceptional force it takes to be a unique battle soldier.

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He would spit a wad of chewing tobacco into your face mask and then tell you he wanted the chaw back after your swim. Once you’ve swum with a big wad of used chewing tobacco in your mask, you can do an op through a floating mass of rotten whales and not get the pukes. Games were played with you on a constant basis. And the training increased in difficulty too. We were getting ready for Hell Week, but first came rock portage. This evolution was like a killer version of surf passage. Down by the Hotel Del Coronado huge piles of rocks had been built up to protect the sand beach from erosion.

Or wished you had never had it done in the first place. That was at least one mistake I didn’t make. Physically it was demanding, a lot more so than it is today. The amount of PT (physical training) was intended to build you up enough so that when you hit the ground, you landed on muscle and not bone. The “lateral drift apparatus” let you slide down a wire to build up speed and then practice those PLFs, or parachute landing falls. Going into the sawdust pit and rolling out your PLFs managed to get you a mouthful of dirt.

After I had spent some time in the 82nd, my intention was to volunteer for either Special Forces or the Rangers. The Rangers had been decommissioned right after Vietnam, so that door was closed. It bothered me a little that I hadn’t been able to go to a Ranger unit. That had been one of my goals. Ranger school was still going on, and the training was being offered, but only officers were being sent to the school at that time, and my chances of going looked pretty slim. So I did my Army hitch with the 82nd Airborne.

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