One Tribe at a Time
First and foremost I want to thank the great warriors of ODA 316. It seems like so long ago. No one will ever believe how much we did with so little in those early days in the Konar. We have all continued to fight and have taken it to the enemy at every opportunity. Leading you was the greatest honor of my life.
Initial members of ODA 316 (by rank):
Ron Bryant Al Lapene Chuck Burroughs Mark Read Tony Siriwardene Scott Gross Dan McKone James Tierney Travis Weitzel Luke Murray Brent Watson Dave Casson
Second, my good friend Steve Pressfield. Only he knows what his words have meant to me. I would not have done this without him. He is a great author and historian. He is a better friend.
ird, my wife. She has put up with all the long deployments and all the
“baggage” that comes with that. And thanks for all the hours you let me spend in front of the computer just before my upcoming deployment to Iraq.
Fourth, my dad. “e best team always wins . . .”
Lastly, my second “father,” friend, fellow warrior and great leader, Malik Noorafzhal, “Sitting Bull.” It was my greatest wish in all the world that I would get to see him with my own eyes again and say, “Sitting Bull, I told you I would come back. I told you I would return.” I could have died a happy man had that happened.