Dean Nosorog, who had just been on his honeymoon in Tahiti with his new wife, Kelly. In the past year, I’ve had lengthy conversations with one of the Special Forces commanders involved in the battle featured in 12 Strong. Your California Privacy Rights They were en route to K2, a base in southeastern Uzbekistan, a helicopter ride away from Afghanistan, where they would soon start a war. Now he is continuing to serve his state and nation as a volunteer with the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. He purchased every AA battery in the store. Mark Nutsch’s character, named Captain Mitch Nelson in the movie, is portrayed in the show by actor Chris Hemsworth who also plays Thor in the Avenger series. The military did so. While their directive was clear, the plan to carry it out was anything but. In the aftermath of 9-11, it was Captain Mark Nutsch from rural Kansas who led his team on that initial mission. The soldiers followed. They also need blankets.” Nelson offered another gift: a bottle of Russian vodka. “We averaged 32 years old, had eight years’ experience, and most of us were married with two kids,” Mark said. In a scene from the movie 12 Strong, an Afghan general who linked up with a Special Forces team wants to raise an American flag over a village that their combined teams took back from the Taliban. The U.S. military immediately began planning a response. Audio and text files of Kansas Profiles are available at http://www.kansasprofile.com. Huck Boyd Institute for Rural Development. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights On October 16, 2001, a 12-man operational detachment of Green Berets from America’s 5th Special Forces Group (ODA 595) was the first group of soldiers to land in Afghanistan and connect with Northern Alliance generals who had spent a decade battling the Taliban (and each other). As they approached the city, in an area known as the Gap, Northern Alliance forces were stopped in their tracks by a Taliban rocket attack. Cooperation from their leaders was essential. You raise your flag,” Nelson says. Thanks for contacting us. It really happened. Moviegoers will see the intense battle scenes they’d expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer film (Black Hawk Down). The mission of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development is to enhance rural development by helping rural people help themselves. Their plan was to take Mazar-i-Sharif, a stronghold of the Taliban, and the key to their downfall. Terms of Use He also consults on strategic planning and leadership development for the Special Forces officer qualification course. Several were later deployed to Iraq and died in that conflict. Today, MacPherson works with LEAN enterprises to transform their corporate cultures and leadership styles. It’s held in the remote woods of North Carolina. This story has been shared 191,988 times. “When we were kids.”. On Oct. 19, 2001, Mark and his unit were helicoptered into Uzbekistan. They were victorious in Mazar-i-Sharif and achieved in just two months — for $70 million — what the Pentagon had expected to take more than a year. “For the moment, the plan was: There was no plan,” he writes. For about a week in an isolation facility at Fort Campbell, the men were given the barest scraps of information. Someone has to be first. K-State President Richard Myers, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recalled receiving the unprecedented request to airlift saddles, saddle blankets and hay to the site. It also reflects the unique training that America’s elite Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets) must undergo. Here's the opening from a 1980 episode of Cap'n Mitch: TV Pow! These men were part of the US Army’s 5th Special Forces Group. “Who’s ridden before?” Nelson asked his team. The unit faced the tallest of odds. Two men raised their hands. Special Forces is unlike any other part of the military. Candace Cameron Bure psyched to become a ‘hot grandma’ one day, Margaret Josephs on why the ‘Housewives’ drink so much, Lashana Lynch responds to backlash after being cast as 007, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved, VMI to remove statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson, Top-ranking US Space Force officer tests positive for COVID-19, How the Army is helping its newest soldiers vote in basic training, Pompeo urges diplomatic solution to fighting in Armenia, Azerbaijan, The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War. The Green Berets from the 5th Special Forces Group are true heroes who teach us that liberating the oppressed begins by winning hearts and minds. He is now a consultant for Army Special Operations and has opened a whiskey distillery business. One, Mike Spann, was killed by Taliban prisoners.