Falcon Brigade: Combat and Command in Somalia and Haiti

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001 - History - 278 pages
"Just six months after their return from Somalia, Casper and the Falcon Brigade were on the flight deck of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower, preparing to air-assault 10th Mountain Division Lightfighters onto the shores of Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. Casper brings to life the frustrations and challenges the brigade soldiers experienced as they worked around the clock for thirty days, and he captures the untiring cooperation between soldiers and sailors as they joined together to ensure the success of the operation. His account concludes with the brigade's subsequent four-month involvement in Haiti." "Not only a telling and vivid history, Falcon Brigade is an insightful - and rare - discussion of what did and did not work, and what went on behind the scenes at the operational level."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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As a former leader and soldier under Col Casper's command, he is decidedly one of the most direct and inspiring leaders I have had the pleasure to serve with. He was a compassionate and caring leader and when his troops were hurting he was hurting. Since the military I have gotten to know him as an individual and am proud to list him among my friends. The book is a great read and very informative. I wasn't personally with this engagement but I knew all involved from the two units at Ft. Campbell and the pilots and crews involved and later when I arrived at Ft. Drum the players in the recovery mission. I know this man has many more stories in him and the literary community would be remiss if we did not hear more from Larry Casper in the future.
Nathan E. Blair, BSCJ, MBA
SSG, United States Army, Veteran
 

Contents

Experiences in Somalia September 1993March 1994
5
US Involvement in a Faraway Land
9
The Beginning
15
Worst Case Scenario
21
Task Force Ranger
31
Failed Attempt
43
The Plan
51
The Rescue
59
The Plans
161
Preparation
167
The GoAhead
181
Setting Sail
193
The Countdown
199
The Assault 19 September 1994
205
The Occupation
217
Aristides Return
233

Mogadishu Mile
83
Aftermath
89
The Cavalry Arrives
99
Preparing to Fight
111
The Withdrawal
125
Outcome
139
Preparation and Conduct of Military Operations in Haiti September 1994March 1995
143
Fort Drum New York April 1994
145
The Alert
151
Haiti
155
Winding Down
237
Mission Complete
247
Observations
249
Killed in ActionNonbattle Death Summaries
259
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
265
Bibliography
269
Index
271
About the Book
277
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