Pale Horse: Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with the 101st Airborne Division

Pale Horse Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with the st Airborne Division Pale Horse is the remarkable never before told true story of an army aviation task force during combat in the Afghan War told by the commanding officer who was there Set in the very valleys where the

  • Title: Pale Horse: Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with the 101st Airborne Division
  • Author: Jimmy Blackmon Stanley McChrystal
  • ISBN: 9781250072719
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pale Horse is the remarkable never before told true story of an army aviation task force during combat in the Afghan War, told by the commanding officer who was there Set in the very valleys where the attacks of 9 11 were conceived, and where ten Medals of Honor have been earned since that fateful day the war began, the narrative races from ferocious firefights and braverPale Horse is the remarkable never before told true story of an army aviation task force during combat in the Afghan War, told by the commanding officer who was there Set in the very valleys where the attacks of 9 11 were conceived, and where ten Medals of Honor have been earned since that fateful day the war began, the narrative races from ferocious firefights and bravery in battle to the quiet moments where the courageous men and women of Task Force Pale Horse catch their breath before they take to the skies again Jimmy F Blackmon writes with a power and hard hitting honesty that leaps off the page He has the respect of the men and women of his brigade, and a command of the narrative to tell their story From pilots of lethal Apache attack helicopters who strike fear in their enemies to the medevac soldiers who risk their lives daily, these are warriors from a variety of backgrounds who learned selflessness and found the closest brotherhood they ever knew through the crucible of war Pale Horse both honors and commemorates the service of this elite task force from the unique vantage point of the commander who led them in battle.

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    1. I’ve appreciated those involve with the US Army combat aviation after reading this book in ways that I never did before. There doesn’t seem to be that many books on combat helicopter pilots so I imagine this book would have staying power as books recommend for military officers’ professional reading. If this book isn’t in any professional reading list yet I think it should be soon as recommended reading at some level of the military.The author of this book was the former commander of Tas [...]

    2. This was an excellent view of army aviation. A story well told, and fits in really neatly with Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor. The final section of Pale Horse describes the aviation crew's views of what was happening during the events of Red Platoon.

    3. A first-rate account of flight-operations in Afghanistan, this book follows the author's time spent in-country. Blackmon has a lot of stories to tell, and many will have you on the edge of your seat. HE also interleaves enough background to help you understand who the main characters are while keeping a brisk enough pace to keep the reader's attention. This book will give you an even greater respect for our men & women in uniform. Highly recommended.

    4. Super bookRead it in two days, what an incredible look into he lives of the airmen fighting for our freedom. Their successes, their failures, the raw emotions and the impact of their actions in shaping the war in Afghanistan. Great read.

    5. This book struck me on multiple levels. Part story of tactical combat action, part story of the human element of combat, and part story of leadership in the most formidable of environments – all told with a clarity and prose which make you feel as if you are part of the action. Many of the battles and heroes described in the book (Wanat, Bari Ali, Watapur, Ganjgal, Shuryak, Keating and Lowell) have been covered in depth from the ground view many times over, but Pale Horse gives us the perspect [...]

    6. Great to see an air cavalry squadron commander telling his and his unit's GWOT story. It's rare to read much about Iraq or Afghanistan from either the battalion-level perspective or the aviation perspective, and Colonel Blackmon does both. His unit, TF Pale Horse, built around 7-17 Cavalry, provided the Kiowa, Apache, Black Hawk, and Chinook support to some key events in Kunar/Nuristan in 2009: the overrun of OP Bari Alai, Operation Dragon Fire into Barg-e Matal, battle of COP Keating, major eng [...]

    7. Wow! What a great read! This was an excellent book about bravery--pilotsldiersose in the 101st Air Assault. This book was written by the man who commanded the 101st in Afghanistan. Medals of Honor were won! These soldiers should be honored for the heroism that they showed as they risked their lives over and over to bring back our wounded and dead. What an emotional story. Great explanationsI felt like I was there as a first-hand witness! I highly recommend this book!

    8. My brother who served with the DOJ in both Iraq and Afghanistan highly recommended this book. I love a good memoir, so bought it immediately. This book did not disappoint. The author has a way of telling the story with both technical descriptions and humanity. I was in awe at the strategic mentality and the vast organization it takes. But also touched by the emotional experience of what war means to soldiers and their families. I'm so glad I read this book, I will be thinking about this for a lo [...]

    9. I don't usually read these kind of war memoirs, but a co-worker of mine was reading it and mentioned her sister-in-law was in the book. So I may be rounding up a bit because I thought that was a cool connection. In any case, this was an easy to read book of war stories. Very enjoyable read about a year in the life of the air cavalry. I didn't always follow exactly where they were fighting in Afghanistan, but this wasn't a book about the overall strategy of the war. Really amazing what these heli [...]

    10. Pale Horse is a great memoir by Jimmy Blackmon. It accurately captures the stress and heavy decisions required of a field commander during war. I appreciated a book written from the aerial perspective rather than a boots-on-the-ground narrative driven by high-intensity firefights. The story from the air doesn't give the same blood-pounding adrenaline rush that books like House To House give, but it does provide a unique perspective often missing from the American conflict narratives.

    11. Won this on . You know, these are true stories right from the point of conflict. The average person has no idea what is involved in these endeavors. The stress, strain, and fatigue on these men and women are close to unbearable, but the job gets done. I know volumes of books describing theses incidents could be written and there are untold heros we will never hear about. All we can do is hope and pray that someday this world will be at peace.

    12. An excellent book of the bravery of the pilots and soldiers of the 101st Air Assault by the author Jimmy Blackmon, who commanded the 101st Air Assault in the Afghan war where ten Medals of Honor were earned. The author tells of the training and of the Apache attack helicopters as well as the Kiowas that used lethal force to eliminate their targets and the medevac helicopters who risked their lives to bring the wounded and the dead back.

    13. This is about the 101st Airborne Division deployed to Afghanistan for a year. They put their lives on the line daily, protecting outposts, flying in supplies, flying out wounded. Their lives and the lives of those they were protecting depended on working together like a well-oiled machine. I have much more knowledge and appreciation for the men and women that protect us than ever before. I didn't want to put the book down until the end.

    14. A riveting look into the high stress multifaceted and dangerous world of the Air Cavalry in their role of close air support. Will have you feeling the tension as consummate professionals organize what seems like chaos to the layman into a system that gets the right men, equipment, firepower and support to the right place right as its needed. A must for any fan of helicopter combat.

    15. This is a win review. This is an excellent book about hunting terrorists and commanding heroes within the 101st Airborne Division during combat in the Afghan war. This book tells real life stories of the battles of the brave Apache helicopters pilots and also recounts their bravery which won ten medals of honor.

    16. Reading as a military spouse this book is very enlightening. It articulates engagements many service members experience, but are unable to share. Beyond the missions readers are able to understand the emotional toil these individuals experienced. Many pages brought tears but overall a sense of pride for our soldiers and their unwavering dedication to duty as expressed by the authors' account.

    17. An incredible account of America's sons and daughters in action. The author writes with heartfelt reverence for his soldiers and truly illuminates the human element of war by connecting it to the core of American culture. The chapter "Cowboys and Indians" proves especially evocative for readers from all walks of life and well represents Blackmon's relatable writing style.

    18. Fantastic book. There are a multitude of books out there that capture war though the eyes of service members on the ground, but this gives a very different perspective of war from the aviators perspective. Great read.

    19. Intense truism every American over 17 should be aware ofCouldn't put the book down,I feel obligated to everyone that served. Hollywood can never make a movie to justify what these brave American soldiers have stood up to and sacrificed for our country

    20. How not to fight a war (on the enemy's territory, on his terms, using his tactics). Undermanned, undersupplied.

    21. Reads like a novel but presents a reality every American ought to learn about. I liked it very much and have gained new perspective on our country's presence in Afghanistan.

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