Lords of Darkness: A History of the 45th Avn Bn (Sp Ops) and OKARNG Aviation [NOOK Book]

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Prior to 1979, you probably hadn't heard of counterterrorism or Special Operations. Even so, special warriors have been around since Moses sent Joshua to spy out the land of Canaan.

In 1986, Colonel Billy R. Wood served as the operations officer of the newly organized 45th Aviation Battalion (Special Operations). This unit was highly classified. The special operations training and missions carried out by the team were conducted in secret, and...
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Lords of Darkness: A History of the 45th Avn Bn (Sp Ops) and OKARNG Aviation

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Overview

Prior to 1979, you probably hadn't heard of counterterrorism or Special Operations. Even so, special warriors have been around since Moses sent Joshua to spy out the land of Canaan.

In 1986, Colonel Billy R. Wood served as the operations officer of the newly organized 45th Aviation Battalion (Special Operations). This unit was highly classified. The special operations training and missions carried out by the team were conducted in secret, and members couldn't even tell their wives and families where they were going. These soldiers were called the Lords of Darkness.

Prior to its formation, much was written about the failed hostage rescue mission in Iran. The Pentagon leadership implied, "Whatever the costs, whatever we do, we can never have another Desert One." Secret exercises were conducted with modified aircraft and soon-to-be-skilled night flyers of Task Force 160, today known as "Night Stalkers." What you didn't read about was the "other" US Army Special Operations Aviation Battalion-an Army National Guard unit.

Highly classified and therefore less known, it was a "mirror image" special aviation unit. You didn't realize they existed because you weren't supposed to know. These teachers, businessmen, lawyers, salesman, citizen soldiers, and traditional guardsmen were called the Lords of Darkness of the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

The night belonged to them-and their hearts belonged to aviation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462027224
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/18/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,205,198
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted February 28, 2013

    Recommend

    This book is not only about the 245th Aviation Battalion but Colonel wood's gives insight into National Guard aviation procedures. I expected more detail on their military opertions but this book is an excellent history on Oklahoma National Guard Aviation history.

    If you want to learn mmore on how the National Guard operates then this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

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    I was one of the first members of the Unit. Col. Wood did a good job putting this book together. My only issue is there are a lot of key personnel left out from the original days and when we were formed. Most were enlisted. Several officers didn't make the cut. Most of these were not added due to not being available or unknown at the time of the writing. Its a good first pass and I am sure there will be another coming out. Its well worth the cost and time to read. Find out what takes place behind closed doors, in days before 911 and the efforts the Citizen soldiers play in supporting the hidden wars.

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