Embedded Enemy is the true story of the unprecedented deadly attack against the men and women of Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Shortly after deploying for the war in Iraq, the Bastogne Brigade was staged at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait where they prepared for combat against Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime. During the eerie, pitch-black, early morning hours of 23 March 2003, a fellow American soldier. Sergeant Hasan Akbar, executed the unthinkable and unlikeliest of scenarios by throwing hand grenades into his Chain of Command's tents. He then followed up with small-arms fire while his Commanding. Officers slept in preparation for war. The wicked aftermath killed two officers and wounded 12 others. Six soldiers were evacuated, never to return-all were vital to the unit's arduous mission. Despite the tragic deaths in the most unfathomable way, the Bastogne Brigade received movement orders to cross the border into Iraq just 48 hours after the attack. This story is about how the soldiers bonded together to rescue, treat, and evacuate their brothers at arms in the midst of the shadows of darkness, massive explosions, rapid gun fire, suffocating smoke, body ripping shrapnel, and complete and total chaos and confusion. All of this was accomplished while simultaneously searching for a ruthless killer that had taken the same oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against foreign enemies. Little did they realize they would meet the most improbable of adversaries-one of their very own - an "Embedded Enemy." This event shocked the Armed Forces, America, and people around the world. It forced everyone to more carefully consider whom we really trust and to begin to digest the idea that threats to our personal safety might now come "from the inside."
|Publisher:||Inspire on Purpose Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Since retiring, CSM Womack has worked in the entertainment industry as an actor and a Military Technical Advisor for feature films and television. He volunteers his free time by mentoring Army ROTC Cadets, and works with returning Veterans in the Saddles for Soldiers program.
Table of Contents
Section 1 Unsuspecting Comrades 1
Chapter 1 5-Minute Mayhem 3
Chapter 2 Teamwork 21
Chapter 3 Internal Damage 35
Chapter 4 Taking Stock 49
Chapter 5 The Timeline-Looking Back 65
Section 2 Enemy on the Loose 75
Chapter 6 The Search 77
Chapter 7 Capture 91
Chapter 8 Evidence 107
Chapter 9 The Fallout 121
Chapter 10 Wounded Invasion 147
Chapter 11 Justice 159
Epilogue: The Insider Threat - It's Closer Than You Think 173
About the Author 183
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a very well written account of what happened from the point of view from someone who was there. In fact, if he was any closer, he would have bumped into the guy tossing the grenades. SGM Womack's recollection of the events during and after the attack are very clear and detailed. His own commitment and dedication to his soldiers and mission are clearly conveyed. I hope he and the others involved in this cowardly attack get closure soon. The last chapter is chilling in that it applies the lessons he learned to ordinary life in the USA. I would recommend this book to anyone curious about the incidents surrounding the attack, and anyone who wants to see how superior units work together. The actions of all involved clearly demonstrate why the US Army is the best army in the world and how even in moments of great confusion, leaders come together with the support of their troops to work through any obstacle. Thank you CSM Womack!