Sgt. Tainatongo

Faces of Best Medic

28 October 2016

Meet a few of the U.S. Army expert medical professionals vying for Best Medic bragging rights.

Starting Oct. 19, 2001, 12-man Special Forces detachments from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) began arriving in Afghanistan in the middle of the night, transported by aviators from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Battalion (Airborne). They were the first ground Soldiers of the war on terrorism following 9-11 and their mission was to destroy the Taliban regime and deny Al-Qaida sanctuary in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Special Operations Command)

First to go

7 October 2016

These special operators were the first American troops on the ground in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks -- they are the "Horse Soldiers."