ABOUT EXTORTION 17
On 6 August 2011,at approximately 0300 hours a U.S.Boeing CH-47 Chinook military helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down while transporting aquick reaction forceattempting to reinforce an engaged unit ofArmy 75 th Rangers engaged in a fierce firefight inthe district of Sayd Abad in Wardak Province, west ofKabul, Afghanistan.
Aircraft was on an IRF mission. The resulting crash killed all 38 people on board—25 American special operations personnel, five United States Army National Guard and Army Reserve crewmen, sevenAfghan commandos, and one Afghan interpreter—as well as a U.S. military working dog
The deaths included:
· 5 U.S. Naval Special Warfare support personnel.
· 3 U.S. Army personnel from the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment
· 2 U.S. Navy SEALs from a west coast based SEAL team.
· 2 U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen from the 24th Special Tactics Squadron
· 1 Afghan civilian interpreter
· 1 U.S. Military Working Dog
The 31 American deaths represent the greatest loss of U.S. military lives in a single incident in the decade-long war in Afghanistan that began in 2001
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - EXTORTION 17
Team Spartan has named their Kawasaki Ultra LX Jetski in Honor of EXTORTION 17. Please take a moment of silence to reflect on the lives of these men and working dog.
CW4 David R. Carter [IP]
B/7-158 AVN (KS USAR)