Lords of Darkness

Lords of Darkness

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Prior to 1979, you probably hadna€™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 couldna€™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, a€œWhatever the costs, whatever we do, we can never have another Desert One.a€ Secret exercises were conducted with modified aircraft and soon-to-be-skilled night flyers of Task Force 160, today known as a€œNight Stalkers.a€ What you didna€™t read about was the a€œothera€ US Army Special Operations Aviation Battaliona€”an Army National Guard unit. Highly classified and therefore less known, it was a a€œmirror imagea€ special aviation unit. You didna€™t realize they existed because you werena€™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 thema€”and their hearts belonged to aviation.A History of the 45th Avn Bn (Sp Ops) and OKARNG Aviation Col. ... Dr. Urbauer, a Urologist and Flight Surgeon from Nebraska, was able to advise us and guide us through the process for TKa#39;s ... CW4 Tommy Klutts Jr., OKARNG aviator, was only the eighth U.S. Army aviator returned to flight status with a single kidney.

Title:Lords of Darkness
Author: Col. Billy R. Wood, US Army (retired)
Publisher:iUniverse - 2011-08-18

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