America's Army Real Heroes: Jason Am... 6:35
Major Jason Amerine describes his experiences while leading the Special Forces Team: Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 574 in Afghanistan and his success as a West Point instructor.
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navyjr commented on September 25, 2009
One of the greatest privileges of my work has been meeting the "quiet professionals&q­uot; of our Special Forces, whose extraordinary heroism is under appreciated by our nation. This video captures the story of one of the most important episodes in the War in Afghanistan, as told through the eyes of Major Jason Amerine. Amerine led a 12-man Special Forces team on an "impossibl­e" mission to support a spontaneous uprising against Taliban rule in the town of Tarin Kowt. This demoralizing defeat for the Taliban set the stage for Amerine&rsq­uo;s troops to later capture the Taliban stronghold of Quandahar. Amerine's team was outnumbered by more than 100-to-1 when 1,000 Taliban fighters in a convoy of more than 100 vehicles launched an attack to punish Tarin Kowt. American air support was unable to stop them. The key to victory turned out to be a classic SF tactic: arming the villagers and leading them in a defense of their own homes against the Taliban. This video captures what not enough Americans fully appreciate: the extraordinary caliber and courage of American Special Forces personnel. In Amerine&rsq­uo;s words: "The odds never felt overwhelming to me. I had something better than thousands of Taliban. I had an SF team." -- Matt Daniels Creator and Executive Producer