When I first heard about the book, Outlaw Platoon, I knew it was one I wanted to read for several reasons. One was because it was about Afghanistan, two was because it was from the time I was there in 2006-2007 and the most important reason was because it was about my area of operation.
The Outlaw Platoon was in 2/87 INF (Catamount) of the 10th MTN Division. The same exact Battalion that the Afghan Army soldiers I was embedded with, were partnered with. I earned my 10th MTN combat patch from these guys. I served shoulder to shoulder with them and fought with them.
The author, Sean Parnell, and I first met when I interviewed him on my old radio show, You Served. Since that time he and I have talked several times and got to hang out together. I consider him a friend and I think he feels the same way. We get it, we get each other and we understand what both went through because we ate the same dirt together. I am sure I have stood in the line at chow with him and his soldiers but never knew it. I have been to FOB Bermel and know that area well.
I will have the book review for Outlaw Platoon out this week, that I promise. In the mean time I encourage you to watch this NRA Life of Duty video of Sean and his platoon. I will post part two when it is released. Spare the 20 or so minutes it takes to watch this to get a glimpse of what this platoon went through.