VetStory: Making a Night Stalker

Tales from the 160th Spec Ops Aviation Regiment

Phil Briggs
May 01, 2019 - 3:08 pm

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Dropping Spec Ops teams onto rooftops, avoiding RPGs fired from insurgents below and firing 3000 rounds a minute from the helo, all in total darkness- that was the life for Army veteran and author David Burnett. 

On the latest episode of VetStory, Burnett shares some stories from his latest book "Making a Night Stalker".

The tales he has from his days as a crew chief with the160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment also known as the Night Stalkers, are harrowing.

"There were two Chinook helicopters going in to land in this bad guys front yard, drop these Rangers off so they could either kill or capture him and then sweep the rest of the compound," explained Burnett.

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"When we were about 30 seconds out, and beginning our descent, I noticed on the left side of the aircraft these 3 guys on a rooftop.  One of the dudes put something on his shoulder, and I see a plume of smoke ... a propelled grenade takes off, and ends up splitting the two helicopters, just missing the aft pylon of our bird ... That's when I first realized, this is real, this is why we're the tip of the spear!"  

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Burnett's deployments were full of action and the camaraderie of the Special Operations community.  But like many veterans, it was his life post military that became complicated. "Y'know I heard stories of guys struggling with transition and committing suicide and I thought, that's not going to be me," said Burnett. But after being home for less than a year, Burnett found whiskey had replaced his uptempo life and soon he would descend into a dark and lonely place.

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During our conversation, he explained what pulled him out of the dark and how he not only started a career as an author but is also looking forward to his next chapter as an entrepreneur.

For more information about David Burnett and the new book "Making a Night Stalker" click here.