Today SPEAR remembers officer Maj. Tom Greer who led the first teams into Afghanistan on the hunt for 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
We are deeply saddened to learn that despite his survival of countless dangerous missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia, among others, Tom Greer has lost his fight against cancer.
As the nation now grieves for one of it’s finest our thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s family and all those close to him during this difficult time.
Please help us honor him that his memory is never forgotten.
“calling in bomb after bomb — pinpointing al Qaeda positions in the hills and ridges of Tora Bora, miles from support and operating on their own for days.
In the end, the special operators from the Army’s elite Delta Force did all they could in the face of intense danger, feckless allies and brutal conditions to kill America’s public enemy number one. But to no avail.
The man who led those elite teams of Delta Force soldiers in the earliest days of the war in Afghanistan later wrote a book under the pen name Dalton Fury. Titled “Kill bin Laden: A Delta Commander’s Account of the Hunt for the World’s Most Wanted Man” it told in granular detail the risks this highly trained counterterrorism unit took to infiltrate the jagged mountains where Osama bin Laden was believed to be hiding and stitch together an ever-fraying patchwork of Afghan allies to help block his escape.
“We went into a hellish land that was considered impregnable and controlled by al Qaeda leaders who had helped defeat the Soviet Union,” Fury wrote. “We killed them by the dozen. Many more surrendered. … And we heard the demoralized — bin Laden speak on the radio, pleading for women and children to fight for him.”
“Then he abandoned them all and ran from the battlefield,” Fury added with some satisfaction. “Yes. He ran away.”
Fury was savaged by many in his former Delta and Special Forces community when the 2008 book was released, with many arguing he’d broken a code of silence on the secretive unit’s operations. His former colleagues outed his real name, Maj. Tom Greer, but he kept using Dalton Fury as his nomme de plume for a later series of popular fiction books about door kickers and contractors who hunted the world’s worst.
Many who read Military and Special Operations nonfiction and fiction, may be familiar with MAJ Tom Greer, as he wrote under the moniker "Dalton Fury.”
Tom, a U.S. Army Ranger “…was the senior ranking military officer at the Battle of Tora Bora. As a Delta troop commander he led ninety-one other Western special operations commandos and support personnel … along with some of Delta’s most talented sergeants, the tactical concept of the operation to hunt bin Laden.”
“The mission was to kill the most wanted man in the world … the task was handed to roughly forty members of America’s counterterrorist unit formerly known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta; more popularly, the elite and mysterious unit Delta Force.
Tom and Delta warriors had help: a dozen of the British Queen’s elite commandos, another dozen or so Army Green Berets, and six intelligence operatives from the CIA…against bin Laden and his seemingly impenetrable cave sanctuary burrowed deep inside the Spin Ghar Mountain range in eastern Afghanistan.
In his book KILL BIN LADEN, Tom told the real story of the operation, a first eyewitness account of the Battle of Tora Bora, and the first book to detail just how close Delta Force came to capturing bin Laden, how close U.S. bombers and fighter aircraft came to killing him, and exactly why he slipped through our fingers…”
Tom had taken a lot of criticism for writing this book and had been blacklisted by some in the SOF community – “We did receive a manuscript from [the author] for security review,” said SOCOM spokesman Army Col. Hans Bush. “The manuscript did not pass security review because it was found to contain classified information.” Tom DID send the manuscript to all concerned parties for review…no redactions were returned. Tom did due diligence.
(By Christian Lowe)