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Episode 15: Greg Coker and George Hand
In this episode, Mac and C.J. are joined by two elite veterans: Greg “Gravy” Coker, attack helicopter pilot of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne, aka “Nightstalkers”) and once again by George Hand, IV of the Unit.Greg and George collaborated on a new book by Greg on his own stories from combat as an elite attack helicopter pilot: "Death Waits in the Dark: Six Guns Don’t Miss!" The Story of a Special Operations Attack Helicopter Pilot.
Meet the Army's 'Night Stalkers,' the special-operations pilots who can fly anything anywhere in the world
"Business Insider" by Stavros Atlamazoglou on 7 Oct 2020
The 160th SOAR is the world's premier rotary-wing unit and specializes in transport, attack, and reconnaissance missions, with special-operations units being their main customers. These are the pilots and stealthy helicopters that flew SEAL Team 6 operators to the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
"Everyone learned valuable lessons from the battle of the Black Sea in Mogadishu," retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Greg Coker, a distinguished AH-6 Little Bird pilot, told Insider. "Something good always comes out of something bad. One of the biggest was the weapon we carried at the time in our aircraft, the MP-5 sub-machine gun. The weapon was not suitable for our needs, and the 160th went to the M-4 carbine, a much better weapon for our use on the ground or engaging targets from the helo."
In Iraq in front of his AH-6 Little Bird
CW4 Greg Coker
"There is no such thing as a normal day, as there is always training for different scenarios and 'customers,'" Coker said. "We support special-operations forces with precision close air support (CAS). As an AH-6 light attack helicopter pilot, your primary duty is to learn the AH-6 helicopter and learn how to conduct surgical engagements with mini-guns and rockets. You may go to the aerial range and shoot three times a week if you are on base." Read More ...
"Sandboxx" by Stavros Atlamazoglou on 22 Sep 2020
However, despite their esteemed combat record and contribution to the American military history, there are very few books on the Night Stalkers. Consequently, the forthcoming publication of “Death Waits in the Dark,” by Chief Warrant Officer 4 (Retired) Greg Coker is indeed a rare opportunity to get a glimpse behind the scenes.
Conducting fast-rope training in Iraq
CW4 Greg Coker
“I have been thinking about writing a book for 15 years. God put me in so many places and as a storyteller, many of my buddies recommended writing a book. However, as the Quiet Professional, I did not want to be “that guy.” Read More ...