EMBEDDED ENEMY


Embedded Enemy is the true story of the unprecedented, deadly attack against the men and women of Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Shortly after deploying for the war in Iraq, the Bastogne Brigade was staged at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait, where they prepared for combat against Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime. During the eerie, pitch black, early morning hours of 23 March 2003, a fellow American soldier, SGT Hasan Akbar, executed the unthinkable and unlikeliest of scenarios by throwing hand grenades into his Chain of Command’s tents. He then followed up with small arms fire while his Commanding Officers slept in preparation for war.


The wicked aftermath killed two officers and wounded 12 others. Six soldiers were evacuated, never to return - all were vital to the unit's arduous mission. Despite the tragic losses and the most unfathomable reason to die, the Bastogne Brigade received movement orders to cross the border into Iraq just 48 hours after the attack.


This story is about how the soldiers bonded together to rescue, treat and evacuate their brothers at arms in the midst of the shadows of darkness, massive explosions, rapid gun fire, suffocating smoke, body ripping shrapnel, and complete and total chaos and confusion. All of this was accomplished while simultaneously searching for a ruthless killer that had taken the same oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against foreign enemies. Little did we realize we would meet the most improbable of adversaries; one of our own – an “Embedded Enemy.”


 
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News and Updates

This event shocked the Armed Forces, America and people around the world. It forced us all to be a lot more careful of whom we really trust, and to begin to digest the idea that threats to our personal safety might now come “from the inside.“


I am Bart E. Womack, Retired Command Sergeant Major, with 29 years of dedicated service to our nation. Within hours of this attack, I stood in front of news cameras, not only as the spokesperson for the unit, but also as a victim who stood five feet away from the initial grenades as they exploded. Though lives were lost that day, myself and others managed to save many more. Even now, ten years later, the public continues to be left without truly knowing the specific details of what happened, how it happened and why it happened. As the only witness to this garish crime from the initial boom, until the capture and confession, I am unequivocally and uniquely qualified to tell this story.