Monday, 06 August 2012 marks one year since the tragic downing of EXTORTION 17 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. The CH-47 "Chinook" helicopter was carrying thirty American Special Operations warriors including 17 of Adam Brown's Teammates. I was honored to meet and interview seven of these brave men including Brian Bill, Kevin Houston, Heath Robinson, Matt Mason, John Faas, and Tom Ratzlaff, and Chris Campbell... They, and their teammates, were a gift to our Nation, and the tragedy of their passing is impossible to adequately convey in words. I am so sorry (to all of the families and friends) for your loss, and will repeat the final words I said to each of them when I shook their hands and we parted just a few weeks before their last deployment. "Thank you for your service."