Travis Haley Najaf Iraq 10 Years Later

American operator badass Travis Haley talks about his experience:

I always enjoy listening to Travis Haley, both when he’s in business man mode and operator mode.  Definitely articulate and intelligent, and it’s nice to see someone admit they have made mistakes and are working to improve.

Those helicopters they use are really small, and have no guns on them that I can see… interesting.  I suppose what’s on board them is the deadly part though.

Damn though Travis has a lot of analysis going on upstairs.  Does he ever relax? It be like:

Fast food worker: Hey Travis, want fries with your burger?

Travis: I want to know where the Potato came from.  What motivated the farmer to grow that potato?  Was the end use of the potato planned from the beginning?  Does a farmer ever regret giving the potato up for consumption rather than dividing it up, planting it and growing hundreds more potatoes?  What should I know to increase the fries’ nomability?  Should I be aware of any issues with this particular genus of potato that would affect my ability to use the starch with the greatest efficiency?  Am I even the right person to be eating fries?

Zoolander-Travis-HaleyFast food worker:   Ugh, bro… I’ll put you down as a “no” for fries.

Thoughts?  “Would operate with?” is definitely rhetorical again in this case.

Hat tip: Scott


12 responses to “Travis Haley Najaf Iraq 10 Years Later”

  1. Reminds me of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift.

  2. Travis drops this whilst Costa is posting pictures of his new “protection dog” on Facebook.

    1. ENDO-Mike Avatar

      Oh god he actually refers to himself as “the beard” *facepalm*

    2. Al Cohol Avatar
      Al Cohol

      Haha, seriously

  3. heavyfire7537 Avatar

    The chick on the roof “shut the fuck up”. Classic!

    1. 032125 Avatar

      I chortled.

  4. HouHef45 Avatar

    I still think it’s kinda weird that the platform Travis was using on that day was a 5.56. I just always thought it was a 7.62, until I saw that reproduction on the wall behind him. I guess that’s where the private sector side of security has the ability to build the system they want.

    1. 032125 Avatar

      People argue ballistics in an endless lop, but size and weight constraints strongly favor 5.56; especially in a protracted firefight life this.

      1. ENDO-Mike Avatar

        .22LR or 9mm would have been a better choice, trust me. ;)

  5. Nakedgun Avatar

    I agree with Travis about having a working knowledge of ALL the weapons systems that your team is carrying.. Never know when you’ll be stuck with somebody else’s ride.

    *I snorted out loud at “Shut the Fuck UP!”

  6. Al Cohol Avatar
    Al Cohol

    That was seriously fucking awesome. To have such a candid explanation is pretty cool. That ender though, that was funny shit haha.

  7. I remember seeing this video originally on liveleak or ogrish many many years ago. Never realized until now that it was of Travis Haley and the gang. This is the most insightful AAR/Recap I’ve seen him do. I’ve seen Disruptive Environments Handgun/Darkness/Vehicle where he talks briefly about “high-fiving” after a firefight and going “yeah we got those guys, but did we really have to go down that street”. Good point, great critical thinker. Get some, Devil!