Lynn Vincent and Captain Roger Hill: Dog Company-A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned By Their High Command



Capt. Roger Hill says political correctness released enemies back to battlefield and got his men killed  

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In Wardak, the most violent province in east-central Afghanistan in 2007, U.S. Army Captain Roger Hill was faced with a dire situation.  His 89-man unit, Dog Company, part of the Army’s storied 101st Airborne Division, was taking heavy losses.  Since their arrival, a third of his men had been wounded, and two recently killed on what should have been a routine patrol.  The insurgents always seemed to know when and where to hit his troops.

With the help of an Army counterintelligence team, Capt. Hill discovered a dozen enemy spies had infiltrated their base, posing as local civilian workers.  The spies were swiftly captured, but with danger still closing in from every direction, Capt. Hill faced an excruciating choice: follow the maze of rules and procedures that treat enemy detainees with velvet gloves, or do what is necessary to protect the lives of his fellow soldiers, for which he was responsible.

With no help coming from the Pentagon and a deadline that would have forced him to release the suspected spies within 96 hours, Capt. Hill took matters into his own hands and carried out interrogations to get the truth.

A West Point graduate and decorated soldier, Capt. Hill was deemed an exemplar of the modern combat commander: courageous, motivated, and, above all, dedicated to his men.  He took command of Dog Company, 1-506th, in 2007, just after the unit had returned stateside from the hell of Ramadi, Iraq.  Its men were brilliant in combat but became unpolished at home, where paperwork and inspections soon filled their days.  With tough love, Capt. Hill and his First Sergeant, an old-school former-drill instructor named Tommy Scott, turned the company into the top performer in the battalion.  When the time came to join the battle in Wardak, the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in eastern Afghanistan, they were ready.

But the discovery of enemy spies in their own camp changed the game entirely.  Abandoned by his superiors, Capt. Hill was suddenly confronted by an agonizing dilemma: follow Army rules, the way he always had and accept the risk of mortal danger, or damn the rules, likely to his own ruin, and protect the men he’d grown to love.

By choosing the latter, Capt. Hill was prosecuted by the Army and given a less-than-honorable discharge in 2009.

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