Remembering Extortion 17
I had planned to introduce the Honor Litter, puppy-by-puppy, next week, but today is a special day. Two years ago today, a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down over Afghanistan killing all 30 aircrew and Special Operations personnel aboard, as well as 8 Afghanis. One of those killed was a US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, Chief Petty Officer Nick Null, from Washington, WV. He left behind his wife and three children on that day. This little guy, one of the three yellow lab puppies of the Honor Litter, is named “Nick” in honor of Chief Nick Null, and today we remember Nick’s sacrifice, and that of those killed that day – we will never forget.
Also killed in that attack was a military working dog, a Belgian Malinois named Bart. A reminder that these amazing animals are always by the side of their Warriors whether in combat, or after they come home from combat.