GORUCK Tough Challenge – Omaha, NE (Battle of Ramadi)

“Not only did we get the terrorists’ attention—we got everyone’s attention. We showed we were the force to be reckoned with. That’s where the so-called Great Awakening came. It wasn’t from kissing up to the Iraqis. It was from kicking butt. The tribal leaders saw that we were bad-asses, and they’d better get their act together, work together, and stop accommodating the insurgents. Force moved that battle. We killed the bad guys and brought the leaders to the peace table. That is how the world works.”
— Chris Kyle

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“Not only did we get the terrorists’ attention—we got everyone’s attention. We showed we were the force to be reckoned with. That’s where the so-called Great Awakening came. It wasn’t from kissing up to the Iraqis. It was from kicking butt. The tribal leaders saw that we were bad-asses, and they’d better get their act together, work together, and stop accommodating the insurgents. Force moved that battle. We killed the bad guys and brought the leaders to the peace table. That is how the world works.”
— Chris Kyle

The Battle of Ramadi was an intense and bloody conflict lasting from June to November 2006 that resulted in the deaths of 80+ U.S. soldiers and over 1,000 insurgents. Since the fall of Fallujah in 2004, Ramadi had become the center of the insurgency aka land of many snakes. U.S. military commanders understood that the snakes would simply grow another head when cut off, and that other counterinsurgency strategies needed to be employed. Over the course of this event, you will learn more about this famous battle along with the principles of “seize, clear, hold, and build” that led to a coalition victory in the Battle of Ramadi and eventually led to the Anbar Awakening, when Sunni sheiks banded together to drive insurgents from Ramadi.

The original GORUCK event. In 10-12 hours you’ll cover 15-20 miles and our Special Forces Cadre will teach you that you’re capable of so much more when you work as a team. Average completion rate: 94%

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