By now you have seen this story from eastern Afghanistan. No one in this audience needs to be told what it means to have lost so many of our finest. We forget how dangerous these operations are, because the extraordinary professionalism of the 160th SOAR and the other special operators allows thousands of these missions to succeed. Once in a while, though, long odds will catch up to even the very best. The glory lies in having made a life of daring such odds, and in having stood them off so long.
Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of the lost.