An Evening in the Desert with Operation Eagle Claw

An Evening in the Desert with Operation Eagle Claw

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By Marie Waxel

It’s often referred to as one of the most successful failures in the history of the U.S. military.

Operation Eagle Claw was an ill-fated mission on April 24, 1980, to rescue Americans held captive at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran.

The mission exposed the deficiencies in mission planning, command and control and inter-service operability within the U.S. military at the time, thus prompting changes within the Department of Defense that remain in effect today, to include the establishment of the Joint Special Operations Command and later the U.S. Special Operations Command and the creation of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

Operation Eagle ClawRangers offload an aircraft on jeeps and motorcycles as part of Operation Eagle Claw. (Source: DOD, Fort Johnson PAO - Photo by Chuck Cannon) 

Seven Army Delta Force veterans who took part in Operation Eagle Claw will be in Huntsville next week to share their experiences. This will mark the first time this group will share their story publicly.

Watch special interviews with Army Delta Force veterans HERE.

Click HERE to reserve your ticket for May 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jackson Center.

The joint event between the AUSA Redstone-Huntsville Chapter and the Army Heritage Center Foundation benefits both the foundation and Huntsville’s U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum.

What is AUSA?

The Association of the United States Army is a nonprofit educational and professional development association serving America’s Army and supporters of a strong national defense. AUSA provides a voice for the Army, supports the soldier, and honors those who have served in order to advance the security of the nation.