December 13, 2019 is the 16th anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s capture by U.S. forces at a farmhouse in Adwar. Operating under Operation Red Dawn, US forces discovered Saddam Hussein in a spider hole. The capture occurred after Saddam Hussein spent nine months “on the run.”
According to History.com, “Saddam’s downfall began on March 20, 2003, when the United States led an invasion force into Iraq to topple his government, which had controlled the country for more than 20 years.” History.com adds “[O]n December 13, 2003, U.S. soldiers found Saddam Hussein hiding in a six-to-eight-foot deep hole, nine miles outside his hometown of Tikrit. The man once obsessed with hygiene was found to be unkempt, with a bushy beard and matted hair. He did not resist and was uninjured during the arrest. A soldier at the scene described him as “a man resigned to his fate.”
Business Insider added “US forces captured and arrested the disheveled former dictator on the outskirts of his hometown in Tikrit, Iraq — without firing a single shot.”
Today’s anniversary reminds us all of the dedication and hard work by the men and women serving in the US Armed Forces.
The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which provides consulting services for a variety of companies across the logistics, technology, aircraft maintenance, munitions, small business (SBIR), production, and supply areas. Carl is a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer. Additionally, he is a member of the Air Force Association, American Legion, MOAA, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.