BOSTON (CBS) — A local Army colonel who has been flying Blackhawk helicopters since 1985 said the Navy Seals who killed Osama bin Laden faced a difficult mission.
“They did this, at night, with night vision goggles, with people shooting at them. Incredible amount of proficiency it takes,” said Col. Paul Bricker, who’s spending a year at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.READ MORE: Major Winter Snow Storm With Blizzard Conditions Possible Saturday
Col. Bricker served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He says the team rehearsed the operations many times and was proficient in the execution.
“They got nerves of steel. They got to hold those helicopters stationary, while people are shooting at them, so the Seals can get off those ropes.”READ MORE: Jayson Tatum Is On Quite The Hot Stretch
He says the conditions were harsh, that it was dusty and challenging to fly in. “As soon as you get close to the ground the dust just envelops your helicopter.”
“They did a great job, and so my hat’s off to them.”MORE NEWS: David Mugar, Creator Of July 4th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, Dies At 82
WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong contributed to this report.