It was Oct. 5, 2013, Rangers from Bravo Co., 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment were a month in to their 18th battalion deployment since 2001 to Afghanistan. Their mission was to conduct a helicopter infiltration to capture or kill a known Taliban high profile attack coordinator.
Serving as the platoon medic for more than two years, Cpl. Bryan C. Anderson had conducted numerous operations with the men he called his brothers and had solid leadership from the platoon leader down to the team leaders.
Upon reaching the location of the enemy compound, a suicide vest was initiated. Anderson, around 300 meters away from the objective because of an enemy running away, heard an explosion and then the call on the radio.
“Hey! We need doc!”
Anderson joined the U.S. Army in 2010 on a Ranger contract to serve as a medic. After going to college in Arizona to study emergency response operations, he felt this was the path he was chosen for.
Having always wanting to be a firefighter, Anderson said of being a platoon medic, “I know I will never have a better job than the one I have right now being a platoon medic with the other Rangers I serve with.”
After joining 1st Platoon, he deployed to Afghanistan for the first time in 2012. Having a few eventful missions with his platoon, Anderson knew what was expected of him.
During his second deployment, not more than a month on ground, Anderson had to be that “calm voice” when the mission turned chaotic.