A few months ago we received several emails about the CEO of the organization Warrior Pointe, the organization can be found on Facebook as well as on the web. The emails were from previous members of the 160th SOAR(Special Operations Aviation Regiment), that were actually involved in The Battle of Mogadishu, more commonly called Black Hawk Down or, locally, as the Day of the Rangers. It was part of Operation Gothic Serpent and was fought on 3 and 4 October 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, between forces of the United States supported by UNOSOM II, and Somali militiamen loyal to the self-proclaimed president-to-be Mohamed Farrah Aidid who had support from armed civilian fighters.
They informed us that they had evidence that Reed had been falsely claiming to have been a part of this battle, was a member of the 160th, and that he had buddies die in his arm that day.
The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), also known as the Night Stalkers, is an aviation regiment of the United States Army that provides helicopter aviation support to special operations forces. Its missions have included attack, assault, and reconnaissance, and are usually conducted at night, at high speeds, low altitudes, and on short notice. The 160th SOAR is headquartered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The regiment consists of four “operations” battalions: the 1st and 2nd at Fort Campbell, the 3rd at Hunter Army Airfield,Georgia, and the 4th at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Their motto is “NSDQ”, Night Stalkers Don’t Quit!
Two Night Stalker Black Hawks, Super 6-1 (piloted by Cliff Wolcott), and Super 6-4 (piloted by Mike Durant), were shot down in the battle. Five of the eighteen men killed (not counting a nineteenth post-operation casualty) in the Battle of Mogadishu were members of the SOAR(A) Night Stalkers team, who were lost along with the two Black Hawks.
The U.S. Army force in Mogadishu, consisted primarily of U.S. Army Rangers from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; C Squadron, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), better known as “Delta Force”; as well as Air Force Combat Controllers, Air Force Pararescuemen and helicopters from 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regimen. They were attempting to seize two of Aidid’s high-echelon lieutenants during a meeting in the city. Shortly after the assault began, Somali militia and armed civilian fighters shot down two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The subsequent operation to secure and recover the crews of both helicopters drew the raid, intended to last no more than an hour, It turned into an overnight standoff in the city. The battle resulted in 18 deaths, 80 wounded, and one helicopter pilot captured among the U.S. raid party and rescue forces. The battle is also referred to as the First Battle of Mogadishu to distinguish it from the Second Battle of Mogadishu of 2006.
After the battle, the bodies of several of the conflict’s U.S. casualties (Black Hawk Super 64 ’s crew-members and their defenders, Delta Force soldiers MSG Gordon and SFC Shughart, were dragged through Mogadishu’s streets by crowds of local civilians and SNA forces. Through negotiation and threats to the Habr Gidr clan leaders by ambassador Robert B. Oakley, all the bodies were eventually recovered. Michael Durant was released after 11 days of captivity. On the beach near the base, a memorial was held for those who were killed in combat.
Below is a listing of all the Fallen from the battle:
1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta
MSG Gary Ivan Gordon – Killed defending Super Six-Four ’s crew
SFC Randy Shughart – Killed defending Super Six-Four ’s crew
SSG Daniel D. Busch – Crashed on Super Six-One, mortally wounded defending the downed crew
SFC Earl Robert Fillmore, Jr. – Killed moving to the first crash site
MSG Timothy “Griz” Lynn Martin – Mortally wounded by an RPG on the Lost Convoy, died while en route to a field hospital in Germany
3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
CPL James “Jamie” E. Smith – Killed around crash site one
SPC James M. Cavaco – Killed on the Lost Convoy
SGT James Casey Joyce – Killed on the Lost Convoy
CPL Richard “Alphabet” W. Kowalewski, Jr. – Killed on the Lost Convoy by an RPG
SGT Dominick M. Pilla – Killed on Struecker’s convoy
SGT Lorenzo M. Ruiz – Mortally wounded on the Lost Convoy, died en route to a field hospital in Germany
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment(Night Stalkers)
SSG William “Wild Bill” David Cleveland, Jr. – Crew chief on Super Six-Four, killed
SSG Thomas “Tommie” J. Field – Crew chief on Super Six-Four, killed
CWO Raymond “Ironman” A. Frank – Super Six-Four ’s copilot, killed
CWO Clifton “Elvis” P. Wolcott – Super Six-One ’s pilot, died in crash
CWO Donovan “Bull” Briley – Super Six-One ’s copilot, died in crash
2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division
SGT Cornell Lemont Houston, Sr. – Killed on the rescue convoy
PFC James Henry Martin, Jr. – Killed on the rescue convoy
This battle was immortalized in the 2001 film directed by Ridley Scott “Black Hawk Down”, here is the trailer for that movie.
The men from the “Night Stalkers”, that were involved in this incident ran across Reed’s claims online, including more than a dozen printed articles and videos where Reed made different claims about what he did while on the ground in Somalia.
Below are parts of the emails we received from them about Reed’s claims:
We at Guardian of Valor/Stolen Valor had dealings with Reed in the past due to him being the President of Warrior Pointe. He had built an organization that could reach out to Veterans in need, and had separate chapters setup all over the U.S. So when a Veteran or Military member would reach out in need of someone to speak to, we would contact Warrior Pointe to aid if the Vet wasn’t contemplating suicide and just needed someone to speak with.
We were astonished when the allegations about Reed were brought to our attention, although we had never asked Reed about his service, and he never mentioned it to us personally. We opened an investigation into Reed and discovered dozens of articles and interviews where they said he had been involved in the Battle of Mogadishu, and served with the 160th SOAR. He also claimed to have been involved in Operation Desert Shield and Storm in an online video.
In one article the claims are he was over-watch for TF Ranger all night and had friends die in his arms, we took a screenshot if the article is removed. Here is the link to the full article: Black Hawk Down
In the article below it says he served in both Somalia and Saudi Arabia. Here is the link to the original article: Saudi Arabia and Somalia Claims
We then watched the video sent to us by the Night Stalkers that was posted to YouTube, in this video he claims that once he graduated from AIT, he was assigned to the 160th SOAR, and his first mission took him to South America, where he stayed for several weeks. The interviewer then asks if any dates from his service stood out to him, he responds with the dates 3 and 4 October 1993(The Battle of Mogadishu). He said his helicopter got hit with an RPG, but they didn’t crash in the city, they did a controlled crash back at the airport.
He says he could only recently watch the Black Hawk down movie, due to the memories of that day. Also claims that his guilt from taking lives in Somalia almost caused him to commit suicide. It is a long video, most of his claims are from the beginning until about the ten minute mark.
We have a copy of the video if it gets removed from YouTube:
Below are several more articles where it says Reed had combat service in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, he also claims to have gotten out as a SSG.
Below is a site where he uses the 160th Logo as his profile photo.
Reed’s claims can be found in more articles than we can post here, almost anywhere an article mentions Warrior Pointe, Reed’s claims are present.
It took several months of investigation and acquiring documents to unravel this web of lies. Once we received his military records it became clear that not only had Reed never been in Somalia, but he had never been in a combat zone period. He also was never an NCO, he got out as a PFC, below are his official military records:
According to his records he was separated from Camp Casey, Korea, Korea is the only overseas duty station he was assigned to. He has no awards for being involved in the liberation of Kuwait, nor being in Saudi Arabia.
He was also chaptered out of the Army from Camp Casey, according to his records it was for Misconduct (Serious Offense), although it gives no details about what he did. He told several people that it was for punching an Officer, according to the discharge code he received it says the following:
Acts or Patterns of Misconduct
14–12. Conditions that subject Soldiers to discharge
Soldiers are subject to action per this section for the following:
c. Commission of a serious offense. Commission of a serious military or civil offense, if the specific circumstances
of the offense warrant separation and a punitive discharge is, or would be, authorized for the same or a closely related
offense under the MCM.
(1) An absentee returned to military control from a status of absent without leave or desertion may be separated for
commission of a serious offense. (See para 1–43 for civil offenses under investigation by foreign authorities.)
(2) Abuse of illegal drugs is serious misconduct.
(a) However, relevant facts may mitigate the nature of the offense. Therefore, a single drug abuse offense may be combined with one or more minor disciplinary infractions or incidents of other misconduct and processed for separation under a or b, above, as appropriate.
(b) All Soldiers against whom charges will not be referred to a court-martial authorized to impose a punitive discharge or against whom separation action will not be initiated under the provisions of chapter 9 or section II of this chapter will be processed for separation under a, b, or c, above, as applicable.
Once we had everything we needed we reached out to Reed to see if we could get him to explain why he embellished his record to such an extent. Initially he wouldn’t respond to our calls, then we had someone that knew him, and worked with Battle In Distress to reach out and try to get Reed to respond.
Reed admitted he lied about his service, he said at first that the media had misquoted him. Then he was informed of the video and the dozens of online interviews and he conceded he had lied. When asked by us why he did it, he said it was so people would follow him. We told Reed that people would’ve followed him and his mission regardless, as the mission of Warrior Pointe is a good one. We have seen no evidence that would lead us to believe that Reed at any time used his claims for any type of monetary gain.
Below is the conference call we had with Reed when we confronted him with the evidence, he admitted to it all and stepped down as the president of Warrior Pointe.
Please note the call is almost 20 minutes in length, and includes some vulgar language.
EDIT: Just in case because we had someone ask, this phone conversation took place in South Carolina, and Reed in Idaho. Both states are “One-Party Consent States”, meaning only the person recording the call needs to consent to it being recorded.
South Carolina – One party can consent to the recording of a wire, electronic or oral communication. Consent is not required for the taping of a non-electronic communication uttered by a person who does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in that communication.
Idaho – Allows interception of wire or oral communications when one of the parties has given prior consent.
Reed told us he would be relinquishing his position from Warrior Pointe to his VP, we have gotten confirmation that this has taken place. The mission over at Warrior Pointe is needed for our Soldiers and Veterans, and we support that. We will place our support behind the new President and hope that WP continues to help our Veterans as it is needed.
Below is the apology letter sent to us by Reed last night:
The new President of Warrior Pointe, Armen, also sent Warrior Pointe’s mission statement which we have posted below:
The Veteran community is a tight, close-knit community and we must not only look out for each other, but also police our own. We can’t allow the honor of those that have fallen on the battlefield to be diminished by those that seek to claim that which they haven’t earned. Warrior Pointe’s mission is needed, as it provides a much needed network for Veterans and currently serving military.
We hope this sends a message that we in the War-fighter community will stand by our brothers and sisters, but we will also not tolerate those that would seek to steal that which they haven’t earned. We would also like to thank those that helped us behind the scenes with this investigation, our colleagues at the NPRC in ST. Louis, ASMDSS, and several others that wish not to be named. Without the network of War-fighters throughout the US, none of this would be possible.
We hope that Reed is truly remorseful and understands the magnitude of what his claims have done, and whom they have disrespected and dishonored. We would also like everyone to take a moment and remember those who fought and died bravely in the Battle of Mogadishu.