Episode 012: From Friends to Brothers: Operation Urgent Fury

An overview map of major actions as part of Operation Urgent Fury by the U.S. military conventional and special operations forces. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Center of Military History)

Kenneth Williams served 24 years in the U.S. Army. First, as an infantryman for a little over four years with the 82nd Airborne division before changing over to the Air Defense Artillery career branch. Before retiring as a senior instructor for the Air Defense Center (Patriot) Missile and Master Gunner Course, Kenneth served as First Sergeant for Echo Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery in Ansbach, Germany. In addition to his deployment to Operation Urgent Fury, Kenneth deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia five times, and also supported the invasion of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Post Army retirement, Kenneth became a licensed Realtor in California and currently holds state licenses for running Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, Adult Residential Facilities, and Group Homes for children. He’s the co-owner of New Vision Services Incorporated, a business that provides care for seniors, disabled adults, and children across 15 facilities in the state of California.

Joe Paez served in the U.S. Army for 4 years as an infantryman. His active duty military career ended due to an almost fatal parachute jump accident suffered while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. After his recovery and discharge, Joe returned to California and served five years in the California National Guard. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento and eventually got hired as a civil servant with the State of California, serving for 30 years in the Information Technology sector before retiring in 2020. Post retirement, Joe keeps busy by volunteering with his local VFW Post, where he’s currently the Post Commander, running his own art studio business, Romero Design Studios, and is a Job Developer for the Volunteers of America non-profit organization, where he works with previously homeless veterans to help them find jobs.

Dale Comstock is a legendary special operations soldier and warrior. He’s given over 37 years of service to the United States, combating U.S. enemies abroad as a U.S. Army paratrooper, Green Beret, Delta Force Operator, OGA Paramilitary Operative, and as a Mercenary. During his military career, Dale was a renowned weapons expert and fighting instructor. He was also decorated twice for valor in combat. Since 2001, Dale has been a successful businessman, starting and operating three security companies, selling two of ‘em. He continues to operate the third company, Strategic Outcomes Asia, out of Bali, Indonesia where he resides for half the year. You can read more about his life and combat experiences on his website, DaleComstock.com, and in his autobiographical book, American Badass: The True Story of a Modern Day Spartan.

Joe Paez Instagram: @JoePaez
Dale Comstock Instagram: @OfficialAmericanBadass
Dale Comstock Websites: www.DaleComstock.com and www.Tier1PerformanceCoaching.com

What You’ll Get From This Episode

You’ll hear about our guests’ stories of…

Going through the alert process at Fort Bragg prior to deploying to Grenada.

The various missions each of them went on during the combat operations and post-combat periods.

Resources for Topics Discussed in the Episode

American Badass: The True Story of a Modern Day Spartan. Dale Comstock’s autobiography that tells of his “journey from boyhood to manhood into a world of extreme violence where he learns the values of hard work, sacrifice, and love of family.” Dale explored his successes and failures as a Delta Force Operator, Green Beret, husband and father.

Urgent Fury: The Battle for Grenada (Mark Adkin). Mark Adkin was a British military officer who wrote one of the first accounts of the operation based on the limited available information at the time.

The U.S. Invasion of Grenada: Legacy of a Flawed Victory (Philip Kukielski). “This book is an overdue reconsideration of Operation Urgent Fury, based on historical evidence that only recently has been revealed in declassified documents, oral history interviews and memoir accounts.”

The Rucksack War: U.S. Army Operational Logistics in Grenada, 1983 (Edgar F. Raines, Jr.). This book provides a detailed account of how Army logistics affected ground operations during Operation Urgent Fury and how combat actions on the ground influenced logistical performance. This publication is available for free as a digital download from the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History.

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