Erik Sabiston, author of Dustoff 7-3, led his helicopter crew during a series of miraculous rescues on one of the most dangerous operations in aviation history. For three days he and his crew saved 14 soldiers alone, unarmed and under fire. Erik also speaks nationwide at conferences, schools and events, inspiring audiences to harness the power of faith and teamwork to push themselves beyond their own limits, survive the unthinkable and achieve the impossible. He is married to his wife Tess, who still teases him about his fear of heights.
Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Blackhawk helicopter pilot Erik Sabiston’s new book “Dustoff 7-3,” which is the true story of the medevac crew sent to evacuate the wounded during Operation Hammer Down in Afghanistan’s Watapur Valley. The crew rescued 14 soldiers over three days.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.