Explorer: Inside the Green Berets

On a remote outpost in south central Afghanistan, a fire base called COBRA brought together 23 Americans that stood in the breach between the rule of law and the rule of terror. They are the U.S. Special Forces. Often referred to as “the thinking man’s ninja”, they navigate an unforgiving landscape and are never certain from one minute to the next if they will make it back inside the wire.

National Geographic gained the trust and access to follow these men for two weeks in October of 2006, not knowing what is in store for them. The Special Forces try to win the hearts and minds of the locals, while at the same time trying to root out and destroy the Taliban.

Before the two weeks are over, cameraman Ryan Hill and director Steve Hoggard witness firsthand the dangers that lurk in the night as an explosion knocks them both out of action and leaves others injured and two soldiers dead.  Five soldiers and two members of the camera crew are airlifted to Germany to treat the injuries brought on by the explosive devices. Hoggard reflects on that night below.

Go deep inside the covert world of the Army Special Forces on Explorer: Inside the Green Berets Sunday at 7P and experience a real Special Ops mission that you will never read about in the headlines.


  1. Jeanette Zak
    April 29, 2013, 9:51 am

    How do I get a copy of this show. A bridge in Chappaqua, NY was named after this brave soldier by Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli. This would be a wonderful tribute and addition to the family of this heroic soldier, Sgt. Chey