Lone Survivor. Maybe you read the book. Maybe you saw the movie. But Jeff Peterson of the Tucson West Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lived the rescue ordeal.
Major Peterson, “Spanky” to his crew, is an Air Force reserve helicopter pilot. He flies the HH-60G Pave Hawk, a variant of the Blackhawk. Sometimes they assist in simple rescues, but no mission had ever put him in the middle of an intense combat situation. That status was about to change.
It was the summer of 2005. Peterson and his group from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson were three days away from what, to that point, had been a pretty low-key deployment in Afghanistan.