I am not at liberty to say how, or from whom I received this. You will have to read to see why you won’t hear about this in the news.
DTG: 18 2000Z SEP 20
Subject: Post Flight AAR
…. Flight dispatched to insert civilian state agency firefighters. Despite heavy obscuring smoke, the flight was able to land and safely insert the crew.
…later distress call from firefighters and several civilians rescued by them. It was determined that 2 x CH47 would be dispatched to EXFIL civilian evacuees and firefighters. NVGs and FLIR would be needed, and civilian agency assets were not equipped with these. Flight was…
… Crew of lead CH 47 found landing area sufficient for both craft. Once landed, civilian personnel ran to each craft, before ramps could drop. Radio calls were frantic and referred to a ***********….
… Remarks from lead pilot, CPT William Osterman overheard on FAA Guard channel are attached in Appendix 1. Please note repeated references – “What the Hell is that?” “We have to get out now!” and “Ahhhhh! It’s raping the front of the….”
SEE ATTACHED DAMAGE PHOTOS – Appendix 2
…Interviews with rescued civilians were of little help. Shock is suspected, by Medical Officer COL Wilson. Possible hallucination effects of dehydration and smoke inhalation. What little was recounted…
…”STEVE SMITH SAY LEAVE FOREST. IT ON FIRE! RUN AWAY HOOMANS!” No “Steve Smith” was accounted for amongst the civilian evacuees or firefighters…
…”YOU NO GO FAST ENOUGH. STEVE SMITH ENCOURAGE HELICOPTER. BY ENCOURAGE, MEAN…”
…Composite sketch artist from INTEL Section interviewed civilian evacuees and produced the attached…
…”If that thing hadn’t chased us off, we would have burned to death – that fire jumped over on to us so fast”…. “Scared the [expletive] out of me, but I ran so fast I made the helicopter. I guess it saved us…”
…Firefighters were reticent to discuss with military personnel, preferring to discuss amongst themselves. The term “Steve Smith” was overheard a few times, but in an unknown context…
STEVE SMITH, HERO OF CASCADIA FIRES.