Dog Company: a True Story of Soldiers Abandoned by their High Command
By Lynn Vincent and Roger Hill
Limited TV Series
The enemy always seemed to know when the Americans were coming.
After just six months in the violent province of Wardak, Afghanistan, a third of Captain Roger Hill’s unit, Dog Company, 1-506th, had been wounded in battle. Then two soldiers are killed on a routine patrol.
Working with an Army counterintelligence team, Hill busts a dozen enemy infiltrators – local nationals working on his base while also passing secrets to the Taliban. But pro-enemy rules of engagement tie Hill’s hands. If he cannot transfer the spies who killed and maimed his men to a higher level of detention within 96 hours, he will be forced to set them free.
Hill, a West Point grad and decorated combat veteran, was a rising young officer who had always followed the letter of the military law. Now, though, abaondoned by his high command, he suddenly faces an excruciating choice: follow Army rules on prisoner treatment, or damn the rules to his own destruction and protect the men he’d grown to love.
Genre: Military / Procedural
Themes: war, military, betrayal, counterintelligence, loyalty
Location.: Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Wardock, Afghanistan
Captain Roger Hill: a West Point grad and decorated combat veteran, a rising young officer who always followed the letter of the military law.
First Sergeant Tommy Scott: H takes over as Dog Company’s “First Sergeant,” the unit’s senior enlisted man, an old-school former drill instructor, kindred spirit to Capt. Hill.
Lt. Wade Barker: American IED prevention specialist, 101st’s Counter IED Company Commander who served in a similar capacity during his last rotation to Iraq
Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Demartino: the 101st’s new battalion commander. Demartino seems to fancy himself the reincarnation of General James MacArthur, and even sports a pipe to complete the look. He quickly establishes himself as an archly political leader: If you’re his “boy,” you’re going places. If not, watch your back. Detests Hill’s laidback leadership style and has been looking for a reason to relieve him “for cause”.
Heather Masten: U.S. Army defense attorney, a champion to Hill, Scott and their families.
Lt.Col Robert Byrd: investigating officer in the case, a neutral and honorable officer.
Attorney Neal Puckett: law professor and former Marine Corps judge.
Lynn Vincent is the #1 New York Times best-selling writer of eleven nonfiction books with more than 16 million copies in print. Her best-known titles are Same Kind of Different as Me (with Ron Hall and Denver Moore) and Heaven is for Real (with Todd Burpo) which have been adapted as major theatrical releases from Sony/Tri-Star and Paramount/PureFlix.
Roger Hill is a former infantry commander in the 101st Airborne, a West Point grad and decorated combat veteran. Now an advocate for military veterans and first responders, he serves as director of operations at BodyWorn, a producer of police body cameras in Atlanta, Georgia.