The Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein DVD
by Lt. Col Steve Russell
The unit LTC Steve Russell commanded was a central player in the hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein. After a distinguished career, Russell chose to retire to settle his family. He founded and chairs “Vets for Victory” to put the soldier’s voice in the national debate about the war.
During his military career, LTC Russell served in Airborne, Light and Mechanized assignments in the Arctic, the desert, the Pacific, in Europe and in the Continental United States, and has deployed operationally to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, LTC Russell commanded the 1st Battalion, 22nd infantry “Regulars” and conducted combat in Tikrit, Iraq from the spring of 2003 to the spring of 2004. His battalion was broadly covered during the first year of the war by CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, Time Magazine, AP, and Reuters. His unit was a central player in the hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein and has been featured in Discovery’s “Ace in the Hole” and BBC Panorama’s “Saddam on the Run” documentaries.
He is described by the media as “an officer who never misses an opportunity to be on patrol” with his unit. Russell is of average height, wiry, and doesn’t seem imposing. Yet he impresses you as a natural leader. He’s got the earnestness and intensity of a missionary.
LTC Russell is highly decorated, having received the legion of Merit, the Bronze Star medal, with Valor Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Valorous Unit Award. A native of Oklahoma, where he now lives, he is married and has 5 children.