German Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke put it best: “No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.” Sometimes those changes are a disaster, and sometimes they're a godsend. In the case of Caitlyn Landry’s role in KILLING GAME, her presence was critical to the success of the mission.
A former sergeant in the United States Marine Corps with a distinguished service record, Cait had been home only a few months when she found herself caught in the middle of Veritas's mission in South Georgia. She admits at that point in her life, she was skating on the thin edge between sanity and suicide. After losing a close friend and fellow Marine in Afghanistan, she found herself dealing with increasingly debilitating nightmares that made her wonder if staying alive was worth the emotional agony.
During her deployment, Cait served on a Female Engagement Team (FET), which worked directly with special operations teams as they moved from village to village, hunting for the enemy while trying to establish trust with the locals. Cait’s job was to talk with the village woman, who because of religious restrictions would not have been able to be in the presence of Cait’s male teammates. Being a member of an FET was a dangerous, but sometimes rewarding job. The village women would often share intelligence vital to safety of the troops, or sometimes they were aiding the enemy. Cait never knew how that would fall out, which only added to the uncertainty.
As she explained, “Once the team understood I was there to support them, watch their backs, it went well. Fortunately, I had experience with dealing with males in the military—my dad is a major in the Army. So I just sorted out the BS from what was important and carried on.”
When I asked her what her first impression of Brannon Hardegree was, she smiled. “First time I saw him I knew he was either active duty or had served at one time. I could tell how he moved, that silent, ghost-like thing the special forces personnel are especially good at. And let’s face it, he’s a hunk, no way around that. Great eye candy, even if he could probably kill all of us without moving a muscle.”
On Friday, July 1st you’ll be able to learn more about Cait’s role in KILLING GAME, and the ruthless enemy she and Brannon faced. Semper Fi!