The most important thing a Soldier takes into war is the reason why. This is the mantra that then-Colonel John Mulholland carried with him as he assumed command of Task Force Dagger, a special operations task force formed in immediate response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Task Force Dagger, built around Mulholland’s 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), was tasked with a high-risk, special operation mission taking the fight directly to the Taliban regime. As one of the first teams with boots on the ground, the Special Forces teams of Task Force Dagger joined forces with Afghani ethnic militias to battle Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. In this keynote presentation, Mulholland shares leadership lessons learned leading men in combat, and how he led his 12 Strong teams in this high-risk operation that within sixty days brought down the Taliban regime.