Rob Riggle plays Colonel Max Bowers, former battalion commander of the 5th Special Forces Group, in the movie. Riggle, a Marine, actually served directly under the real Bowers during the same time period the movie is based on.
General Abdul Rashid Dostum was quoted, 'I asked for a few Americans, they brought with them the courage of a whole Army' according to eyewitness Robert Young Pelton's in his March 2002 National Geographic Adventure article "The Legend of Heavy D and the Boys". Pelton was the only journalist with the Green Beret and CIA team whose story is featured in "Horse Soldiers"
Michael Pena and Micheal Shannon both appeared in the movie world trade centre based on the events of 9/11 with Shannon playing an former Marine who turns up at the site to help with the rescue efforts
This is the second time William Fitchner has played a current or former member of Delta Force. He played a composite character in Blackhawk Down and played COL John Mulholland in 12 Strong. Then MAJ Mulholland was a staff officer in Delta Force at the time the of actual battle in Mogadishu that inspired Mark Bowden's book and the movie, Blackhawk Down.