Before the mission began, Payne's team spent an entire week planning and rehearsing, according to an Army account of the operation. The mission received a green light when intelligence showed the hostages' lives were in imminent danger.
What was significant was, there were freshly dug graves, and if we didn't action this target, then the hostages would probably have been executed, Payne said in the video interview.
Payne's team was responsible for clearing one of the buildings in the prison compound.
As we maneuvered to the building, we threw up the ladders, Payne said. The other part of my team went over to their blocking position; that's when we heard that there was a man down, and it was Master Sgt. Josh Wheeler.
A defensive position so sited as to deny the enemy access to a given area or to prevent the enemy’s advance in a given direction.
The Australian troops set up a number of blocking positions to contain insurgents.