Navy SEALs Speak to D.C. Area Students About Careers
(November 27, 2009)
|WASHINGTON (November 19, 2009 - NNS) -- A group of Naval Special Warfare
operators from East Coast-based SEAL teams addressed an
audience at the Navy Memorial in Washington Nov. 17 as a
part of a community outreach effort designed to educate
citizens about the mission and scope of Navy special
|Nov. 17, 2009 - Navy SEALs answer questions during a Naval Special Warfare community outreach event at the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. The event, sponsored by The Smithsonian Associates,
informed citizens about the mission and scope of Navy Special Operations in the 21st century.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua T. Rodriguez
The event was sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates, and
featured a series of video documentaries on the history of
Naval Special Warfare along with three SEAL guest speakers
who provided the audiences with testimonials of their own
careers as special warfare operators. |
Capt. Gardner Howe gave opening remarks and explained the
structure and makeup of the Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
along with its subordinate service level organizations. He
also provided a brief overview of the future aims of the
The discussions helped shed light on the mindset, intellect,
and commitment to excellence required by those service
members who choose a career in military special operations.
"There is no prototype SEAL candidate, but there are certain
qualities," said Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Shawn
Johnson. "We need people who are strong both mentally and
physically and can adapt and overcome in the most arduous of
conditions. We also need people from diverse ethnic and
skill backgrounds so we can be a dynamic force capable of
operating in a variety of environments across the globe."
Johnson told the audience that teamwork is an intangible
part of being a SEAL. He said Basic Underwater
Demolition/SEAL (BUDs) training teaches candidates the
importance of their teammates from the very first day that
students enter the course.
"In the most difficult days of BUDs training, you learn that
it's about the man sitting next to you, " said Johnson.
"Those are the guys that get you through the hardship. Those
are also the guys that will get you through when you're on
the side of that mountain during a real world operation."
Lt. Mark Greene provided the audience with a glimpse of his
own journey in becoming a SEAL. As a prior enlisted special
warfare operator who entered the Navy with nearly four years
of college, Greene said he wished he had the opportunity to
learn about Naval Special Warfare as a young man.
"I wish someone would have told me about a career as a Navy
SEAL when I was coming up," said Greene, speaking to college
and high school students in the audience. "Once I knew about
what this community was all about, I knew this is what I
wanted to do."
This message appeared to resonate with the audience.
"I learned a little more about the Naval Special Warfare
community this evening," said Midshipman Benjamin Beitler, a
member of the U.S. Naval Academy wrestling team who attended
the event. "I was very impressed with these guys and what
they had to say."
By Navy Lt. j.g. Arlo Abrahamson
Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Public Affairs
Navy News Service
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