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Here is what the Okla. DAV is doing during the shutdown and most likely other states are doing the same.....

DAV National Service Officers (NSO) will continue to serve Veterans at the VA Regional Office in Muskogee as well as our 126 Chapter Service Officers (CSO) located throughout our State.

Northwest Oklahoma DAV Chapter office is open 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday thru Friday to assist Veterans and their families obtain the VA benefits they earned through their military service. Our Chapter offices are located in the Santa Fe Depot building at 202 W. Walnut, Enid. Our office phone number is 580-242-3808.

Additionally, our DAV Transportation van will continue to take Veterans to their VA medical appointments as long as the VA Medical Center continues to see patients during the government shutdown. Reservations for the van can be made by calling 580-478-7027.

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I've read the book Lone Survivor and now the movie, should be worth seeing:

http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/mark-wahlberg-lone-survivor-seal-team-10-new-trailer-video-107471

I just finished that book myself....it's a real tribute to some of the most courageous patriots in the world....can't wait for the movie.

Am now reading The Red Circle, a great book by one of the men that trained Markus Lutrell

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Got it or did I send it to you?.....A rare breed of warriors for sure.

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BREAKING NEWS......

Navy SEALs raid Al Shabaab camp in Somalia; terror group leaders believed to be among those killed, but Pentagon unable to confirm whether head of Al Shabaab is among the dead.

Now confirmed:

US Navy SEALS have killed the head of the Al Shabaab militant group in Somalia linked to last month's Kenya mall attack that killed more than 60 people, Fox News confirms

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Navy SEAL Foundation Names Highly Decorated U.S. Navy SEAL David M. Cooper (Ret.) As President

Dave Cooper

President

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President
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (OCTOBER 24, 2013) — The Navy SEAL Foundation, a non-profit organization providing critical support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community, announced today retired U.S. Navy SEAL David M. Cooper has been named the Foundation’s newest President. The position was filled as part of the organization’s restructuring to ensure heightened responsiveness to the needs of the NSW community and their families.

In this new role, Cooper will report to CEO Robin King. His primary responsibilities will include public relations, as well as building relationships with current and prospective key donors and constituents.

Together with King and the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Cooper will execute the organization’s mission to consistently deliver five pillars of support to the NSW community: warrior support and family services, educational opportunities, tragedy assistance, and survivor support and legacy preservation.

“I am truly honored to join the Navy SEAL Foundation as President,” said Cooper. “The Foundation does incredibly important work supporting operators and their families, who sacrifice so much in the name of protecting America’s freedoms. As a SEAL, a husband and father of four boys, I understand these sacrifices and look forward to leveraging my extensive experience to support these warriors and their families.”

Cooper is one of only twelve U.S. Navy SEALs to hold the position of Command Master Chief at Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He has more than two decades of experience in NSW and Joint Special Operations Forces selection, training, education and operations, and more than a decade of experience creating and leading high-performing teams to solve complex problems on the battlefield and in the boardroom.

From 1994 to 2012, he completed dozens of deployments in some of the world’s most dangerous places including Bosnia, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has led extensively in combat at the Team, Troop and Squadron levels, and has executed missions spanning the full gamut of NSW capabilities. He has been awarded numerous honors including three Presidential Citations, a Silver Star, six Bronze Stars with Valor and two Distinguished Meritorious Service medals, among others.

“Dave is the perfect person to fill the role of President at the Foundation,” said King. “As a retired SEAL he has been in the fight and uniquely understands the stressors on SEAL operators and their families. We know that he will be successful in representing the Foundation publicly and effectively conveying the needs of the NSW community.”

Media contact: Mary Zanor, Elevate Communications
617.548.1107, mzanor@elevatecom.com

About the Navy SEAL Foundation
The Navy SEAL Foundation mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. The Foundation coordinates closely with NSW commands to support the critical needs of active-duty operators and their families and providing resources for NSW veterans. Our work is focused on five pillars: warrior support and family services, educational opportunities, tragedy assistance, survivor support and legacy preservation. To learn more, visit navySEALfoundation.org or facebook.com/navySEALfoundation.

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Seals hate when politics get in their face......More bully politics, this is beyond stupid and I am sure it comes from the Libtard dems just because the Tea Party uses that too. Most people have absolutely no idea who and what these guys really are and how much they love America.

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X2 what Steve said ... Leave the Seals alone charlatan in chief or suffer the consequences ... they are bigger and greater than you!

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Shooting SEALs from a torpedo tube and more water hijinks at DSEI

SEAL.jpgJames Bond was loaded into a torpedo tube and fired into the ocean in the 1967 film “You Only Live Twice” -- and now amphibious forces like Navy SEALs are getting exactly the same tech.

Only this is no movie.

Revealed this week at DSEI -- the world’s largest defense show -- the SEAL Pod vehicles come in three different models for different missions: Torpedo SEAL Sub SEAL and the Sea Carrier.

Shooting SEALs from Torpedo tubes?
The Torpedo SEALexternal-link.png vehicle uses a submarine torpedo tube to deploy two divers.

Stowed and carried within a NATO-standard torpedo tube or beneath the submarine outer casing, it just needs to be extended and it is ready to use. Torpedo SEAL achieves speeds of about 4 knots with a lithium polymer battery and, depending on requirements, one or two thrusters.

This version is controlled by a single pilot and can carry one other warfighter and their equipment over more than 10 nautical miles when fully submerged.

The Steering Information Navigation Control system gives the warfighters real time communications, sensor and location information.

Why would you shoot SEALS out of torpedo tubes?

This sort of vehicle could be used for a wide range of purposes. It could be used to plant explosive devices or de-mine areas where adversaries have planted devices.

It could be useful beyond the self-evident amphibious forces. Special forces, law enforcement, counter-terrorism and border forces may also find the tech useful for operations like U.S. harbor protection and narcotics trafficking interdiction.

How about deploying SEALs from a submarine?
The Sub-SEAL version is larger, carries six warfighters, and can be launched from a surface craft or rotary-wing aircraft.

But it can also be deployed from underwater hangers attached to submarine casings.

Controlled by a pilot and navigator, these vehicles are operated underwater at depths of up to 30 meters. A vehicle like this would be used for missions where it is essential to stay submerged and deliver a team of six.

But if necessary, it can surface to communicate or for activities like reconnaissance approach.

Powered by lithium polymer batteries and a vectored-thruster, the Sub SEAL can sprint faster than seven knots and has a range of more than 70 km.

On the military front, it might be deployed for operations like mine countermeasures or anti-piracy, but it could also perform homeland security missions such as enforcing U.S. port protection.

SEAL Carrier
A SEAL Carrier can be launched from a surface ship and may even be airdropped from a medium lift helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft like a Boeing C-17.

It can also be transported by submarine, attached to the outer hull behind the sail or fin of a submarine.

One advantage the SEAL Carrier vehicle provides is that it can withstand depths of up to 150m -- meaning more stealthy range and longer missions.

This version can also carry a combat team of six and is controlled by a pilot and navigator.

Capable of travelling at more than 30 knots, surface propulsion is provided by an on-board diesel engine and water-jet.

It has the option of switching to submerged mode at any point, travelling at speeds around four knots, to provide a more stealthy approach. When it is traveling submerged, an electric motor and thruster is used for propulsion.

It can also be used as a sort of base for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles – that’s kind of like robots that operate autonomously underwater.

And very cool, SEAL Carrier can be used as a remotely operated weapons system.

A smaller version, Smart SEAL is available too.

The THOR Raider
There are two waterborne operation performances out on the river Thames at the 2013 Defense and Security Event (DSEI).

One of the stars making its debut is THOR, or the Twin Hulled Offshore Raider, made by CTruk and the Collaborative Amphibious Project consortium.

THOR can be launched from a surface combatant or a “mother ship” CTruk 50T and achieve speeds of more than 40 knots.

It uses Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjet propulsors, TenCate Advance Armour ballistic protection and a Saab remote weapon station.

Rescuing Submarines in Distress
Are you man or woman enough to rescue a submarine in trouble?

Fuguro Subsea Services launched their DeepWorks Submarine Rescue Vehicle simulator this week at DSEI.

Event goers are challenged to rescue a submarine in distress against a clock ticking down and realistic tough sea conditions. Players jump in the simulator and try to navigate and dock a deep sea vehicle with the submarine in trouble in order to render assistance.

Each day of the show, results are tallied and the player who successfully docked with the sub at the most difficult level revealed. To the winner, a certificate -- and more important a bottle of whisky.

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THIS ISN'T ABOUT JUST THE SEALs BUT ALL BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY

Sure hope this movement grows.

Interestingly enough, when GWB was President the media published numbers of the deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan daily. With Obama in the White House, the mainstream media has been strangely quiet. ---

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More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before.

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Recently 50 additional NATO and US servicemen have been murdered, inside jobs by those who are hired to be a force for good in Afghanistan.

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Our Commander in Chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half-staff for Sikhs that were killed.

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There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this President.

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No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war.

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Obama has had nearly 5 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he
has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform. But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a get out the vote drive against his party in the next election.

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Not just current active duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the
retired, and all other prior service members. This is no small special

interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of an election if they all respond.

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The million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in this state if they all show up at the polls. It might not keep hundreds more from dying between now and the next election, but a turn out to vote by the military against this heart breaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement that hastens a change to the indifference of this shallow little man who just lets our soldiers die.

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Veterans: Please forward to your lists. High Priority!

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Yup, time for a bit if grassroots activism, going to work hard to make sure all the Vets here on the Foresthill Divide understand and get out and vote

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Dana Perino (FOX News) describing an interview she recently had with a Navy SEAL. After discussing all the countries that he had been sent to, she asked if they had to learn several languages?

"Oh, no ma'am, we don't go there to talk."

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US Navy SEAL Platoon leader Thom Shae on Sgt. Bergdahl:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3602329877001/navy-seal-who-went-on-missions-to-save-bergdahl-speaks-out/#sp=show-clips&v=3602329877001

Father of Deserter Bowe Bergdahl Claims the White House for Islam
By Onan Coca / 3 June 2014 / 27 Comment

As we reported yesterday, there is much controversy surrounding the negotiations to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban forces. Today, we have even more information to share… and none of it seems good.

Something that much of the media seems to be missing but Col. Allen West caught came directly from the lips of Bowe Bergdahl’s father, and it’s pretty tellinh. Col. West received an email yesterday morning from a friend who was formerly with the CIA and is now an analyst on foreign affairs. She was watching the Bergdahl’s appearance at the White House with President Obama and had this to say –

“What none of these media is reporting is that the father’s (SGT Bowe Bergdahl’s father Bob) first words at the WH were in Arabic – those words were “bism allah alrahman alraheem” – which means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful” – these are the opening words of every chapter of the Qur’an except one (the chapter of the sword – the 9th) – by uttering these words on the grounds of the WH, Bergdahl (the father) sanctified the WH and claimed it for Islam. There is no question but POTUS knows this.”

Another aspect of the story that the liberal media has been light in covering (but may now be catching up on) can be seen in one of CNN’s latest reports. While the Obama administration and many military supporters may be happy to have Bergdahl home soon, his comrades are not so excited by the thought of his homecoming.

The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him, veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose "selfish act" ended up costing the lives of better men.

"I was pissed off then, and I am even more so now with everything going on," said former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl's platoon when he went missing on June 30, 2009. "Bowe Bergdahldeserted during a time of war, and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him."

Vierkant said Bergdahl needs to not only acknowledge his actions publicly but face a military trial for desertion under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

At least six soldiers were killed in subsequent searches for Bergdahl, and many soldiers in his platoon said attacks seemed to increase against the United States in Paktika province in the days and weeks following his disappearance.

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"Any of us would have died for him while he was with us, and then for him to just leave us like that, it was a very big betrayal," said former U.S. Army Sgt. Josh Korder, who has the name of three soldiers who died while searching for Bergdahl tatooed on his back.

Many of Bergdahl's fellow troops -- from the seven or so who knew him best in his squad to the larger group that made up the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division -- told CNN that they signed nondisclosure agreements agreeing to never share any information about Bergdahl's disappearance and the efforts to recapture him. Some were willing to dismiss that document in hopes that the truth would come out about a soldier who they now fear is being hailed as a hero, while the men who lost their lives looking for him are ignored.

"I don't think I could have continued to go on without being able to share with you and the people the true things that happened in this situation," Korder said Monday. "Because if you guys aren't made aware of it, it will just go on, and he'll be a hero, and nobody will be able to know the truth."

Many soldiers on the ground at the time said insurgents were able to take advantage of the intense search for Bergdahl.

"A huge thing in-country is not building patterns. Well when you are looking for a person everyday that creates a pattern. While searching for him, ambushes and IEDs picked up tremendously. Enemy knew we would be coming. IEDs started being placed more effectively in the coming weeks. Ambushes were more calculated, cover and concealment was used," Cody tweeted.

"It was unbelievable," the soldier said. "All because of the selfish act of one person. The amount of animosity (toward him) is nothing like you've ever seen before."

That Bergdahl was freed in an exchange for five detainees at Guantanamo Bay is a further source of consternation.

"I don't understand why we're trading prisoners at Gitmo for somebody who deserted during a time of war, which is an act of treason," Vierkant said.

It’s a good question.

In fact, we’re now hearing that Bergdahl is being investigated as a possible collaborator with the Taliban. Which would make the entire situation even more insane. Perhaps the trade becomes worth it if, if it means arresting a criminal collaborator?


Whatever the outcome, the point is that Bergdahl’s desertion cost many lives. His decision to abandon his comrades and walk off while on duty would have devastating repercussions for the men he served with and for their families. His selfish display has made orphans of children, and widows of wives. American soldiers were killed searching in vain for the cowardly comrade who slunk away…

Now, five hardened violent and evil men have been released back into the world. Five terrorist commanders will retake their place at the top of their respective terrorist networks. Five terrifying murderers will begin planning and carrying out attacks on innocent people once again…

And Bowe Bergdahl is to thank.


Tags: Allen West, Bowe Bergdahl, President Barack Obama, Robert Bergdahl, Sgt. Josh Korder

About the author: Onan Coca

Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Leah. They have three children and enjoy the hectic pace of life in a young family. Onan and Leah are members of the Journey Church in Hiram, GA.

Website: http://www.eaglerising.com

Read more at http://eaglerising.com/6539/father-deserter-bowe-bergdahl-claims-white-house-islam/#aB8fzWGRpwZIX5td.99

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Makes me sick! Let's hope he is found guilty of desertion and treason and put before a firing squad.......

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Yesterday Fox interviewed this SEAL who was looking for this Sgt. eight hours after he walked off the base....

don't have a link to the interview now but he was the platoon leader on two attempts to rescue the Sgt. I found the links....

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3602329877001/navy-seal-who-went-on-missions-to-save-bergdahl-speaks-out/#sp=show-clips&v=3602329877001

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3600936793001/navy-seal-who-tried-to-rescue-bergdahl-reacts-to-his-release/#sp=show-clips&v=3600936793001

He also has a book out called "unbreakable" his name is Thom Shae and my paper back will be in OKC in seven days...$13.89

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SEALS Reveal Truth About Bin Laden Raid

Osama Bin Laden was killed within 90 seconds of the US Navy Seals landing in his compound and not after a protracted gun battle, according to the first account by the men who carried out the raid.

The operation was so clinical that only 12 bullets were fired.

The Seals have spoken out because they were angered at the version given by politicians, which they see as portraying them as cold-blooded murderers on a kill mission. They were also shocked
that President Barack 0bama announced Bin Laden’s death on television the same evening, rendering useless much of the intelligence they had seized.

Chuck Pfarrer, a former commander of Seal Team 6, which conducted the operation, has interviewed many of those who took part for a book, Seal Target Geronimo, to be published in the US this week.

The Seals own accounts differ from the White House version, which gave the impression that Bin Laden was killed at the end of the operation rather than in its opening seconds. Pfarrer insists Bin Laden would have been captured had he surrendered.

There isn’t a politician in the world who could resist trying to take credit for getting Bin Laden but it devalued the intelligence and gave time for every other Al-Qaeda leader to scurry to another bolthole, said Pfarrer. The men who did this and their valorous act deserve better.

It’s a pretty shabby way to treat these guys. The first hint of the mission came in January last year when the team’s commanding officer was called to a meeting at the headquarters of joint special operations command. The meeting was held in a soundproof bunker three stories below ground with his boss, Admiral William McRaven, and a CIA officer.

They told him a walled compound in Pakistan had been under surveillance for a couple of
weeks. They were certain a high-value individual was inside and needed a plan to present to the president. It had to be someone important. So is this Bert or Ernie? he asked.

The Seals nicknames for Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are a reference to two Muppets in Sesame Street, one tall and thin and the other short and fat. We have a voice
print, said the CIA officer, and were 60% or 70% certain it’s our guy. McRaven added that a reconnaissance satellite had measured the targets shadow. Over 6ft tall.

When McRaven added they would use Ghost Hawk helicopters, the team leader had no doubt. These are the most classified, sophisticated stealth helicopters ever developed, said Pfarrer. They
are kept in locked hangars and fly so quiet we call it whisper mode.

Over the next couple of months a plan was hatched. A mock-up of the compound was built at Tall Pines, an army facility in a national forest somewhere in the eastern US.

Four reconnaissance satellites were placed in orbit over the compound, sending back video and
communications intercepts. A tall figure seen walking up and down was named the Pacer.

Obama gave the go-ahead and Seal Team 6, known as the Jedi, was deployed to Afghanistan. The White House cancelled plans to provide air cover using jet fighters, fearing this might endanger
relations with Pakistan.

Sending in the Ghost Hawks without air cover was considered too risky so the Seals had to use older Stealth Hawks. A Prowler electronic warfare aircraft from the carrier USS Carl Vinson was used to jam Pakistan’s radar and create decoy targets.

Operation Neptune’s Spear was initially planned for April 30 but bad weather delayed it until May 1, a moonless night. The commandos flew on two Stealth Hawks, codenamed Razor 1 and 2, followed by two Chinooks five minutes behind, known as Command Bird and the gun platform.

On board, each Seal was clad in body amour and night vision goggles and equipped with laser targets, radios and sawn-off M4 rifles. They were expecting up to 30 people in the main house, including Bin Laden and three of his wives, two sons, Khalid and Hamza, his courier, Abu Ahmed
al-Kuwaiti, four bodyguards and a number of children. At 56 minutes past midnight the compound came into sight and the code Palm Beach signaled three minutes to landing. Razor 1 hovered above the main house, a three-story building where Bin Laden lived on the top floor. Twelve Seals
roped the 5ft-6ft down onto the roof and then jumped to a third-floor patio, where they kicked in the windows and entered.

The first person the Seals encountered was a terrified woman, Bin Laden’s third wife, Khaira, who ran into the hall. Blinded by a searing white strobe light they shone at her, she stumbled back. A Seal grabbed her by the arm and threw her to the floor. Bin Laden’s bedroom was along a short
hall. The door opened; he popped out and then slammed the door shut. Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo, radioed one Seal, meaning eyes on target.

At the same time lights came on from the floor below and Bin Laden’s son Khalid came running up the stairs towards the Seals. He was shot dead.

Two Seals kicked in Bin Laden’s door. The room, they later recalled, smelt like old clothing, like a guest bedroom in a grandmother’s house. Inside was the Al-Qaeda leader and his youngest wife,
Amal, who was screaming as he pushed her in front of him. No, no, don’t do this! she shouted as her husband reached across the king-size bed for his AK-47 assault rifle. The Seals reacted instantly, firing in the same second. One round thudded into the mattress. The other, aimed at Bin
Laden’s head, grazed Amal in the calf. As his hand reached for the gun, they each fired again: one shot hit his breastbone, the other his skull, killing him instantly and blowing out the back of his
head.

Meanwhile Razor 2 was heading for the guesthouse, a low, shoebox-like building, where Bin Laden’s courier, Kuwaiti, and his brother lived. As the helicopter neared, a door opened and two figures appeared, one waving an AK-47. This was Kuwaiti. In the moonless night he could see
nothing and lifted his rifle, spraying bullets wildly.

He did not see the Stealth Hawk. On board someone shouted, Bust him!, and a sniper fired two shots. Kuwaiti was killed, as was the person behind him, who turned out to be his wife. Also on board were a CIA agent, a Pakistani-American who would act as interpreter, and a sniffer dog called Karo, wearing dog body armor and goggles.

Within two minutes the Seals from Razor 2 had cleared the guesthouse and removed the women and children.

They then ran to the main house and entered from the ground floor, checking the rooms. One of Bin Laden’s bodyguards was waiting with his AK-47. The Seals shot him twice and he toppled
over.

Five minutes into the operation the command Chinook landed outside the compound, disgorging the commanding officer and more men. They blasted through the compound wall and rushed in.
The commander made his way to the third floor, where Bin Laden’s body lay on the floor face
up. Photographs were taken, and the commander called on his satellite phone to headquarters with the words: Geronimo Echo KIA Bin Laden enemy killed in action.

This was the first time the White House knew he was dead and it was probably 20 minutes into the raid, said Pfarrer. A sample of Bin Laden’s DNA was taken and the body was bagged. They kept his rifle. It is now mounted on the wall of their team room at their headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia, alongside photographs of a dozen colleagues killed in action in the past 20 years.

At this point things started to go wrong. Razor 1 took off but the top secret green unit that controls the electronics failed. The aircraft went into a spin and crashed tail-first into the compound… The Seals were alarmed, thinking it had been shot down, and several rushed to the wreckage. The crew climbed out, shaken but unharmed.

The commanding officer ordered them to destroy Razor 2, to remove the green unit, and to smash the avionics. They then laid explosive charges.

They loaded Bin Laden’s body onto the Chinook along with the cache of intelligence in plastic bin
bags and headed toward the USS Carl Vinson. As they flew off they blew up Razor 2. The whole operation had taken 38 minutes.

The following morning White House officials announced that the helicopter had crashed as it arrived, forcing the Seals to abandon plans to enter from the roof. A photograph of the situation room showed a shocked Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, with her hand to her mouth.

Why did they get it so wrong? What they were watching was live video but it was shot from
20,000 feet by a drone circling overhead and relayed in real time to the White House and Leon Panetta, the CIA director, in Langley.

The Seals were not wearing helmet cameras, and those watching in Washington
had no idea what was happening inside the buildings.

They don’t understand our terminology, so when someone said the insertion helicopter
has crashed, they assumed it meant on entry, said Pfarrer.

What infuriated the Seals, according to Pfarrer, was the description of the raid as a kill mission. I’ve been a Seal for 30 years and I never heard the words kill mission, he said.

It’s a Beltway [Washington insiders] fantasy world. If it was a kill mission you don’t need Seal Team
6; you need a box of grenades. Hooyah!

As Paul Harvey would say: You now know the rest of the story!

Please pass this on to everybody in your e-mail address book.

In God we trust! If you can read this…thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English…thank a
Veteran.

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That's awesome, I have heard this story before and I had the same reaction then as I did now, can't see my eyes are all watery :cry2: , took a couple of minutes to be able to see well enough to type this!!

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The Navy SEAL who will become on Monday the sixth member of that elite force to receive the Medal of Honor proved his mettle in hand-to-hand combat in Afghanistan – or more accurately, hand-to-throat.

During a daring nighttime raid in 2012 to rescue an American citizen from Taliban clutches, Edward Byers Jr. leaped across the room to shield the hostage from oncoming fire while simultaneously engaging a Taliban guard.

“While covering the hostage with his body, Chief Byers was able to pin the enemy combatant to the wall with his hand around the enemy’s throat,” according to a Navy news release.

Earlier in the mission, Byers, who will receive the medal Monday from President Obama at the White House, grabbed a Taliban guard with one hand “while adjusting the focus of his night vision goggles with his other.”

“Anyone who has been in combat knows that in those moments you either react or you get killed,” Byers said in a Navy video.

After his team rescued the hostage and boarded a helicopter, Byers spent the 40-minute flight back to Bagram Airfield attempting to resuscitate another member of his team who had been shot, Nicholas Cheque. Cheque died, but Byers said he’ll be accepting the award on behalf of all fallen SEALs.

“I’m going to be a representative for the Navy and the Naval Special Warfare Community and there’s a weight that that carries with,” Byers said. “And that weight is the sacrifices that everybody has made within this community, guys like Nick Cheque and all my other brothers who have fallen. It’s an affirmation, once again, of the job that we do.”

Byers, 36, became a SEAL in 2003. He’ll be the sixth SEAL Medal of Honor recipient and the first living one since the Vietnam War, The Navy Times reported. Byers is the 11th living service member to receive the Medal of Honor for fighting in Afghanistan, according to Stars and Stripes.

“To be a Navy SEAL means you have to be incredibly resilient,” Byers said. “You have to be hardworking.

They’re the toughest men on the face of this planet. Any mission they’re given, they will have success at it, and ultimately they are our brothers who, if they have to, they’ll die for you.”

Cheque was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, according to The Washington Post, citing Navy officials.

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