Ninjas VS SEALs!

Among the great questions of our time, one in particular has sparked great discourse, dissension, and partisan reaction: Who’s quieter? Ninjas or SEALs?

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“Ssshhh! Be very quiet…we’re hunting jihadis.”

What could start such a massive national debate? Only the inquiring mind of a seven year old aspiring swashbuckler. Here’s how it went down.

One afternoon while playing with a friend in the yard, the young Greentree was scolded by his mother. “Be quiet like a SEAL,” said Vivian Greentree. His friend immediately replied – as one would expect from a 7-year old. “Ninjas are quieter than SEALS.” And thus, a monumental argument began. WHO is quieter? Ninjas or SEALS? SEALS or Ninjas?

Such a question can only go right to the top. In this case I think we finally got to bottom of this burning issue. Thank goodness we were able to get a handle on it before the government shutdown. Whew!

Semper Fidelis!

From this side of the pond

Some thing is afoot. Perhaps some thing that will eventually lead to a powerful light being played into a corner, where a dark grimy sinister secret is being stored. article-2420334-01B0B6ED00000514-761_634x457Part of the UK & Europe’s Main Stream Media are playing out small ‘feeder’ lines concerning the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, on September 11, 2012. Why did the CIA let a crazed al-Qaeda mob kill America’s ambassador? Moment by moment, the atrocity that’s sent the U.S. into a frenzy of suspicion Pop up ‘feeds’ are done to plant a story into the subconscious part of the readers mind, the line is released slowly over a period of time until a specific article is ready to be released to coincide with a damning report. It wouldn’t be the first time the UK’s media have released a report that never reached across the pond to its sister papers, and vice versa.

The twilight world of blogging has changed all of that..   Yours Aye.

Navy SEAL Dom Raso Speaks

Former Navy SEAL Dom Raso has something you need to read:

If you think people who decide to protect themselves are crazy, you either have not been in any situation that’s caused you to feel that way, or you’re completely ignorant to your surroundings–because bad things happen all over the country and all over the world.

If you choose not to be prepared for those situations, no one is going to criticize you. But it’s unacceptable to deny or limit someone else’s home-defense preparedness.

Can you guarantee me and the American people zero crime? Absolutely not. So stop limiting their ability to survive.

He also has some wise words to the anti-gun lobby at the link.

Sealed with SEAL

Frankly, seeing the SEALs in the public eye is getting to be a bit much. Still, Greg E. Mathieson Sr. and David Gatley wrote a book, called US Navy SEALs, and some of their pictures are great:

A UDT combat swimmer wearing a dry suit protective dress places a demolition charge on the propeller of a large capital ship during daylight training operations. A ship attack like this would normally be conducted under cover of darkness.

A UDT combat swimmer wearing a dry suit protective dress places a demolition charge on the propeller of a large capital ship during daylight training operations. A ship attack like this would normally be conducted under cover of darkness.

And what would a SEAL be without a swoopy sloop:

Emerging from the shadows of it's closed dock, the SEALION is a technology demonstrator project under the direction of NAVSEA's Future Concepts and Surface Ship Design Group (SEA 05D1), and SEALION II is currently operationally controlled by Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 4 at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va. The craft was designed by Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock's Combatant Craft Division and was constructed by Oregon Iron Works, Inc. Azimuth Inc. of Morgantown, WV is the electronics systems integrator. The craft is being operated by NSWG 4 as a clandestine insertion and extraction platform for special forces. SEALION II is a high-speed, low observable/low radar signature craft that can operate in the littorals. It can carry an unspecified number of SEALs and a modular mission payload. It has a state-of-the-art electronics suite

Emerging from the shadows of it’s closed dock, the SEALION is a technology demonstrator project under the direction of NAVSEA’s Future Concepts and Surface Ship Design Group (SEA 05D1), and SEALION II is currently operationally controlled by Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 4 at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va. The craft was designed by Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock’s Combatant Craft Division and was constructed by Oregon Iron Works, Inc. Azimuth Inc. of Morgantown, WV is the electronics systems integrator.
The craft is being operated by NSWG 4 as a clandestine insertion and extraction platform for special forces. SEALION II is a high-speed, low observable/low radar signature craft that can operate in the littorals. It can carry an unspecified number of SEALs and a modular mission payload. It has a state-of-the-art electronics suite.

Or the color green:

US Naval Special Warfare Combatant-crew Crewman fires a 50 caliber machine gun from Riverine boat in the darkness of night, as seen through night vision goggles.

US Naval Special Warfare Combatant-crew Crewman fires a 50 caliber machine gun from Riverine boat in the darkness of night, as seen through night vision goggles.

Yellow:

US Navy SEALs driving in heavily armored MRAP vehicles in a dust storm in Iraq.

US Navy SEALs driving in heavily armored MRAP vehicles in a dust storm in Iraq.

Let’s hope that is the last we hear about them. . .

Lauren Berlingeri Mans Up

Lauren Berlingeri’s Extreme SEAL Experience

Lauren Berlingeri’s Extreme SEAL Experience

Lauren Berlingeri hosts a show called Woman v. Workout. And here she works out with Don Shipley at the Extreme SEAL Experience in Chesapeake, Virginia. (The evolution is run by retired SEALs.)

Does Lauren have the strength to survive Hell Night and become the first woman to complete this elite training program? Find out now in the conclusion of Woman v. Workout: Lauren’s Navy SEAL Experience.

Rhino Wars and Spec Ops

You hear the word SEAL and you don’t generally think of rhinoceroses. But SO1 Jeff “Biggs” Wobig and his band of merry cutthroats are in South Africa battling poachers:

While special operators typically protect Americans, Jeff “Biggs” Wobig and his friends have branched out to another population: rhinos.

Wobig, a 29-year-old special warfare operator first class, is a SEAL in the Navy Reserve. He’s also a newly minted TV star.

He spent six weeks in South Africa as part of the Animal Planet miniseries “Battleground: Rhino Wars.” The show debuted last month, but you can also track their missions online at AnimalPlanet.com.

Wobig, a sniper, was joined by former SEALs Craig “Saw” Sawyer and Rob Roy, and a former Green Beret who went by “Oz.”

SO1 is running this op as part of his civilian business, CTS Solutions: Consulting, Training and Security Solutions.

SEAL Swimmer, Larsen Jensen

Larsen Jensen is a two-time Olympic medalist, competing in the 1500 meter freestyle and the 400 meter freestyle:

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush pose for photos with U.S. Olympic swimmers Larsen Jensen, left, and Michael Phelps Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing.

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush pose for photos with U.S. Olympic swimmers Larsen Jensen, left, and Michael Phelps Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing.

Larjo or Bro Jensen is also a USC graduate and a Navy SEAL.

AJ Dicken, Fake Navy SEAL

The Panera Breads near my house has good coffee. Slightly burnt, but in a good Navy way. Plus they have a frequent visitor card. That is, if you swing by often enough, you win free schtuff. Like bagels and coffee. It did not take me long to realize that the algorithm (computer program picking the winners) is set to go heavy at the beginning and slackens off with time. If you don’t spend your winnings, they languish in your account and you don’t win more. I confirmed my non-scientific findings with a couple of the coffee girls who work there. (Yes, I may be thinking too much about this.)

My point: I like Panera. I go there fairly often. And one afternoon, an enormous dude wearing a SEAL baseball cap ambled over to me. He greeted me with: Hey El Tee.

I noticed the Trident shirt and actually thought: Gee this seems like a blogpost waiting to happen. So I probably played along more than I should have.

Hi, I replied.

He asked me my job and I told him a very boring version, hoping my dull garlic would ward off this Navy vampire.

He launched into some bs story about using crypto gear when he was on the Teams. And he mentioned the gear. He spoke of it like a guy who read a magazine article on the capability. It was just a secure radio and he spoke of it like a nuke.

His daughter or granddaughter stood behind him, so I did not say anything. I did not really chat much more with him. But wished him well. I was serious-minded and did not take any of his Navy bait that I take with some of the other Navy folks I chat with. Could he have been a real SEAL? Perhaps, but unlikely. I imagined he served stateside somewhere and wanted a history. There is no shame in the truth. A hey I was a Yeoman and I served in Norfolk. I would have had more reason to chat with him if his appearance matched his story. I don’t imagine there are many 300 pound Navy SEALs. Who are so open about their  service.

Then there is the story of this SEAL faker, AJ Dicken, who worked as a Lake Tahoe bartender. And the usual unusual stories began to fly:

Dicken closed the deal with a DD-214 — discharge papers saying he served 35 years in naval special warfare, 291 classified central intelligence operations, Vietnam, Panama, Iraq, awarded the bronze Star, Silver Star, Navy Cross, two Purple Hearts, six counter-terrorist service medals, and nine presidential citations.

Noyes: “Give me the one sentence pitch on the documentary, what was the documentary going to be?”
Vested: “‘A Soldier’s Story,’ based on what he gave us, the most highly decorated Navy SEAL in the history of the Navy SEALs.”

AJ Dicken, Fake SEAL

AJ Dicken, Fake SEAL

Noyes: “And you paid him the money.”
Vested: “It’s just over $50,000.”

After signing away rights to his life story, Dicken began sending page upon page of suggested plot lines. He wrote, “I have answered questions on a regular basis about what it is like to be a SEAL…What it is like to be in combat, man’s inhumanity to man, and to deal with the horrors of war…This story is my best recollection.”

But, Vested was doing his own research and uncovered a troubling fact (something the I-Team verified with the National Personnel Records Center) — that Dicken has never served a day in any branch of the U.S. Military.

Of course, AJ Dicken was no Yeoman in Norfolk. Just a bs’er.

Suicide Strikes the Navy, SEAL Commander Down

I don’t truly understand suicide. I’ve had the challenge of being around four suicide attempts in my Navy career. All were unsuccessful, thankfully. In one, one of my best buddies in language school, despondent over low grades, went to a motel with a bottle of Jack and a rusty knife. And the hotel staff found him in the morning, bloody and alive. It was strange, me and another of our friends were doing well at the same language. And our buddy (who attempted suicide) would not let us help him with his studies. We were happy to see him alive and able to get the help he needed. He left the Navy and returned to a job he was effective at. We were compassionate with him, but somewhat puzzled about it. (I know that may sound unfeeling, but it is the truth.)

Sadly, another Sailor (possibly) committed suicide today, Commander Job Price, of Naval Special Warfare Group Four:

Commander Job Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, shown in this Naval Special Warfare Group TWO

CDR Job Price, 42, of Pottstown, PENN, Naval Special Warfare Group TWO pic

 A senior member of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL unit has died in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said on Sunday, and media reports said the death was a possible suicide.

Commander Job Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, died on Saturday of a non-combat related injury in central Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province, the Pentagon said in a statement.

“This incident is currently under investigation,” it said.

Price was assigned to a Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the statement said.

NBC News and CNN quoted unnamed military officials as saying that the death was being looked at as a possible suicide.

Lieutenant David Lloyd, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, which comprises the four SEAL teams on the U.S. East Coast, declined to comment on the cause of death, saying it was under investigation.

I wish the Commander’s family and teammates well during this trying time. RIP, Sir.

Froglogic Definition

Froglogic (frog-lojik), n.

1. A way of thinking that perpetually activates an individual’s desire to forge his or her own Self-Confidence in order to commit to living a team orientated lifestyle or “Team Life”.

2. A two-part motivational training program.

Part 1 – Accepting 8 simple Missions into your lifestyle in order to forge your personal and professional Self-Confidence.

Part 2 – Committing to 4 simple Missions that will ignite your understanding of what it means to live the Team Life.

3. A concept rooted in the proven exepriences of over 65 years of UDT/ SEAL “Real World” operations, training doctrine and elite lifestyle performance.

–David B. Rutherford, US Navy SEAL