Chris Kyle was both a Navy SEAL and someone who offered tremendous assistance to his fellow vets. And a soon-to-be-undoubtedly-dealt-with man named Eddie Routh killed him at the gun range. God bless you, Chris. (Hand Salute: Coffeypot)
Remember Navy Seal David Goggins? He attempted to set the world pull-up record. He failed, but he is trying again. And this time his girlfriend, Dawn Griner, is attempting to set the female record at 2,500 pull-ups. Wow.
I’m very confident we can do it. We’ve put the training in. There are no excuses. I have the proper bar. We’re prepared to go over the record, Goggins said.
There is a book written by a former Navy SEAL called No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden.
And it will hit the shelves and your Kindles/Nooks on September 11th, next month.
The Navy SEAL (who has since left the military) uses the name Mark Owen. (Kevin Maurer assisted him in cowriting it.)
And Mr. Owen describes the book as an effort to “set the record straight about one of the most important missions in U.S. military history.”
Before our command cut down on travel, I used to bounce around quite a bit. (I actually like the tight purse-strings. Despite many hours in a Navy plane, I don’t like flying in the packed confines of a commercial jet.) Often, I swing by the airport bookstore before I board, mostly to get a feel for what is new.
I once read the back of a book about an Oxford educated SEAL, named Eric Greitens. I remember thinking his life story was interesting. But then I forgot all about it. Until now:
Eric Greitens was born and raised in Missouri. After graduating from Duke University, he was selected as a Rhodes and a Truman Scholar. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis, “Children First,” investigated how international humanitarian organizations can best serve war-affected children.
Greitens’ award-winning book of photographs and essays, “Strength and Compassion,” grew from his humanitarian work as a volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Albania, Bolivia, Cambodia, Croatia, the Gaza Strip, India, Mexico, and Rwanda. The book was honored as ForeWord Magazine’s Photography Book of the Year and as the Grand Prize Winner in the 2009 New York Book Festival. In May 2011, Greitens’ second book, “The Heart & the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL,” became a New York Times best seller.
He is speaking as the Tufts University’s commencement address-er. Look at the other speakers when you go to the link. I doubt many students will remember them, while Eric strikes me as someone you probably are not going to forget. (Although I did. Until I read his story. Don’t tell him. . .)
Hank Haney was Tiger Woods’ golf instructor. And he is writing a book called the “Big Miss.” One revelation- apparently Tiger was secretly considering joining the SEALs:
“Tiger was seriously considering becoming a Navy SEAL. I didn’t know how he’d go about it, but when he talked about it, it was clear he had a plan….I thought, Wow, here is Tiger Woods, greatest athlete on the planet, maybe the greatest athlete ever, right in the middle of his prime, basically ready to leave it all behind for a military life.”
Yeah right. Tiger Woods is talented. At golf. He is an athlete, but not a Team guy. He thinks about one thing, himself. I respect him for his game, not his character. He’s a selfish punk. Somehow the editors at Yahoo seem to think that Woods has a military background because his father Earl was a Green Beret:
Woods has a military background and spent four days going through training at Fort Bragg in 2004 — also, his father, Earl, was a Green Beret in the U.S. Army — so it shouldn’t come as a total shock that he considered joining the Armed Forces.
Um, no. Tiger Woods doesn’t have a military background. Four days at Bragg does not give him bragging rights. Kudos to his father. Earl Woods served. I’ll stop. You get the idea.
Uh oh, my old city’s done it again! We arrested a man for improper gun carriage (carry-age?) And he claimed to be a SEAL:
The NYPD committed a Virginia man claiming to be a Navy SEAL to a psych ward, and later found out that he was in fact a Navy SEAL.
It makes us wonder: how many times does the NYPD get the “I’m in an elite military unit, you can’t arrest me,” excuse?
According to the Post’s sources, 29-year-old Shaun Day, on a two-week leave, was stopped for running a red light at Second Ave. and East 26th street on Thursday. After police found a 9mm semiautomatic handgun and ammunition in his pickup truck, they arrested him for gun possession.
I know exactly where that is. I have ridden my bike right through that very same intersection. (For all you New Yawk police-persons, I was not packing heat. Other than my long john underwears. What? It was winter. My knees get cold.)
In other SEAL news, the singer SEAL is divorcing is non-walrus-like wife for some unknown reason. One of her friends asked her: Hey Heidi, why so Klum? She answered: because I am getting divorced, idiot!
It was a rough day to be a SEAL. . .