Adventures of our Gold Star Teens!

We’re honored to be a part of such a special journey with our Gold Star Teens. At the end of March, The Gold Star Teens participated in an Expedition weekend in Virginia.

The weekend brought the group together to work on team building with a climbing expert, created a fantastic meal from scratch with an expert chef and had a friendly competition on “Who made it best!”. They finished the weekend with a road trip to Williamsburg and for fun and mentoring with NSW operators. Lots of great connections and camaraderie amongst the teens and mentors.

 

Drew VachalAdventures of our Gold Star Teens!
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Congratulations to SQT Class 318!

13 April – NSW welcomed 150 family members to include the new operators, instructors and their leadership during an intimate pre-graduation dinner on the BUD/s Grinder.  It was a perfect evening as we celebrated the accomplishments of these young men with the support of their loving families.

Drew VachalCongratulations to SQT Class 318!
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NYT: Using Special Forces Against Terrorism, Trump Seeks to Avoid Big Ground Wars

Via New York Times

MARA, Chad — From Yemen to Syria to here in Central Africa, the Trump administration is relying on Special Operations forces to intensify its promised fight against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups as senior officials embrace an Obama-era strategy to minimize the American military’s footprint overseas.

In Africa, President Trump is expected to soon approve a Pentagon proposal to remove constraints on Special Operations airstrikes and raids in parts of Somalia to target suspected militants with the Shabab, an extremist group linked to Al Qaeda. Critics say that the change — in one of the few rejections of President Barack Obama’s guidelines for the elite forces — would bypass rules that seek to prevent civilian deaths from drone attacks and commando operations. [Full Report]

Drew VachalNYT: Using Special Forces Against Terrorism, Trump Seeks to Avoid Big Ground Wars
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Advocacy group asks Mattis to back military families, fill key DoD jobs fast

Via MilitaryTimes.com:

A leading military advocacy group offered its support to Defense Secretary James Mattis in a public message Monday, but also asked him to help ease some of the hardship caused by the burden of sequestration.

“Military families need your commitment to provide the necessary support to promote family readiness,” the National Military Family Association wrote in a message to Mattis, a retired Marine general who is beginning his first full week of work in the Trump administration. “Military family support and services should not be casualties of budget battles on Capitol Hill, and we are ready to arm you with the information to justify their necessity and end sequestration.”  [FULL REPORT]

Drew VachalAdvocacy group asks Mattis to back military families, fill key DoD jobs fast
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Off The Wall: The SHOT Show is more than just guns

Via MikeRowe.com:

Marla W writes…

I just read that you’re speaking at the SHOT show in Las Vegas this week. VERY disappointing. There are already too many guns in this country, and too much faux patriotism surrounding the second amendment. I can’t believe you’d risk your good name associating with a bunch of gun nuts. You’ve lost a fan.

Well, hi there Marla. And Happy Sunday!

It’s true, I’ll be in Vegas this week, addressing a roomful of people who like to shoot guns. I’m not sure what I’m going to say yet – probably the same thing I tell anyone who invites me to discuss the various ways we might close America’s skills gap. But one things for sure – while I’m at there, I’m going to make sure I see my friends at The SEAL Family Foundation.

[FULL STORY]

Drew VachalOff The Wall: The SHOT Show is more than just guns
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