2 Navy SEALs Die in Training Accident in Virginia Pool

The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation sends its condolences to the families and teammates of the two US Navy SEALS who died recently during a pool accident on the east coast. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.  Stay stong.  

Story from Fox News:

The Navy says a second SEAL has died following a training accident in a swimming pool at a base in Virginia.

Lt. David Lloyd tells media outlets that Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh of Livonia, Michigan, died Sunday.

The 34-year-old Marihugh and 32-year-old Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis of Queens, New York, were found unresponsive on Friday at the bottom of the Combat Swimming Training Facility at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Lewis died Friday.

The Virginia-Pilot reported that the two men were discovered at the bottom of the pool, which is regularly used by SEALs during training. The report said Lewis was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital; Marihugh, who had been in critical condition, died after being transferred to Sentara Virginia Beach General.

Lloyd says both sailors were members of Naval Special Warfare Group 2.

An investigation of the incident is continuing.

Marihugh and Lewis both served in the U.S. Marine Corps before they enlisted in the Navy in 2006.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

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LPGA Player and San Diegan Jennifer Johnson Becomes Ambassador & Spokesperson for SEAL–NSW Family Foundation

SAN DIEGO — March 25, 2015 — The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation today announced that professional golfer and San Diegan Jennifer Johnson, one of the top ranked American players on the LPGA tour, will become an ambassador and spokesperson for the 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation raises awareness and funds for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale.

Johnson, who won the 2013 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, is the only San Diego player competing in the LPGA Kia Classic this week at the Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. Johnson finished last season ranked 49th on the LPGA’s Race to the CME Globe standings (17th top American golfer). Johnson will help raise awareness of the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation while playing on the LPGA tour with approximately 20 events in the US annually. Her career earnings are in excess of $1 million. Johnson was born, raised and currently resides in Carlsbad.

“Jennifer’s partnership with the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation highlights all the good San Diego offers the U.S. Navy station here.  As a local San Diegan, she has seen first-hand how well the our community takes care of its local service members. Jennifer’s commitment to representing the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation will directly support our mission of building resilient families in the Naval Special Warfare Community.  I am very proud of our partnership with Jennifer and am excited about the great work we’ll do together. Hit well Jennifer!”

About SEAL – Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. SEALs ability to stay fit and focused determines the success of every mission; part of our job is to facilitate that focus by ensuring every Naval Special Warfare service member  knows their family is, and will be, taken care of. Our motto is “Taking Care of THEIR families While They Protect OURS.”  Our Family Foundation programs include Family Graduation Dinners, Sisterhood Meetings, Family Resiliency Retreats, Children’s Special Needs Programs, Bereavement Support, Family Readiness Group Grants, Emergency Assistance, and Wounded Warrior and Fallen Hero Family Support. For more information or to make a donation, visit sealorg.wpengine.com.

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SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation Celebrates Navy SEALs and Families

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— March 26, 2014 — Join the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation and title sponsor PNC Financial Services Group for an unforgettable evening gala to raise funds and awareness for the US Navy SEALs and their families on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Quail Hollow Club. PNC has a long history of supporting military personnel and veterans, including a 2013 initiative to hire more veterans and encourage other organizations to hire veterans.“PNC is proud to be working with an organization that is devoted to making lives better for our military personnel and veterans”

“PNC is proud to be working with an organization that is devoted to making lives better for our military personnel and veterans,” said Weston M. Andress, Regional President of Western Carolina. “We honor them for their sacrifices and devotion to our country, and we are happy to join with the Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation in supporting them.”

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and unique silent auction featuring many one-of-a-kind military packages and experiences. Guests will then experience a skydiving and ground demonstration by former US Navy SEALs with many surprises in store.

Joseph J. Grano, Chairman and CEO of Centurian Holdings, former Chairman of the Homeland Security Council and Special Forces Green Beret is the evening’s featured keynote speaker. He will be followed by a Naval Special Warfare (NSW) family member who will share first-hand, the sacrifice of the families and the need to support the NSW community. Special guests will include four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, including US Navy SEAL, Mike Thornton, board member of the Foundation. The program will be followed by a LIVE auction featuring destination and special operations packages not available to the public.

The evening spotlight performance will be country singer and songwriter, Edwin McCain.

You can support the work of the Foundation with a donation or by purchasing tickets to our inaugural event in the Charlotte region – the event is reaching sellout. Tickets for the evening gala are $500 per person, with tables available for $5,000. Sponsorship opportunities may still available. For details, please contact Dayna Klock at dayna.nswff@gmail.com. Other supporters of our evening include: “Friends of the Foundation” – led by Fred Stubblefield III, Hunter Edwards and Wesley Jones, and also Siskey Industries, ACN, Salus Government Properties, BD&H Marketing, Premier Alliance, Natixsis Global, and Thales Visionix.

About the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. With SEALs, their ability to stay fit and focused determines the success of every mission. Part of our job is to facilitate that focus by ensuring every SEAL knows his family is, and will be taken care of.  Our motto is “Taking care of THEIR family while they protect OURS.”  SEAL-NSWFF programs include Family Resiliency and Services, NSW Kids, Bereavement Support, Transition Assistance, Counter Deployment, Global Outreach, Emergency Assistance and Wounded Warriors. For more information or to make a donation,visit sealorg.wpengine.com

PNC

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com) is one of the United States’ largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Follow @PNCNewson Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.

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Del Mar Country Club Raises Over $1 Million for NSW Community

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — March 27, 2014 – Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens and The Del Mar Country Club have announced that more than $1 million was raised at the March 22 benefit event to support the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation. The fundraiser, sponsored by TaylorMade, American Airlines, Bumble Bee Tuna, Wells Fargo Bank, The Pangaea Group of Morgan Stanley and others, attracted 135 golfers at the annual Scramble Golf Tournament, and 400 attendees at the spectacular evening gala.

 

The third annual event was organized by Madeleine Pickens and co-chair Dominique Plewes, to thank the Navy SEALs and their families for their military service and to honor fallen heroes. The event featured comments from keynote speaker Robert S. Harward, Jr., Navy SEAL and former Deputy Commander of the U.S. Central Command; Dorothy Woods, whose husband, Ty Woods, a Navy SEAL, was killed during a terrorist attack in Benghazi in September 2012; Michael Thornton, retired Navy SEAL and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient; and Kimberly Dozier, author of “Breathing Fire.” The event welcomed distinguished guests including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, former San Diego Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards, former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, professional golf coach Hank Haney, Johnny Walker, who guided and interpreted for US Navy SEALs on various missions in Iraq and has written a new book “Code Name Johnny Walker”; James and Lauree Moffett, Jennifer Moores, Corky Mizer, Jenny Craig, Actor Scott Elrod fromLone Survivor, and American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez, who performed the National Anthem. The event also received generous support from John Matty, the Pamplemousse Grille and Chef Jeffrey Strauss, San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers.

 

Extraordinary Live and Silent Auction items that drew top winning bids included a private dinner with Sugar Ray Leonard at Madeleine Pickens Beach Estate, Sidney Craig’s Vacheron Constantin Royal Eagle Chronograph Watch, Yamaha Viking EPS 4×4 Special Edition ATV, VIP tickets to the Las Vegas iHeart Music Festival, Napa Wine VIP Tours of the David Arthur Vineyards and Colgin Cellars, Tickets to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and airfare and vacations to Hawaii, Vail, Deer Valley and Europe.

 

“We are very thankful for the extraordinary level of support that the San Diego community demonstrated through this event for our Navy SEALs, and their families,” said Madeleine Pickens and Dominique Plewes. “The funds raised will go directly to support the critical programs that the Foundation provides our brave warriors and their families. This financial support will strengthen the Naval Special Warfare community to maintain a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force during this era of frequent deployments.”

 

The Del Mar Country Club is one of the premier country clubs in Southern California. The club family is owned and managed by Madeleine Ann Pickens, a golf enthusiast, businesswoman and philanthropist.  The daughter of renowned golf course architect, Bill Baker, she drew from her father’s mentoring and her European influences to develop the golf course and its magnificent landscaping surrounding a 55,000 square foot castle-like Clubhouse. The breathtaking property quickly turned into one of the finest country clubs in the country. Madeleine is currently developing Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve in Northeastern Nevada. For more information about both properties, visit: www.delmarcountryclub.com andwww.mustangmonument.com.

 

About SEAL – Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

 

The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. With SEALs, their ability to stay fit and focused determines the success of every mission. Part of our job is to facilitate that focus by ensuring every SEAL knows his family is, and will be taken care of.  Our motto is “Taking care of THEIR family while they protect OURS.”  SEAL-NSWFF programs include Family Resiliency and Services, NSW Kids, Bereavement Support, Transition Assistance, Counter Deployment, Global Outreach, Emergency Assistance and Wounded Warriors. For more information or to make a donation, visitsealorg.wpengine.com

 

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The Liberty Family Foundation and Mozido, Inc. Named Presenting Sponsors for SEAL

LOS ANGELES — March 25, 2014 — The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation has announced that Michael A. Liberty, The Liberty Family Foundation and Mozido, Inc. have been named the Presenting Sponsors for the Foundation’s May 3 Los Angeles fundraising event at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica, CA.  The SEAL – NSW Family Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale.

 

Michael A. Liberty, who has a distinguished career with 30 years of success in a wide variety of industries, will announce an initiative at the May 3 SEAL-NSW Family Foundation event designed to raise $10 million to integrate, align and coordinate Benevolent Support for all Special Operations Forces (SOF) warriors and their families. The goal of the Initiative is to raise funds to align Benevolent Activities and to help coordinate these activities on behalf of all SOF warriors and their families to ensure they receive the support they need.

 

“The Special Operations Forces Community, which does so much for our country, deserves a great deal of respect and support. SOF warriors are increasingly called upon to serve when our nation needs them most. With this increased role and reliance, there is additional stress on SOF families who must maintain a sense of normalcy on the home front while their husbands, wives, sons and daughters are asked to do extraordinary things to protect our country,”  said Liberty. “We are hopeful that this initiative will help provide SOF families with some additional funding and support.”

 

The May 3 event — “An Evening to Support the NSW Warriors and Their Families” will be held at the spectacular Jonathan Beach Club, steps away from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica. The event will be A Night to Remember, Even by Hollywood Standards — bringing together an exciting array of glamorous guests, sensational food and entertainment and extraordinary speakers lineup led by Keynote Speaker General James N. Mattis, Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, Jr. and former President of Mexico Vicente Fox. Special guests will include Michael Thornton, retired Navy SEAL and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and Johnny Walker, who guided and interpreted for US Navy SEALs on various missions in Iraq and will be on-hand to sign his new book “Code Name: Johnny Walker.” The gala will begin with a VIP reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., following by a Reception from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., with the dinner, speakers program and entertainment from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. There will be Live, Silent and Online auctions featuring once in a lifetime items and experiences.

 

Liberty is the founder of Mozido, a global mobile payments platform provider that is in the process of unlocking financial freedom for roughly 2 billion people. Prior to founding Mozido, Liberty had a long and distinguished career in a wide variety of industries including real estate, manufacturing, retail merchandising, hospitality and telecommunications.   Liberty, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1985, is an unwavering advocate for the socially and financially disenfranchised.  As owner of American Housing Preservation Corporation, he has been able to provide affordable housing to thousands of low income and elderly residents across America.  He is also an active member and advisor of BENS (Business Executives for National Security), which for 30 years has served as the primary business channel through which senior business leaders contribute their expertise to help build a more secure nation. This includes working closely with the Department of Defense, Department of State, Treasury, Homeland Security and the CIA. In addition, BENS does work on behalf of all the combatant commands. This non-partisan group of business leaders looks forward to continuing to strengthen our country through best business practices.

 

The Liberty Family Foundation, based on the mission of “Enriching Lives Globally Through Servant Leadership,” has been able to give back to the community locally, nationally and throughout the world.

 

For more information on the event, buy tickets, purchase items or experiences in the Online Auction, or to donate to the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation, visitwww.eliteforcesevent.com.

 

About SEAL – Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

 

The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. With SEALs, their ability to stay fit and focused determines the success of every mission. Part of our job is to facilitate that focus by ensuring every SEAL knows his family is, and will be taken care of.  Our motto is “Taking care of THEIR family while they protect OURS.”  SEAL-NSWFF programs include Family Resiliency and Services, NSW Kids, Bereavement Support, Transition Assistance, Counter Deployment, Global Outreach, Emergency Assistance and Wounded Warriors. For more information or to make a donation, visitsealorg.wpengine.com

 

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