Please take a moment today to remember the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen warriors of Extortion 17. Five years ago on this day, August 6th, we lost 31 brave Americans. These Special Operators were lost when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. To the families of these brave men, we support you, we salute you and we will never forget the sacrifices that were made for all of us. We are forever grateful.
We are honored to announce a very special Memorial Site unveiling set to take place on September 17, 2016 in honor of our fallen heroes. A very big supporter and friend of the Naval Special Warfare community, Eyal Shapira, has spent countless hours and dollars creating a state of the art memorial ground for our fallen heroes of Extortion 17. The dedication will take place at a private residence in Massachusetts, and will be attended by family and friends of these great men.
Please join me in celebrating the legacy of these great men and their families. A big thank you to Mr. Shapiro, our supporters and friends.
Drew VachalExtortion 17 Memorial to Unveil in 42 Days!
Congratulations to Admiral Tim Szymanski for taking the lead today as the Commander Naval Special Warfare Command, and a special thank you to Admiral Brian Losey who led this important force this past three years. Naval Special Warfare was and will continue to be under the best leadership.
“Proof that this community truly cares about the well-being, livelihood, and sanity of the spouses and families. Understanding the sacrifices and struggles, the unique path we have as NSW families. Words into action is priceless.”– NSW Spouse
It was a beautiful Sunday at the Hotel Del Coronado, as we greeted 60 NSW spouses for a delicious brunch to discuss their service member’s return home from a particularly tough deployment. There was a panel of speakers from the NSW command who spoke to the women about the challenges they may face when reintegrating back home with their spouse and the importance of their Third Location Decompression (TLD). The speakers welcomed questions and provided an open discussion forum for the spouses. It was a great opportunity for first-time deployment spouses to ask questions where more experienced spouses were able to share their stories and offer advice to one another.
The Spouse TLD is used to provide Naval Special Warfare spouses time to prepare for their husbands return from deployment. The home environment is a complex environment and it changes during the absence of the deployed service member. It changes again upon the return of the service member. The Spouse TLD prepares the entire family for this change in the home dynamic.
Drew VachalNSW Spouse Third Location Decompression
I’m realizing that showing love and appreciation for the people I care about most is more important than momentarily looking “cool” to a few acquaintances. I’m learning to express more gratitude and genuine appreciation to those who have gone out of their way to look out for me when it mattered.
I’m recognizing that too many people foolishly mistake kindness for weakness. I’m learning that it’s a liberating breath of fresh air to cut the rope and separate from habitual liars, setting them free to lie to others and, once fee from the lies, wishing I had done it sooner!