‘The best kept secret in the Navy’ — The elite boat commandos supporting Navy SEALs



Most Americans know of the elite sailors who serve on Navy SEAL teams, but there is another group of quiet professionals backing them up when they need a heavily-armed ride into or out of combat.

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman, better known as SWCC, serve on high-speed attack boats that can effectively patrol rivers and coastal regions around the world. Tracing their lineage back to the PT boats of World War II and combatant craft of Vietnam, SWCC (pronounced “Swick”) operators today are mostly known for their skills at inserting and extracting Navy SEAL teams.

Read more: http://www.wearethemighty.com/us-navy-swcc-2015-09#ixzz3mOowSRKW

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A Navy SEAL’s Perspective On The Economic Impact of Leadership — Forbes

I cover leadership and marketing for entrepreneurs.

I am by no means perfect and have learned many hard leadership lessons over the years. I have learned many of those lessons as a Navy SEAL in combat and even more over the past ten years helping run our digital marketing agency. One of the most impactful things I have learned is that a leader’s behavior has a direct economic impact on the organizations they run.

As a leader, continually developing our emotional intelligence is critical to moving people in a desired direction and taking collective action towards achieving common goals. A few months ago I wrote an article about the aspects of emotional intelligence required for effective leadership. Now I would like to expand on this subject and talk more specifically about how our behavior as leaders impacts the ultimate success of our organizations.

Here are eight ways that a leader’s behavior impacts the bottom line.

Calm is contagious. As is panic. Staying calm under pressure is an absolute requirement for effective leadership. The team responds to the behavior of its leadership. If managers and leaders fold under pressure so will everyone else. If you can’t stay calm, you won’t think or communicate clearly. Panic leads to misinformation, reactive behavior and poor decision-making which has a direct impact on efficiency and profitability. When we stay calm, we can project confidence and make the necessary adjustments with the best information at hand.

Integrity as a guiding principle. It’s quite common to see integrity as a core value or guiding principle for an organization. Living it every day is a different story and requires constant self-reflection. Integrity won’t exist in any organization or team unless it is blatantly and consistently practiced at the top. Every transaction, decision, strategy and communication must be laced with integrity in order for it to become a cultural foundation. When a leader does not act with integrity, neither will the team, which puts the company at financial risk.

Consistency is key. This may be one of the toughest aspects of leadership. Everything we do is under the close watchful eye of our teams. Communication must be consistent. We have to follow the policies we put in place more closely than anyone. If we run around acting like we have multiple personality disorder, the entire structure of the organization becomes fragile which inhibits forward progress.

Trust is a must. Studies show that productivity, income and profits are directly negatively or positively impacted dependent on the levels of trust within a company. Studies also show that only 49% of employees feel that senior management have their best interests in mind and only 28% believe that CEOs are a credible source of information. When trust is low, it places a hidden tax on every transaction, communication and decision bringing speed down and costs up. By contract, high-trust organization operate on a dividend. A performance multiplier that increases speed and decreases cost.

Empathy shows compassion. As leaders, we have to learn to control our emotions but also have a balance of compassion for people at all levels. This goes back to having good emotional intelligence and showing our human side every now and then. It’s a delicate balance. Emotional competencies are not innate talents but rather learned capabilities that must be developed and practiced to achieve higher levels of performance. When the team feels protected, they will be more connected which leads to greater self-discipline, collaboration, insight and collective action toward common goals.

Be the example. Don’t just lead by example, be the example. Inside and outside of the office. Great leaders live the vision and values of the company on a daily basis.

Protect the team. A great general once said, “You cannot manage people into combat, they must be led.” Sometimes our teams need more leadership than management. It’s our responsibility to make the team feel safe and supported, stay calm under pressure, provide resources and remove obstacles. When the team feels protected, they will stay calm and focused on the mission.

Communication is like oxygen. Like Navy SEALs, any high performance team must have exemplary communication to be successful. Good communication is the cornerstone for any relationship to flourish, overcome adversity and ultimately to survive long-term. Don’t be afraid to over-communicate. Redundancy is imperative. When an organization’s internal communications are poor, it erodes trust which impacts performance.

As leaders, we make a conscious decision to lead well or not. To pursue perfection or not. To always be improving or not. Our behavior does impact our companies’ bottom line. It’s up to us whether that impact is positive or negative.

Follow Brent Gleeson on Twitter at @BrentGleeson or view his website at www.brentgleesonspeaker.com.

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9/11 — Never Forget!



We pause today to reflect on the significance of this important anniversary, and we recognize the strength and resiliency of the 9/11 families. Today is their day and we will never forget.

The NSW community has been in the fight from the beginning and we expect it will be fore some time. In this spirit, we exist to support the NSW Family’s needs and we are staged to meet their future needs.

Let’s be ready and God bless the families of 9/11 today.

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Kristen & Megan in NYC to Support the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation, Promote September 10 Event

Megan and Kristen appeared on Wall Street Journal TV and CNBC’s Squawk Box this week to discuss what the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation does the SEAL children and families. The Foundation will hold its first New York City gala dinner and fundraiser on September 10 at Pier Sixty.

Here are the links to the stories:



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Children in Military Families More Likely to Have Problems, Says New Study

Children in Military Families More Likely to Have Problems…

 Researchers have found some children from military families have a higher likelihood of substance abuse, violence, and weapon-carrying.
Military Families

As a clinical psychologist, Ingrid Herrera-Yee is surprised by the findings.

As a mother of three, whose husband has served 14 years in the military, she’s also saddened.

According to an article published today by JAMA Pediatrics, children with parents or caregivers currently serving in the military have a higher prevalence of substance use, violence, harassment, and weapon-carrying than their nonmilitary peers.

military children

While most young people whose families are connected to the military demonstrate resilience, war-related stress inducers can contribute to struggles for many of the children, according to researchers.

Those stressors include separation from parents due to deployment, frequent relocation, and the worry about future deployments.

Study Looked at California Children

In the study, researchers looked at data collected in 2013 from secondary schools from every county and almost all school districts in California.

Kathrine Sullivan, M.S.W., of the University of Southern California School of Social Work, Los Angeles, and colleagues analyzed the data that included 54,679 military-connected and 634,034 nonmilitary-connected secondary school students from public schools.

Students defined as military-connected had a parent or caregiver currently serving in the military. Latino students were the largest percentage of the sample at 51 percent. Overall, almost 8 percent of children reported they had a parent in the military.

Researchers said military-connected students reported higher levels of substance use as well as violence, harassment, and weapon-carrying compared with nonmilitary-connected students.

For example: 45 percent of military-connected youth reported lifetime alcohol use compared with 39 percent of their nonmilitary-connected peers.

Slightly more than 62 percent of military-connected students reported physical violence compared with 51 percent of nonmilitary students.

Results Described as ‘Disturbing’

“There’s not enough research on military kids overall, particularly among those with parents who’ve been deployed,” said Herrera-Yee, who is also a military spouse advisor for the military family advisory network in Arlington, Virginia.

She’s worked with military families for more than a decade.

“It looks like this particular study is finding some issues around alcohol use — which I’ve not seen before — and smoking, violence, and carrying a weapon at school. It’s so very disturbing but very important work,” she said.

More Research, Assistance Needed

More initiatives within social contexts, including civilian schools and communities, to support military families during times of war are likely required, according to researchers.

Herrera-Yee said while the study makes it sound like kids who are struggling “are struggling in significant ways,” it’s key to remember the findings are based on a specific sample in one state.

These studies help shine a light on what might be going on with our military kids.
Ingrid Herrera-Yee, clinical psychologist and military spouse advisor

“[Still], these studies help shine a light on what might be going on with our military kids,” said Herrera-Yee, whose husband has served in the Army and the National Guard.

Herrera-Yee said her children, ages 5, 9, and 14, have handled aspects of military life relatively well, although her oldest seemed somewhat down when her husband, Ian, was deployed.

“But we were lucky because we were in a military-affiliated school. All the kids were aware of deployment and what it’s like,” she said.

One thing that helped her son was his participation in a lunchtime group at school. There, students talked to each other about missing their parent.

“It helped him get through the deployment and served as a buffer. He got better,” Herrera-Yee said.

How to Overcome the Problems

How do military parents overcome the issues raised in the study?

It’s not easy on the parent left behind, said Herrera-Yee.

“That spouse has to be present, but it’s difficult because, as the remaining spouse, you’re having a hard time, too,” she said.

Nevertheless, it’s important “to hold it together, for your kids’ sake,” she emphasized. “Make sure they have a strong social support network which, as the adult, you need as well.”

She also suggested keeping in touch with everyone involved in your children’s lives.

“The more support a child gets, the less likely they are to use some of these more negative ways of coping,” she said.

Some Limitations on Data

The authors noted the data they were using was cross sectional and therefore causation cannot be established.

Herrera-Yee expanded, saying the researchers basically used a “convenience sample,” which is not representative enough of the total population.

The children also were from civilian, rather than Department of Defense schools, where different factors could be at play. Furthermore, only 8 percent were military affiliated children, which is a small percentage, Herrera-Yee added.

This shows that more work needs to be done and we need to advocate for more help for our kids.
Ingrid Herrera-Yee, clinical psychologist and military spouse advisor

“So there are problems, some weaknesses with that, but it’s still important information to have,” she said.

Whatever the case, Herrera-Yee said, she’s “hoping [the findings are] some sort of anomaly.”

“But even if they’re not,” she added, “this shows that more work needs to be done and we need to advocate for more help for our kids. Only then can we learn how to moderate the effects of over 14 years of war on our children.”

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