Memorial Day Message from SEAL-NSW Family Foundation

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“As the Nation honors those who died while serving our country, we also pause to reflect on the importance of the family and the community that lost their loved ones.  I like to express a thank you to the families of our fallen, we are here with you always; and a thank you to the communities that never forget and continue to support our fallen service members and their families.  God Bless this great country and those that dedicated themselves to serving it.”   William R. Fenick, CAPT, USN (Ret), Executive Director

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Second Annual Los Angeles Gala Fundraiser Wows Guests Aboard Battleship USS Iowa on May 16

 

Elliot Yamin

Elliott Yamin

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — May 20, 2015 — The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation hosted its Second Annual Dinner Gala on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 aboard the Battleship USS Iowa in San Pedro Harbor. This unique and memorable event thanked the Naval Special Warfare community and their families for their military service and honored their fallen heroes.

Dinner highlights included a National Anthem performance by Gene Simmons of the band KISS, keynote speaker and former Director of the NSA & CIA & Air Force 4-Star General, Michael Hayden, guest honorary speaker Sarah Palin and performance by recording artist & American Idol finalist, Elliot Yamin. The event also featured a live auction handled by Actress Sharon Stone; silent auction within one of the ship’s operations rooms; five-man fire boat demonstration by the Los Angeles Fire Department; a simulated aerial attack by the Condor Squadron using vintage WWII fighter planes with the ship defended by .50 caliber machine gun and 5 inch guns; the firing of one of the USS Iowa’s mammoth 16 inch guns; and a five-man precision skydive by Skydiving Innovations.

Celebrity supporters included: Gene Simmons, Sarah Palin, Sharon Stone, Jim Brown, Elliott Yamin, Parnelli Jones, Tim Abell, and John Shea. Keynote speaker General Michael Hayden, former CIA and NSA Director; William R. Fenick, executive director of the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation, and Navy SEAL and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Michael Thornton.

Gene Simmons, Sarah Palin

Gene Simmons, Sarah Palin

“The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation was honored to host its second annual gala dinner onboard USS Iowa.  We were very successful in raising awareness about our Family-centric programs and resources to fund those programs,” said William R. Fenick, executive director of the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation. “General Michael Hayden reminded us about the importance of National Security on the world stage, Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin reiterated the importance of family, and Gene Simmons honored us with his fantastic rendition of The National Anthem, sung with three active duty and former Air Force service members.  It was a great evening on this Armed Forces Day, at a great location, for a meaningful cause.  I’d like to thank all who supported and attended this memorable evening.”

About SEAL – NSW 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. 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, Children’s Special Needs Programs, Bereavement Support, Transition Assistance, Counter Deployment, Global Outreach, Emergency Assistance and Wounded Warriors. For more information and to donate online, visit sealfamilyfoundation.org

Jim Brown with Bill Fenick (right)

 

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Michael Thornton

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Michael Thornton

General Michael Hayden

General Michael Hayden

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Navy SEAL Congressman Unveils Bill to Honor Americans Killed in Benghazi

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Retired Navy SEAL and Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke announced new legislation Monday evening to bestow Congressional Gold Medals to the four Americans killed in the September 2012 Benghazi attack.

“On September 11, 2012 America lost four patriots, and in the Navy SEALs we lost two brothers. This tribute is long overdue,” Zinke said on FOX News’ “On the Record.”

Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith and two retired U.S. Navy SEALs working as CIA security contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty, were killed in the attack at the CIA compound in Benghazi.

Woods was under Zinke’s command, during his 23-year career with the Navy SEALs. He also knew Doherty, as well.

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.) is introducing the companion legislation in the Senate, according to a statement from Zinke’s office.

Original cosponsors of the House bill include Reps. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and David Rouzer (R-N.C.).

Zinke said honoring the four killed “should not be about politics.”

“It’s about paying respect and homage to American patriots who served our nation honorably in some of our darkest hours,” Zinke said.

“I am grateful for their service to our nation and will work with Senator Markey to build a large and bipartisan base of support for this bill,” he added.

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