By Ellis Henican, Rorke Denver
Rorke Denver trains the lads who develop into military SEALs—the such a lot artistic challenge solvers at the sleek battlefield, perfect warriors for the types of wars the United States is scuffling with now. together with his years of action-packed undertaking event and a most sensible education function, Lieutenant Commander Denver is aware precisely how tomorrow's squaddies are recruited, sculpted, prompted, and deployed.
Now, Denver takes you inside of his own tale and the attention-grabbing, tough SEAL education application he now oversees. He recounts his event evolving from a tender SEAL hopeful pushing his method via Hell Week, right into a warrior carrying out harmful stealth missions around the globe, and at last right into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification courses, and the "Hero or Zero" missions his SEALs undertake.
From his personal SEAL education and missions in another country, Denver info how the SEALs' inventive operations grew to become entrance and middle in America's warfare on Terror—and how they're changing conflict in every single place. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin the USA, stood as much as violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. prime 2 hundred commando missions, he earned the Bronze superstar with V for valor. He has additionally served as flag aide to the admiral accountable and spent the prior 4 years as govt officer of the military designated conflict Center's complicated education Command in Coronado, California, directing all stages of the fundamental and complicated education that arrange males for struggle in SEAL groups. He lately starred within the movie Act of Valor. he's married and has daughters.
Ellis Henican is a columnist at Newsday and an on-air commentator on the Fox information Channel. He has written fresh big apple instances bestsellers, domestic crew with New Orleans Saints trainer Sean Payton and within the Blink of a watch with NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.
With the entire SEALs' fresh successes, we now have been getting a degree of acclaim we're no longer used to. yet whatever very important has been lacking during this hot burst of publicity... Correcting that's my venture here.
My personal SEAL dream was once introduced by way of a e-book. My wish is this one teaches classes that pass a long way past the battlefield, inspiring a clean new release of warriors to hold on that dream.
—Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver
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A minute went by, which is a long time when you’re waiting for that final handshake. Finally, Guerry said, “No, no, no, that ball was out! ” The umpire got off his chair, squatted down, looked at the mark, and said, for the second time, “The ball was in. ” YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS | 47 I was thrilled. But now more people on my team were telling me, “Get off the court. Forget the handshake. ” Because Guerry was sort of stalling, still refusing to come up to the net. The commotion grew. By now, a few minutes had gone by, they’d called the match for me twice, and—I’ll never forget this—out of nowhere, a woman named Anita Shukow, who happened to be the head referee, came strolling out from behind a fence about 500 feet away.