By Ellis Henican, Rorke Denver
Rorke Denver trains the boys who turn into army SEALs—the so much artistic challenge solvers at the glossy battlefield, excellent warriors for the categories of wars the US is battling now. together with his years of action-packed venture adventure and a most sensible education position, Lieutenant Commander Denver is aware precisely how tomorrow's infantrymen are recruited, sculpted, prompted, and deployed.
Now, Denver takes you inside of his own tale and the interesting, difficult SEAL education software he now oversees. He recounts his adventure evolving from a tender SEAL hopeful pushing his approach via Hell Week, right into a warrior accomplishing risky stealth missions around the globe, and eventually 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 out of the country, Denver info how the SEALs' artistic operations turned entrance and heart in America's battle on Terror—and how they're changing struggle far and wide. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin the US, stood as much as violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. top 2 hundred commando missions, he earned the Bronze big name with V for valor. He has additionally served as flag aide to the admiral responsible and spent the earlier 4 years as govt officer of the army particular war Center's complicated education Command in Coronado, California, directing all levels of the fundamental and complex education that arrange males for battle 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 manhattan occasions bestsellers, domestic staff with New Orleans Saints trainer Sean Payton and within the Blink of an eye fixed with NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.
With the entire SEALs' contemporary successes, we've been getting a degree of acclaim we're no longer used to. yet anything vital has been lacking during this hot burst of publicity... Correcting that's my challenge here.
My personal SEAL dream was once introduced through a ebook. My desire is this one teaches classes that move some distance past the battlefield, inspiring a clean iteration of warriors to hold on that dream.
—Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver
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