Next Saturday and Sunday, you can mingle with SEALS, as Paul Janensch explains in this Treasure Coast Essay.
On Veterans Day weekend, the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum north of Fort Pierce will host its annual muster of current and former SEALS – which stands for sea, air and land. The public is invited. On Saturday, the keynote speaker will be Admiral William H. McRaven, head of the Special Operations Command, which directed the SEAL raid that took out Osama bin Laden in May 2011. SEALS in two helicopters attacked bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. One crashed inside the compound, but bin Laden was killed with a bullet to the head, and no SEALS were seriously injured. The museum recently received a scale model of the compound made for a “60 Minutes” report. McRaven is expected to talk about the status of the U.S. special forces. Before his speech, a team of Navy “Leap Frogs” will parachute onto the museum grounds off Route A-1-A, and Navy SEAL commandos will conduct a mock helicopter assault and hostage rescue. The SEALS – which evolved from the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Teams or “Frogmen” – were established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Happy 50th anniversary, you SEALS! For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.