Ever wonder what would happen if you chose to do something else today?
What if you decided to do something different? What if you decided to sleep in later? What if you decided not to go to work? What if you decided not to go out to dinner? What if you forgot to get something at the grocery store on your way
home? What if you were just minding your own business?
It takes only one incident to change a lifetime.
It’s been five years since the “event,” and I still ask myself these questions over and over. The following is my story, and because of it, I’m grateful I decided to do everything I did five years ago.
I served my country for twenty-four years in the navy. I came from a navy
family. My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all in the navy. I can say without a doubt that I was essentially born into the navy. My father was a Navy SEAL, and he has always been my mentor and role model. I find he taught
me the most about being a man, a father, a husband, and a leader.
I was the commanding officer of the navy’s elite Naval Special Warfare
Development Group, also known as DEVGRU, or to some, as Seal Team 6.
Although the official Seal Team 6 was dissolved in 1987, to us, it always survived as just Seal Team 6. We always prefer the name Seal Team 6 as it carries many traditions. We existed under the command of the Joint Special Operations
We have always been the best of the best—America’s team for when it
was on the line. I fought for our country during wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other parts of the world. I saw men killed in battle. I helped save men from dying in battle. The crazy thing is, I never thought I’d have to use all my skills and resources to save my own family right here in the United States of America. I’m Retired US Navy SEAL Commanding Officer of the Naval Special Warfare
Development Group, Seal Team 6, Captain Ryan Williams, and here is my story.
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