An Extraordinary Evening With Admiral William McRaven
February 17, 2020
The Navy SEAL Museum would like to thank the staff of Quail Valley River Club in Vero Beach for their hospitality for our Extraordinary Evening With Admiral McRaven event. We are so fortunate Admiral and Mrs. McRaven found their way to Florida, reconnecting with old friends and forging new friendships. The Admiral inspired guests in attendance with his Sea Stories, encouraging service, courage, honesty, and teamwork. He shared his own personal experiences from BUD/S and beyond as a Navy SEAL.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors who made this event possible, Board Members Don McClure and Dr. James Shafer–along with their spouses, Charlene and Helen–Special Operations who supported, guests who brought festivity to the evening, Museum staff and volunteers working the front lines and behind the scenes, and the Admiral and his lovely wife, Georgeann, for their patronage of the Museum and Trident House Charities Program.
Thank you for your support of the Navy SEAL Museum.
Gallery of event images below
ADMIRAL WILLIAM H. MCRAVEN, RETIRED
Admiral William McRaven is the ninth commander of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. USSOCOM ensures the readiness of joint special operations forces and, as directed, conducts operations worldwide.
McRaven served from June 2008 to June 2011 as the 11th commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. JSOC is charged to study special operations requirements and techniques, ensure interoperability and equipment standardization, plan and conduct special operations exercises and training, and develop joint special operations tactics.
McRaven served from June 2006 to March 2008 as commander, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR). In addition to his duties as commander, SOCEUR, he was designated as the first director of the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre where he was charged with enhancing the capabilities and interoperability of all NATO Special Operations Forces.
McRaven has commanded at every level within the special operations community, including assignments as deputy commanding general for Operations at JSOC; commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group One; commander of SEAL Team Three; task group commander in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility; task unit commander during Desert Storm and Desert Shield; squadron commander at Naval Special Warfare Development Group; and, SEAL platoon commander at Underwater Demolition Team 21/SEAL Team 4.
McRaven’s diverse staff and interagency experience includes assignments as the director for Strategic Planning in the Office of Combating Terrorism on the National Security Council Staff; assessment director at USSOCOM, on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, and the chief of staff at Naval Special Warfare Group 1.
McRaven’s professional education includes assignment to the Naval Postgraduate School, where he helped establish, and was the first graduate from, the Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict curriculum.