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Navy SEAL Museum Announces Keynote Speaker For 9/11 20th Remembrance Exhibit Opening

Fort Pierce, Fla. – August 31, 2021­ – The Navy SEAL Museum is honored to announce a special keynote speaker for the 9/11 20th Remembrance exhibit opening on September 11th. Commander Shaun Chittick, USN (SEAL), Retired will support the ceremony with Museum Executive Director Grant Mann, also a retired Navy SEAL Commander.

Commander Chittick is a seasoned Navy SEAL veteran. Only recently retired, Commander Chittick served for more than three decades in the SEAL Teams. He was assigned to the Navy Bureau of Personnel as a newly commissioned Ensign in April of 2000. Commander Chittick was present during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and utilized his medical training as a first responder onsite at the Pentagon.

“As fellow SEAL Officers and Teammates for many years, I have the utmost respect and admiration for CDR Shaun Chittick,” said Grant Mann, Museum Executive Director. “His story and actions at the Navy Annex and Pentagon on 9/11 is one of honor, sacrifice, and commitment to the U.S. Military and mankind. As a Special Operations Medic, his medical skills and officer leadership were instrumental during the course of that day and displayed the best core values, qualities, and attributes of U.S. Navy SEALs.”

Commander Shaun Chittick
The 9/11 20th Remembrance exhibit will open on Saturday, September 11 and run through Sunday, September 19, 2021. With this addition to the Museum’s existing 9/11 exhibit, the innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001 to terrorism will be commemorated.

The Museum is offering complimentary admission for guests until 11:00 AM to include the ceremony. There is no charge for veterans, active duty, and first responders all day. To read more, visit

About Commander Chittick
Commander Shaun Chittick was most recently assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group THREE (NSWG-3) EAST. He deployed for a year with NATO Special Operations Component Command/Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan as the Future Operations Officer (J-35) and as advisor and mentor to the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command School of Excellence, COB Morehead, Afghanistan.

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Panama and southwest Virginia, he enlisted in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman in October 1984 and graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in November 1985. He was initially assigned to SEAL Team FOUR in February 1986 and was subsequently assigned to Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) in June 1992. He attained the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer during his 16 years of enlisted service and was deployed to multiple Combatant Command areas of responsibility, including Central Command, Pacific Command, Southern Command and European Command. Commander Chittick was selected for a Naval Officer commission in 1999.

In April 2000, Commander Chittick was assigned to the Navy Bureau of Personnel as a newly commissioned Ensign. He was present during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack and utilized his medical training as a First Responder on-site at the Pentagon. He then attended SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) training and was assigned to SDV Team ONE at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as the Assistant Operations, Advanced SEAL Delivery System Squad Officer in Charge, and Special Activities Officer. He continued to operate in the combat submersible community during his follow-on assignment to SDV Team TWO in Little Creek, Virginia as the Training Officer, and then served as Operations and Executive Officer at NSWG-2 Logistics and Support Unit.

Commander Chittick returned to NSWDG in 2008, as a transition officer for tactics, techniques and procedures from Strategic, to Theater Special Operations Forces. He then served as NSWDG Tactical Development and Evaluation Squadron Operations Officer, deploying twice to the USCENTCOM area of responsibility during his tour. Upon returning from Afghanistan, he served as the Operations Officer for NSWG-4, NSW’s Surface Mobility Command, and returned to finish his career at SDVT-2 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Commander Chittick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counterterrorism from Henley-Putnam University. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with V device, three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, three Joint Service Commendation Medals, as well as numerous campaign and service medals. He and his wife, Dawn, have been married for 25 wonderful years and currently reside in Chesapeake, Virginia.

About The Navy SEAL Museum
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, the Museum resides on the training grounds of the original Navy combat divers, the Frogmen. Built to honor the men who served with fortitude and ingenuity, the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum first opened its doors on Veterans Day in 1985. From humble beginnings, the facility has experienced tremendous growth, achieving national stature in 2007. The main objective of the Museum remains the promotion of public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs through interactive exhibits, while honoring the fallen at the SEAL Memorial and caring for those warriors’ families through Trident House Charities.

The Navy SEAL Museum
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Elaine Ryan
Phone: (772) 595-5845 x 216
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Rolf Snyder
Phone: (913) 244-4782
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