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Navy SEAL Museum Names New Executive Director, Commander Grant Mann, USN SEAL (Ret.)
Fort Pierce, Fla. – October 2, 2020 – the Navy SEAL Museum is proud to announce that Grant Mann has been named the new Executive Director of the nonprofit. Mann succeeds Rick Kaiser, who held the position for the last eight years.
Mann joins the Museum following retirement from NSWDG in Virginia Beach, VA. Kaiser, who dynamically transformed the Museum from its humble beginnings into a museum of national eminence, will transition into the role of Chief Operating Officer. This will allow him to further expand the scope and breadth of the Museum’s outreach and growth. The Museum anticipates that Mann will leverage Kaiser’s countless achievements to continue the organization’s trajectory of growth and success in Fort Pierce.
“The entire team at the Museum is looking forward to Grant’s leadership at Fort Pierce,” said Rick Kaiser. “As we enter this next exciting phase, we are fortunate to welcome a trusted comrade, who brings with him great knowledge of the community and exceptional fortitude to guide the Museum.”
Grant Mann begins his tenure as the nonprofit implements an aggressive plan of strategic growth in fundraising, development and outreach, and building on the success of Fort Pierce as the Museum expands its presence with an additional location in San Diego, California.
“I am honored to have been selected to backfill Mr. Rick Kaiser,” said Grant Mann. “Under his leadership the Museum has expanded its vision, gained critical historic artifacts, and increased support to the Naval Special Warfare community and numerous other charities. My first of many visits to the Museum started in 1991 after returning from Desert Shield/Storm, and I am amazed at the advancements Rick and the staff have made under his leadership.
“As incoming Executive Director,” Mann continued, “I look forward to leading the Team to continue building on the successes of the Museum staff, and to continue to enhance the Museum experience, while increasing support to our Special Operators through our Trident House Charites Program.”
About Commander Mann
Commander Mann was born in Toronto, Canada. He was raised in Vero Beach, Florida, and enlisted there in 1986. He immediately reported to Boot Camp and was subsequently assigned to the USS Harry W. Hill (DD 986), homeported out of San Diego, California. After two years on board, he was selected and attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training Class 162, graduating in October 1989.
Commander Mann’s enlisted operational assignments include two tours onboard DD 986 as a Boatswain Mate, two deployments at SEAL Team FIVE, and seven years at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG).
Upon commissioning in November 2000, he was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Unit ONE in Guam as the Training Officer. He returned to NSWDG in June 2004 and was assigned as the Command Training Officer overseeing the assessment, selection and training of all command personnel. In May 2012 he was assigned to NSW Group-2 Training Detachment and completed his XO tour. He returned to NSWDG in 2015 and assumed Mobility Squadron Commander, then in 2016, he moved departments to fill the Selection Training & Enhanced Performance (S.T.E.P) director position. He subsequently returned to the Command Mobility Squadron in 2018, serving as the Squadron Commander until his retirement in May 2020.
His operational overseas deployments were in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Bosnia, Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Africa. He trained with foreign forces from Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Tonga, France, Germany, and the UK. Commander Mann is the recipient of numerous awards over his 34 years of service.
He and wife Wendy have been married for 34 years and have a daughter, Savannah, and son Breton.
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
For further information, contact:
Phone: (772) 595-5845
Mail to: Elaine@navysealmuseum.org
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