FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Navy SEAL Museum to Host 35th Annual Muster
Fort Pierce, Fla. – September 1, 2020 – The Navy SEAL Museum will host the 35th Annual Muster and Music Festival November 7. Taking into consideration the nation’s ongoing challenges related to COVID-19, the Museum will host this annual tradition while observing all local, state, and federal guidelines.
The 35th Annual Muster will be a single-day celebration, taking place outdoors on Museum grounds. To maximize social distancing, two identical programs are being offered for guests to choose from: 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM. The Museum is pleased to announce keynote speaker retired Navy SEAL and former FBI Special Agent Jonathan T. Gilliam. Keynote addresses will take place at the morning and afternoon Muster; both showings will feature a tactical demonstration from the Museum’s O-Course, including the climbing/rappelling tower.
“Muster is a favorite time of the year for us at the Museum,” said Rick Kaiser, Navy SEAL Museum Executive Director. “It is an event that is all-inclusive for guests both military and civilian alike. We honor our veterans at Muster each year, celebrate the success of the Navy SEAL Museum on its anniversary, and recognize that we could not do either without the enthusiastic support of our donors, Board of Directors, members, guests, community, and friends.”
While traditionally a two-day celebration, Muster has been pared down this year to accommodate for Coronavirus restrictions. With a staggered start, the Muster 5K Beach Challenge will take place Saturday morning on the beach to the East of the Museum’s entrance beginning at 8:00 AM. A special Canine Memorial honoring combat dogs will be unveiled at 10:30 AM with its sculptor Lena Toritch, followed by the 11:00 AM presentation and demonstration. Live music will follow before the 2:00 PM Muster begins, repeating the same keynote and tactical display.
The Navy SEAL Museum’s Muster is a family-friendly community outreach for all ages. Open to the public, the outdoor venue is free of charge. Entrance into the Museum is offered at regular admission. As dictated by county mandate, masks are required to enter the facility. Food trucks and a mobile bar will be onsite all day for the purchase of a variety of food and beverages. More information can be found on the Museum’s website.
About Jonathan T. Gilliam
Jonathan Gilliam was born in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, earning a Bachelor of Arts double major in Political Science and Psychology. Following college, Gilliam began his career in service as a police officer in Arkansas before receiving a commission in the United States Navy at Officer Candidate School (OCS). After graduating Basic Underwater Demolition /SEAL (BUD/S) training, Gilliam was assigned to SEAL Team FOUR. After serving as a SEAL, Gilliam went on to graduate from Army Ranger school and was deployed as an Officer in Charge (OIC) for combined Exchange for training (JCET) missions, Foreign Internal Defense (FID) missions, and Counter-Narcotics missions.
Following his military career, Gilliam became a Federal Air Marshal; he then became a security contractor for DHS, performing an analysis of soft targets within the country. He developed the DHS Soft Target Awareness Training (STAT) course that evaluates targets from an attacker’s perspective to find weaknesses.
Gilliam served as a special agent for the FBI’s Criminal and Counterterrorism force in New York. Calling on his extensive experience in National Security, he has been an analyst on Fox News, NewsMax, One American News Network, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, BBC, AP, and the Wall Street Journal Online. Gilliam has also worked as a CNN contributor.
Bestselling author of empowerment book Sheep No More: The Art of Awareness and Attack Survival, Gilliam teaches citizens a unique mindset to maintain self-awareness and safety in an ever-changing and increasingly unpredictable world.
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 x 216
Mail to: Elaine@navysealmuseum.org
Phone: (913) 244-4782
Mail to: Rolf@navysealmuseum.org
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