An Extraordinary Evening at Quail Valley River Club
Thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters, and guests who accompanied us on an extraordinary odyssey February 27, exploring time, space, technology and teamwork. Without your generous support, this event would not happen. Without your unwavering partnership, we could not make the difference in the lives of so many. We deeply appreciate everyone who contributed to this Extraordinary Evening, and we look forward to seeing you next year. More information to come soon!
Superior intellect, mental toughness and adaptability born and bred into Navy SEALs has translated into exceptional NASA astronaut candidates. Chris Cassidy was no exception.
After graduating from BUD/S Class 192 as the “Honor Man” followed by a decorated career in the SEAL Teams Captain (SEAL) Cassidy USN went on to serve as the 14th Chief astronaut at NASA. Cassidy currently serves as President and CEO of The National MOH Museum Foundation.
Chris Cassidy Stats at a Glance
- 3 voyages to space
- 4 SEAL deployments
- 10 spacewalks
- 11 years in SEAL Teams
- 14th Chief Astronaut for NASA
- 17 years at NASA
- 54 hours 11 minutes spent in space
- 378 days spent in space
- 500th person in history to travel to space
Captain (SEAL) Chris Cassidy, USN (Ret.)
Navy SEAL, NASA Astronaut, CEO and President of the National Medal of Honor Museum
In August 2021, the Board of Directors for the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation selected Chris Cassidy to be President and CEO, where he now leads the project to build the iconic Museum, Monument, and Institute. The Medal of Honor Museum team is on a mission to inspire America, promoting the belief everyone is born with the potential to be extraordinary. Chris is the embodiment of this truth. From humble beginnings in the upper Northeast, he chose a life of service to country–first, as an elite Navy SEAL and then as NASA’s Chief Astronaut. Chris has always put others first and given back to the country which gave him boundless opportunities.
Christopher J. Cassidy was born in Salem, Massachusetts on January 4, 1970, and considers nearby York, Maine, where he grew up, to be his hometown. A graduate of York High School, Chris completed Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode lsland in 1989 and received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993. He later received a Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts lnstitute of Technology and has Honorary PhD’s from Husson University and the University of Maine at Augusta.
Captain Cassidy is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL. During his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star with combat ‘V’ and received a second Bronze Star for combat leadership service in Afghanistan. In 2004, the platoon he commanded was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for a nine-day operation at the Zharwar Kili Cave on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.
Cassidy was selected as an astronaut in 2004. He is a veteran of three space flights and ten space walks. Chris has flown to the lnternational Space Station (ISS) aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He has accumulated 377 days in space to include his most recent six-month spaceflight in 2020. In 2015, he became NASA’s 14th Chief Astronaut and served in this capacity for two years.
This event is graciously hosted by SEAL Team Vero Beach.
SEAL Team Vero Beach is the driving force behind An Extraordinary Evening. Working as a team, cohosts Helen and Dr. Jim Shafer and Charlene and Don McClure serve as the event’s dynamic committee. Become part of SEAL Team Vero Beach and help preserve the legacy and heritage of Navy SEALs and their predecessors, and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to guarantee the most vital gift we hold: our freedom. SEAL Team Vero Beach, a Tradition.
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