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Dec 09

American Commander: Serving a Country Worth Fighting For and Training the Brave Soldiers Who Lead the Way

In recent years, the world has learned just what is required to bravely serve America through the navy’s most elite SEAL Team. Now, for the first time, we hear from their commander. For more than half a decade, Ryan Zinke was a commander at the most elite SEAL unit. He trained and commanded many of the men who would one day run the covert operations to hunt down Osama bin Laden and save Captain Phillips (Maersk Alabama). Zinke also served as mentor to now famous SEALs Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor) and Chris Kyle (American Sniper).

In American Commander, Zinke (and his co-author Scott McEwen) share what it takes to train and motivate this celebrated group of warriors and then send them into harm’s way. Through it, he shares his proven problem-solving approach: Situation, Mission, Execution, Command and Control, and Logistics.

Ryan Zinke serves Montana’s sole Representative in the United States House. His distinguished military career began in 1985 when he graduated from Officer Candidate School and attended SEAL training (BUDS class 136). He was first assigned to SEAL Team ONE in Coronado, CA, then was later selected for SEAL Team SIX where he was a Team Leader and a commander. After over a decade of exemplary service, Ryan was assigned as Deputy and Acting Commander of Combined Joint Special Operations for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM where he led a force of over 3,500 Special Operations personnel in Iraq. In 2006 he was awarded two Bronze Stars. He retired from active duty 2008 after serving 23 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL. When sworn in to the House of Representatives on January 6, 2015, he became the first Navy SEAL in the House.

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The Honorable Ryan Zinke
Member, United States House of Representatives (R-MT)

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Thomas Spoehr Thomas Spoehr

Director, Center for National Defense Read More