Using Live Ammo and Brutal Honesty to Achieve Excellence

Late one night in Iraq in 2007, one of our SEAL Chiefs was leading a mission to hunt down high-level Al-Qaeda terrorists with SEALs and Iraqis in Anbar province. The goal was to clear the structure and capture or kill the enemy combatants. The Chief made entry into the building, and from 15 feet away, he was engaged by four heavily armed terrorists; the SEAL behind him was killed instantly. The Chief’s rifle was shot and destroyed, but his training kicked in, so he drew his pistol and engaged the enemy. He was shot 27 times (yes, 27 times!), 11 in his armor and 16 in his body, ...

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