Carter Listens to Former U.S. Navy SEAL

Author Shares Military Memoir & Firsthand Account of Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

Last week, Carter proudly hosted former Navy SEAL and author of No Easy Day – a NY Times Bestseller about the 2011 Osama bin Laden mission. The speaker, who published the book under the name Mark Owen, gave a captivating presentation and spoke about his time as a member of the elite U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 and the events leading up to it.

He gave examples of the rigorous training exercises the team went through, as well as captivating stories of various missions. For a full 90 minutes, attendees sat captivated as Mark detailed the events leading up to the and following the Osama bin Laden raid. Weaving the importance of teamwork in each of his missions, our associates were able to relate these principles back to our work at Carter. 

Jim Shelton, vice chairman had previously heard the author’s story before, “Mark’s stories of hard work, trust, commitment and excellence can all be applied to our day-to-day activities and how we can build such a strong team together here at Carter.” He noted that, since cell phones were not allowed during the presentation, it was one of the only times he had seen 50 associates on the edge of their seats for 90 minutes without any type of interruptions. Jim continued, “Mark is a true patriot. Hearing his stories certainly makes me proud to be an American.”

One of the topics that engaged the audience the most were video clips showing Navy SEALs sky-diving with over 700 lbs of gear attached to them, as well as with Navy K-9s, referred to as “hair missiles”, strapped to their waists with oxygen masks. The author said that these dogs had saved his life at least 10 times during his 13-year career.

Some interesting facts on our U.S. Navy SEALS:

  • Upon graduating from BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training, every team member will have swam the distance from Cuba to the southern tip of Florida and run the distance from the southern tip of Florida to New York City.
  • The average United States Navy SEAL spends over a year in a series of formal training environments before being awarded the Special Warfare Operator Naval Rating and the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 5326 Combatant Swimmer (SEAL).

Carter would like to thank all Navy SEALS for their honor, courage and commitment to our country.

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