Navy SEALs have trained, operated, sacrificed and died in the shadows for many years now. “Quiet Professionals” has been their description for decades, and it is still their mantra to this day. They seek no recognition, require no reward and could care less about what we think of them. They get the job done at all cost.
Tonight when I learned that we had lost Chris, I was lucky enough to have my best friend and fellow Sniper Instructor, Brandon Webb, staying at my house. As we cracked beers and began to talk shit about Chris, the topic of his story and rise to fame as the deadliest Sniper on the planet, and in history, came up.
Brandon reminded me that Chris was my personal student and for that I should be proud. I paused and reflected and thought how lucky I was to have been in Chris’s life and to have contributed to the training that allowed him to shape the history books. As we were talking, Brandon began to share some of the challenges that our nations heroes, like Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell, face as they share the most intimate, painful and inspiring stories our nation has to offer. For this reason I had asked Brandon if I could take the “Floor” on behalf of these legends, and tell it like it is as I see it as their instructor, teammate, friend and most of all, as one of their biggest fans.
Please read the rest of Eric’s post, My Friend Chris Kyle: Modern Day Hero Lost, on SOFREP.com
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