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Commander U.S. Navy

Posted on September 3rd, 2010.

Dear Mr. Roever,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the outstanding Ethics/Character brief that you provided to the men and women of Special Boat Team TWELVE.

Naval Special Warfare is faced with unique challenges when it comes to appropriately equipping our Sailors with the right tools for success. It’s easy to identify the most current operational gear – designed to allow us to operate longer, harder, and more efficiently. It’s even easy to identify the schools and technical training required to prepare our young Sailors to better function within their technical fields.

The real challenge comes in equipping our sailors with the ability to make the right personal choices – with helping them to develop a personal honor that will carry them through life. If we teach them to recognize, from the beginning, that there are consequences both good and bad for their actions, and if we teach them how to make the right choices in their personal lives, then are we setting them up for success both personally and professionally.

Again, on behalf of the men and women of special Boat Team TWELVE, I thank you for your willingness to share your story. More importantly, I thank you for our service to this great nation both as a “Brown Water” Sailor on the Rivers of Vietnam, and through your continuous support for the contributions of the men and women, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines who stand the watch daily, selflessly defending our way of life, and promoting the cause of freedom.”


Commander, U. S. Navy

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