July 24, 2012

Navy SEAL Lessons Learned From Aurora Colorado

As I continue to read about the terrible tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, I can’t help but think there’s some lessons from my time as a Navy SEAL that I can pass on to the average citizen. I want to make sure that the victims of the Aurora do not suffer or die in vain. As a country, we need to learn from this tragedy, raise awareness, and save lives in the future. So here goes…

Don’t Make Yourself an Easy Target

When at sporting events, concerts, and the movies, choose seats that give you a tactical advantage always.  What do I mean? Choose seats that allow good and east vantage points and a hasty exit point.  Always stack the odds in your favor. It’s the reason I still combat park (back in to a space) and sit with my back to the wall when I’m eating.

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is a former U.S. Navy SEAL with combat deployments to Afghanistan, and Iraq. During his last tour he served as the west coast sniper Course Manager at the Naval Special Warfare Center. He is Editor-in-Chief of SOFREP.com, and a New York Times best selling author (The Red Circle & Benghazi: The Definitive Report). His writing has been featured in print, and digital media worldwide. You can follow him on twitter here.

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  • StormR

     @johndixon628 Thanks for referencing this video.  I work in a library system - 19 library buildings over 1,700 sq. miles, serving 550,000+ people (some very small and some quite large).  We recently distributed it to all staff with a mandatory 'please view and work out a plan for your building'.  We had some concerns with the video, but it was the best we'd seen for our situation.    I was really glad to hear your opinion of it!   I've also been showing off my PX2 Fury to co-workers and suggesting they consider getting one for themselves.  Some of our libraries are in pretty isolated areas.

  • johndixon628

    I'm not sure if anyone referenced this video yet, but Run/Hide/Fight is a good basic strategy everyone needs to consider. It's far from a slick Hollywood production, but it contains some valuable information for the average citizen who will, likely, become the intended target.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0&feature=share    

  • BrandonWebb

     @mwarren641 Thank you for the kind and thoughtful comments. -BW