Former U.S. Navy SEAL officer Clay Tippins is looking to join Missouri governor Eric Greitens as the second currently-serving chief executive officer of a U.S. state to be a former Naval Special Warfare officer.  The 44-year-old Tippins is running as a self-described conservative Republican for the governorship of Georgia.

The former SEAL officer, according to his campaign website, was “the nation’s top swimmer in high school,” before attending Stanford University on a swimming scholarship.  While in college, Tippins was a member of three of Stanford’s national championship swim teams, and also graduated from the prestigious school with honors in the political science program.

Tippins went through the Navy’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) after graduation from Stanford, and then successfully completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training.  He was then assigned to the West Coast-based SEAL Team One, and appears to have served a relatively short time as an active duty SEAL.

Tippins went on, however, to serve as a SEAL reservist with SEAL Team 18, and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  During his time as a reservist, Tippins deployed to Iraq and was decorated for his part in counter-ISIS operations in the country.