Recently, I was invited to join the SOFREP team to work as a writer and contributor. For years, I have known about SOFREP and its positive reputation. So needless to say, I felt no other option but to accept this great offer. Since SOFREP’s bread and butter is its special operations reporting, I’m sure you all would probably like to know my background to determine my legitimacy:
I’m a former Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC) and Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM). I was a member of Special Boat Team 20 and participated in five rotations to the Middle East. During my time at the boat teams, my primary roles were detachment medic and being the “comms guy.” For actions while on deployment, I was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
I currently hold a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and will soon be graduating from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a B.S. in Marine Engineering Technology. Offshore sport fishing is another area for which I have a strong passion. Over the years, I have worked on many professional sportfishing boats in both captain and deckhand roles.
At this point, I’m sure you have pretty much figured out that I have quite an interest and calling to the maritime world. My goal is to use my experiences and knowledge to provide informative articles on topics that many people may not be familiar with. It’s no secret that SWCC is the least known community within Special Operations Command. The saying always was that we are the “Navy’s best-kept secret.” I was never sure if that was a good or a bad thing, but it was certainly a fact. As a writer, I hope to shed some light on the capabilities of the Special Boat Teams. They are a small community that operates in small teams, but have a vast array of tactical capabilities and can carry a big punch to the enemy.
Additionally, special operations combat medicine is fast-paced, dynamic, constantly changing and evolving. Being a SOCM was undoubtedly the coolest and most rewarding position I held in the Navy and probably thus far in my life. The medicine and techniques taught at the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center in Fort Bragg, NC are truly spectacular. Along with providing articles about maritime special operations, I am going to put effort into informing readers about the world of special operations combat medicine and the capabilities and knowledge that our elite medics are armed with when they go downrange.
Writing for SOFREP is an awesome opportunity. I hope you, as the reader, will enjoy my articles. Of course, I invite people to share their knowledge of subjects I write about and welcome any and all constructive feedback and criticism.