On behalf of Force12 Media, I’d like to applaud Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-MT) for introducing legislation in Congress today recognizing October as Special Operations Appreciation Month.

Our military are deployed and at war to a far greater degree than at any time in our country’s history.

This fact is the result of a fundamental shift that has taken place in the nature of global conflict.  I myself experienced this phenomenon firsthand.  For me and many others, it began on the morning of October 12, 2000 when, off the coast of Yemen, two men in a small motorboat killed 17 US Navy sailors, injured 39 more and incapacitated a billion dollar Navy destroyer – the USS Cole. 

Eleven months later, on September 11, 2001, this same enemy killed nearly three thousand people, injured countless others and wrought devastation beyond what most people could imagine possible on American soil.