Tuesday, October 30, 2012

FEARLESS-Adam Brown, The Team Work of SEAL TEAM 6


(After a sob story post- here is one that has been on my mind that is worthy of the moment.)

 FEARLESS- the bio of a man named

Adam Brown.

And it may as well be the bio of his family: his parents, his wife, his children. The author, Eric Blehm, did a great job of conveying the story of an all American home town boy from Arkansas.

Recall back on those pics I've taken of the little mini versions of FNL players, throw some brown hair and big doe eyes and a wild personality and you have Adam. That boy would get into some serious trouble bouncing off walls.
One of J's teammates comes to mind. uhem: E.
The kid would always get hurt but get up.
Adam stuck up for the little guy even though he was a wiry one himself-
until much later.

Adam is every boy out there.
But then Blehm takes us where Adam courageously gave permission for us to go- down a wrong turn after HS.

One that led to addiction to Coke.

Ugh. Mother's worst nightmare.

Then he shows us how Adam rises up, with the help of a faithful woman who he chose to be his wife.

 Simultaneously Brown fought that addiction and qualified himself as one of the most elite in our military,

 I fell in love with the heart of this man and the love his wife had for him- to help him get through training, withdrawel, and devote himself to God. I fell in love with the men who carried his body out of the Kush Mountains after rucking 6 hours to a compound
where a fight erupted leaving Adam mortally wounded.

SEAL TEAM SIX- his team, carried his 'litter' the 150 yards over rocky terrain, stopping every minute to give Adam CPR.
Something the Dr.s later told them was pretty much in vain.

Truly, he was all Amercan.

 Blehm then takes the reader to a place you don't want your hero to go- and that was down a path of drug addiction.
Who wants to send their loved one into the most dangerous missions? And why is it the individuals that choose that are just the ones that can carry out that sort of duty?
The ones that you can't really have to your self.
At least not for long.

Adam fought his demons as he fought through the SEALs training program.
He overcame and even qualified to be part of SEAL TEAM SIX after
being shot in the right eye and also having his right hand crushed in a humvee rollover.
Against all these odds he was with his team on an op one evening that took them deep into the jagged
Kush Mountains.

Close to seven hours they hoofed it through strems and over rocky terrain to reach a compound containing men that needed to be taken out.
Carrying heavy weapons and packs they accomplished their goal.
However, in order to do this Adam put his life on the line by entering the compound area to get a
better shot and was hit several times.

Adam kept a journal for his kids. So his words speak directly to whoever reads this book.
He wasn't afraid and he was willing.

As you can imagine, the sound of guns firing and bouncing off the mountain side woke the neighbors.
Adam's team carried his body out of that mess and to the emergency landing spot.
It was a mere two hundred yards away. But it took almost two hours to get there.
Each minute one of his mates would stop and give Adam CPR.

Adam didn't make it.

The author of this book had the great privilege to interview his teammates before they too lost their lives after taking out Bin Laden and being targeted.

Within a mere 5 weeks of speaking with one of them, Eric heard the fateful news that these men went down in a helicopter accident. 

 NRA LIFE of DUTY has some of the videos on Adam and his family. You will fall in love. With his kids. Him. The way he and his wife worked as a team and fought his demons along the way with divine help from above.

There is also a foundation called: Carry the Load: an organization to help families of fallen military persons.

One of the founders, a SEAL in his earlier days was out working through some of his angst. He was carrying a back pack and as he walked, he encountered an old man who asked him something.

Unable to hear what he said, he stopped and pulled the plugs outta his ears and asked the gentlemen what he'd said.

"Son, who you carryin?" he repeated.

The words sunk into this man and he started the program where you can walk, run, or" ruck"  miles in honor of these men, their families, and our country.

With what recently has happened back east with Hurricane Sandy it seems an overwhelming addition to the already heavy burden many have felt- there will be a lot of carrying.

I'm so glad I didn't have to go to BUDs training to do what I can to carry the load.
Thanks, for those who have and are on the front lines.
We gotta rally round.


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