The first warrior has extinguished his mighty flame under the commander’s tent.
Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States, has now had to contend with the inevitable: his first fallen soldier. And his reaction is a genuine display of real feeling, like when First Lady Melania Trump cried (a beautiful thing).
For those of you who have been in the service, or have loved ones in the service, this story will get you all teary-eyed, too:
Navy Seal Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, who was 36 years old, from Peoria, Illinois, was slain in Yemen over the weekend.
And our president reacted thusly:
“The highly decorated chief petty officer was part of a SEAL team carrying out a raid against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which resulted in the deaths of 14 members of the terrorist group (including three senior leaders) and the recovery of intelligence data that could prove useful in thwarting future attacks.
Trump visited with the family of CPO William “Ryan” Owens and press secretary Sean Spicer said, “The president offered his sincerest condolences to Officer Owens’ wife, his father and their three children.”
A two-hour gunfight had ensued following two missile strikes on the al-Qaeda compound. Four Seals were injured during the assault on Sunday.
This is the kind of thing liberals believe Trump would never do, that he’s just a hard-hearted businessman who doesn’t care about anyone. Well, that’s clearly wrong.
He cares about what makes this country great, as he explained in his first fantastic weekly address. But even beyond what needs to be done, he cares about those who put their lives on the line for this country. He cares about THE PEOPLE.
NEW: US service member killed in Yemen raid ID’d as Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, according to statement from Sec. James Mattis. pic.twitter.com/2vQbSfzr3n
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 30, 2017
Remember the difference between how Trump and Republicans reacted to Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and how Obama/Democrats reacted…? Yes, exactly.
Now, in honor of Trump’s visit and in memory of this brave individual who fought for our nation’s safety and security, I present the Seal’s Creed:
In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.
Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life.
I am that man.
My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.
My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.
I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men.
Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.
We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.
I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.
We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me – my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete.
We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.
Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed.
I will not fail.
Source: Western Journalism