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One Team..One Mission..Three Families for 2020! See details of beneficiaries below.
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Senior Chief (Special Warfare Operator) “SEAL” Thomas Ratzlaff
Thomas Ratzlaff was born on November 3, 1976, in Harrison, Arkansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 25, 1995, and completed basic training at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois, in July 1995. Ratzlaff next completed gunner’s mate training at NTC Great Lakes from August 1995 to March 1996, and then served aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-993) from April 1996 to March 1998. Petty Officer Ratzlaff attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training at NAB Coronado, California, from June to December 1998 and then Jump School at Fort Benning, Georgia, in January 1999. He served with SEAL Team TWO at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, from February 1999 to April 2003, followed by service with Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) at Dam Neck, Virginia, from April 2003 until he was killed in action when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter he was aboard was shot down in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. SCPO Ratzlaff was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. While serving with SEAL Team TWO he deployed to Kosovo in 1999, and while serving with DEVGRU he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom multiple times. During this time he also deployed to Iraq in 2007.
Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent
On January 16 2019, while involved in special operations against ISIS in the Syrian city of Manbij, Shannon was killed by an improvised explosive device detonated by a suicide bomber. She was 36 years old.
Shannon graduated from the Defense Language Institute in 2004 and became proficient in Arabic and numerous other languages.
Shannon immediately volunteered for an individual augmentation deployment to Iraq in support of a Special Operations Task Force in 2007. She provided SEAL Strike Forces with actionable intelligence to kill and capture enemy terrorists. She received an invitation to and completed the requirements for Naval Support Activity 2 (SA2). An elite unit lead by SEALs. Shannon earned the DOD linguist of the year award in 2011, and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Human Intelligence collector of the year award in 2012.
Staff Sergeant Jesse J Grindey
Ssg. Jesse J Grindey was born on March 3rd,1982 in Hazel Green, WI to Richard and Sara Grindey, where he attended Southwestern High School and enjoyed volunteering for the Hazel Green Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
After the tragedy of 9/11 he knew what he wanted to do.
He enlisted into the Army in March 2002 and served 1 tour of duty in Iraq and 1 tour in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 287th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Riley, Kansas.
He married Mirafe “Mary” Commission on April 28th, 2008 in the Philippines. They have two beautiful children together, Jesse Jr. and Joanna.