Former Navy Seal sniper and author of “SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper.”
How can a national hero be left with so few options to reintegrate into civilian life? Howard Wasdin, former Navy SEAL sniper, explains that the issues facing elite Navy SEALs aren't all that different from those facing ordinary veterans.
Howard Wasdin talks about the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers and describes his experience fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia. In SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper he chronicles his extensive training, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)—the toughest and longest military training in the world, his combat experiences in Operation Desert Storm, and the Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, which left 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded, including Wasdin.
In his new memoir, former Navy SEAL sniper Howard Wasdin writes, “When the U.S. Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six.” And that was certainly the case on Sunday, when a team of highly trained men overtook a a secure compound in Pakistan to eliminate the world’s most wanted terrorist figure. They accomplished this mission, in the midst of crossfire, in under 40 minutes. We talk with Howard Wasdin, a former member of this clandestine unit, about what Team Six must have gone through to get face-to-face with Osama bin Laden.