When I was on active duty as a Navy SEAL, prior to the terrorist attacks of September, 11th, 2001, Memorial Day didn’t really matter to me. It does fourteen years later.

Back then, the machinery that is the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) was just getting oiled-up and the gears getting swung into action. Today, SOCOM, specifically JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command), is a well-oiled war machine that produces its own actionable intelligence (JSOC rivals the CIA for their intel collection capability), and executes on it with the precision of a neurosurgeon. If you’re wanted dead by JSOC, you’d better get your affairs in order and prepare to meet Allah at the highest level of paradise.

Read more here: Flashback: Memorial Day to me as a US Navy SEAL then, as a US citizen now