GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - With the increasing interest in Navy Seals due to recent hit movies, Captain Phillips, Lone Survivor and Act of Valor, Seals, who are normally in the background, have moved into the spotlight.
Tuesday night, this spotlight will focus on two former Seals who are the featured speakers at the 2014 Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund Fundraising Dinner.
Retired Lt. Lawrence Yatch of Mound and Special Warfare Operator First Class Eric Davis of California joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to give a preview.
Yatch is 10-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALS and an Iraq War veteran. On the first night of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Yatch planned and led an assault on the world's biggest oil platform in the largest Special Operations mission in history. He also planned, built and directed the creation of a new 300-person SEAL command designed to undertake sensitive missions critical to the U.S. Navy's efforts in the War on Terror.
SO1 (Ret.) Eric Davis served 16 years in the U.S. Navy and 10 years in SEAL teams. He has been recognized as one of the premier sniper instructors in the U.S. military and has served as a Master Training Specialist at the SEAL sniper school in Coronado, CA. Davis is an expert of technical and physical surveillance and was part of an elite group hand-selected to perform intelligence collection in denied areas around the world.
Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF) is a statewide fundraising initiative by the citizens of Minnesota, for Minnesota military personnel and their families. Launched in August of 2005, MMAF is a non-partisan, non-political, 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation. The mission of MMAF is to say "thanks" to Minnesota Service members and their families who are making sacrifices in the defense of our freedoms in combat zones around the world.
For more information, head to MMAF.