Navy SEALs are very tough guys. When our country has a tough, extremely dangerous, and almost impossible job, these are the guys they usually turn to.
The acronym SEAL stands for Sea, Air, and Land, as their mission can occur in any of those environments, if not all three, simultaneously. It’s not uncommon for them to insert into an operation via an airdrop, right into the water, then making an undetected approach to a land location.
All of this requires extremely specialized skills and training. They conduct operations around the world in far away places, usually undetected (except for the unfortunate bad guys).
Now I want you to know I mean no disrespect to any of my friends from the Marines, Rangers, and our other special forces, like Green Berets or Delta Force. They also know how to get things done.
But the Navy SEALs go through the most difficult and rigorous training program anywhere. Their BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal) training course is designed to identify anyone who isn’t physically or mentally prepared to meet the strictest standards.
It’s normal for them to lose half a class during the course of their training, which includes a tough 3-week physical preparation course, and three 7-week training stages. Each week, the difficulty increases, and the pressure mounts, which results in many candidates voluntarily removing themselves from the training.
Once they make it through the entire selection and training process, the successful SEALs then deploy to their ultimate assignment with a SEAL team for more advanced specific training and actual operations.
Only the most tenacious and strong willed candidates, who simply refuse to quit, make it through. Such a man is Navy SEAL Commander (retired) Michael H. Imhof from Aurora, IL.
He received his military commission in 1973, and successfully completed BUD/S training in Coronado California, before being assigned to SEAL Team Two, and other Naval Special Warfare commands.
He has served in many different and dangerous countries, and received many distinguished service awards. Along the way, he’s led others at every level, from Platoon Commander to Commanding Officer.
One particularly dangerous assignment in 1981 led to his hijacking and subsequent escape in Southern Lebanon while on duty with the UN Truce Supervision Organization. He’s also served most recently as an embedded civilian mentor with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, helping train Afghan soldiers.
With all this elite military training and experience, you might be surprised to learn that Michael is a noted Christian Evangelist and speaker. The retired military Commander now has a full schedule of speaking engagements where he talks about his personal faith in God.
He’s served his country with distinction and now he’s serving others. With all the recent interest in the movie American Sniper, and the much publicized Seal Team Six operation to get Osama Bin Laden, it’ll be great to hear from a former Special Operator.
Author of five books, Imhof will be telling his story right here in Paris, IL. He’ll be speaking at Paris First Baptist Church during their “Come Alive in 15” services on March 8-10.
You can hear Michael on Sunday, March 8th at 6:00 pm, and then on Monday and Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm. There’s no charge for admission. Personally, I can’t wait to hear him!