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Lacrosse Profiles: Former Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse All-American LSM Rorke Denver Wrote “Damn Few: Making The Modern SEAL Warrior”; Former Head Of Basic And Advanced Navy SEAL Training


 Former Syracuse men’s lacrosse All-American and current Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Rorke Denver

Former Syracuse men’s lacrosse All-American and Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Rorke Denver was a long-stick midfielder at Syracuse. Denver received honorable mention All-America laurels as a senior in 1996. He was a member of the 1993 and 1995 Orange national championship teams and captained the squad his senior season.
Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs–the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.
Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the “Hero or Zero” missions his SEALs undertake.
From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs’ creative operations became front and center in America’s War on Terror-and how they are altering warfare everywhere. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor. He has also served as flag aide to the admiral in charge and spent the past four years as executive officer of the Navy Special Warfare Center’s Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced training that prepare men for war in SEAL teams. He recently starred in the film Act of Valor. He is married and has two daughters.

Former Syracuse Men's Lacrosse LSM All-American Rorke Denver played from 1993-96.

Former Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse LSM All-American Rorke Denver played from 1993-96

High School Lacrosse: DeMatha Catholic Boys Lacrosse (MD) Visits “Navy SEAL Special Warfare” For Day Of “Mental Toughness Training” (Video)


DeMatha High School Boys Lacrosse Team Navy SEAL Training

DeMatha High School Lacrosse team visited Naval Special Warfare for a day of Mental Toughness Training. Four simple principles: GOAL SETTING; VISUALIZATION; POSITIVE SELF TALK; STRESS CONTROL.

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Lacrosse In The Military: “Navy SEALS” Have Benefitted From Skills Learned Playing Lacrosse (Video)


Lacrosse is a sport that has produced successful BUD/S candidates. The skill sets learned in lacrosse such as pain tolerance and mental toughness translate well over to Navy SEAL training.

Lacrosse Tributes: Navy Seal Robert James Reeves Died In Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan; Star Lacrosse Player In High School


“He was always very gregarious, a star soccer and lacrosse player

Robert James Reeves, Navy Seal Team 6

in high school,” his father, James W. Reeves, said. “It had never been obvious to me that he was going to choose a military career. It is very difficult to make it on these Seal teams. But that was where he knew he needed to be.”

They came from the same town, Shreveport, La. They were high school friends. Both men, Robert James Reeves and Jonas Kelsall, had overcome extreme tests and rigorous training to serve on the same elite Seal team. Both were assigned the same mission, and put in the same helicopter, only to perish together.

The helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 30 American servicemen over the weekend, including 22 members of the Navy’s most elite counterterrorism unit, brought the pain of a double loss to a Louisiana river port on Sunday.

Mr. Reeves, a chief petty officer who had turned 32 just days ago, was accepted for Naval Special Warfare training in 1999. He passed the harsh winnowing process to qualify for Seal Team 6, the counterterrorism unit that conducted the raid into Pakistan on May 2 that killed Osama bin Laden.

Since his freshman year of high school, Chief Reeves had been best friends with Mr. Kelsall, who also enlisted in the Navy, tried out for the Seals and passed the trials to join Team 6.

For more:  http://blog.usnavyseals.com/2011/08/friends-comrades-brothers-in-service-%E2%80%93-to-the-very-end.html