Some members of the Navy's "Seal Team 6" may have trained at NSA-PC

By: Meredith TerHaar Email
By: Meredith TerHaar Email

Panama City Beach - The Navy diving community is a tight-knit group. It's possible some of the Navy Seals who carried out the Bin Laden raid did some of their training at Naval Support Activity Panama City. A newly retired, highly-decorated Navy Chief says he's quite familiar with these type of operations.

Retired Navy Chief Alex Semmler served as a sniper in Iraq during the initial invasion in 2003 and several subsequent tours. He couldn't be prouder of the Navy Seals who carried out the raid on Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan compound and killed him. "When I first heard it I was just elated, I was overcome with pride and joy that the symbol of 9/11 was taken down, the epitome of evil was destroyed," said Semmler.

Semmler calls the elite Seal Team 6, 'The Best of the Best.'
"They carry out the highly classified missions. They are the most highly trained special forces in the entire world."

Semmler, who served on special forces teams in Iraq, says these missions require a singular focus. "You have to get in a zone. Especially the guys you are going in with. It's not a brigade of 500 people, it's a team, it's a family. You know every step every man is going to take and they know every step you are going to take. You are a well-oiled machine."

Seal Team 6 has the reputation of being one of the US Military's premier special-ops teams. "They'd been practicing and practicing, they knew every inch of the compound. They don't flinch when it comes time to react. Osama can testify to that," said Semmler.

For security reasons and to avoid possible retaliation, we may never know the team members. "It's very likely some of those guys have come through here and are familiar with this area. You never know, they could be your next door neighbor. Those unsung heroes. They keep you safe so you can sleep at night and not have to worry about people like Osama," said Semmler.

Semmler is also aware of the continued threat of terrorism. "He is the symbol of terrorism, but he is not all of terrorism. The Taliban still exists, that wants to take down America, the war is still going strong. We need to keep our guard up, we need to keep our flags raised, our pride high and we need to go get them," said Semmler.

Semmler says other military branches special forces teams also train at Naval Support Activity.


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  • by Ingrid Location: Dothan on May 5, 2011 at 12:18 PM
    Bust into someone's house and shoot them in the head..wow..good job. Justice was not done..why wasn't he taken into custody and brought to trial so justice could have been done?
  • by rico x Location: jacksonville,fl on May 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    Navy Seals go to work for this type of job, they carried out their mission like professionals and help the weight of the country and proved that we are united and brought us all back to glory. for so many lives lost , one night of glory brought a smile to ALL those famlies who lost love ones. Good job navy seal team 6 and God speed. we are grateful to your service. Take Care always brothers.
  • by rusty Location: alabama on May 4, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    the head on the emblem hangs its head low this is for humility and quiet proffesionalism
  • by Carl Location: Burleson, TX on May 3, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    Good job SEAL TEAM 6 whoever you are.I'm a big fan of your work.Nobody does it better.God Speed and keep on going.
  • by Lori Location: Phoenix, AZ on May 3, 2011 at 02:25 PM
    Will the names of the SEAL team be released - or would that be dangerous for them? I understand my grandson was on the team, and would like to know for sure.
  • by Proud American Location: PC on May 3, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    We may not know you personally but we are very thankful for the job well done. You are heroes and truly one of a kind. Thank you for keeping America safe!!
  • by Maribel Location: Seattle, WA on May 3, 2011 at 01:12 PM
    NAVY SEALS TEAM 6 DOES IT BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE..YOU'RE SECOND TO NONE! LOVE YOU GUYS EVERSINCE I WAS LITTLE!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND THANK YOU!!!!!
  • by Rocco Location: New Jersey on May 3, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    Thank you all so much for restoring our great country's pride!!!!! It's because of the job you all do and do well that the rest of us go to bed feeling safe every night!!! Hooyah Seal Team 6!!!!! Mission Accomplished!!!!
  • by political_observer Location: America on May 3, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    Way to go guys you ONE and Bin Laden O. I would be honored to stand watch with you anyday and anywhere. My favor Irish saying is my best wishes for all: "May the most you wish for be the least you receive" live long and prosper - and smile all the while you did what millions of us wish we could have done and we are all cheering for you! YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Former LTC, US Army.
  • by John Location: Nebraska on May 3, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    SEALs Team VI....we salute you! Roll on!!
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