George, a 15-year-old heart transplant patient from San Antonio, realized his dream of camouflage uniforms, high-speed boats, surf passage and the echo of automatic weapons as he spent the entire day enjoying the Navy SEAL experience.
"For the last two years he has been talking about being a Navy SEAL," said Amelia, George’s mother. "This is all he talks about and all he watches on television; his goal in life is to be a part of this. This tour is an experience of a lifetime for him."
The day’s events kicked off at the front gate of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., where a Humvee was stationed to retrieve George and transport him to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) headquarters.
Commander, NSW, Rear Adm. Edward Winters greeted George as he arrived at NSW headquarters. Winters presented George with the uniform of the day - camouflage pants and shirt, boots and a Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL student helmet. Winters also gave George his mission orders to have fun and enjoy the experience.
George’s buddy for the day was Chief Special Warfare Operator David Goggins, a SEAL who shares a unique bond with his new teenage friend. "It was an honor to escort George around," said Goggins. "I know what he has gone through, as I’ve been through two heart surgeries myself. It felt good to show him around and give him an unforgettable day."
George’s itinerary was packed with memorable events, as the doors to the world of maritime special operations were opened to him. He enjoyed the opportunity to tour NSW training facilities, including up close and personal observations of weapons live fire and life saving techniques from the underwater observation deck of the combat training tank. George also had the rare opportunity to observe a regularly scheduled practice jump of the Navy Parachute Team.