Chief Petty Officer Null, 30, was a native of Washington, West Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Navy in September, 2000.
After graduating from Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Illinois in December, 2000, he reported for his initial service school training at Great Lakes, Illinois. After completing service school training, he reported to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 6 at Panama City, Florida in May, 2001. He then reported to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 2 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In May 2007, he reported to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He returned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 2, Virginia Beach, Virginia, in July, 2007. In January, 2009, he reported to his East Coast based SEAL Team.
Chief Petty Officer Null's awards include Bronze Star Medal (2) one with "V" device for valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with "V" device for valor (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3) one with "V" for valor, Combat Action Ribbon (2), Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4), Rifle Marksmanship Medal, and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.
Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Admiral Sean A. Pybus, released the following statement:
" Early Saturday morning, Aug. 6, Naval Special Warfare suffered a tremendous loss of 22 men while conducting critical special operations combat in Afghanistan. They cannot be replaced. We will honor their service and sacrifice, and embrace their families as our own, in this time of immeasurable grief. The outpouring of support and sympathy from the Armed Services, the Government, Communities and the Public is well beyond my ability to properly thank. The Naval Special Warfare Community is deeply humbled and appreciative.
Our NSW men were in company with U.S. Army aircrew, U.S. Air Force para-rescue and combat controllers, and an Afghan security element. We grieve for all of them, and admire their teamwork, commitment and courage. I have great hope for the future knowing that extraordinary men dedicate themselves completely to the idea and the actions of freedom and security, not only for ourselves but for others. We are truly blessed that such men answer a call to military service at the highest levels of professionalism and capability, but also deeply saddened by their loss. In the days and weeks ahead, I would ask for your thoughts, prayers and support for NSW, our Families, the Special Operations Community, and all of our Armed Forces."
Insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter in Eastern Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, killing 30 U.S. service members and eight Afghans, including 22 members of Naval Special Warfare.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.