Petty Officer 2nd Class Spehar, 24, was a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota. He enlisted in the United States Navy in March, 2007.
After graduating from Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Illinois in June, 2007, he reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training, at Coronado, California. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training in February, 2008 and reported to Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command at Coronado, California. He then transferred to the Naval Special Warfare Training Center Detachment at Kodiak, Alaska. He returned to Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California in May, 2008. On September 2008, he reported to a West Coast based SEAL Team.
Petty Officer Spehar's awards include Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, 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."
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