[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 196 (Friday, December 1, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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RECOGNIZING COMMANDER BRIAN “BEEF” DRECHSLER
HON. DUNCAN HUNTER
in the house of representatives
Friday, December 1, 2017
Mr. HUNTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise, along with my colleague
Representative Scott Peters, to recognize Commander Brian “Beef” M.
Drechsler as a recipient of the 2017 Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale
Established in honor of Vice Admiral Stockdale, this award symbolizes
the highest standard of excellence in both personal conduct and
leadership. According to VADM Stockdale, there are five roles of a
leader--moralist, jurist, teacher, steward, and philosopher. CMDR
Drechsler embodies these standards.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, CMDR Drechsler is a 1998 United States
Naval Academy graduate and was selected to become a SEAL. At the
Academy, he played football and was eventually elected to both the
Naval Academy Hall of Fame and the Navy Marine Corps Stadium 50th
Anniversary team. He went on to further his education and earned a
Master's degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington
After graduation from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)
training, and an assignment to SEAL Team FIVE, Beef completed three
tours of duty--combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, deployments to
PACOM, and was an integral member in the creation of the U.S. Central
Command Crisis Response Element. He went on to serve as the Aide to the
Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, and as Troop Commander and
Squadron Operations Officer at Naval Special Warfare Development Group.
Subsequently, he served in the U.S. Special Operations Command
Officer of Legislative Affairs, then as Operations and Executive
Officer of SEAL Team ONE. Next, he become the Director of Operations
and Plans (N3/5) for Naval Special Warfare Group ONE and then took
command of SEAL Team FIVE until 2017. Currently, he serves as a special
assistant to the Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command.
Nominated in recognition of “his high standards, strong example,
selfless service and personal commitment to his command members and
their families,” CMDR Drechsler truly exemplifies all that is
encompassed in a leader.
Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the United States Congress, we are proud to
celebrate the accomplishments of CMDR Drechsler and wish him continued
success in his future endeavors.