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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 196 (Friday, December 1, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1640]
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                           HON. DUNCAN HUNTER

                             of california

                    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 Leadership Award.

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 University.

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. ____________________

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