Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann used these words to describe himself on his CIA application.
These are also the qualities that the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation sees in our allies. They have shown true dedication to our mission in both word and deed. They uphold their commitment through their actions.
The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation has renamed our ally program in honor of Mike Spann, a CIA officer and former Marine who became the first U.S. combat fatality in the Global War on Terrorism on November 25, 2001.
His personal qualities embodied what the Foundation expects from present and future allied organizations:
Each ally’s participation in our work might look different, but a commitment to action must undergird our relationship. Examples of what an ally can do on behalf of the Foundation include sharing our social media posts or hosting a member of our team to speak at their annual national conference or another prominent event. We also welcome allies to hold a Ruck march to benefit the Foundation by raising awareness of our mission or funds for it.
We expect that our allies understand and embrace the importance of honoring all who have served and sacrificed in the Global War on Terrorism. To that end, every one of our allies is fully convinced of the necessity of our goal and their own responsibility to help achieve it.
Each Ally takes their own initiative to use their networks and platforms to help educate our Nation on the Foundation’s mission and work.
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“Honoring our nation’s first KIA in the GWOT, Johnny Micheal Spann, in a special way, has always been at the forefront of my mind. He wasn’t just a CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer, and former Marine. He was a warrior, an American hero of the highest order, and one of our best. His commitment to action, responsibility, and leadership motivated his selfless and sacrificial service on behalf of America. We are immensely proud to honor him by rechristening our ally program in his name. By doing so, we are embracing the principles by which Mike lived, as well as conveying that we expect everyone formally associated with the Foundation to do the same.”-Michael “Rod” Rodriguez, President and CEO The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation