Friends and Supporters,
The last few weeks have brought painful reminders that the Global War on Terrorism remains a part of American life.
On January 11th, two Navy SEALS, Special Operator First Class Christopher J. Chambers, and Special Operator Second Class Nathan Gage Ingram, went missing during a raid on a ship off the coast of Somalia. Ten days later, after searching more than 21,000 square miles, the Pentagon called off the search and rescue mission to recover them. I consider it a blessing to say that I had met Chris some years ago.
More recently, on January 28th, U.S. Army Sergeant William Rivers, Specialist Kennedy Sanders, and Specialist Breonna Moffett were all killed after a drone attack on a U.S. base in Jordan. That attack also injured more than thirty service members. Some of these injuries, visible and invisible, will last a lifetime.
Military families know far better than most the hazards we take on with our chosen profession. That does not make the loss of a loved one any easier to bear. My heart aches for them all. The entire Foundation team and I send our deepest condolences to all affected by the deaths of these noble guardians of American life and liberty. Additionally, I say to the wounded servicemembers and the families, I wish you strength and resilience. I believe in you.
These events are also a solemn and stark reminder that our brave warriors continue to fight terrorism in foreign lands far from the relative peace of our very own neighborhoods. As millions of uniformed and non-uniformed personnel have done for more than two decades, they selflessly put themselves in harm’s way every day to keep our Nation safe and free.
It is for them and their families that we labor to build the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial. Our Memorial cannot reverse devastating losses like these. But it will ensure they are honored for generations to come.
Gracias and Godspeed,
Michael “Rod” Rodriguez
President and CEO