The Evan’s Prairie Country Club hosted a pre-launch celebration and book signing on December 9, 2017.
Trace the development of “Air” capabilities of Naval Special Warfare units from the earliest experimentations to the exceptional skill and cutting-edge expertise of today. Air Capabilities of the U.S. Navy SEALs is the first of a three-volume trilogy covering the Sea, Air, and Land capabilities of Navy SEALs and their Underwater Demolition Team precursors. Follow the development of:
- Static Line and Freefall Parachuting
- Early Underwater Demolition Team Parachuting
- High-Altitude, Low-Opening (HALO)
- High-Altitude, High-Opening (HAHO) Techniques
- U.S. Navy Parachute Demonstration Teams
Capabilities with Helicopters, Fixed-Wing, and Tilt-Rotor Aircraft
Combatant Submersible and Maritime Craft Air Delivery Systems
Experimentation with the Fulton Skyhook
Tactical Air-Insertion Techniques and Procedures
Infiltrating with Tactical Nuclear Weapons
Navy Frogmen and the Nation’s Spaceflight Program
Air Capabilities of the U.S. Navy SEALs tells the story of individual initiative, personal daring, clever innovation—and a few calamities along the way. Every page is richly illustrated, many with never‑before published images.
Author Captain Norman Olson retired from the Navy SEAL Teams with over 30 years commissioned service, spanning the Korean Police Action, Vietnam Conflict, and Cold War. Much of the book includes his first-person accounts as Officer in Charge of the first detachment of Frogmen to attend the U.S. Army’s Basic Airborne Training School, and his actions and activities as founder of the first UDT-SEAL Parachute Demonstration Team. His experiences are expanded with the personal recollections of other frogmen who lived this story. Captain Olson made his 4,000th freefall jump on 14 March 2011, his 80th birthday.
Author Greg Burham in The Missoulian September 6, 2016: There’s no simple reason why Greg Burham walked from Alaska to Mexico in 1974.
People called him crazy for even setting out on the hike that began in Hyder, Alaska, on June 19 and ended five months later, on the nose, at the Mexican border town of Sonoyta.
Maybe he was.
“But it was a different kind of crazy,” Burham writes in his book “One Step At A Time: A Navy SEAL Vietnam Combat Veteran’s Journey Home.” Hot off the press, the memoir by the Missoula man was published by Phoca Press, which specializes in works related to Naval special warfare. >>Read the full article in The Missoulian
New York, NY (July 2, 2016) – Phoca Press, the Naval Special Warfare publisher, celebrates the launch of One Step at a Time A Navy SEAL Vietnam Combat Veteran’s Journey Home. Author and Montana native Greg Burham came home to an ungrateful nation. Carrying the invisible wounds of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder before the medical profession understood the condition, Greg struggled to take the next steps in his life after leaving the SEAL Teams. The book launches on the 4th of July.
Seeking answers, a challenge and renewal, he embarked on a journey of discovery and healing almost 4,000 miles from Alaska to Mexico. With every step, he grew stronger in his faith in God, in himself and in others, eventually finding his place in the world helping people deal with trauma, from troubled teens, to combat veterans, to 9/11 first responders.
Phoca Press founder and CEO Tom Hawkins commented on the book’s publication: “Greg Burham went on after his time on the SEAL Teams to become one of the most productive members of our society, despite dealing with the difficulties of PTSD. His work bringing PTSD discussion to the forefront in the Navy SEAL community was ground breaking and essential. His inspiring story is a great narrative, a remarkable journey of life and healing, and every reader will want to grab their hiking boots and hit the road.”
Read about Greg’s epic hike that put him on a path to his life’s work, helping people deal with PTSD–including veterans of the North Vietnamese Army. His work has played a role in removing the stigma that has prevented SEALs from getting help in the past and that is putting an end to the emotional pain our nation’s hero veterans too often suffer.
Bill Dawson was honored to march in the National Memorial Day Parade May 30, 2016. He was joined by other WWII veterans and the Grand Marshals Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna. The weather called for 100% chance of rain due to Tropical Storm Bonnie, yet the rain held off, making for a perfect parade day. Bill gave Gary and Joe a copy of his book and enjoyed meeting them and the other notables at the event. Click here for more information about the parade and here for the press release.
We are pleased to announce that Before They Were SEALs author Bill Dawson has been invited to march as a guest of honor at the National Memorial Day Parade, to start at 2:00 PM on May 31, 2016. The parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC, led by Grand Marshals Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, pays tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country. A timeline of American military history, the parade showcases heroes from the Revolutionary War to the present. More on Bill Dawson below
More about Bill Dawson in the National Memorial Day Parade
ABC interviewed Bill Dawson:
And that led to an invitation for Bill Dawson to the Navy Night at Washington Nationals Stadium where he was honored by the crowd and had the opportunity to meet the Chief of Naval Operations ADM John Richardson!
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American Airlines pulled out all the stops to get Bill Dawson to the Navy SEAL Museum Muster. Bill and Phoca Press CEO Tom Hawkins signed copies of their books. Tom also addressed the annual dinner for WWII NSW veterans with a talk about history and the contributions of the earliest Navy commandos.
Phone was off for the flight, so we didn’t catch Bill’s reaction to the surprise applause in the terminal upon his arrival.
A few weeks ago, Bill Dawson was the VIP guest of a very special command that we cannot name. He got a great tour, met with some active duty personnel, and shared his stories with them.
While Bill was one of “MacArthur’s Frogmen,” he never operated with fins. The NCDU wore jungle boots on their dives. Now, 73 years after Bill left active service, this special command gave him a stupendous pair of state-of-the-art fins.