PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – When Osama bin Laden was assassinated back in 2011, SEAL Team Six became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice.
And the man behind training that group is Don Mann, a retired Navy SEAL, a contractor for the CIA, and a New York Times Best Selling author.
Mann made a trip to the area as the guest speaker on Sunday at the Warren County Republican Committee’s Annual Lincoln Day Brunch at Flynn’s on the Hill in Phillipsburg.
Likely on the minds of many was the question: How do you train arguably the world’s most respected and feared combat unit?
Mann says preparation is key, but that the Osama bin Ladin mission was very easy for SEAL Team Six.
“It wasn’t a hard mission, they just needed the green light,” Mann said.
Mann focused much of his time talking about goals and creating a path for a better life.
“I think we have something in us that we have to tap into to do spectacular things, and if we don’t do that, that just dies,” Mann said.
Mann says his hope is to help people find their calling and push them to push themselves to the limits of what they think they can accomplish.
“I love just helping people steer a little bit toward what they want to do and give them a little momentum,” Mann said.
Mann is the author of 11 books including the New York Times Best Selling autobiography Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors.
Next month he plans to climb Mount Everest.
“I welcome the pain,” Mann said. “I know it is going to hurt.”