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During his military career, Dr. Howard Wasdin was shot numerous times during a horrific battle and suffered structural deviations that altered the way he walked. He made the decision to attend Chiropractic College after finding relief from his injuries while seeing a chiropractor.
Dr. Wasdin graduated from Life University in Marietta, GA, earning a Cum Laude in Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2007, as well as a Cum Laude and the Clinical Excellence Award in the study of Chiropractic in 2009.
Dr. Wasdin served in Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 7 (HS-7) as a rescue swimmer and antisubmarine operator. While on board the USS John F. Kennedy, the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopter he and his team were in crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after losing transmission fluid while tracking the K-219, a Soviet submarine. The entire crew of the Sea King was rescued before the aircraft sank.
He served the rest of his contract with HS-7 Squadron before re-enlisting, graduating with BUD/S Class 143 after Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. After training, Dr. Wasdin and SEAL Team 2 were deployed in the Persian Gulf War.
Dr. Wasdin’s book SEAL Team Six, which he co-wrote, was a New York Times bestseller. It earned positive reviews as well as praise from New York Times’ literary critic Michiko Kakutani who said, “Mr. Wasdin’s narrative is visceral and as action packed as a Tom Clancy thriller.”
HOWARD E. WASDIN is a former SEAL Team Six member. After graduating with BUD/S Class 143, he later became a top sniper with SEAL Team Six. For his actions in “Operation Gothic Serpent” in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993, he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States, and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in action. In that conflict he was wounded three times and nearly lost his right leg.
Howard served in the US Navy for twelve years, nine of which were as part of the SEAL Teams. After twelve years, he medically discharged due to the injuries he sustained in Mogadishu. The Somalia conflict would later become more commonly known as “Black Hawk Down”, nick-named after the story depicted by Mark Bowden in his book and movie of the same name.
Howard now lives in Georgia, where he is a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic. Given his military background, personal childhood experiences, personal mentors, and upbringing, he also is a leader in his community focusing his efforts on worthy causes that encourage and promote children and teen education and personal development, such as the “Boys and Girls Club”. In 2012, he was inducted into “The Jeremiah Milbank Society” by the National “Boys and Girls Clubs of America”. This award was given for his contributions and for “making a difference” at the Boys and Girls Club in his hometown.
In addition to treating a full patient load at his clinic, Absolute Precision Chiropractic, Howard is a Professional Speaker and presents nationally on many topics including motivation, team building, leadership, patriotism, and overcoming adversity, Howard also spreads his inspirational message to churches and religious organizations nationwide.
As a Chiropractor and SEAL perfectionist, Howard seeks the advancement of his profession. Howard was inspired to become a chiropractor by a South Florida chiropractor who changed his quality of life through chiropractic adjustments which allowed him to sleep through the night, something he had not done in several years. Howard speaks to State and National Chiropractic organizations and colleges on advancing the Chiropractic profession and image. He also speaks on his published paper and personal chiropractic findings regarding resolution of migraine headaches in patients.
Howard has spoken to many organizations and corporations which include, The American Chiropractic Association, Boy Scouts of America, Calvary Church, Cattlemen’s Association, Far West Equipment Dealers Association, Federal Court Advisory Committee for the District of Georgia, GE/Microsoft, GST Transport Systems/USAO, Member One Federal Credit Union, Palmer Chiropractic College, TN Chiropractic Association, and more.
Howard is the co-author of SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper, a New York Times bestseller for 22 weeks, the success of which spawned a youth adapted version, I am a SEAL Team Six Warrior, that was nominated for awards in 2013 by the “Young Adult Library Services Association” for helping encourage reluctant readers to read. In addition, he has co-authored the fictional series, SEAL Team Six Outcasts. His newest title in that series is Easy Day for the Dead.
In this C-SPAN interview, Dr. Howard Wasdin talks about Navy SEALS—who they are, what they do, what sets them apart, and his experiences while serving with them. He recounts his time with his team, a bad operation that happened in Somalia, and working with other government agencies.
Although he's had many successes as a SEAL Team member, Dr. Wasdin makes the remark, "Everybody remembers the one bad op that I had." He refers to what happened in October 1993 when Seal Team Six was on a rescue mission in Somalia that had less than desirable results.
Dr. Wasdin explains why he wrote Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper. "Hardest thing I ever did was leave Seal Team Six and come back to civilian life." He encourages civilians to respect the privacy of those who have served in the military.
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I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier
When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit made up of the finest soldiers in the country, if not the world. This is the dramatic tale of how Howard Wasdin overcame a tough childhood to live his dream and enter the exciting and dangerous world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers.
His training began with his selection for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)—the toughest and longest military training in the world. After graduating, Wasdin saw combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. But he was driven to be the best of the best—he wanted to join the legendary SEAL Team Six, and at long last he reached his goal and became one of the best snipers on the planet.
Soon he was fighting for his life in Africa, hunting the Somalian warlord Aidid. But the mission fell apart when his small band of soldiers found themselves cut off from help and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades during a routine mission. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded.
This is Howard Wasdin’s story of overcoming numerous obstacles to become an elite American warrior.
SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)—the toughest and longest military training in the world.
After graduating, Wasdin faced new challenges. First there was combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. Then the Green Course: the selection process to join the legendary SEAL Team Six, with a curriculum that included practiced land warfare to unarmed combat. More than learning how to pick a lock, they learned how to blow the door off its hinges. Finally as a member of SEAL Team Six he graduated from the most storied and challenging sniper program in the country: The Marine’s Scout Sniper School. Eventually, of the 18 snipers in SEAL Team Six, Wasdin became the best—which meant one of the best snipers on the planet.
Less than half a year after sniper school, he was fighting for his life. The mission: capture or kill Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. From rooftops, helicopters and alleys, Wasdin hunted Aidid and killed his men whenever possible. But everything went quickly to hell when his small band of soldiers found themselves fighting for their lives, cut off from help, and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades during a routine mission. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded. Howard Wasdin had both of his legs nearly blown off while engaging the enemy. His dramatic combat tales combined with inside details of becoming one of the world’s deadliest snipers make this one of the most explosive military memoirs in years.
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