SWCC Community Looks to the
By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Kathryn Whittenberger, Naval
Special Warfare Group 4 Public Affairs
LITTLE CREEK, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 4, U.S.
Special Operations Command's premier special boat community,
held a commander's conference Nov. 26-28 on Naval Amphibious
Base Little Creek.
The conference focused on the future of the Special Warfare
Combatant-Crewman (SWCC) community.
"SWCC operators are all over the globe, but not all over the map," said
Capt. Evin Thompson, NSWG 4's commander. "We're very focused
on where our unique and essential support is needed."
During this third conference, topics ranged from how to improve the SWCC
training pipeline to out-of-the-box methods to accomplish
the mission. Although mostly thinking about the future,
conference attendees, including the commanding officers and
command master chiefs of the special boat teams and more
than half of the SWCC chief warrant officers and master
chief petty officers, also took the time to remember their
To relate the importance of looking to the past for motivation and ways to
overcome obstacles, Thompson invited Medal of Honor awardee
retired Lt. Thomas Norris to speak.
Norris, a SEAL during Vietnam, applauded the NSW members in attendance
after telling his harrowing story of rescuing downed pilots
and discussing the special operations craft he had
"I've never lost my awe and admiration for the Nation's elite," said
That evening, Norris was the guest of honor for an honorary dinner. Also
in attendance were seven previous NSWG 4 commanders,
including Adm. Eric T. Olson who is currently serving as
commander, U.S. Special Operations Command.
Navy SEALs and SWCCs from NSWG 4's three component commands, Special Boat
Team 20, based in Little Creek, Special Boat Team 12, based
in Coronado, Calif., and Special Boat Team 22 headquartered
in Stennis, Miss., operate, deploy and maintain
state-of-the-art mobility systems. These systems included
the highly capable and advanced Mark-V Special Operations
Craft, the 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat, and the
Special Operations Craft-Riverine.
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