SEAL Team Six’s Founding Commander, Richard Marcinko spoke to
Marcinko says he first noticed his own leadership qualities after winning the leadership award while attending the Navy's
"I was questioned why my grades weren't very high, and I explained [that] I was making sure nobody in my section failed," said Marcinko.
It was this untraditional thinking that made him stand out amongst his peers.
"If chiefs hadn't raised me, I wouldn't be here. I think it's a pass-the-baton-down, it's a teamwork that we, as a team, grow with.”
"He’s forward, he's blunt, and he does it his way,” said Phillips. “If you consider putting together the most renown counterterrorism squad in the world, to date, which is what he did, it took a personality like Commander Marcinko’s to do that."
His time in SEAL Team Six, Red Cell and the aftermath of publicity that came with it, have shaped Marcinko's opinion on the current administration and how they handle their special ops programs.
"You need some inkling of what's going on,” said Marcinko, who was inspired to serve thanks to movies like Frogmen. “But you don't need to sell the family jewels,” he said, in response to today’s
Recent SEAL Team Six success stories include the capturing and execution of Osama Bin Laden, and the rescuing of Captain Phillips. But their setbacks have also been made into movies, like Mark Walberg’s Lone Survivor, which documents the wipeout of all but one SEAL Team Six member during an
"It makes it hard, no so much on the individual warrior, but it's hard on the families," said Marcinko.
Commander Marcinko's appearance was the first in a leadership series, sponsored by the Winchester Police Department.
Currently, Leiutenant Colonel Dave Grossman is scheduled to speak at
Col. Grossman is one of the world's foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.
Col. Grossman is a former