A Culpeper Virginia native who grew up around the world is now proudly serving his country as a Navy SEAL at Naval Special Warfare Center in San Diego, Calif. Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Robert McDannel in his position provides initial assessment, selection and subsequent advanced training to sailors who make up Navy SEAL and Special Boat communities, according to a release from Stephanie Fox in the Navy Office of Community Outreach. “Because of my upbringing I grew up around a lot of Marines,” said McDannel, who joined the Navy 11 years ago. McDannel’s unique upbringing provided lessons for his military service, the Navy release stated. Serving in the Navy means McDannel is part of a world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy, the Navy release stated.
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