Lieutenant Jason Redman, a former Navy SEAL and author of The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader, will be meeting with Middle and Upper School students throughout the day on Friday, April 13.
Starting the day with a speech to the Captain’s Club, Lt. Redman will then be available for a meet and greet in Batten Library with students, faculty, and staff. He will address students in grades 6-12 later that morning, before convening for two separate Q&A lunch sessions with both Middle and Upper School students.
Redman, who has received numerous military honors, including the Purple Heart, served as a Navy SEAL Leader for 21 years before retiring in 2013. He was deployed on numerous occasions during his time in the Navy. On September 13, 2007, Lt. Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy fire. He was shot multiple times, including in the arm and face. While recovering in the hospital, he created and placed a sign on the outside of his hospital room door. The sign went viral, gaining national recognition and even prompting an invitation to the Oval Office to meet President George W. Bush. The sign read:
Attention to all who enter here.
If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received, I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere.
True to his word, Lt. Redman pushed his limits to recover and, as a testament to his strength, summited Mount Rainier in July 2010.
Since his retirement from the Navy, Lt. Redman founded the Combat Wounded Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to provide various services and "support to combat-wounded warriors and families of the fallen.” He also travels around the country as a motivational speaker, visiting universities, professional sports teams, and corporations such as Marriott International, Inc.
In November 2013, Lt. Redman published his book. The novel walks readers through his deployments, his personal journey with his family, and themes such as leadership and adversity. He will speak to these topics during his presentations at Norfolk Academy.
"He is going to talk to the students about leadership, success, and overcoming adversity," said Lynn Paul, library director for Batten Library. "It is right on track with the values we are trying to teach at Norfolk Academy. His message will be great for the students to hear."
As a Hampton Roads resident, Lt. Redman has received many local and national awards, and inspired thousands; we look forward to his visit to our school!