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Retired Navy SEAL Capt. Inspires Cadets

FORT KNOX, Ky. – Retired Navy SEAL Captain Edward Galleria spoke to 4th Regiment CLC Cadets during a Commitment to the Army Profession Seminar (CAPS) at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College July 12.

Cadets take notes as retired Navy SEALS Capt. Edward Gallrein advises them on how to be the best leaders they can be during a CAP seminar at Elizabethtown Technical & Community College July 13. Photo by Nadia Essien

Cadets take notes as retired Navy SEALS Capt. Edward Gallrein advises them on how to be the best leaders they can be during a CAP seminar at Elizabethtown Technical & Community College July 13.
Photo by Nadia Essien

The 583 Cadets of 4th Regiment listened from various classrooms via Skype as he addressed multiple topics, including commitment, hard-work, and leadership. Video clips were interspersed throughout his presentation, and a Q&A followed where Cadets had the opportunity to ask Galleria about anything he said. After the main talk ended Cadets broke into smaller groups to have discussions about leadership and morals.

His talk, which was a little over an hour, touched on multiple topics, most importantly how to lead effectively. “Actions, behaviors, choices and performance,” seemed to be the running theme of the day as tied each major point back to those 4 words.

“I am not unlike you. There’s no magic to do what I’m doing,” Galleria reiterated throughout the presentation, and talked about being in their shoes.

He was a Cadet at Murray State University ROTC, and outlined his path from there to his present standing. He touched on his experiences with the Navy SEALs, his time in Army Ranger School, the work he did in Joint Special Operations, and more. His overall goal, he said, was to task Cadets to think, feel, and do.

“I want you to think about your commitment. I want you to feel the passion about the opportunity you have, and then you need to take action.”

USN SEAL Capt. Edward Gallrein (Ret.) receives questions future officers at Elizabethtown Technical & Community College July 13. Photo by Nadia Essien

USN SEAL Capt. Edward Gallrein (Ret.) receives questions future officers at Elizabethtown Technical & Community College July 13.
Photo by Nadia Essien

CAP seminars are held for every Advanced Camp regiment. 2nd Lt. Kyle Rose of Townson University spoke about their significance. “It’s an opportunity for Cadets to get off post in a more collegiate setting to hear from leadership and A-List speakers.”

Cadets seemed motivated and inspired by Galleria’s presentation, and afterwards a few had the chance to speak to him in a closer setting during the small group time.

Galleria quoted notable football coach Carl and ROTC alumni Lou Holtz after seeing his poster. “He famously said, ‘When all is said and done, too often more is said than done.’ Don’t fall into that trap.”

 

                                                   

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