This week in the studio a guest with 31 years of service to this country in the United States Navy. His certifications include but are not limited to Surface Warfare Specialist, Search and Rescue Swimmer, Submarine Dolphins, Special Boat Teams, and is A Navy SEAL that has assignments with Seal Teams 3,1,Naval Special Warfare Group, and Special Operations Command. He has combat deployments to Baghdad, Fallujah, Rhamadi, Haditha, Al Asad, and Columbia. My guest since retiring has worked with the Honor Foundation, and the Warriors and Whiskey Club, an organization that partners with various veteran charities and veteran owned businesses that are dedicated to improve our veteran community. After all those years of service we are going to hear the true story of what a career like that does to you mentally and physically. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Tim Fedrick.
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Tim Fedrick was born in Natchez, Mississippi on 12 March 1972 and raised in Louisiana and Tennessee. Following graduation from Seymour High School in 1990 he enlisted in the Navy on 19 September and reported to Naval Recruit Training Command, San Diego, CA with a follow-on assignment to Radioman “A” School. Designated a Radioman Apprentice in March 1991 he reported to the PRECOMMISSIONING UNIT, ARLEIGH BURKE in Bath Maine. After commissioning, USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG-51) deployed to the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and the Red Seas in support of multiple operations with the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) Battle Group, March 1992 – October 1992. During this tour he qualified as Surface Rescue Swimmer and earned the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) Insignia. After his tour on USS ARLEIGH BURKE, Tim transferred to the NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CENTER (NSWC), Coronado, CA in 1994 and was assigned to Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUDS), Class 199. After graduating BUDS, June 1995, Tim reported to Army Airborne Training, Fort Benning, GA with follow-on orders to SEAL TEAM THREE, Coronado, CA. From August 1995 until April 2001, Tim served as Bravo Platoon, Communications Representative, ARG “A” deployment, Air Representative, Southwest Asia deployment, and Leading Petty Officer (LPO), Southwest Asia deployment. Following SEAL TEAM THREE, he reported to the MK-16 and Seal Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Operator Course at Panama City, FL, April 2001 until August 2001. Tim then reported to SEAL DELIVERY VEHICLE TEAM-TWO, Virginia Beach, VA as a Chief Select. From January 2002 to November 2002, he served as the Special Reconnaissance (SR) Training Department LCPO prior to being assigned as Task Unit Charlie, Mission Specialist (MS) LCPO, which position he served until June 2004. During this period, he earned his Submarine (SG) Qualification on board USS Philadelphia (SSN-690) and was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. In July 2004, he transferred to NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE GROUP THREE, Coronado CA, where he served as the Preparation of the Environment (PE) / Personnel Recovery (PR) Cell LCPO until his commissioning to Ensign on January 1, 2006. Once commissioned, he reported to the LDO/CWO School in Pensacola, FL. Upon graduation from the LDO Program, he was assigned to SEAL TEAM ONE completing two tours to Iraq. His subsequent operational tours include Training Officer and Riverine Troop- FOUR Commander at SPECIAL BOAT TEAM TWENTY-TWO (SBT-22) where he qualified as a Combatant Craft Patrol Officer on the Special Operations Craft – Riverine (SOC-R), NSWG-3, Coronado, CA for a second tour, Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), and finally SPECIAL BOAT TEAM – TWELVE (SBT-12) where he retired from military service on 1 November 2021.
Tim’s qualifications include: Sniper, Military Freefall Jump Master, ASOT Level II, Personnel Recovery (PR) 303, 301, 240, 245, 294, 296, 297 and Dive Supervisor. Tim served in every geographic combatant command region, and participated in the following major operations: DESERT STORM, DESERT SHIELD, and DENIED FLIGHT while assigned to the USS ARLEIGH BURKE, TUSKER and ENDURING FREEDOM while embarked on the USS PHILADELPHIA, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM while assigned to SEAL TEAM ONE, and Operation RESOLUTE SUPPORT in Afghanistan. For Summit of Americas 2012, (POTUS visit to Cartagena, Colombia), he served as the NSWTE Commander and later the AOB Colombia Deputy Commander at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.
Tim converted from LDO to Unrestricted Line (URL) Officer in June 2012 and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on 1 September 2016. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, Navy Commendation Medal (six awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), Combat Action Ribbon, as well as 21 other medals.