After 20 years, the war in Afghanistan has ended tragically. President Joe Biden’s incompetent exit strategy has left 13 dead and an unknowable number of U.S. citizens and allies stranded in a country now ruled by Islamic terrorists.
The unfolding catastrophe has left many Americans in despair, fearing that thousands of American soldiers, who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan, have died for nothing.
Despite interested and short-sighted politicians, our troops have worked tirelessly to defend the United States and bring positive change to Afghanistan. The stories of these ordinary Americans are what will bring us clarity and hope as we emerge from the post 9/11 era and move forward.
One of those people was Adam Brown, whose life and legacy is that of patriotism, redemption, family, selfless love, and faith in God. He was a member of Navy SEAL Team Six, but his journey into the elite combat force was anything but conventional. It is the story of a man who went from a drug addict criminal to a devout Christian and American hero.
Adam Brown Story
Adam Lee Brown was born February 5, 1974 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to a working-class family. Growing up, he was well behaved and hardworking – a classic all-American boy. He was the kind of kid no one wanted to face on the soccer field, but who also climbed onto his mother’s lap to snuggle up to grade school.
Although he was described by his football coach Pee Wee as “not much bigger than a number two pencil,” Adam was fearless. He even earned the nickname “Psycho” for playing against the greatest players on his fifth and sixth year football team.
[When he was in eighth grade,] Adam was hanging out with friends outside the school one morning when a school bus pulled up and students got out. Most of the children made their way to the front doors, but three boys stopped Richie Holden, who had Down syndrome, and taunted and cursed him. Smaller than any of the bullies, Adam nonetheless walked over and stood in front of Richie. “If you want to go after someone,” he said, “you can go after me – if you think you’re tall enough.”
“The three of them backed off,” Richie’s father Dick Holden said. … “Adam put his arm around Richie and walked him through the door, then to his classroom. Richie never forgot it, and I remember thinking, “That Brown boy, that’s something special.”
Less than a decade later, Adam was just a shadow of the daring but kind child that he was. Its promising future has been smoked or injected. He has stopped hanging out with his old friends and showing up on time (if at all) for work. He spent his busy days in crack houses and robbed friends and family to buy more drugs.
Raised on crack at a New Years Eve party, Adam stabbed himself several times in the neck with a knife. Police found him lying in a pool of his own blood. They also discovered his current mandates. Adam faced 11 felonies, a massive prison sentence and a family who were fed up with his addictive behavior.
Hitting rock bottom turned out to be the answer to her parents’ prayers. When the judge gave Adam the choice between rehab or jail, Adam chose rehab and began to change his life. In rehab, he found God, accepted Jesus, and became a Christian.
After three weeks in rehab, Adam met his future wife, Kelley Tippy, a “tall brunette with the girl next door face” who had her own conversion story and was also a Christian. The two fell deeply in love.
Adam and Kelley
Early in their relationship, however, Adam began to relapse into his addiction. He would disappear for hours and even days, forcing Kelley to pursue him and even search dangerous local crack houses.
“How can I do this?” Kelley cried after her fourth relapse. “How can I stay with you? “
Even so, Kelley stayed with Adam because she loved him and because God told her not to leave. “My heart says to stay and go through with it,” she said after a shameful Adam, who had just had another relapse, told her, “I’m not good for you. “
While Kelley was patient and empathetic towards Adam, she wasn’t going to live with her addiction forever. Adam didn’t want to lose Kelley, and his love for her inspired him to be better, to fight his addiction with everything he had.
After more rehabilitation and many relapses, Adam realized that what he needed was a life change. He decided to join the military in hopes of becoming a Navy SEAL, the real-life heroes that Adam was first introduced to as a teenager when he saw the action-packed 1990 film. “Navy SEALs”.
The process of joining the SEALS and becoming one of America’s most elite special operators is no small feat. After basic training, Adam was sent to Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD / S) training, which is arguably the most grueling military training in the world.
Not only is the success rate only 20%, but due to Adam’s past addiction, if he committed a single drug offense, he would be kicked out of the Navy and potentially locked up in a military prison. .
The stakes were high, but by his side Adam had Kelley, who had agreed to marry him. He also had his faith, which he called “his ace in the hole”. Adam passed BUD / S, became the new father of his son Nathan, and was assigned to the SEAL Team Four.
Adam has suffered numerous injuries throughout his career, including the loss of his dominant right eye after being hit by a mock bullet in a training accident. Not only did Adam refuse to be medically demobilized, he learned to shoot with his left eye and passed SEAL sniper school.
While deployed to Afghanistan in 2005, Adam was caught in a convoy crash that crushed his right hand. His “fingers hung down by the skin and tendons, each finger except the severed thumb”, Blehm wrote.
Adam’s hand after the accident
Without his dominant hand and dominant eye, Adam did the unimaginable: he decided to join SEAL Team Six, one of the the main US Army rank 1 special mission units.
Never letting his injuries stop him, Adam learned to work with his left hand and became the first SEAL in history to be a member of SEAL Team Six with one eye.
As a member of the SEAL Six team, Adam deployed to the Kunar Valley in Afghanistan and to many towns and villages in Iraq. He fought terrorism by doing his duty, carrying out night raids and pursuing IED bombmakers, but he also took it upon himself to help those he encountered.
After noticing that the Afghan children were walking in sandals or barefoot with the coming snow, Adam could not stand still. When Kelley asked him what he wanted in his care kit, he only asked for shoes for the children. “I can’t take it,” Adam told Kelley, who by then had given birth to their second child, a daughter named Savannah. “It reminds me of our children,” Adam continued. “It’s almost winter and I haven’t seen them wearing anything other than sandals. They must freeze.
Adam and the Children of the Kunar Valley in Afghanistan
Along with Adam’s mother, Kelley organized a shoe drive. Adam ended up distributing over 500 pairs of shoes and socks to children in Kunar province.
Adam Brown’s example of fearlessness
Adam’s last deployment was in March 2010. He and his teammates were tasked with killing or capturing a valuable Taliban leader. The target was credited with the deaths of many Allied forces and allegedly planned an attack on a US Army battalion.
During their mission to a Taliban stronghold in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan, Adam and his teammates came under heavy enemy fire. Adam was shot in both legs. Once he was down, more enemy bullets fell on him. He was taken out of the crosshairs by his teammates, but tragically passed away later that day at base.
“I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this Earth because I know nothing, nothing can take my mind off me,” Adam wrote in a letter to his children in a previous deployment. “Either way, my spirit is given to the Lord and I will finally be victorious. “
As heartbreaking as its story is, Adam’s life should serve as an inspiration for all of us. He is the embodiment of American heroism – a man who gave everything to fight for his soul, his marriage, his children and his country. While today’s Afghan catastrophe is an insult to the ultimate sacrifice of Adam and many others who preceded and followed him, we cannot give up hope.
It is no coincidence that his immortalizing biography is titled “Fearless”. Although our leaders have let us down, it is our duty as citizens to hold on to our faith in God and our love of the Fatherland. We must fight for the soul of America, never abandon it to the evils which seek to destroy it from the outside and from the inside. We too must be fearless.
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will support you with my right right. – Isaiah 41:10
Evita Duffy is an intern at The Federalist, co-founder of the Chicago Thinker and senior at the University of Chicago. Follow her on Twitter at @ evitaduffy_1