Not so common man comes to town

Eric Greitens, former Navy SEAL, acclaimed author, to speak at Fort

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Fort Lewis College will continue its recent tradition of building community through literature when Eric Greitens speaks Thursday to an anticipated full house at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Greitens is the author of The Heart & the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, a New York Times best-seller which is this year’s Common Reading Experience selection. Greitens is a former Navy SEAL and has been deployed across the globe, including Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Africa and Iraq. His military awards include the Navy Achievement Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

In his budding post-military career, Greitens founded The Mission Continues, an organization that offers fellowships to post-Sept. 11 military veterans. These fellowships allow veterans to find ways to serve their communities and transform their own lives in the process.

He also teaches as a Senior Fellow at the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri and at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. His work has been covered by national media outlets including NPR, CNN, NBC “Nightly News”, Fox, CBS, MSNBC, “The Colbert Report,” the “Today Show,” USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

As a sub-3 hour marathon runner, Greitens was the winner of the Shamrock Marathon at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. As a boxer, he won two Oxford Boxing Blues and the Gold Medal at the BUSA National Boxing Championships. He holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo and lives in St. Louis with his wife, Sheena.

Every year, the FLC Common Reading Experience chooses one book to be read and discussed throughout campus. As often as possible, the author of the Common Reading Experience selection is invited to campus. In the past, such authors as Sonia Nazario, David Baron and Warren St. John have visited Durango to discuss their works.

The Heart & the Fist is Greitens’ second book. It tells the story of his leadership, service and life as a humanitarian and a soldier.

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