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News from NSOF | September 2022

News from NSOF | September 2022

Suzanna FisherSep 09, 2022


NSO Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony 

“Without the support of Navy Special Operations Foundation and the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association, today would not be possible,”

- Capt. Chuck Eckhart, Commodore of EODGRU2

Last month, More than 200 members of the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal community attended the NSO Memorial groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on this long anticipated project. 

The ceremony featured speakers including Rear Admiral Brad Andros, Director of J10 Directorate of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction; Capt. Chuck Eckhart, Commodore of EODGRU 2; RADM Frank Morneau, ret. and board director of Navy Special Operations Foundation (NSOF), and Henry Thrift, President of NEODA.

“This memorial will be a place where we can connect with those that went before us. It can also be a place where we connect with those that are with us,” said Andros. “Everyone is coming together from this memorial, and we owe it to the names on the wall of the memorial to be connected with each other.”

“This memorial area will provide a nurturing environment that cultivates the whole operator by fostering not only reflective thinking and workforce mindfulness, but also their holistic well being.” Said Commodore Eckhart.

If you would like to find out more information about the Navy Special Operations Memorial or are interested in supporting this project, or other NSOF programs, please contact Suzanna Fisher at or 757-716-8134.


Up and Coming Events


The Never Forgotten Rally at New Realm, Virginia Beach

Please join us this Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 12 to 3 pm at New Realm Brewing Co. in Virginia Beach, VA for food, drinks, and prizes!

Come enjoy the afternoon with NSOF and raise a glass to those we have lost along the way. Appetizers and drinks will be provided as well as giveaways, merchandise, and some amazing raffle prizes!  

We look forward to seeing old and new friends as we fondly remember our fellow service members, friends and family that left us too soon.

If you are coming out to see us at The Never Forgotten Rally please let us know by RSVP'ing through the link below!


Should you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mejia at or 757-376-3341


NSOF Family Getaway at Great Wolf Lodge | VA & CA Families

We are excited to transition back into in-person events and once again offer our NSO Operators and their families a getaway to Great Wolf Lodge Anaheim, CA & Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, VA, October 1st - October 2nd!  


  • Registration is open to eligible NSO Families (details can be found in registration link)  Be sure to register quickly - this is one of our popular events, and spots are limited! 
  • Check-in: Saturday, October 1st | Check-out: Sunday, October 2nd.
  • 2 days / 1-night accommodations in a Family Suite for up to 6 
  • Only legal dependents of an eligible NSO service member can occupy the room.
  • Free Indoor Waterpark passes for family members 


Great Wolf Lodge - Anaheim, CA: REGISTER HERE  

Great Wolf Lodge,  Williamsburg - REGISTER HERE

Our NSO families deserve the utmost respect for the sacrifices they make for our nation.  Training cycles and deployments can make it difficult to connect and build strong bonds. That is why one of NSOF’s pillars of support is Youth and Family.  We work toward providing family events that not only unite, but also build meaningful friendships between families who share common struggles.

NSO Spotlight


Rota EOD Memorial Auction

NSO Operators, families, and friends came together and raised an astonishing $28,000 for NSOF!! We are truly grateful for all those who took part in organizing, donating, and attending this year's Rota EOD Memorial Auction and blown away by its incredible success!

Lily Transportation Donates $14,000 to Support Our Heroes

We are extremely thankful for Lily Transportation's continued support of Navy Special Operations Foundation, and their commitment to those who protect our nation!

These proceeds will be used to directly support this remarkable community through tailored programs, services, and urgent financial assistance. 

In less than 5 years, NSOF has served over 5,500 NSO Operators and families - This wouldn't be possible without the support of such wonderful donors! THANK YOU!

Ways to Support

NSOF Athlete Ambassador Program
Athlete Ambassadors are individuals who, through athletic events or activities, have devoted their time, energy, and resources to help support the families and Warriors that comprise the Navy Special Operations Community. These men and women understand the sacrifice it takes to be the best, and we are honored they choose to represent NSOF!

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