The Navy SEAL Foundation – Hawaii (the “Foundation”) is a nonprofit organization formed under Section 509(a)(3) of the IRS Code of 1986. The IRS confirmed the Foundation’s tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code on December 19, 2007.
The Foundation stands behind all U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, Naval Special Warfare support personnel, and their spouses and children, with an emphasis of those who are or were stationed in Hawaii. The Foundation supports and coordinates closely with the national Navy SEAL Foundation and NSW commands to help provide critical needs of active-duty operators while also providing resources for NSW Veterans. Our work is focused on three key areas: family support services, educational programs, and legacy activities.
The Foundation was formed in 2007 as a supporting organization to the national Navy SEAL Foundation and underwent a name change in March 2011 in parallel with a similar name change of the national Navy SEAL Foundation. The Foundation operates exclusively for the benefit of, and to carry out the purposes of, the national Navy SEAL Foundation. Our mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families, with an emphasis on those who are or were stationed in Hawaii.
Navy SEAL Foundation Hawaii ~ P.O. Box 3918, Honolulu, Hawaii 96812
Honoring our Warriors
Supporting Their Families
Navy SEALS are the world's most elite band of Special Operations warriors. Named after the environments in which they operate — the SEa, Air and Land — their daring missions and courageous successes are the substance of modern legend. They are the foundation of Naval Special Warfare combat forces and stand ready, worldwide, to conduct the most difficult and dangerous Special Operations missions. Today's SEALs trace their history from the elite Frogmen, Scouts and Raiders of World War II. Training is extremely demanding, both mentally and physically, and produces the world's best Special Operations warriors
Today's SEAL (SEa, Air, Land) teams trace their history to the first group of volunteers selected from the Naval Construction Battalions (SeaBees) in October of 1942. These volunteers were organized into special teams called Navy Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs). The units were tasked with reconnoitering and clearing beach obstacles for troops going ashore during amphibious landings, and evolved into Combat Swimmer Reconnaissance Units.
Concurrently, Naval Operations Support Groups were formed to aid UDTs, SEALs, and two other unique units — Boat Support and Beach Jumpers — in administration, planning, research, and development. During the Vietnam War, UDTs performed reconnaissance missions and SEALs carried out numerous offensive operations. In 1967, the Naval Operations Support Groups were renamed Naval Special Warfare Groups (NSWGs) as involvement increased in limited conflicts and special operations.
In 1983, existing UDTs were redesignated as SEAL Teams and/or SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams and the requirement for hydrographic reconnaissance and underwater demolition became SEAL missions. The Naval Special Warfare Command was commissioned on April 16, 1987, at the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California. Its mission is to prepare Naval Special Warfare forces to carry out their assigned missions and to develop special operations strategy, doctrine, and tactics.
SEALs go through what is considered by some to be the toughest military training in the world. Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training is conducted at the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado. Students encounter obstacles that develop and test their stamina, leadership and ability to work as a team.
"In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation's call; a common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America's finest special operations forces to serve his country and the American people, and to protect their way of life. I am that man.
My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes who have gone before, it embodies the trust of those whom I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident, I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.
My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans, always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.
I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.
We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates, and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.
I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish the mission. I am never out of the fight.
We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of the mission depend on me — my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete.
We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required, yet guided by the very principles I serve to defend.
Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail."