Montana State Senator and Former Commander at SEAL TEAM SIX Announces Organization and Partnerships to Take Back America in 2012
For Immediate Release: July 18, 2012
Whitefish, Montana - State Senator and Former Commander at SEAL TEAM SIX; Ryan Zinke,
has announced the formation of Special Operations for America (SOFA). SOFA will advocate for
the election of Mitt Romney and like-minded candidates who want to bring true leadership
back to Washington and who believe in permanent and enduring American Exceptionalism.
Leadership that does not apologize and bow to the world for America’s greatness or politicize
military operations for political gain. SOFA stands against the core threats to National Security
created and unchecked by the Obama administration. SOFA will strike to ensure that veterans
and our families receive the care and benefits their sacrifice has earned.
Navy SEAL’s, Special Operations Personnel and Veteran’s across America have been outraged
since Barack Obama conveniently took credit for killing Osama Bin Laden for political gain. The
positioning of Obama as a wartime president was predictable and un-becoming of a
Commander-in-Chief. The active duty military has no voice as they are forbidden to publicly
engage in the political campaign process and it is career suicide for senior military leaders to
speak out against the President. In 2008, Obama ran against the issues and tactics he is now
exploiting for political expediency. It appears the President is looking to deflect his economic
record, embrace and ride on the coattails of America’s military. At the same time, vowing to
raise military and veterans’ health care costs; who have already given so much, in order to
balance the budget.
Senator Ryan Zinke said: “The President has failed and he is jeopardizing the safety of our
troops, their families and our National security for political gain. Obama has exposed the
identity of special operations units, leaked classified information, and limited the rules of
engagement of forces on the ground. It’s time to stop President Obama from negotiating away
our freedoms and our ability to win on the battlefield. For those who have taken an oath to
defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, it is a call of duty to
take back America from a Commander-in-Chief that is incapable of understanding the sacrifices
that have been made for the values that have made America great.”
- Senator Zinke is the Chairman of Special Operations for America.
SOFA has organized partnerships with Veterans for a Strong America and
Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans for Congress. Collectively, a vast and growing network of
several hundred thousand strong. The organizations will work together on messaging and
ground operations to play a decisive role in November. SOFA has a Senior Advisory Board
consisting of a former Governor, US Senator, Flag Officer and a Business Leader of Distinction.
Kieran M. Lalor said: “American Exceptionalism must not be lost. For 236 years, Americans
have served our country to make her the envy of the world. We must honor this sacrifice by
putting America back on the path to prosperity. As Chairman of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans
for Congress, I am pleased to partner with Special Operations for America to help change the
direction of our country, elect leaders who will honor America, the Constitution, those who
have and continue to serve her.”
- Kieran Lalor is the Chairman of Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress.
Joel Arends said: “Veterans for a Strong America is proud to join forces with Special Operations
for America. This is the organization that will offer a boots on the ground perspective to inform
the national security discussion and policy debate in 2012 and into the future – SOFA is going to
provide a combination of first-hand experience tempered with the wisdom of experienced
policy makers. Engaging in the campaign is the right, and frankly the duty, of those who have
served and feel compelled to inform the public policy debate and in the election. Ryan Zinke¹s
service and experience is going to be a great addition to the public dialogue regarding the use
of special operations and timely given that this White House has been leaking highly classified
national security information regarding special operations mission. Ryan¹s perspective will give
us a true analysis of what dangers the White House leaks pose to our operators on the ground,
their families and to mission accomplishment.”
- Joel Arends, Chairman of Veterans for a Strong America.
Senator Ryan Zinke’s Biography:
Senator Ryan Zinke is a third generation Montanan and was a multiple sport All-State
stand-out and a Whitefish High School Football Hall of Fame inductee. After serving as
three time class president, Zinke attended the University of Oregon on an athletic
scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in Geology. As a four-year letterman, he received
numerous awards to include All-Pacific TEN honors, the Pacific TEN Medal, the University
Sahlstrom Award, and the prestigious Emerald Cup for academic, athletic, and
leadership excellence. In 1996 and again in 1997, Ryan Zinke was twice selected for Most
Outstanding Young Men in America honors.
Ryan’s distinguished military career began in 1985 when he graduated from Officer
Candidate School and attended SEAL training (class 136). Ryan served 23 years as a
Navy SEAL including two tours at SEAL TEAM SIX. In 2004, Ryan was assigned as Deputy
and Acting Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian
Peninsula in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM where he led a force of over 3500
Special Operations personnel in Iraq in the conduct of 360 combat patrols, 48 Direct
Action missions, and hundreds of sensitive operations. In 2006, he was awarded two
Bronze Stars for combat. Ryan retired as a Navy SEAL in 2008 and was elected to the
Montana State Senate.
Sen. Zinke’s full biography can be found at www.soforamerica.org