On 6 August 2011, a U.S. CH-47 chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down while transporting a quick reactionary force comprised of a Joint Task Force attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers in Wardak, Afghanistan. The resulting crash killed all 38 people on board: 25 American special operations personnel, 5 United States Army National Guard and Army Reserve crewmen, 7 Afghan commandos, 1 Afghan interpreter—as well as a U.S. military working dog “Bart”. It is the worst loss of U.S Military life in a single incident in Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Camp Spehar is named after SO1 Nicholas P. Spehar who died alongside his brothers, taking the fight to the enemy that fateful night of August 6th. Nicks unparalleled attention to detail, devotion to teammates, and tenacity during adverse conditions are the driving values that Camp Spehar instills in its students. Our program honors all of America’s true heroes who have sacrificed all they can in order for the rest to live free. Their legacy steadies our resolve and silently guides our every deed. We will not fail them. Since December 2011 Camp Spehar has held one course per year with its graduates excelling in all areas of life and within the military.

As part of the six-day challenge, cadets are exposed to boot camp exercises with a Special Operations twist, including personal instruction from Navy, Marine, and Army combat veterans. During these exercises, cadets must bond together as they are forced to break through their mental barriers in order to successfully accomplish assigned tasks as they are continually exposed to cold, wet, and sandy conditions.

Camp Spehar’s course of instruction is led by USN SEAL SO1 Kody Banks, USMC CPL Chad Felps, and specializes in teaching BUD/s style obstacle course navigation, discipline, teamwork, leadership skills, core values, nutrition, running and swimming development, mental toughness and Special Operations history.

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