By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff
As a Navy SEAL, Chad Williams had completed a training program that put him among the military’s elite forces. In his class of 173 cadets in SEAL school, only 13 went on to finish the program. Graduating as a SEAL was a moment that Williams said should have made him feel like he was on top of the world.
“The day I graduated as a SEAL and met my goal, it was the best and the worst day of my life,” said Williams. “Instead of bringing me peace, it started a downward spiral and I felt worse off than I had ever been before.”
Williams recently shared his experience as a Navy SEAL at Grace Evangelical Church in Colville on Sept. 7 where he also promoted his book,”Seal of God.”
Williams said he was inspired to join the SEALs after meeting a mentor, Navy SEAL Scott Halvenston. Halverson helped Williams train to be a SEAL, spending hours with him on workouts, rock climbing, learning to tie knots and other skills.
Williams said he was at SEAL training when he learned that Halverson had been killed in Iraq. News footage showed Iraqis mutilating Halverson’s body, dragging it through the streets with a car and then hanging it off a bridge in Fallujah and burning the body.
“I was so angry when I saw this. I wanted revenge. I wanted to jump through the screen and rip their hearts out,” Williams related. “And it was at that moment that I decided I would be the SEAL that Scott was. I would fill his shoes and then I would find my peace again.”
However, Williams said that after SEAL school when he was working to hunt down terrorists who made explosive vests and other destructive materials, he still didn’t find the satisfaction he wanted.
“A man said once that when a man has achieved his goal, it is one of the loneliest moments of his life. We have all experienced that disappointment when that which you thought would deliver lets you down. What most of us do is to determine that we didn’t set the bar high enough and that’s why we don’t feel satisfied. We are hungry, thirsty all over again. But we don’t tend to share that with other people, we just keep trucking on,” he said.
Williams said he did not find the peace he was looking for until he went to a presentation by Christian speaker Greg Laurie. It was at that time he became a Christian.
“It was then that I felt like I didn’t have to look anymore. I was complete,” said Williams.
Williams went on to complete his tour as a Navy SEAL and wrote a book about his experiences, “Seal of God.” He now travels as an evangelist, speaking at churches and events. He has also been interviewed on news networks like Fox News and CNN. For more information, visit www.navysealchadwilliams.com