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Around the World Wednesday: The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz approaches Naval Air Station North Island. NAS North Island is the official birthplace of Naval Aviation because the Navy’s first aviator, Lt. Theodore Ellyson, and many of his colleagues were trained there.

Around the World Wednesday: The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz approaches Naval Air Station North Island. NAS North Island is the official birthplace of Naval Aviation because the Navy’s first aviator, Lt. Theodore Ellyson, and many of his colleagues were trained there.

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Kevin O’Connell is lowered from USS Blue Ridge during a search and rescue swimmer exercise. SARs primarily work from surface ships, like carriers, while Aviation Rescue Swimmers are attached to helicopters.

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Kevin O’Connell is lowered from USS Blue Ridge during a search and rescue swimmer exercise. SARs primarily work from surface ships, like carriers, while Aviation Rescue Swimmers are attached to helicopters.

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Yesterday at X Games Austin, we had the opportunity to do a Twitter Q&A with Lt. (SEAL) Dan Gibson of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs. Below is the text of our conversation: 
Q: When did you join the Navy?
Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: I joined in 2009 so I’ve been in for about five years.
Q: Why did you join?
Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: Big reason was for the challenge. Everyone told me you won’t make it. For me, hearing that made me want to do it even more.
Q: How did you join?
Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: I did NROTC at the University of Florida. After commissioning, I went straight to BUD/S.
Q: Tell us about BUD/S.
Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: It was the best and worst time of my life. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s so incredibly challenging. But I went through it with my best friends, 40-50 guys who are my brothers. It sucks and it’s hard, but it’s kind of fun with your boys. 
Q: How long have you been in the Navy Leap Frogs?
Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: I came straight from SEAL Team 5 a little under a year ago.
Q: How many times have you jumped?
Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: I’ve jumped 310 times, which is actually the fewest on the team. Some guys have more than 18,000 jumps.
Q: How do you join the Navy Leap Frogs?
A: There’s a strict application and interview process. You must be unanimously voted in by the team.
Q: What do they look for?
Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: First, you must be Special Warfare. You have to be recommended by your Chain of Command and be military freefall certified. Then, because of the nature of the job, you have to have a personality. We can teach people how to jump, we can’t teach them a personality. 
Q: What makes the Navy great?
Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: The stuff I’ve done compared to friends my age isn’t even comparable. Really glad to do what I do. As a SEAL I get to think outside the box, come up with creative solutions to complex problems and work with the most talented people on earth.
Q: How should one prep for BUD/S?
Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: Get in great shape, work out, talk to SEALs, and check out http://sealswcc.com

Yesterday at X Games Austin, we had the opportunity to do a Twitter Q&A with Lt. (SEAL) Dan Gibson of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs. Below is the text of our conversation:

Q: When did you join the Navy?

Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: I joined in 2009 so I’ve been in for about five years.

Q: Why did you join?

Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: Big reason was for the challenge. Everyone told me you won’t make it. For me, hearing that made me want to do it even more.

Q: How did you join?

Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: I did NROTC at the University of Florida. After commissioning, I went straight to BUD/S.

Q: Tell us about BUD/S.

Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: It was the best and worst time of my life. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s so incredibly challenging. But I went through it with my best friends, 40-50 guys who are my brothers. It sucks and it’s hard, but it’s kind of fun with your boys.

Q: How long have you been in the ?

Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: I came straight from SEAL Team 5 a little under a year ago.

Q: How many times have you jumped?

Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: I’ve jumped 310 times, which is actually the fewest on the team. Some guys have more than 18,000 jumps.

Q: How do you join the ?

A: There’s a strict application and interview process. You must be unanimously voted in by the team.

Q: What do they look for?

Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: First, you must be Special Warfare. You have to be recommended by your Chain of Command and be military freefall certified. Then, because of the nature of the job, you have to have a personality. We can teach people how to jump, we can’t teach them a personality.

Q: What makes the Navy great?

Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: The stuff I’ve done compared to friends my age isn’t even comparable. Really glad to do what I do. As a SEAL I get to think outside the box, come up with creative solutions to complex problems and work with the most talented people on earth.

Q: How should one prep for BUD/S?

Lt. (SEAL) Gibson: Get in great shape, work out, talk to SEALs, and check out

We had a great weekend at X Games Austin! The Navy Sailors rocked it. Thanks to everyone who came out!

We had a great weekend at X Games Austin! The Navy Sailors rocked it. Thanks to everyone who came out!

NIOC San Antonio Color Guard with the Presentation of Colors at X Games Austin.

NIOC San Antonio Color Guard with the Presentation of Colors at X Games Austin.

Which one would you choose to take your picture as at X Games Austin: Navy Diver or Navy SEAL?

Which one would you choose to take your picture as at X Games Austin: Navy Diver or Navy SEAL?

We brought a Riverine Boat and Desert Patrol Vehicle to X Games Austin this year! Which one do you want to take a ride in?

We brought a Riverine Boat and Desert Patrol Vehicle to X Games Austin this year! Which one do you want to take a ride in?

Melissa and Andy did great in today’s Warrior Challenge at X Games Austin, doing 22 and 35 pull-ups respectively. They both took home customized skate decks signed by a Navy SEAL!

Melissa and Andy did great in today’s Warrior Challenge at X Games Austin, doing 22 and 35 pull-ups respectively. They both took home customized skate decks signed by a Navy SEAL!

A fan at X Games Austin learned the hard way that doing a pull-up in the EOD bomb suit isn’t easy.

A fan at X Games Austin learned the hard way that doing a pull-up in the EOD bomb suit isn’t easy.