VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Mark T. Carter (SEAL), 27, of Fallbrook, Calif., was killed while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom December 11, 2007.
Carter enlisted in the U.S. Navy Oct. 6, 1998, and graduated from boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., in December. In May 1999, Carter entered Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, Calif., Class 226. It was the SEALs' embodiment of the Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment that drew Carter to volunteer for SEAL training.
"I am honored to serve with and lead men and women like Chief Mark Carter. He was an outstanding SEAL, teammate, and great American," said Carter's commanding officer. "On behalf of my command, I extend my condolences and heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. His ultimate sacrifice, the most noble act for any American warrior, is our tragic loss and I urge those who knew him to honor his life, in the best way we know how."
Following graduation from BUD/S, Carter served at two West Coast-based SEAL Teams through April 2004. He was assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team the same month, where he served the remainder of his career.
"Losing any of the warriors serving in Naval Special Warfare is a significant loss, but losing a Chief Petty Officer makes that loss even tougher. Chief Carter served with an enormous heart and constant dedication throughout his career," said Lt. David Luckett, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 spokesman. "Like so many of his brothers in the SEAL community, Chief Carter lived the SEAL Code, and his actions on and off the battlefield embodied everything noble about serving in the Navy and in Naval Special Warfare."
His awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars with "V" for valor, Joint Service Commendation Medal with "V", Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, three Good Conduct Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and three Sea Service Deployment ribbons, Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, and Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.
Carter, a graduate of Fallbrook Union High School, is survived by his father, mother, three brothers, and four sisters.
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