I am more than honored to give my strongest endorsement for a fellow career active-duty Navy SEAL Officer who I know well: Captain Edward (Ed) G. Gallrein III, US Navy/SEAL (Ret.), a Republican candidate for Kentucky’s 7th Senate District in the May 21, 2024 primary.
I am a retired career Navy SEAL Rear Admiral with over thirty years of active-duty service. My assignments include being a Commanding Officer of SEAL Teams multiple times. I was also promoted to two-star Admiral and assigned as the Commander of Naval Special Warfare Forces — including all the SEAL Teams, so I have served with and closely observed countless SEAL Officers and SEAL enlisted members throughout my career.
I first met Ed as a SEAL Lieutenant in 1987 after he completed an arduous advanced SEAL skills training and selection program for assignment to the SEAL Special Mission Unit where he was assigned to my Team and served with distinction including in combat. Subsequently, I served with him numerous times all over the globe where he distinguished himself as a courageous SEAL Leader and tough as nails warrior (earning the call-sign “Spike”). I recall Ed routinely volunteering for, accepting and excelling in the toughest SEAL Officer assignments and deployments.
Ed served as an active-duty SEAL Officer for a career spanning three decades and countless deployments. He was promoted and assigned to numerous SEAL Officer leadership positions that he excelled in along the way. In fact, evidence of his leadership is that Ed was selected and assigned to command twice as a Navy Captain (where he was rated as the number one SEAL Commodore), twice as a Navy Commander (equivalent of a Lieutenant Colonel), and he served as an Officer in-Charge three times among numerous other SEAL Officer leadership positions. Ed was also known for his superior problem solving skills, including his ability to collaborate with others to develop solutions for the most difficult problems we faced.
Ed also distinguished himself in combat operations: He earned three Bronze Stars (for his leadership in a combat zone), two Presidential Unit Citations (each equal to a Navy Cross), multiple Combat Action ribbons and the Combat Parachutist Badge with Bronze Star (among many other personal and unit awards). If that wasn’t enough, Ed is also an Army Ranger — a qualification he pursued and obtained to be a better SEAL Officer and leader (one of the few SEAL Officers to ever do so).
Ed has demonstrated the ability, dedication and courage to continue to serve and lead: He is certain to represent his Senate District with distinction. I encourage you to stand with me and support Ed Gallrein for Kentucky State Senate.
Edward G. Winters III
RADM, USN/SEAL (Ret.)