MUSTER XXVIII November 8-11, 2012 MUSTER XXVIII - 2012 Schedule Address: 3300 North A1A, North Hutchinson Island Fort Pierce, Florida 34949 Fort Pierce SEAL Museum Muster to Feature Bin Laden Raid Commander Adm. William H. McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command credited with organizing and executing the May 2, 2011, Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, will be the keynote speaker Nov. 10 during the 28th annual Muster at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. Held each year on Veterans Day weekend, Muster is an opportunity for current and former SEALs to convene at the museum and for the public to get a glimpse into the world of naval special operations. Before McRaven's speech, the Navy "Leap Frogs" Parachute Team will parachute onto the museum grounds and Navy SEAL commandos will conduct a mock helicopter assault and hostage rescue. U.S. Rep. Allen West, a Republican from Palm Beach Gardens also will speak; and Michael Thornton and Thomas Norris, Vietnam-era SEALs and winners of the Medal of Honor, will appear. Norris received the award for going behind enemy lines to rescue two downed pilots in April 1972. Thornton earned the reward for rescuing the badly wounded Norris six months later. CIA Director Leon Panetta gave the job of planning the attack on bin Laden to McRaven. According to The New York Times, McRaven "came up with three options: a helicopter assault using Navy SEALs, a strike with B-2 bombers that would obliterate the compound, or a joint raid with Pakistani intelligence operatives who would be told about the mission hours before the launch." Mark Bowden wrote in his book, "The Finish": "The layout and location of the compound clearly indicated to (McRaven) the right way to assault — a small helicopter-borne force." Although one of two helicopters carrying members of the elite SEAL Team 6 crashed inside the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the man behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil was killed with a bullet to his head; and no SEALs were seriously injured. Rick Kaiser, the museum executive director, said McRaven "may mention" Operation Neptune's Spear, the code name for the mission, "but I think he'll probably focus more on the state of special forces out in the world, what they're doing, the threats they're facing and how they support our country, rather than the raid itself." Kaiser, a former SEAL who spent 22 years on active duty and 13 as a civilian with the Department of Defense, said he and Eric T. Olson, a retired Navy admiral and former SEAL who serves on the museum's board, are friends with McRaven. "Between me and Adm. Olson, all it took was a phone call" to convince McRaven to appear at Muster, Kaiser said. "Former SEALs are a small community; everybody knows everybody." Kaiser said the museum recently received the scale model of the bin Laden compound constructed for a Sept. 9 segment on "60 Minutes" with "Mark Owen," the pseudonym of a SEAL who participated in the raid and wrote a book about it, "No Easy Day." The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the SEALs and their predecessors, including the Underwater Demolition Teams, Naval Combat Demolition Units, Office of Strategic Services Maritime Units and Amphibious Scouts and Raiders. Exhibits date from the founding of the Navy Frogman program in Fort Pierce during World War II.