Cavner, Bradley Steven, SOC

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Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
SO-5326-Combatant Swimmer (SEAL)
Last Rating/NEC Group
Special Warfare Operator
Primary Unit
2004-2014, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Group 3 (NSWG-3), Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)
Service Years
2003 - 2014
SO-Special Warfare Operator
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Coronado, California
Last Address
Coronado, California

Date of Passing
Jun 23, 2014
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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To those before us...
To those amongst us...
To those we will see on the other side.
"Lord let me not prove unworthy of my Brothers."

~Bradley Cavner

Chief Petty Officer Bradley S. Cavner was born November 23, 1983 in Coronado, California. He graduated from Coronado High School and enlisted in the United States Navy on February 3, 2003. After graduating from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in April of that year, he attended Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training in Point Loma, California. 

Bradley attended and graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL and SEAL Qualification Training in Coronado, California in June 2004. He was then assigned to a West Coast-based SEAL Team in August 2004. During his time at the the Team, Bradley deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and to the Pacific theater of operations. He worked as a member of the West Coast-based training detachment from May 2010 to December 2012 and then transferred back to a West Coast-based SEAL team; where he again deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Bradley's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Combat Action Ribbon (2), Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Good Conduct Medal (3) Nation Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3), Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO Service Medal, Expert Rifle Medal and Expert Pistol Medal.

Bradley is survived by his father Steve, his mother Beth, his sister Andrea, and brothers Carson and Colton.

"In jobs like ours, it's not about the title, it's not about bragging about what you do...It's about the guy next to you. It's about the Brotherhood. One guy can't do everything. But together, we can crush anything. The guy next to you should always be more important than yourself." ~ Brad
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There wasn‚??t parking for half a mile in any direction. The stadium and Niedermeyer Field at Coronado High School were packed with people ‚?? all to say good-bye to Brad Cavner, a Coronado boy who dreamed of being a Navy SEAL since the age of four, and whose favorite color in kindergarten he proudly announced was, ‚??camouflage.‚??

Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley S. Cavner, 31, died June 23 from injuries suffered during a parachute-training jump. He had recently returning from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.

On Sunday, friends and a large community of Navy SEALS and Naval Special Warfare turned out to support Cavner‚??s family at an unusual memorial service, held on the same football field Cavner received his high school diploma 12 years earlier and had played high school football on.

In the background, two Coronado Fire Department trucks had extended their ladders to serve as flagpoles for an enormous American flag. It provided an appropriate frame for this picture of respect and love, and a final farewell to a Coronado hero.
The ragtag group of veterans known as the Patriot Guard Riders set up a flag line. They alone numbered more than 100 strong. Their motorcycles filled Seventh Street and the Riders lined the south entrance to the field armed with full sized American flags. As the Cavner family entered the field, the Patriot Guard Riders raised their flags, creating a red, white and blue arch for them to walk under.

The speakers ranged from family and friends to members of the SEAL community, and included acoustical music and song, culminating with a traditional Scottish bagpiper.

As fellow SEALs sang the praises of Cavner and shared intimate memories about their friend, four Ospreys swept over the field before landing on the 15-yard line light pole to seemingly oversee the proceedings. On the field itself there were another 100 members of the US Navy in full dress, many standing throughout the 90-minute ceremony. The north bleacher was filled to capacity.

The names of Cavner‚??s fellow SEAL teammates, who spoke so lovingly of their brother, could not be released because they are still active duty. But the commentary ran from sorrowful to humorous. ‚??I called him the ‚??Coronado cowboy,‚??‚?? said one friend. Another described how, despite being a warrior and the kind of man you want covering your back, Cavner loved to push the limits with the length of his hair and beard.

There were stories told about his sense of humor and extremely deceptive nature when playing pranks on his fellow SEALs. Then there were the stories about how aggressive he was when executing orders on the battlefield.

One fellow SEAL described Cavner‚??s dedication for his job: ‚??He didn‚??t choose to take the easy way out; he didn‚??t seek recognition; his aspirations weren‚??t in Hollywood or to be published. He was always upgrading his knowledge to be more lethal on the battlefield, to crush the enemy. His life was an example to others, not for him, but for love for his fellow friends, family and teammates. This is what formed his actions. He kept his word, and he was a man of action. Brad Cavner had a positive influence on all the West Coast SEAL Teams.‚??

Cavner enlisted in the Navy in February 2003. His father described how he left Coronado in shorts and flip-flops to attend basic training in icy-cold Chicago. Just over a year later, he completed Basic Underwater Demolition and SEAL qualification training in Coronado, graduating with class 247. He had served with West Coast-based SEAL units since August 2004.

He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with V for valor in combat on the battlefield. Other awards and decorations included Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons, Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, three Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, Overseas Deployment Ribbon, NATO Service Medal, as well as Expert Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship Medals.

During the ceremony the family was presented with a large shadow box containing an American flag carefully folded, personal mementos from Cavner‚??s life as well as the many medals and commendations listed above. The Teammate making the presentation said that Cavner never went into battle without his American flag carefully folded and slipped under his breastplate.

After an emotional set of speeches from Cavner‚??s sister, uncle and father, his dad suddenly stopped, put his cell phone to his ear and pretended to have a brief conversation. ‚??It‚??s Brad,‚?? he exclaimed into the microphone with a big smile. ‚??He said, ‚??Guys, sit down and shut up. Now go out and drink lots of cold beer in my memory.‚??‚?? It was only fitting that laughter should end such a somber occasion, leaving everyone with a smile and more than a few happy thoughts about a young man who will always be remembered as a Coronado hero.
Brad Cavner is survived by his father Steve, his mother Beth, his sister Andrea, and two brothers ‚?? Carson and Colton, all from Coronado. His remains were interred at Arlington National Cemetery on July 10, 2014.
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