Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Camp Michael Mansoor
(La Posta Mountain
Warfare Training Center)
The Mountain Warfare Training Facility
Camp Michael Monsoor is located 50 miles east of San Diego, near
the city of Campo. The 1,063 acre site has a firing range, an
administration building, and a dormitory. The Navy has operated
on the 1,300 plus acres since the early 1960s, and is seeking
to set aside an additional 4,486 acres of federal Bureau of Land
Management property for the facility. The Mountain Warfare Training
Facility served as a satellite tracking station for many years
until current technology made the giant tracking dishes obsolete.
The property was reconfigured as a training center when the station
was shut down in 1986.
In 1998, Naval Base Coronado gave permission
for the Special Warfare Community to use the site for mountain
warfare training. This site is exceptionally important because
of its unique physical characteristics similar to many foreign
countries. Its close proximity to most military bases in San
Diego County allows for maximum training time with limited travel
time and expense. The unencumbered area around LaPosta makes
it an ideal location for special reconnaissance training, map
and compass training, and other specialized special warfare training.
The Mountain Warfare Training Facility Camp Michael Monsoor,
like San Clemente Island, is one of the few places that allow
special forces to train in a real life environment with limited
About MA2 (SEAL) Michael
Petty Officer Second Class Michael Anthony
Monsoor was born April 5, 1981 in Long Beach, Calif. Michael
grew up in Garden Grove, Calif., as the third of four children
of George and Sally Monsoor. He has an older brother James and
older sister Sara, and a younger brother Joseph.
Michael attended Dr. Walter C. Ralston
Intermediate School and Garden Grove High School where he played
tight end on the Argonaut football team and graduated in 1999.
An incredible athlete, Mike enjoyed snowboarding, body boarding,
spear fishing, motorcycle riding, and driving his Corvette. His
quiet demeanor and dedication to his friends matched the Silent
Warrior SEAL mentality that was to become his calling in
Michael enlisted in the U.S. Navy March
21, 2001, and attended Basic Training at Recruit Training Command,
Great Lakes, Ill. Upon graduation from basic training, he attended
Quartermaster A School, and then transferred to Naval
Air Station, Sigonella, Italy for a short period of time.
Petty Officer Monsoor entered Basic Underwater
Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, Calif., and subsequently
graduated with Class 250 on Sept. 2, 2004 as one of the top performers
in his class. After BUD/S, he completed advanced SEAL training
courses including parachute training at Basic Airborne School,
Fort Benning, Ga., cold weather combat training in Kodiak, Alaska,
and six months of SEAL Qualification Training in Coronado, graduating
in March 2005. The following month, his rating changed from Quartermaster
to Master-at-Arms, and he was assigned to SEAL Team 3 Delta Platoon.
He deployed with his platoon to Iraq in April 2006 in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was assigned to Task Unit Bravo
in Ar Ramadi.
From April to Sept. 29, 2006, Mike served
as a heavy weapons machine gunner in Delta Platoon, SEAL Team
3. During combat patrols he walked behind the platoon point man
with his Mk 48 machinegun so that he could protect his platoon
from a frontal enemy attack. Mike was also a SEAL communicator.
On 15 operations, he carried a rucksack full of communications
equipment in addition to his machinegun and full ammunition load-out.
Collectively it weighed more than 100 pounds. He bore the weight
without a single complaint, even in the midst of the 130 degree
Western Iraqi summer.
Mike and his platoon operated in a highly
contested part of Ramadi city called the Malaab district.
During their deployment, Mike and his fellow SEALS came under
enemy attack on 75 percent of their missions. On May 9, 2006
Mike rescued a SEAL who was shot in the leg. He ran out into
the street with another SEAL, shot cover fire and dragged his
comrade to safety while enemy bullets kicked up the concrete
at their feet. For this brave action, he earned a Silver Star.
The enemy could not deter Michael and
his SEAL platoon. They fought in 35 heated firefights; during
these incidents Mike shot tens of thousands of 7.62 millimeter
rounds to cover Delta Platoons movement through streets
that seemed to be paved with fire. In the Malaab district,
Michael perfected his skills as an urban machine gunner. Once
he and his men established a sniper overwatch position, he deftly
transitioned to his role as a SEAL communicator calling in tank
support and transmitting enemy situation reports to the 1-506
Delta Platoon executed a broad spectrum
of combat operations in and around Ramadi. They patrolled bravely
through the city streets engaging in firefights while on other
occasions, they ambushed insurgent mortar teams near the banks
of the Euphrates River. Mike and his fellow SEALs accounted for
84 enemy fighters killed in action and the detainment of numerous
insurgents. Most notably, the Army Infantry, Navy SEAL and Iraqi
Army combined force helped to pacify the most violent city in
Al Anbar province setting conditions for the Sunni Awakening.
Petty Officer Monsoor was subsequently
awarded the Bronze Star as the Task Unit Ramadi, Iraq Combat
Advisor from April to September 2006. His leadership, guidance
and decisive actions during 11 different combat operations saved
the lives of his teammates, other Coalition Forces and Iraqi
Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael
A. Monsoor will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously in a
ceremony at the White House April 8, 2008. He will receive the
award for his actions in Ar Ramadi, Iraq on Sept. 29, 2006. On
that day, Monsoor was part of a sniper overwatch security position
with three other SEALs and eight Iraqi Army (IA) soldiers. An
insurgent closed in and threw a fragmentation grenade into the
overwatch position. The grenade hit Monsoor in the chest before
falling to the ground. Positioned next to the single exit, Monsoor
was the only one who could have escaped harm. Instead, he dropped
onto the grenade to shield the others from the blast. Monsoor
died approximately 30 minutes later from wounds sustained from
the blast. Because of Petty Officer Monsoors actions, he
saved the lives of his 3 teammates and the IA soldiers.
Though he carried himself in a calm and
composed fashion, he constantly led the charge to bring the fight
to the enemy. His teammates recall his sense of loyalty to God,
family, and his team. He attended Catholic Mass devotionally
before operations, and often spoke lovingly of his family - his
older brother, a police officer and former Marine for whom he
held great respect; his sister, a nurse; and his younger brother,
a college football player.
Mike was one of the bravest men on the
battlefield, never allowing the enemy to discourage him. He remained
fearless while facing constant danger, and through his selfless
nature and aggressive actions, saved the lives of coalition soldiers
and his fellow SEALs. He was a loyal friend and exceptional SEAL,
and he is sorely missed by his brothers in Task Unit Bravo.
He is survived by his mother Sally, his
father George, his sister Sara, and his two brothers James and
Medal of Honor Summary of
Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael
For actions on Sept. 29, 2006
Petty Officer Michael A. Monsoor, United
States Navy, distinguished himself through conspicuous gallantry
and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty as a Combat Advisor and Automatic Weapons Gunner
for Naval Special Warfare Task Group Arabian Peninsula in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom on 29 September 2006. He displayed
great personal courage and exceptional bravery while conducting
operations in enemy held territory at Ar Ramadi Iraq.
During Operation Kentucky Jumper, a combined
Coalition battalion clearance and isolation operation in southern
Ar Ramadi, he served as automatic weapons gunner in a combined
SEAL and Iraqi Army (IA) sniper overwatch element positioned
on a residential rooftop in a violent sector and historical stronghold
for insurgents. In the morning, his team observed four enemy
fighters armed with AK-47s reconnoitering from roads in the sector
to conduct follow-on attacks. SEAL snipers from his roof engaged
two of them which resulted in one enemy wounded in action and
one enemy killed in action. A mutually supporting SEAL/IA position
also killed an enemy fighter during the morning hours. After
the engagements, the local populace blocked off the roads in
the area with rocks to keep civilians away and to warn insurgents
of the presence of his Coalition sniper element. Additionally,
a nearby mosque called insurgents to arms to fight Coalition
In the early afternoon, enemy fighters
attacked his position with automatic weapons fire from a moving
vehicle. The SEALs fired back and stood their ground. Shortly
thereafter, an enemy fighter shot a rocket-propelled grenade
at his building. Though well-acquainted with enemy tactics in
Ar Ramadi, and keenly aware that the enemy would continue to
attack, the SEALs remained on the battlefield in order to carry
out the mission of guarding the western flank of the main effort.
Due to expected enemy action, the officer
in charge repositioned him with his automatic heavy machine gun
in the direction of the enemys most likely avenue of approach.
He placed him in a small, confined sniper hide-sight between
two SEAL snipers on an outcropping of the roof, which allowed
the three SEALs maximum coverage of the area. He was located
closest to the egress route out of the sniper hide-sight watching
for enemy activity through a tactical periscope over the parapet
wall. While vigilantly watching for enemy activity, an enemy
fighter hurled a hand grenade onto the roof from an unseen location.
The grenade hit him in the chest and bounced onto the deck. He
immediately leapt to his feet and yelled grenade
to alert his teammates of impending danger, but they could not
evacuate the sniper hide-sight in time to escape harm. Without
hesitation and showing no regard for his own life, he threw himself
onto the grenade, smothering it to protect his teammates who
were lying in close proximity. The grenade detonated as he came
down on top of it, mortally wounding him.
Petty Officer Monsoors actions could not have been more
selfless or clearly intentional. Of the three SEALs on that rooftop
corner, he had the only avenue of escape away from the blast,
and if he had so chosen, he could have easily escaped. Instead,
Monsoor chose to protect his comrades by the sacrifice of his
own life. By his courageous and selfless actions, he saved the
lives of his two fellow SEALs and he is the most deserving of
the special recognition afforded by awarding the Medal of Honor.