On this episode of Inside the Team Room: NAVY SEALS, meet Thomas ‘Drago’ Dzieran, a retired Navy SEAL, born and raised in Soviet-occupied, Poland. When he was young he spent 2 years in a Polish Prison (Gulag) for speaking out against the Communist regime. He even assisted in running an underground newspaper against The Peoples Republic of Poland, a satellite state of the communist Soviet Union.
He eventually became one of our Polish Special Operations brothers, as a member of the GROM. From there, he traveled to the U.S. where he would work as a janitor, a Mercedes Benz mechanic, and eventually go through training in his thirties to become a U.S. Navy SEAL.
“I knew what I was doing. I knew what I wanted to do. I didn’t go there to ‘try’ to become a Navy SEAL, I went to BECOME a Navy SEAL.”
During his USN career, Drago was a member of SEAL Team 2, SEAL Team 4, and a SEAL instructor at Naval Special Warfare Center, Coronado, CA. His expertise was Naval Special Warfare Lead Breacher, and while deployed to Iraq, he performed over 100 combat direct action missions.
But on this episode of Inside the Team Room, things are a little more casual. Listen to Drago share stories with Brandon Webb, Shane, and Mike Ritland of being literally “balls out”, guzzling beer while being dangled upside down and safety pinning dudes’ tongues to their lips so they wouldn’t choke in their drunken sleep.
Might sound a little crazy to outsiders, but around here we just call that team building.
Catch the episode here.