UPDATE: Chamber annual dinner keynote speaker announced as former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill
Courtesy: Siouxland Chamber - former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill
SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -
The annual Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Dinner brings speakers that are captivating and have had a positive influence on the country.
This year they're doing the same.
The speaker for the September 14th event is Robert O'Neill, a former Navy SEAL and best-selling author.
Siouxland Chamber leaders want the community to have the opportunity to hear his heroic story first-hand.
"Those high-profile missions include not only the raid for Osama Bin Laden, but also the rescue of Marcus Lutrell of Lone Survivor," said Chris McGowan, president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.
O'Neill also participated in the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips and his ship after they were seized by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.
Those are just three examples of times where O'Neill showed his heroism in the more than 400 combat missions he was a part of.
Siouxland Chamber Board of Directors Chair Lance Morgan, who is also a veteran, spoke to members about his decision to have O'Neill as the speaker at this year's Chamber Dinner.
"Most people who aren't in the military, they watch it on TV or hear a news report and they don't understand the stress that it puts on people and their families," said Morgan. "And, getting to hear a person's story, not only of the danger, but also what it's like to live that life I think it helps people and it's a reminder of how important a contribution military members make to our society."
The book, titled 'The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior', shares many of the stories people will be able to hear at the big event.
One chamber ambassador says having O'Neill talk about his life is a nice tribute to those locally who have served.
"I think it's great for the community," said Matt Robins, a chamber ambassador. "I think it's great for the all the folks in the community but the veterans as well to bring in someone of his caliber."
They are experiences several Siouxlanders say they are looking forward to hearing.
"To bring in Rob O'Neill we're very confident will be a homerun for our community," said McGowan.
The event is open to members of the public.
Tickets are already on sale.
You can purchase them at the chamber office: 101 Pierce St, Sioux City.
You can also buy them over the phone: (712) 255-7903.
You can also go online: http://directory.siouxlandchamber.com/events/details/2017-siouxland-chamber-of-commerce-annual-dinner-3521?platform=hootsuite
The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce announced its keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Dinner as former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill Wednesday.
O'Neill was part of the SEAL Team 6 that killed Osama Bin Laden.
O'Neill's written a book about his experiences as a SEAL Team Warrior titled "The Operator".