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Marking Over a Decade of Support for the Navy SEAL Foundation

September 13, 2021


Since the attacks of 9/11, the demands placed on the Navy Special Warfare community have reached unprecedented heights, as operators have been tasked with executing some of the highest risk, ‘no fail’ military operations in recent history. The Navy SEAL Foundation has provided ongoing support for these elite service members and their families, funding more than $100 million in programmatic assistance and standing at the forefront of crucial care and support for this unique community (

Fortress and its employees have stood behind the Foundation’s efforts for over a decade, and the company was named the first corporate recipient of the Foundation’s Patriot Award in 2011, recognizing Fortress’ commitment to the military community as both an employer and benefactor.

“I don’t think we can adequately thank individuals who routinely take on hardship and sacrifice that few of us can begin to comprehend,” said Gordon Runté, Fortress Managing Director and a member of the Host Committee for the Foundation’s New York Gala, one of the nation’s largest military fundraising events. “The SEAL teams have been our nation’s ‘point of the spear’ for over two decades of sustained conflict, and the operators I’ve had the privilege of meeting wouldn’t have it any other way. It is a sincere privilege for Fortress to support such an extraordinary group of individuals.”

Vice Admiral (SEAL) Sean Pybus, USN (ret.) A note to Fortress from Vice Admiral (SEAL) Sean Pybus, USN (ret.), Chairman of the Navy SEAL Foundation