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CORONADO, Calif. – A building on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado has been named for the first Navy SEAL killed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Navy announced Thursday.

naval base san diegoNaval Special Warfare Group 1’s Training Detachment dedicated the AO2 (SEAL) Marc A. Lee Training Center in a ceremony Wednesday, Navy officials reported.

Lee, 28, an Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class, was killed during combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq, on Aug. 2, 2006.

The building will be headquarters to the training detachment, which works to prepare SEAL platoons for deployments, according to the Navy.

“Naming the TRADET building after Marc is the ultimate honor and tribute to a SEAL,” Naval Special Warfare Group 1 Commanding Officer Capt. Collin P. Green said. “It reflects the high regard his leadership, his teammates and the community had for him, the high standards of excellence he represented as a SEAL and more importantly as a person.”

Lee was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal, according to the Navy. During an assault, his team came under heavy fire and, to protect his teammates, he exposed himself to direct fire.

“Everyone that knew him or met him or served with him, for all those people, everybody was a winner,” former Lt. Cmdr. John Willink, Lee’s task unit commander, said. “Marc made every second of his short life count and bravely sacrificed it all for his country and his teammates on the battlefield Aug. 2, 2006.”

Lee’s mother Debbie told the crowd her son’s life would continue to challenge, motivate and inspire the personnel who train in the facility named for him to pursue excellence and change the world, just as he did.

“A mighty warrior doesn’t just happen; it takes much preparation and training: physically, mentally and spiritually — all of which Marc had made concentrated efforts (toward) in his life — so it is fitting that this building is being dedicated to Marc,” she said.

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