I am pleased that Black Belt Magazine has accepted an article I've written after several months of research on Mike Echanis and his journey as a Wounded Warrior. The article is the only one authorized by the Echanis Family which assisted greatly in its preparation. The intent is to motivate and encourage our trans generational Wounded Warriors to never ever quit when it comes to their recovery/rehabilitation and recreation of their lives after war. Mike's actual military career, accomplishments, training and awards/decorations are presented for the first time in 35 years based on a FOIA request; his involvement with both Special Forces and the Navy SEALs/UDT communities as the identified H2H senior instructor for the communities at the time is presented and documented; and there's much more to include publication of never before seen photos. My sincere thanks to Black Belt and its editor, Robert Young, for continuing to honor MDE's life, contributions to the martial arts and now his successful quest to re-enable himself after the severe wounds he suffered in Vietnam via the publication Mike was so proud to be associated with.
Greg Walker (Retired)
United States Army Special Forces
"No Fallen Comrade Left Behind"