Erik Kristensen was the Lieutenant-Commander of SEAL Team 10 during Operation Redwings. In fact it was Kristensen who named the mission Redwings in honor of his favorite hockey team, the Detroit RedWings. When the distress call came in on June 28, 2005 from Lt. Michael Murphy’s four-man SEAL team Lt. Commander Kristensen boarded the rescue chopper along with his men.
As Marcus Luttrell stated in ‘Lone Survivor,’….“He knew he did not have to go but Erik Kristensen was a SEAL to his fingertips. There was no way Eric was not going to answer that call. He was a SEAL, a part of that brotherhood forged in blood. There was only one way Eric Kristensen was headed, straight up the mountain, guns blazing, command or no command.”
Following is an e-mail interview with Suzanne Kristensen, the mother of Lt. Commander Erik Kristensen.
LS.Net: Where was Eric born?
Suzanne Kristensen: Erik was born at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, March 15 1972 (he loved being born on the Ides of March)