• 619.435.7242
  • 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado CA 92118

April 18, 2024 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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SOLD OUT - Wine & Lecture: The History of SEAL Team 3 & 5

April 18 - April 18, 2024

Coronado Historical Association Lecture Hall
1100 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA 92118

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The Coronado Historical Association invites you to join us for our highly anticipated follow-up to our November Wine & Lecture about the history of Coronado’s SEAL Teams. This second installment will again feature a terrific lineup of experts comprised of former SEAL officers and commanders on the panel. We will pick up where we left off in the fall with the focus on Teams 3 & 5 and their histories since 1983. While the last session covered SEAL Teams 1 & 2, during this session we will be educated on SEAL Teams 3 & 5. More information to come soon!

Important Registration Information: Registration Required. No walk-ins will be admitted.

If you have any questions please email info@coronadohistory.org or call (619) 435-7242.

CAPTAIN Dan’l Steward, USN (retired) will once again bring his expert knowledge and moderating abilities to this panel. More information on the other members of the panel to come soon!

Please be aware that tickets for the wine & lecture events are nonrefundable, as proceeds support our educational mission.


CAPTAIN Dan’l Steward, USN (Ret)


CPT Steward was born and raised in Eureka, CA. Matriculating to the US Naval Academy, he graduated in 1974 with a degree in mechanical engineering. After 2+ years as a Surface Warfare Officer homeported on a destroyer out of San Diego and deploying to WESTPAC, he received orders to BUD/S. Graduating with Class ’95 in 1978, he reported to SEAL Team ONE. He was to serve three times at this command — as platoon commander, Executive Officer, and in 1990, Commanding Officer. Other assignments included SEAL Team TWO; Exchange Officer to the Special Boat Squadron, UK; on the Staff of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and independent duty. Retiring in 1994, CAPT Steward spent 10 years in the private sector before returning to Naval Special Warfare where he spent the next 17 years supporting special activities, strategic concepts, and innovation. Dan’l holds a Master’s Degree from the Naval War College, has been published several times in Naval Proceedings, has been married for 41+ years to his wife, Amy, and has a grown daughter.

CPT Todd Perry, USN (Ret) & Mrs. Jackie Perry


CPT Perry is from Escondido, CA, and enlisted in the Navy in April 1982; graduated with BUD/S Class 123 in July 1983 and retired in May 2022 after a 40-year career. He rose through the ranks from Seaman to Senior Chief before being commissioned an Ensign in 1997… and then rising to the rank of Captain. Career highlights include tours with SEAL Team ONE, SEAL Team Three (plank owner), SEAL Team Eight, Naval Special Warfare Unit TWO, and 18 years at a Special Mission Unit. Perry’s command tours include NSW Advanced Training Command, Combined Joint Special Operation Task Force – Iraq (CJSOTF-I 19-2, and NSW Leadership Education and Development (NLEAD). He now serves as Executive Director of the Navy SEAL Museum San Diego (scheduled to open in early 2025). 

The eighth child in a family of twelve, Todd’s college sweetheart, Jackie, has been along for the full ride. Todd and Jackie were married a week before Todd started BUD/S training in 1982 and is the longest-serving spouse in NSW’s 80-year history! Jackie raised their three children during Todd’s 21 deployments to Asia, Europe, Africa, and Central America – and countless training trips.  To cope with the demands of Todd’s job, Jackie did two things: prayed for Todd throughout his training and missions and prayed for herself to remain calm and get through the days he was deployed. Jackie stays busy as a pharmacy technician and remains focused on her children and five grandchildren. 

Force Master Chief Walter "Ditti" Dittmar, USN

Master Chief Dittmar currently serves as the 10th Naval Special Warfare Force Master Chief — the senior enlisted position in Naval Special Warfare (NSW). He is the primary advisor to the Commander on all matters pertaining to operations, training, and personnel for NSW’s 10,000-person organization. With 32 years on Active Duty, his operational and combat assignments include tours and multiple deployments with SEAL Teams FIVE and ONE. Other assignments include NSW Group ONE, EOD Group ONE, Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, and NSW Basic Training Command. From 2013 to 2021 Dittmar served four consecutive Command Master Chief tours and assumed his current assignment in August 2022. A graduate of National Defense University Keystone, Joint Special Operations University Summit, Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, and the State College of Florida, he holds a certification in Post-Secondary Adult Education. 

CDR Joey Snelgrove, USN

CDR Snelgrove was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA, where he played soccer and water polo for Newport Harbor High School, and served as a Newport Beach ocean lifeguard. Upon graduating high school he began his military career at the United States Naval Academy in 2001, playing Varsity water polo for four years. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 2005, he received his commission as an Ensign in the Navy with orders to Basic Underwater Demolition/ SEAL (BUD/S) Training with Class 259. After spending the first six years of his career in Coronado, he went on to serve in leadership roles at SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE in Pearl City, Hawaii, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Virginia Beach, VA, and is currently the Commanding Officer of SEAL Team FIVE.

He has earned a Masters of Science degree in Defense Analysis (Irregular Warfare) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and served as a Program Manager at the Office of Secretary of Defense – Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), investing hundreds of millions of dollars in advanced capabilities for SOF Forces.

Joey and his wife Trisha currently reside in Coronado, California with their three young children.

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