Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 24, 2014

'Lone Survivor' screening to honor Phillips alumnus

Parents of U.S. Navy SEAL killed in action, retired SEALs to attend


The Andover Townsman

---- — Phillips Academy in Andover will honor the memory of alumnus Lt. Commander Erik Kristensen, who was killed in the line of duty in 2005, on Friday, April 25, with a series of events that will include a special screening of the Academy Award-nominated film, “Lone Survivor.”

A 1991 graduate of Phillips, Kristensen was serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL when his helicopter was shot down on June 28, 2005, during an ill-fated rescue mission in a mountainous region of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Kristensen and his team were attempting to rescue four fellow SEALs trapped in an intense firefight with the Taliban during Operation Redwing.

Three of the four SEALs involved in Operation Redwing were killed that day, as were all personnel aboard Kristensen’s helicopter, marking the single largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

The lone survivor of Operation Redwing, Marcus Luttrell, is the author of the book “Lone Survivor,” upon which the film is based.

The screening of “Lone Survivor” is the culminating event in a special evening to honor Kristensen and his colleagues.

The evening will begin with a moment of silence ceremony at 5 p.m. at Memorial Place, located next to Phillips’ Memorial Bell Tower on Salem Street. A special dinner open to members of the Phillips Academy community will follow at 5:30.

The film screening is set for 6:30 p.m. in Cochran Chapel, 2 Chapel Ave.

Among those planning to participate in the evening are Kristensen’s parents, Rear Admiral and Mrs. Edward Kristensen, U.S. Navy (retired); and retired U.S. Navy SEALs Rear Admiral Thomas L. Brown, Robert Mitchell, Ryan Rico and Marcus Rivchin.

The public is invited to attend both the moment of silence and the film screening. Though both events are free, reservations are requested for planning purposes by emailing Mary Corcoran at mcorcorcan@andover.edu.