Here's a hint (if you need one): Their names both sound like "Kris."
After 20 years of service, Chris Beck (first picture) retired from Seal Team 6 a just few months before their famous raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Chris Beck's military career included seven combat deployments, a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
Kristin Beck (second picture), 46, works as a military consultant in the Tampa area, and decided in March to post a new LinkedIn profile picture of herself (Chris Beck) dressed as a woman.
"I am now taking off all my disguises and letting the world know my true identity as a woman," Beck wrote on her LinkedIn page.
Beck said some SEAL buddies thought at first that it was a joke, but she assured them it wasn't. "I am still the same person with the same experience and the same spirit."
The first picture in this post is from the cover of Kristin Beck's recently-released memoir, "Warrior Princess." The second is from Kristin Beck's recent life.
The book includes some reactions from former team members, including praise for Beck's courage in the forward which was written by former boss and retired Navy SEAL and astronaut William Shepherd.
Beck attended the Virginia Military Institute, played sports in school and always wanted to serve in the military. Her co-author, Anne Speckhard, is an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School who has specialized in post-traumatic stress disorder and counterterrorism.
Speckhard said she sees Beck's decision to join the Navy SEALs as fitting the character of a high achiever. "As a woman, he would have joined the SEALs as well," Speckhard said. The Navy SEALs currently do not take female candidates.
In fact, the military currently does not accept any transgender candidates, even after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."
“As a woman, he would have joined the SEALs as well.”
Can’t help it. This story makes me laugh.