J. Barry McLaughlin is a retired USN Command Master Chief from the Littoral Warfare/Expeditionary Warfare Community. He has served along Navy EOD during multiple operational deployments around the globe. On November 26th, 2016 (Thanksgiving Day) he received a call from his good friend that Senior Chief Scott Dayton had been killed in Syria while conducting operations embedded with Special Forces.
Barry did not know Scott personally but knew his friend and teammate who was also on this mission the night Scott was killed. Since learning of his passing, Barry has long wanted to find a meaningful way that he could honor the service and sacrifice of this Warrior, Leader, Mentor, Friend, Husband, and Father.
He finally decided last summer to honor Scott and the entire Navy EOD community by riding his road bike across America in order to raise funds for the Navy Special Operations Foundation. We remember their Honor, Courage, and Commitment to protect life, preserve liberty, and pursue any foe who threatens it.