SUMMARY OF HOUSE-PASSED BILL
The bill would amend the Michigan Memorial Highway Act to designate the portion of Highway M-53 in Macomb County between 31 Mile Road and 32 Mile Road as the "Chief Petty Officer Jason Freiwald Memorial Highway".
The bill would take effect 90 days after its enactment.
Chief Petty Officer Jason Freiwald was born in Utica, Michigan. He graduated from Armada High School and enlisted in the Navy on April 25, 1996. He eventually graduated from the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia, and then reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training. After graduating from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training, he completed Basic Airborne School in Fort Benning, Georgia.
He served on SEAL Team 5 for two years at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California, and then on SEAL Team 3 at the same location. During this time, he completed numerous qualifications to prepare him for combat, including sniper training, Arabic, and tactical rock climbing, among others. Chief Petty Officer Freiwald distinguished himself during deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In March 2005, he transferred from SEAL Team 3 to the demanding selection and training of the Naval Special Warfare Tactical Development and Evaluation program.
On September 12, 2008, Chief Petty Officer Freiwald sustained fatal injuries while conducting a top-secret combat operation in Afghanistan. According to testimony before the House Transportation Committee, he was the lead breach on the team, and sustained his injuries after entering the compound and engaging in battle. He was 30 years old. Freiwald was a highly decorated SEAL combat veteran; his decorations included the Bronze Star; Joint Service Commendation Medal; two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals; the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal; the Combat Action ribbon, and numerous personal, unit, and campaign medals.