Adam Westlee Huffer – US Navy SEAL, Navy Cross, 3 Purple Hearts, Tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Blog of Shame23
We are not sure what Adam has been huffing, but it sure leads to some wild claims.
In 2012, Adam Westlee Huffer claimed that he decided to become a Navy Special Warfare Combat Craft-Crewman (SWCC) which work with Navy SEALs.
Recently, Adam Huffer posted an extremely compelling story that spread around social media like a wildfire. Huffer claims that he is an active duty U.S. Navy SEAL that has a dilemma – he wants to donate one of his kidneys to an 11 year old boy that needs one desperately, but in so doing Huffer will be discharged from the Navy and have to give up the one thing he cherishes, that of working as a Navy SEAL for the Spec Ops community.
As the entire Facebook thread played out, Huffer kept encouraging people to go to Private Messages with him because he didn’t feel comfortable talking about things in public, especially sensitive SEAL related items.
There were several people that engaged in Private Messages (PMs) with Huffer. We convinced the individuals to share those conversations as they were needed for cross comparison.
He said that he was a Special Operator(?) First Class (SO1) both publicly…
… and privately, then transitioned into confirming that he was a Navy SEAL…
Huffer was asked about the Wing’s Inflatable Boat – Small (i.e. IBS)’s…
Huffer didn’t recognize the term ‘IBS’ at first, typing a question mark…
Huffer stated his Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) class number as 3419…
Huffer also claimed to have three Purple Hearts, refusing a fourth one…
Huffer went on the explain the circumstances of the fourth Purple Heart that he refused…
Huffer explained the circumstances of having to be pushed out of the Navy due to the kidney donation…
Meanwhile, a public conversation thread was continuing about the kidney donation. Below are the highlights with some in between comments edited out…
Below is the entire thread – click to enlarge in a new window…
In another Private Message conversation, Huffer confirmed again that he was a SEAL, was awarded 3 Purple Hearts (refused a fourth one), awarded a Navy Cross in Iraq and also fought in Afghanistan. Below are highlights from that conversation…
Below is the entire PM conversation – click to enlarge in a new window…
It was interesting that Huffler shied away from any publicity.
There was some concern in regard to the little boy, but Huffler claimed that he never told the boy that he was a Navy SEAL.
Huffer even commented on people lying about their military service, wishing his own stories to be false…
At this point, many people were asking questions, so a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was made for Adam Huffer’s official military records.
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FOIA RESULTS – SELECTED
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FOIA RESULTS – COMPLETE
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SUMMARY AND DISCUSSION
The confirmation letter from Naval Special Warfare Command states that Huffer was not listed as participating in SEAL training.
For what little time Huffer spent on active duty, it would have been impossible to achieve the training for a Navy SEAL. Huffer even posted about going to a school in Gulfport, MS. Gulfport is usually a tip off for someone being a SeaBee.
The date indicated coincides with both the DoD Manpower Data Center dates of active duty service as well as the date range on Huffer’s DD-214.
In addition, the BUD/S – SEAL database was checked and Huffer was not listed in any class.
Huffer’s claims of a Navy Cross and three Purple Hearts are not supported on his DD-214 nor is he listed in a database for the Navy Cross.
These claims are in violation of the Stolen Valor Act of 2013.
IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN
No overseas assignments were listed on Huffer’s DD-214.
Huffer is listed as a BUCN which is an E-3 Constructionman / Builder. This is a SeaBee rating. This is an honorable tradecraft steeped in fine Navy tradition. However, it is not an SO1 (E-6) as Huffer claims. Even the below photo reflects the BUCN (E-3) rating.
This could have been an earlier photo. It is conceivable that Huffer changed his rating while in the Naval Reserve, but it would have been difficult to make E-6 plus a change of rating in just under three (3) years since he was an E-3 on his DD-214 from 2013.
To prove or disprove the kidney donation story is beyond the scope of what we do here at Military Phony. It is relevant, should the 11 y/o kidney transplant recipient be told he was to receive a kidney from a Navy SEAL.
Since it is shown that Huffer is a Naval Reservist and not on active duty, the statement is odd that the operation would end his active duty time. Even with the Naval Reserve, there are a lot of options for him to stay in and maintain good drilling status. He can possibly take off 3-6 months and still maintain a good year and not miss any income.
All of the options are explained at length here.
The short, bottom line version is that he could go temporary IRR, reschedule months worth of drills, obtain an authorized admin absence, time the surgery around PFTs or be put on a Temporary Not Physically Qualified (TNPQ) list. The claim that he has to get out is simply not true and unfairly reflects poorly on the Naval Reserve.
Huffer was either not fully explained his options, made assumptions, or is deliberately painting a bad picture of the Navy for dramatic effect.
HUFFER’S SIDE OF THE STORY
When the FOIA results came back, several individuals made an effort to reach out to Adam Huffer on Facebook and he was asked about the Navy SEAL claims.
In each case, Huffer immediately blocked the person.
We are not entirely sure what is going on with the SEAL – Kidney Donation story. Unless there was money solicited in PMs, there did not appear to be a GoFundMe or other effort to solicit money in public.
As shown above, there would be no reason for Huffer to get out of the Naval Reserve or experience any loss of income if he plans for the operation – if in fact the kidney donation story has any truth to it. If he is misrepresenting himself in one area, there may be other stories that invite scrutiny.
The bottom line is that Adam Huffer’s service claims are not supported by his official military records.
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PHOTOS and SOCIAL MEDIA
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This Ain’t Hell: http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=65702
UPDATE: Adam Huffer is now claiming that his ex-wife did it. We don’t
suspect that she’ll be happy to hear this new claim by Huffer. Or will he
claim that she posted this as well?