Retired Navy SEAL Turned Governor Completes SWAT Team Challenge

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens / AP
April 24, 2017

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R.) completed a SWAT team challenge over the weekend and did a pretty impressive job in the process.

The fifth annual Southeast Missouri SWAT Challenge took place last week. The event, which includes officers from Missouri, Illinois, and Florida, is held in honor of Deputy Chris Parsons, who was killed while on duty in 2012 as a member of the Washington County Sheriff's Department in Missouri, according to CBS affiliate KFVS.

Greitens, a retired Navy SEAL, tackled the obstacle course on Saturday and at times appeared to have to wait on the person in front of him to get out of the way.

"Come on, Navy SEAL, you can do it!" someone shouted at him near the course.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to be here in honor of Officer Parsons and all of the law enforcement officers who sacrifice so much for all of us," Greitens told KFVS.

After crossing the finish line, the winded governor was asked how the course was.

"Loved it! Absolutely loved every minute of it!" Greitens said. "Great team, great guys, incredible experience."

"Just demonstrating we love them, we support them, we got their back," he continued.

Greitens had nothing but praise for the police officers he completed the course with.

"They're tough and tested operators who care about the people they serve," Greitens said with his breath back. "I'm proud to stand with all of our state's law enforcement officers."

Greitens completed the muddy course with a time of 5:28.21, according to video of the event.