The dedication ceremony for the building was held last November 13, according to the feature. Present during the ceremony was Capt. Timothy Szymanski, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group 2, and Cmdr. Ted Edson, the officer-in-charge of the forward trauma center. Capt. Szymanski said: “In the special warfare community, Denis will be a battle scar on our legacy that we will wear very proudly… Those who knew Denis know he lived by our sacred oath. This is a very fitting tribute that I am very, very proud of.”
Lt. Cmdr. Craig Knott, the medical officer for the Naval Special Warfare task unit, shared that there were several reasons why the forward surgical team decided to name the trauma center in honor of the fallen Navy SEAL.
Miranda was one of nine service members who were killed in a helicopter crash in Southeastern Afghanistan last September. Knott shared: “After the helo crash, it just seemed to make sense that the facility be named after Denis… the fact that he was a member of a SEAL team that operated close to this trauma center, and he was a prior hospital corpsman, it seemed like the right thing to do to name this facility in his honor.”
Cmdr. Ted Edson also spoke during the ceremony, and said: “It’s an honor and a privilege to name a Navy facility after a member of naval service, particularly a former hospital corpsman.”