Utah bridge named for Seal Team Six operator killed in Afghanistan

Posted at 8:00 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 23:40:47-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Jason Workman isn't a household name, and he didn't want to be. But you'll see his name from now on if you drive to Monument Valley.

The bridge across the San Juan River at Mexican Hat is now named the Special Operator Chief Jason Workman Navy Seal Memorial Bridge.

"It's not the biggest, or the grandest, but I think it's such a beautiful little bridge in a beautiful area, with the red rock, and you know it was just the place that he called home," said Workman’s mother, Betty.

Workman served on SEAL Team Six, the legendary unit of elite fighters who are sent on many of the U.S. military's toughest assignments around the world, made famous when they killed Osama Bin Laden.

Workman died on Aug. 6, 2011 when the Taliban shot down a Chinook helicopter transporting him and 29 other Americans along with six Afghans.

It was the single deadliest day of the war for U.S. troops.

Workman was married with a little boy who is now 6 years old.