Sunday, July 5th 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Former SEAL Team Six Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group
Rob O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time and the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior. A former SEAL Team Six leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, he deployed more than a dozen times and held combat leadership roles during more than 400 missions in four theaters of war. A highly-trained Navy SEAL, he led the military’s most elite and was involved in our nation’s most important campaigns. Rob was the man on the ground we have never heard of but know exists, performing the most difficult tasks in the most difficult circumstances, and keeping America safe in the process. Rob’s mantra is “Never Quit;” he believes this is the single most important factor in determining success.
Rob rose to the rank of senior chief petty officer in the United States Navy and served as a team leader at DEVGRU, positions not come by easily. He has a laundry list of certifications, including instructor, physical trainer, master training specialist, special warfare sniper, diving supervisor, and survival expert. He served as an officer in charge of small arms, demolition, close quarters combat, explosives breaching, fire and maneuvers, and laser systems safety. His military air operations qualifications include high-altitude and high-opening free fall jump master, tandem and bundle master, parachute rigger, master naval parachutist, drop zone safety officer, and quality assurance inspector. He has completed more than 1000 jumps.
Rob has been decorated more than 52 times with honors, including two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations, and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor. Silver Stars, the military’s third highest honor, are awarded for extraordinary gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. Bronze Stars with Valor are awarded for merit, with Valor signifying a heroic act and direct participation in combat operations. It is the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces and the ninth highest military award overall. Joint Service Commendation Medals are given for senior service on a joint military staff and is the most senior of the commendation medals.
Rob is a co-founder of Your Grateful Nation, which provides individualized transition support for Special Operations heroes and their families. He is a contributor to Fox News.