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About Robert O'Neill
Robert J. O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time. He was a team leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He has deployed more than a dozen times, and he held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different 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. With most of his career shrouded in a classified cloak, O’Neill was the man on the ground we have never heard of but know exists. He was one of the quiet professionals performing the most difficult tasks in the most difficult circumstances, serving his remarkable career in the shadows and keeping America safe in the process.
O’Neill 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. O’Neill has a laundry list of certifications, including instructor, physical trainer, master training specialist, special warfare sniper and breacher, diving supervisor, and survival expert. He was also 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 air operations trainer/examiner and quality assurance inspector. He has completed more than 1000 jumps.
O’Neill 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.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy in 2012, O’Neill co-founded Your Grateful Nation a non-profit that helps Special Operations Veterans transition out of the military into their next successful career in corporate America.
O’Neill is a frequent contributor to major news broadcast programs, offering expert analysis on terrorism and military strategy.
As a public speaker, O’Neill travels the country to share his personal experiences, insights and life lessons from his acclaimed military career. Groups and businesses can check out his speaking availability at www.Leading Authorities.com.
For more information, visit www.RobertJONeill.com.
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In The Operator, Robert O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills—and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home.
“Impossible to put down…The Operator is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative, and certainly the other half of the story of one of the world’s most famous military operations…In the larger sense, this book is about…how to be human while in the very same moment dealing with death, destruction, combat” (Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author). O’Neill describes the nonstop action of his deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military’s most selective units, and reveals details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history. This is “a riveting, unvarnished, and wholly unforgettable portrait of America’s most storied commandos at war” (Joby Warrick).
Robert O'Neill afirma que fue él quien mató a Osama bin Laden, y nadie lo ha desmentido. Pero esto es lo menos importante de su vida y de lo que nos cuenta en este libro. Porque O'Neill intervino en unas cuatrocientas misiones de guerra en Irak y Afganistán, participó en la operación que liberó al capitán Phillips de los piratas somalíes y en el rescate del «único superviviente» Marcus Luttrell, por todo lo cual fue condecorado en cincuenta y dos ocasiones, incluyendo dos estrellas de plata y cuatro de bronce. Y porque su libro no es solo un relato de lucha, de convivencia con unos compañeros de quienes dependía su supervivencia, sino también la historia de un hombre que ha vivido la dura experiencia de los SEAL, preocupado por su esposa y sus hijas, por la casa y la hipoteca, en unos años en que apenas podía pasar unos pocos días en su hogar y en que cada despedida podía ser la última.