Jocko Willink – Commander of Task Unit Bruiser

Navy SEAL Jocko Willink in Iraq
Navy SEAL Jocko Willink in Iraq (Photo: Jocko Willink)

Jocko Willink is a former Navy SEAL and book author. He was born as John Gretton Willink on September 8, 1971, in Torrington, Connecticut and from early childhood he dreamed to become a soldier.

BUD/s, SEAL Team 1 and SEAL Team 2

At the age of 19, Jocko Willink enlisted in the US Navy. After he finished basic training and Radioman (RM) “A” School training he decided to ask for more. As he was an intense, athlete, smart, driven, high energy guy, he reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training at Coronado, California.

raid on Russian tanker Volga-Neft-147 on February 6, 2000, in the Gulf of Oman
Jocko Willink was part of the Navy SEAL raid on Russian tanker Volga-Neft-147 on February 6, 2000, in the Gulf of Oman (Photo: XY)

After finishing BUD/s, he spent eight years on active duty as enlisted Navy SEAL operator with SEAL Team 1 and SEAL Team 2. During his time as a SEAL, he took part in a raid on Russian tanker Volga-Neft-147 on February 2, 2000, in the Gulf of Oman. The tanker which was carrying Iraqi oil in violation of a U.N. economic embargo was seized by the Navy SEALs after the crew ignored U.S. Navy demands to stop the vessel.

Jocko Willink during his career did many good things. Starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer. He earned his commission via Officer Candidate School. He served as a platoon commander and during his career, he completed multiple deployments to Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Seal Team 3, Task Unit Bruiser

He was part of the famous SEAL Team 3, Task Unit Bruiser. The unit was deployed to the Iraqi town of Ramadi in 2006 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. As commanding officer, Willink orchestrated SEAL operations that helped the “Ready First” Brigade of the US Army’s First Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War.

Alongside him, the SEAL Team 3, Task Unit Bruiser also included Marc Alan Lee, Michael Monsoor, Jonny Kim, Kevin Lacz, and Chris Kyle. He also served as a Navy SEAL instructor during his career. He retired in October 2010 after 20 years of service.

Michael A. Monsoor was a member of famous Seal Team 3, Task Unit Bruiser
Michael A. Monsoor was a member of famous Seal Team 3, Task Unit Bruiser (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Post-military carrer

After retirement, Jocko Willink has become a successful author. Along with Leif Babin (also former Navy SEAL) wrote the book Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win. Together with Leif Babin, he founded Echelon Front, where he is a leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach.

After appearing on the podcasts of Tim Ferriss, Joe Rogan, and Sam Harris to publicize his book, Willink started his own weekly podcast, The Jocko Podcast.

As of March 2020, Willink has officially become a designer of a line of luxurious men’s denim jeans.

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