Mark Owen is a former Navy SEAL who served his country for 14 years. During his career, he deployed over 13 times in support of combat operations and the GWOT. Mark received his bachelor’s degree in 1998 and upon graduating from college, enlisted in the Navy to pursue his dream of serving his country as a Navy SEAL. Mark graduated as BUDs class 226 “Honor-man” and went on to be stationed at SEAL Team 5. During his first deployment as a Navy SEAL, 9/11 happened, and Mark was among some of the first to be deployed in support of the GWOT. In 2004, Mark completed selection and training to enter the ranks of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Mark continued to volunteer and serve at the tip of the spear throughout his career finally leaving service in 2012. Mark’s military awards include the Silver Star, 5 Bronze Stars with “V”, Purple Heart, Joint Commendation with “V”, Navy Commendation with “V”, Presidential Unit Citation and numerous other awards.
Mark continues his service by serving on the Advisory Board for the GWOT Memorial Foundation as well as advocating for transitioning veterans and helping raise money and awareness for multiple veteran-related charities. Mark is outspoken about the difficulties he and other veterans have faced with the transition out of military service and into the civilian world.
Mark is the author of two New York Times Bestselling books titled; “No Easy Day” and “No Hero”. He is also the Executive Producer of the CBS hit show “SEAL Team” and shares the leadership principles he learned while serving with a multitude of corporate executives and professional athletic organizations.
The charity Mark would like to help support is SOC-F. SOC-F was created in 2013 for one purpose: to make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of SOF families who have given so much for our country and our freedom. They do this by raising money for one incredibly worthwhile purpose: to provide medical, financial, and other support to SOF members and their families in ways that are often not met through other sources–which they call the “gaps.” Hence their Mission Statement, respectfully adopted from President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address in 1865:
“…to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan….”
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