Bill Christman, the founder of TTS, had the honor of meeting with Robert O’Neill (pictured) in Dallas Texas the final destination of the first ride in 2015.

Navy SEAL

In 2015 myself and a few riders rode all the way to Dallas Texas to meet with Robert O’Neill, the SEAL who killed Osama Bin Laden, Tej Gill, McB, at a Bar and Grill small get-together to celebrate and present them with some gifts on behalf of TTS. Check out all the photos in the photo gallery from this ride!
The 2016 events and celebrations we’re no different with the Navy SEALs joining us and heading the rides that ended up at Big Barn Harley-Davidson in Des Moines Iowa. If you were part of the ride or event you got to meet these Awesome Warriors! McB, Sonny, Brent and Steve were there too say some inspirational words, take photos and take part in all the festivities! They were honored to be there and plan to very much be apart of the 2017 events!
Below find some bio information on some of the Navy SEALs that we met up with in Dallas Texas in 2015. We raised nearly $25,000 the first year! This was a great start to what we hope is going to continue year after year raising much-needed funds and awareness promoting Veterans First One Family at a Time!
Read about these bad boys who were at last year’s event below!

Robert O'Neill

Robert J. O’Neill
Team Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development GroupS

 

Rob 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.

In his line of work, instant, critical decision-making is an absolute necessity for success, and he has proven experience in exceptionally high-risk and fluid environments. Having trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators, O’Neill brings this unique expertise to organizations and translates his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments, and how to become the ‘best of the best.’ His mantra is “never quit,” and O’Neill believes this is the single most important factor in determining success. O’Neill reminds us that the servicemen doing the dirtiest work are often making the hardest sacrifices.

Decorations. One of the nation’s most decorated veterans, 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.

Military History. 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.

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Tej Gill

Tej Gill
Petty Officer Second Class

 

Tej Gill is a former Petty Officer Second Class and Warfare Operator of the United States Naval Special Warfare Group, specifically assigned to SEAL Team 5. He served as a Navy SEAL for 10 years, with SEAL Team 5. While at SEAL Team 5, Tej performed more than a 100 direct action missions and more than 500 night vision missions in Iraq.

Petty Officer Second Class Gill has completed combat operations and enemy engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal for Valor and Army Commendation Medal for actions in combat, and a host of other medals and accommodations presented to him as an elite member of the SEAL Team 5.

Chief Petty Officer Gill’s history and certifications include:• SWAT Team Sniper, Las Vegas, 2015
• Assaulter, Sniper Team Leader, SEAL Team 5, 1997 – 2005
• BUD/S class 210, 1996

His certifications are lengthy, including sniper, master jumper and special warfare sniper and breacher, and survival expert. He is also an expert and trainer in small arms, demolition, close quarters combat, explosives breaching, and fire and maneuvers.