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 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.