Matt Bissonnette 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. Matt received his bachelors degree in 1998 and upon graduating from college, enlisted in the Navy to pursue his dream of serving his country as a Navy SEAL. Matt 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 Matt was among some of the first to be deployed in support of the GWOT. In 2004, Matt completed selection and training to enter the ranks of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Matt continued to volunteer and serve at the tip of the spear throughout his career finally leaving service in 2012. Matt’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.
Matt 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. Matt is outspoken about the difficulties he and other veterans have faced with the transition out of military service and into the civilian world.
Matt is the author of 2 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.
Matt is a constant optimist that is committed to helping the entire veteran community and does so without taking any personal credit. In the past, he has used the pseudonym of Mark Owen and a disguise when doing any press to keep the message focused on the team and not the individual. Joining the GWOT Team is the first time he has stepped into the light but maintains his focus on the team and the mission.