John Gretton “Jocko” Willink (born September 8, 1971) is an American author, podcaster, and retired United States Navy officer who served in the Navy SEALs.
His military service included combat actions in the Iraq War, where he commanded SEAL Team 3’s Task Unit Bruiser, the unit that fought in the battle against the Iraqi insurgents in Ramadi.
Jocko Willink is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer, co-author of Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win, host of the top-rated Jocko Podcast, and co-founder of Echelon Front.
Jocko spent 20 years in the SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer. As commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi, he orchestrated SEAL operations that helped the “Ready First” Brigade of the U.S. 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.
Jocko returned from Iraq to serve as Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams. There, he spearheaded the development of leadership training and personally instructed and mentored the next generation of SEAL leaders who have continued to perform with great success on the battlefield. Jocko is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards.
Upon retiring from the Navy, Jocko co-founded Echelon Front, a premier leadership consulting company, where he teaches the leadership principles he learned on the battlefield to help others lead and win.