Get Task & Purpose in your inbox
JOB ENVY: Former SEAL And Reality TV Star Runs Charity To Support Wounded Warriors
Name: Jared Ogden
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy
Employer: Asymmetric Solutions
Title: Director of Operations
Jared Ogden is a man who finishes what he starts. His natural tenacity, cultivated by his parents and tested during his nearly eight years in the Naval Special Operations community, serves him well today in his role as director of operations for Asymmetric Solutions, an 1,800-acre tactical training center in Farmington, Missouri.
Since leaving active duty two years ago, the former Navy SEAL has been on a mission to recognize and act on the right opportunities.
“You have to be able to prioritize accurately and correctly,” said Ogden. “In the military, you’re in a pipeline where you can map out the next 20 years of your life. In the private sector it’s different, and that transition is tough for people who have been in the machine for 15-20 years.”
Ogden, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, acted on the right opportunity when he joined the cast of the National Geographic Channel’s “Ultimate Survival Alaska” last year. Publicity from the television show has provided notoriety that’s served both Asymmetric Solutions and Ogden’s non-profit, the Phoenix Patriot Foundation, well.
On his time in his the military
Ogden says he wouldn’t trade his active duty time for anything.
“It was the absolute best time of my life, and sprinkles of those eight years were also --- without a doubt --- the lowest points in my life,” he said. “It all boils down to being able to work with the most amazing, talented, and kind people I’ve ever met - and those people all wore uniforms.”
On the pivotal moments in his career
Ogden’s assessment of two of the most pivotal moments in his life come quickly.
First, he says, was the death of his buddy Patrick Feeks.
“That certainly impacted me a lot --- feeling so desperate to try to fill a void you know is not possible to fill for his family and parents,” Ogden said. “We were really close --- we were in the same [basic underwater demolition/SEAL] class and we were roommates in my first house. He was buried with honors in Arlington.”
Ogden remembers Feeks as exemplifying success as a SEAL. One story in particular stands out in Odgen’s memory. After completion of BUD/s, Feeks and Ogden attended the parachute jump school in San Diego, California. During their first jump, Feeks’ primary chute malfunctioned.
“It turned out Patrick had a bag lock,” said Ogden. “But he did exactly what he was trained to do. He cut away and pulled his reserve.”
That kind of immediate competence is what Ogden likes to remember when he thinks about the day Feeks died.
“I know he followed his SOP, and did what he needed to for his brothers,” said Ogden. “Our training takes you closer to the edge than any other training in the world, and then we go to the ultimate pass/fail environment, and practice what we learned in front of the greatest audience ever --- our teammates.”
Ogden’s second pivotal moment? The day he pinned on the Trident, the Special Warfare insignia for Navy SEALS.
“You know you have a tough road ahead,” he said. “We’d been engaged in war for a long time, so you know you’re going to be met with tragedy, but in the whole roller coaster it’s not the tragedy that matters.”
On his charity work
During a deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, Ogden’s friend Dan Cnossen lost both his legs to a victim-operated improvised explosive device. When Ogden returned from Afghanistan seven months later, he spent the bulk of his leave with Cnossen at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, attending physical therapy sessions with his friend and considering the dramatic alteration in Cnossen’s life course.
“I asked myself, ‘If you were Cnossen, what would you do with the rest of your life,’” said Ogden. “I was with Dan for weeks, trying to figure out how I would get back in the fight.”
Shortly after departing Walter Reed, Ogden carried his questions to a barbeque with his buddies in San Diego.
“That evening I pulled out a white board and we started throwing down ideas,” he said. “The next morning I knew we had the skeleton of a charity. Making it happened seemed like a big task, but I knew the answer was only a phone call away.”
Five months later, the Phoenix Patriot Foundation was registered as a 501(c)(3).
Today, the foundation provides uniquely tailored programs to support severely wounded veterans on their journey to fully recover, reintegrate, and re-engage in serving America.
“It’s simple to do these tasks that seem huge, or larger than life, when you’re driven by such powerful events,” said Ogden.
His advice for transitioning veterans
“Let your passion lead you,” said Ogden. “Attack the next chapter of your life with the same energy that was required of you during your most trying time in the military --- whether that was boot camp, the Crucible, BUD/s, or combat --- and you will be successful and fulfilled.”
New London — Retired four-star general John Kelly said that as President Donald Trump's chief of staff, he pushed back against the proposal to deploy U.S. troops to the southern border, arguing at the time that active-duty U.S. military personnel typically don't deploy or operate domestically.
"We don't like it," Kelly said in remarks at the Coast Guard Academy on Thursday night. "We see that as someone else's job meaning law enforcement."
These 'kamikaze' drones are believed to be the culprits of the attacks on 2 Saudi oil fields. Here's what we know about them
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
Yemen's Houthi rebel group, part of a regional network of militants backed by Iran, claims to be behind the drone strikes on two Saudi oil facilities that have the potential to disrupt global oil supplies.
A report from the United Nations Security Council published in January suggests that Houthi forces have obtained more powerful drone weaponry than what was previously available to them, and that the newer drones have the capability to travel greater distances and inflict more harm.
The U.S. Air Force has selected two companies to make an extreme cold-weather boot for pilots as part of a long-term effort to better protect aviators from frostbite in emergencies.
In August the service awarded a contract worth up to $4.75 million to be split between Propel LLC and the Belleville Boot Company for boots designed keep pilots' feet warm in temperatures as low as -20 Fahrenheit without the bulk of existing extreme cold weather boots, according to Debra McLean, acquisition program manager for Clothing & Textiles Domain at Air Force Life Cycle Management Command's Agile Combat Support/Human Systems Division.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran rejected accusations by the United States that it was behind attacks on Saudi oil plants that risk disrupting world energy supplies and warned on Sunday that U.S. bases and aircraft carriers in the region were in range of its missiles.
Yemen's Houthi group claimed responsibility for Saturday's attacks that knocked out more than half of Saudi oil output or more than 5% of global supply, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the assault was the work of Iran, a Houthi ally.
Nearly a decade after he allegedly murdered an unarmed Afghan civilian during a 2010 deployment, the case of Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn is finally going to trial.