Top Military Speakers that Will Inspire and Motivate Your Audience


Many military veterans have continued their careers as motivational and inspirational speakers, sharing riveting stories of their personal journeys and providing insight on lessons such as leadership, teamwork, bravery, etc. From Navy Seals, Air Force, special operations, Marine Corps, combat pilots, army rangers, and fighter pilots, our Military and Defense Speakers bring their stories from the front line to your event.

Here is a list of some top military and defense speakers with harrowing stories of survival and teamwork to inspire and motivate audiences everywhere.

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Military Leaders

  • General Stanley McChrystal - Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan
  • General John Nicholson - Commander of American & NATO Forces in Afghanistan 2016-2018
  • Admiral Harry HarrisAdmiral, U.S. Navy (Retired); Former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command; Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
  • General Ann Dunwoody - First Female Four-Star General, Retired Commander of U.S. Army Materiel Command, and Author of A Higher Standard
  • General John Allen - President, The Brookings Institution; Former Commander of NATO and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan; Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Middle East Security; Former Presidential Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
  • General Vincent Brooks - Retired Four-Star General & Former Commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea
  • Captain Michael Abrashoff - Former Naval Commander & Author of It's Your Ship

U.S. Army

  • Scott MannU.S. Army Green Beret (Ret.), Pineapple Express Mission Leader, Rooftop Leadership Expert
  • Greg Gadson - Highly-Decorated Army Colonel
  • Lisa Jaster - Army Ranger, Leadership and Peak Performance Expert
  • Matthew Griffin - Former member of the elite Army Special Operation Forces, and Co-Founder and CEO, Combat Flip Flops
  • Travis MillsRetired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, Quadruple Amputee, N.Y. Times Best Selling Author, Founder – Travis Mills Foundation
  • Patrick Murphy32nd Under Secretary of the Army, America’s First Iraq Veteran in Congress, Wharton Lecturer

U.S. Air Force

  • DeDe HalfhillRenowned Leadership Expert and Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
  • Michael Durant - Former Blackhawk pilot and prisoner of war and Inspiration for the Movie Black Hawk Down
  • Gina Ortiz-Jones27th Under Secretary of the Air Force; Barrier-Breaking Public Servant and Military Leader
  • Sydney Savion - U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Former Global Learning Futurist at Google, Transformational Leadership Expert
  • Vernice Armour - First African American Female Combat Pilot
  • Nicole Malachowski - First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Combat Veteran, Fighter Squadron Commander
  • Jason O. HarrisDecorated Combat Leader, Trust & Leadership Advisor, & Creator of No Fail Trust

U.S. Navy SEAL

  • Chris CassidyNASA Astronaut, Navy SEAL, CEO and President of the National Medal of Honor Museum
  • Chris Fussell - President at McChrystal Group, Best-selling Author, Leadership Expert, and Former US Navy SEAL Officer
  • Jeff Eggers - Former Navy SEAL who served as President Obama’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs
  • Scott Moore - Expert on Building and Leading “No-Fail” Teams and United States Navy SEAL Rear Admiral (ret.)
  • Eric Olson - Former Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command and Four-Star Admiral Navy SEAL
  • Curt Cronin - Expert on Leading High-Performance Teams, Former Navy SEAL
  • Rorke DenverNavy SEAL Commander (Ret.), Leadership & Peak Performance Specialist
  • Brent Gleeson - Navy SEAL Combat Veteran, Entrepreneur, & Best-Selling Author

U.S. Marine Corp.

  • Dakota Meyer - Medal of Honor Recipient & New York Times Best-Selling Author of Into the Fire
  • Eric Traupe - National Intelligence Leader; Former CIA Assistant Director
  • General James Conway - Four-Star General & 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Jake Harriman - Founder, Nuru International, and Former Marine who completed four tours of duty in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia
  • William McNulty - Marine Veteran; Founder Emeritus, Team Rubicon
  • Robert Neller37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • Rob JonesRetired Marine Sergeant, Paralympic Bronze Medalist, & Endurance Athlete

International Leaders

  • Nick Houghton - Former Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces
  • Ash Alexander-Cooper - Former Elite Military Unit Commander; Leadership and Resilience Expert
  • Petra Malm - The World’s First Special Forces Female Soldier (Sweden)



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