2019 Conquering Kili Class
U.S. Army Veteran
Salt Lake City, UT
Jason was born in Washington D.C. and raised across the Potomac River in Springfield, Virginia. In 1995, Jason was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. While at West Point, Jason played Linebacker for the Army Black Knights football team, served a two-year LDS-Mormon mission to Russia, and, upon graduation, won the prestigious General Loeffke Award for Excellence in Foreign Languages.
After graduating from West Point, Jason volunteered to attend U.S. Army Ranger School in Fort Benning, GA where he earned his Ranger tab (2002). During his service, Jason then began a one year tour to Korea serving a few miles from the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) between South and North Korea. Immediately after serving in Korea, Jason was deployed with the 101st Airborne Division in the invasion of Iraq (2003). In 2006, Jason won the coveted Green Beret and began serving as a Detachment Commander with 10th Special Forces Group in Fort Carson, Colorado. As a Detachment Commander, Jason led his team on close to 300 combat missions to kill/capture high-value targets as well as created and commanded one of the largest Foreign Internal Defense Force in U.S. history, training nearly 4000 Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers in hand to hand combat, raid and patrolling techniques, unconventional warfare and personal security detail tactics as well as deploying these forces on the battlefield. During his 14 years in the U.S. Army, Jason has won numerous awards, notably the Bronze Star with V device for Valor as well as two additional Bronze Stars during numerous combat rotations as a Special Forces Detachment Commander in the Middle East and Africa. Following his team time, Jason was specially selected over his peers to serve as the 10thGroup Assistant Operations Officer.
Following his duties as the assistant operations officer, Jason was afforded the opportunity to pursue his master’s Degree in Business Administration. In 2013, Jason earned his MBA from Brigham Young University and it was there that he developed a passion for entrepreneurship. Jason returned to the Army upon completion of his MBA and served at United States Army Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina before he medically retired at 18 years (including West Point).
Jason believes in servant leadership, the art of determination, and the power of storytelling. This philosophy has served him well in his life and has made him an experienced speaker and proponent of Mission 6 Zero’s six-domained Total Warrior Intelligence model. Jason is passionate about his experiences and his stories resonate with any audience; students, athletes, businesspersons that wants to be passionate about passion. Jason is married to his wife, Elizabeth, and enjoys traveling, the history of the Roman Empire, the study of religion, playing with his dogs, the art of Krav Maga, supporting DC professional sports teams, and helping veterans through the non-profit organization, Warrior Rising.
As the commander of Mission 6 Zero (http://www.mission6zero.com/), Jason has worked with seven National Football League teams, two Major League baseball teams, and several corporations, including Porsche, Adobe, and Vivint. As the Executive Director of Warrior Rising, Jason has personally raised $1,000,000 to help 36 veterans start (or attempt to start) their own businesses.
Each new Conquering Kili class accepts the challenge to embark for the summit, a walk that represents the miles that many African women journey on a daily basis to fetch water for their families. While training for the climb, each team member works to raise funds and transform communities through the gift of clean water.