Eric Greitens Visits Center for National Threat Assessment
It is not every day that an American hero drops by the office. On September 28th, 2015, Dr. Eric Greitens, a Missouri native who served as a United States Navy SEAL officer and founder of The Mission Continues, visited CNTA headquarters in Springfield, Missouri. The founder and owner of CNTA, Dr. Robert O’Block, along with 4 staff members who served in the armed forces (Ian Burba, Justin Simpson, Morgan Winn, and Josiah Roberts), the Executive Director (Thomas Schafbuch) and the Director of Education (Jeffrey Thornsberry) had the unique opportunity to engage with Dr. Greitens on a wide variety of issues including helping veterans transition to civilian life, the economy in Missouri, and leadership. Dr. Greitens expressed gratitude to Dr. O’Block for his work assisting Navy personnel transition to the private workforce by providing the opportunity to acquire homeland security certifications during their service in the Navy. Dr. Greitens founded The Mission Continues, a non-profit that emphasizes service and community engagement for veterans returning to civilian life. The startup capital for the The Mission Continues came from Dr. Greitens combat pay after he returned from Iraq. From May 2007 to May 2009, Dr. Greitens contributed over 2,750 volunteer hours as a volunteer Chairman and CEO, and the President of the United States personally presented Dr. Greitens with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Dr. Greitens studied ethics, philosophy, and public policy at Duke University as an Angier B. Duke Scholar and graduated summa cum laude and with Distinction in Ethics. After Duke, Dr. Greitens was selected as Rhodes Scholar where he earned his master’s degree and PhD from the University of Oxford in 1998 and 2000. Dr. Greitens also won two Oxford Boxing Blues and the Gold Medal at the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA). Dr. Greitens’s doctoral thesis, Children First, investigated how international humanitarian organizations can best serve war-affected children. Dr. Greitens was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a White House Fellow in 2005. Dr. Greitens has received numerous military awards including the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Purple Heart, Expert Pistol Shot Medal, Expert Rifle Shot Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Bronze Star. In 2014, Fortune Magazine named Dr. Greitens one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” Dr. Greitens is the author of four (4) books including The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, which became a New York Times Bestseller in 2011, Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life, the Warrior’s Heart, and Strength & Compassion. Author Joe Klein highlights Dr. Greitens in his book Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home. Dr. Greitens also worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, Gaza Strip, India, and Bolivia. In India, Dr. Greitens worked with Mother Teresa to help feed those that were dying in Varanasi. Dr. Greitens served as a United States Navy SEAL Officer in Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Horn of Africa, and Iraq. In Iraq, Dr. Greitens was part of an Al Qaeda Targeting Cell in 2006-2007. Dr. Greitens has approved on numerous television programs including The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Dr. Greitens also reserves for the United States Navy with Special Operations Command Reserve Service.
Publisher Dr. Robert O'Block, American College of Forensic Examiners.