Rorke Denver

Rorke Denver

U.S. Navy SEAL, Author and Star of 2012 Feature Film Act of Valor

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U.S. Navy SEAL, Author and Star of 2012
Feature Film Act of Valor

Lieutenant Commander Rorke T. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and other international hot spots. He stars in the hit 2012 film Act of Valor, which is based on true SEAL adventures, and most recently he is a mentor on FOX’s American Grit. His first book, Damn Few: Making the Modern Warrior, was published in January 2013 by Hyperion. His latest book is Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal's Call to a Nation.

Military Experience

After completing the SEALs' legendary Basic Underwater Demolition program in 1999 (BUD/S Class 224), Denver began an action-filled 13-year career as a platoon commander and training leader with America's premier special-operations force. As assistant officer in charge of BRAVO Platoon at SEAL Team THREE, he was deployed to SOUTCOM, the Central and South American Area of Operations, where his platoon was the "alert" SEAL team for maritime interdiction, hostage rescue, counter-insurgency and counter-narcotics. As SEAL officer aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, Denver led his group's response to a murderous uprising in the Ivory Coast nation of Liberia, launching advanced-force operations, conducting hydrographic beach reconnaissance and helping to get U.S. Marines safely ashore. At Special Boat Team TWELVE, he started the Maritime Capable Air Deployable Boat Detachment, which specialized in parachuting large assault boats from U.S. aircraft.

In 2006, Denver was officer in charge of BRAVO Platoon of SEAL Team THREE in Iraq's Al Anbar Province in one of the most combat-heavy deployments of any regular SEAL team since Vietnam. Stationed in Habbaniya, his team conducted more than 190 missions including sniper operations, direct assaults, special reconnaissance and ground patrols. Two of his teammates were killed in action, including Mike Monsoor, who received the Medal of Honor for jumping on a live grenade to save his teammates. Denver's team has been widely credited with propelling the "Tribal Awakening" that helped to neutralize Iraq's Shia insurgency. Denver was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" for valorous action in combat.

After returning to the United States, Denver was appointed flag lieutenant to Admiral Joseph Maguire, commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare, traveling to Afghanistan and briefing Congress on SEAL operations. In 2009, he became First Phase officer of SEAL Basic Training including Hell Week, then rose to Basic Training officer. He went on to run all phases of training including advanced sniper, hand-to-hand fighting, communications, diving and language.

Education

Denver is an honor graduate of the United States Army Ranger School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University, where he was an All-American lacrosse player and captain of the varsity lacrosse team. He earned a Master's Degree in Global Business Leadership from the University of San Diego. 

The Pursuit

Greatness doesn’t happen by accident. Rarely is it stumbled upon. To achieve it, we have to be in constant pursuit of those skills, lessons and behaviors that bear results. Navy SEAL Commander Rorke Denver has crafted an entirely new program focused on those pursuits. The program is reloaded with new stories from the legendary SEAL training grounds and the combat assault teams he lead. What lessons can be harvested from heavy backpacks in Afghanistan, the Gettysburg Address and combat breathing? Join Rorke Denver's pursuit. The pursuit of transformational culture. The pursuit of hidden organizational talent. The pursuit of all in teamwork, simplicity and grit!

Leadership: Lessons from a Navy Seal Commander

Acts of Valor: True Stories from the Front Lines

Global Outlook and Security: An Assessment of What’s Next from a Boots on the Ground Navy Seal Commander

Preparing Your Team for Battle

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