Eric Greitens

Eric Robert Greitens
CEO, The Mission Continues

  • Eric Greitens served as a United States Navy SEAL officer and deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism to Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, the Horn of Africa, and Iraq. His military awards include the Navy Achievement Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star.
  • Upon returning from Iraq in 2007, he used his combat pay to found The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that challenges veterans to serve and inspire in communities across America.
  • A photographer and writer, Greitens is the author of three books: Strength & Compassion; The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, and his newest book, The Warrior’s Heart.

Greitens was recognized by The Manhattan Institute for Social Entrepreneurship as one of the five leading social entrepreneurs in America.  Major League Baseball and PEOPLE Magazine named Greitens an “All-Star Among Us,” and the National Conference on Citizenship named him its “Citizen Soldier of the Year.” In 2008 the President presented Greitens with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and in 2012 he was awarded the Charles Bronfman Prize recognizing him as a leader whose work is of universal benefit and inspires future generations. 

Greitens teaches as a Senior Fellow at the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri and at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. His work has been covered by national media outlets including NPR, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Fox, CBS, MSNBC, The Colbert Report, the TODAY Show, USA Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Born and raised in Missouri, Greitens graduated from Duke University and earned his master’s degree and PhD from the University of Oxford.

Eric Greitens

Eric Greitens