Please note change in program:
Scheduled speaker Tony Cucolo of the University of Texas System cannot join us as planned. We appreciate his assistance in arranging for this excellent program for this week.
From the Battlefront to the Home Front
We will be privileged to hear a special operations soldier’s perspective on the Global War on Terrorism to the state of the Veteran Transition.
LCDR Mike Sarraille will discuss his experiences in units acting as the tip of the national policy spear from Afghanistan to Africa. He will discuss the broken state of the Veteran Transition and systemic challenge facing our returning soldiers and efforts at the University of Texas to create a national solution for our nation's heroes.
About Our Speaker
Lieutenant Commander Michael Sarraille was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA. He attended high school at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA, before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1998. LCDR Sarraille served as a Reconnaissance Marine and Scout-Sniper at 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and attained the rank of Sergeant. In 2000, he was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program. He attended Texas A&M University as a Naval ROTC staff member, where he finished his Bachelors in Business Administration in 2003. LCDR Sarraille conducted an inter-service transfer to the Navy in 2003, when he was selected to attend Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUD/s) as a newly commissioned Navy officer. After successful completion of BUD/s, he was assigned to SEAL Team THREE in 2004. While assigned to SEAL Team THREE he participated as a ground force commander in the Battle of Ramadi and Battle of Sadr City, Iraq. In 2008, LCDR Sarraille was assigned to BUD/s as the Junior Officer Training Course Director, leading the professional development for over 60 Naval Special Warfare and Air Force Special Operations junior officers.
In 2009, LCDR Sarraille was successfully assessed and selected for assignment to Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), representing the top five percent of the entire SEAL community. After successful completion of the 8-month selection and training pipeline, he was assigned to Naval Special Warfare TACDEVRON THREE, where he served from 2009 to 2015. During his tenure at DEVGRU, LCDR Sarraille completed multiple combat deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism and Other Contingency Operations. In 2014, LCDR Sarraille was hand-selected to participate in the first officer exchange between DEVGRU and the Combat Applications Group (CAG), where he served as a Troop Commander and deployed in support of an Other Contingency Operation.
In 2015, LCDR Sarraille was assigned to the University of Texas at Austin Navy ROTC Unit as a professional education instructor. During his tenure, LCDR Sarraille completed the full-time MBA program at the UT McCombs School of Business in 2017. He was selected by Poets and Quants as a national ‘MBAs to Watch’ recipient in 2017. Additionally, LCDR Sarraille is the founder of VETTED, a Texas based Veteran Service Organization. VETTED is the optimal veteran transition platform to transform proven military leaders into tomorrow's industry leaders and entrepreneurs. VETTED identifies military talent for transition preparation and planning, executive education, and industry placement in the private sector. VETTED has received national attention as the most innovative and comprehensive veteran transition platform in the nation. He has participated as a Veteran Transition subject matter expert on several panels, to include the American Enterprise Institute.
LCDR Sarraille completed 10 combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Arabian Peninsula, Horn of Africa, and other locations. His decorations include the Silver Star Medal, six (6) Bronze Star Medals for Valor, Purple Heart, two (2) Distinguished Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and multiple other personal medals and unit citations.
6:50am - Coffee & Networking
7:10am - Breakfast Buffet
7:25am - Introductions & Announcements
7:50am - Speaker Introduction
8:20am - Q&A
8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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