Jack Tilley

12th SMA (R), Founder & Host, American Freedom Foundation

Jack Tilley, a native of Vancouver, Washington, served as the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army from June 23, 2000, to January 15, 2004. During his distinguished 36-year military career, he held various leadership positions within the Department of the Army and Unified Command environments. As Sergeant Major of the Army, he acted as the Army Chief of Staff's personal advisor on enlisted-related matters, with a focus on soldier training and quality of life. Jack is a Vietnam War veteran and has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star with V Device.

After retirement, Jack continued his advocacy for service members and veterans. He co-chairs the American Freedom Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting veterans and their families through fundraising and awareness initiatives. In addition to his philanthropic work, Jack has established himself as a successful management consultant, working with top Fortune 500 companies on projects related to the military community. He is also the President/CEO of J.Tilley Inc., a Co-founder of Pinnacle Five, LLC, and the Senior Vice President for Leadership Development with NewDay USA. Jack is a renowned public speaker, hosting the country's number one military podcast, "Your Next Mission," and is the author of the book "A Soldier's Life."