Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret)
Todd DeGhetto is a retired Navy Captain who spent 30 years in Naval Special Warfare (NSW) as a SEAL Officer. He has led at every level: Commander Naval Special Warfare Group THREE, Commanding Officer SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE, Team Leader and Element Leader of a Tactical Development and Evaluation Team at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and Platoon Commander at SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two. His staff assignments include: Director of Operations, then Chief of Staff and finally retiring as the Deputy Commander at Special Operations Command Africa; Director for Resources, Requirements and Assessments (N8) at Naval Special Warfare Command; Staff/Action Officer, Special Programs Assessment Division at Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command; and Executive Officer at SEAL Team Eight.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado; a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs (Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict) from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Todd is known for effective leadership and clear decision-making in high stress environments. While in command, he led several high risk operations critical to the national defense of the United States. His team earned numerous awards and accolades, including the highest unit award – the Presidential Unit Citation. He has extensive experience at the Senior Official level, thriving in complex and uncertain environments. He is a proven problem solver with imagination, competence, and sound decision-making. Todd has extensive experience building and leading collaborative teams, to increase efficiencies and solve complex issues. He enjoys using the lessons and skills he learned over his 30 years in NSW to educate and mentor our future leaders in leadership, ethics, teamwork, discipline, mental toughness and motivation.
In 2018, Todd and his wife founded Beau Hill LLC, with a focus on giving back to their community and developing our next generation. They focus on leadership, teamwork, ethics and values. Todd has taught several classes at Carson Newman University on topics ranging from ethics to courage and career planning. He has also spoken to the Carson Newman Football team and most recently to the baseball team on how to handle critique or criticism, paying attention to little things with game and life, and physical and mental toughness.
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