Jesse Yandell enlisted as an Infantryman in the Army on July 16, 1996. After spending one year at Ft. Lewis, Washington, he then was relocated to Schofield Barracks Hawaii for two years, where he served in the Long Range Surveillance Detachment. Upon reaching the rank of Sergeant, Jesse volunteered for the 75th Ranger Regiment, after completed the Ranger Orientation Course, he was reassigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia. During this time he served in all positions from Team Leader to Platoon Sergeant, while also serving as the Operations Sergeant Major.

On the night of October 26, 2008, SFC Yandell was conducting a dismounted infiltration in support of a Special Operations Raid in Afghanistan. His Platoon came under intense small arms, rocket, and mortar fire. While SFC Yandell was conducting Casualty Collection Point Operations (CCP) of another wounded Ranger, his CCP was hit by small arms fire, and rocket-propelled grenades. SFC Yandell was subsequently wounded in the upper left chest. After being evacuated to his next stage of care, it was determined that SFC Yandell had shrapnel throughout his upper chest cavity, and also on the muscle that surrounded his heart. Upon closer evaluation at Hunter Army Airfield, it was deemed that further surgery would be needed for him to continue his service to his country and remain a member of the Ranger Regiment.

Jesse then opted for exploratory surgery in the vicinity of his heart, and that surgery turned out to be successful as a 2.7cm piece of shrapnel was removed from his pericardium, the muscle that surrounded his heart.

Approximately four months after his surgery, Jesse was afforded the opportunity to work with Camp Patriot.Org, and he was asked to be a team member on their Summit of Mount Ranier, after a successful summit, Jesse was able to work with Camp Patriot on numerous fundraising and awareness events.

In July of 2010, then MSG Yandell was reassigned to 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He served as the Operations Sergeant Major, Operations NCO, and lastly as the Charlie Company First Sergeant.

Jesse then volunteered to serve in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, while in Fort Jackson, Jesse served as a Battalion Operations NCO for 2nd  Battalion 60th Infantry, and as the Post Best Ranger Coach- assisting his team with a 14th Place Finish out of 51 Teams.

Since August of 2002, Jesse has deployed in support of the OIF and OEF a total of 15 times, with 5 deployments to Iraq and 10 to Afghanistan. He has been awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Valor, 5 Bronze Stars for Service, the Order of Saint Maurice- Centurion, and the Legion of Merit,  the remainder of his awards are commensurate with his Military Service. Jesse has earned the US Army Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

In Combat as a member of a Joint Special Operations Task Force, he has conducted approximately 600 Direct Raids, using Helicopter Assault, Ground Assault, Foot Infiltration, and even Boat Infiltration. His Rangers were extremely successful at capturing key High-Value Targets, while also closing with and destroying the enemy. The efforts of his Rangers were instrumental in the survivability of Coalition and partnering forces and the overall campaign while they were deployed to combat.

Since moving to Columbia, South Carolina he has dedicated himself to helping others by serving on the Executive Board in Palmetto Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, the National Vice President of, as an Advisory Board Member with American Dream and as an affiliate member of the University of South Carolina-Columbia Technology Incubator.

Jesse is married to the former Ms. Taryn Dahlke; they have two children, twins Justin and Braya- Age 3.

Currently, Jesse is a working as a Leadership Consultant with Kenning Associates.


Project Management: Developed detailed action plans and guided teams in the execution of groundbreaking organizational objectives. Resourceful and adaptable, exercised superb leadership and team playing skills with every assignment.

  • Analyzed stakeholder needs, developed project scopes, milestones, and accountability; organized all resources and personnel for on-time, on-budget project rollouts.
  • Managed the training and readiness of 145 Soldiers and Noncommissioned Officers in an Airborne Ranger Company tasked with a no-notice global deployment mission for classified operations.
  • Invested a budget of $1.5M while overseeing assets valued in excess of $30M.
  • Established training management systems and scenario concepts for basic and advanced live fire training, preparing over 1,200 Afghan Special Operations Forces Soldiers for combat.

Leadership: A superior leader who performs in high-pressure environments. Improved tea performance through training and a consultative style. Emphasize active listening and buy-in.

  • Managed and motivated as many as 450 personnel including international counterparts and 14 direct reports; earned a reputation for deft mentorship.
  • Displayed physical endurance and an “out front” leadership style that enabled Rangers to conduct 600 initiatives in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Conducted 10 deployments to Afghanistan, and 5 deployments to Iraq in support of a Joint Special Operations Task Force over a 12-year period.

Problem-Solving & Analysis: Consistently implements keen analytical abilities and a proven team-based work dynamic with a systems-oriented approach to facilitate efficient and effective solutions.

  • Advised the Ground Force Commander during mission planning for time-sensitive High Value Opportunities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Planned and resourced the successful retrograde of two operating bases in Afghanistan. These retrograde operations ensured the complete accountability of over 450 million dollars of equipment while also shipping over 900 thousand short tons of equipment back to the United States.


Selected Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Bronze Star Medal (x5), Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (x2), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal (x3), Army Achievement Medal (x4), Army Good Conduct Medal (x6), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal,Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion), Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist’s Badge (Master & Senior), Air Assault Badge


Kenning Associates LLP– Leadership Consultant | 2016 – Present

Select Clients– Princeton- Mens Lacrosse, Groupo Agrisal- San Salvador, Cloverleaf Charter School-Atlanta GA., Straight Blast Gym- Athens GA., Carolina Panthers- Charlotte NC., Nevada Benefits- Las Vegas NV., AMCOL Systems- Columbia SC., Complete Athlete 360- Rutgers NJ.

U.S. ARMY, Various Duty Stations Globally | 1995 – 2016
Battalion Operations NCO, 2/60th Infantry Battalion, 2014 – 2016
Charlie Company First Sergeant, 2/75th Ranger Regiment, 2012 – 2014
Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, 2/75th Ranger Regiment, 2011 – 2012
Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, 1/75th Ranger Regiment, 2009 – 2010
Ranger Rifle Platoon Sergeant, 1/75th Ranger Regiment, 2006 – 2008
Team Leader / Squad Leader / Reconnaissance Squad Leader, 1995 – 2006


Selected Military Training: Company Commander / First Sergeant Course; Ranger Assessment and Selection Program-2; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) High Risk (Level C); Jumpmaster Course, Ranger Course; Airborne Course; Long Range Surveillance Leader; Air Assault Course; Tiger Swan Advanced Marksmanship Course; European Rally Multi-Surface Driving Course; Ranger Explosive Entry Course; FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) Sensitive Site Exploitation Course; Nikon School of Digital Photography; Assault Climber Course; Ranger First Responder Course; Certified with National Range Officers Institute (NROI); Surveillance/Counter surveillance training course.

ADDITIONAL National VP: 2014- Present
American DreamU, Advisory Board: 2015- Present.
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