Brett Jones

Author of the book Pride: The Story of the First Openly Gay Navy SEAL available on

Born into a military family, Brett Jones spent his early life travelling to the different duty stations around the world his father was assigned. After high school he enlisted in the Navy with the intent on becoming a Navy Seal, and spent almost 10 years in the Navy.

As a SEAL, he was stationed at SEAL Team 8 where he did two harrowing 6 month deployments. At the end of his second deployment he became a plank owner of SEAL Team 10. He was forced out of the closet in the SEAL community, and became the first openly gay Navy Seal on active duty. Brett received many awards and commendations during his Navy tenure.

In 2003, after being honorably discharged from the Navy he went on to work for various companies as a security contractor continuing his fight in the war against terror.

Currently, Brett Jones focuses on Riley Security, a security firm that he and his husband Jason White (former police sergeant) started. Through their groundbreaking training program, rigorous hiring process, and dedication to their customers they continually raise the bar on private security in Alabama.

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