MEDIA: LEADERSHIP and MILITARY COMMENTATOR
Francis J. Racioppi, Jr. grew up on the shores of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in a family of avid sailors racing sailboats of all classes and sizes. He was an accomplished football and lacrosse high school athlete, earning himself an athletic scholarship on the Boston University Men’s Crew Team. Fran graduated with honors from BU in 2003 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Political Science.
Fran immediately launched a career in the United States Army, serving first as a Ranger-qualified Infantry Officer and later as Green Beret in the Army Special Forces. He also is a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape, the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader’s Course, and several Special Operations sponsored certifications.
Fran deployed to Iraq three times in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn as both an Infantry Platoon Leader in 2005, then twice as a mountaineering Special Forces Detachment Commander between 2009-2011.
In 2013, he deployed to Djibouti, Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he coordinated Special Operations to combat Al-Shabab throughout East Africa. In 2014, he planned and coordinated the Special Forces response to Boko Haram in West Africa, as well as oversaw the operations of the Special Forces teams countering the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa and ISIS in North Africa.
In 2014, Fran was selected to serve as the advisor and aide to the Commander of Special Operations Command Africa, Major General James Linder. He left service with the US Army in January of 2016 after almost 13 years.
Fran’s military decorations include three Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, two Army Commendation Medals, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, and the National Defense Service Ribbon.
Since leaving service, Fran moved to New York City building a career in Wealth Management while earning his MBA from NYU with expected graduation in the summer of 2017. Concurrently, he is building a public speaking and multi-media career offering expert commentary based on his experiences and lessons learned throughout numerous deployments to Iraq and Africa. Fran is passionate about the critical importance of the preparation required to achieve success in both the military and business world.
To date, Fran has been on NBC, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, WOBM Radio, and “The Veterans Corner” on WSIA Radio. He is available for corporate, public, or private speaking engagements and media opportunities requiring leadership and/or military commentary.
PERFECT AUDIENCES, CONFERENCES, VENUES
Media for Leadership or Military Commentary
University / College / High School
THE DISCIPLINE TO PREPARE
Infantry Platoon Leader in Combat
Presentation highlights instinct and reaction that comes from relentless, focused pre-mission training enacted the first time Racioppi was under enemy fire. Preventing complacency while understanding status quo does not always apply, denotes one must be ready to act in the face of uncertainty, fear, lack of control, and emotion.
Special Forces Selection
Presentation builds upon Infantry Platoon Leader in Combat. Highlights team preparation, individual focus and analytical discipline to decipher what one person can and cannot control when preparing to enter an unknown, formidable challenge. Strengthens the message of resiliency, with focus on the “big picture” results vs. being overtaken by emotion and uncontrollable details.
Special Forces Contingency Planning
Presentation on the importance of planning for contingencies while understanding the organizational and individual responses to unplanned but possible events. Highlights the importance of critical though, planning in detail, and the precise execution of the basics and fundamentals. Detailed preparation for potential scenarios and unknowns allows leaders to triage unfolding events and respond appropriately with available resources.