Ingebrigt A.L. "Andy" Riise is best described as the fullback he has always been on and off the gridiron; a passionate, tough and selfless teammate who will always make plays when the game is on line. His philosophy of competition is characterized by giving your best efforts in all life endeavors to improve yourself, your team and your community. Known for his humor and high energy, Andy is a servant leader, teacher, and Chief Learning Officer for Mission 6 Zero.
As a Lieutenant, Andy led a 30-man Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) during combat operations in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. As a junior Captain, he was selected as a Speechwriter and Aide for the Command General (two-star) of Fort Sill, OK where he was responsible for all strategic communications and marketing for a 20,000 person installation and Field Artillery units across the globe. Andy then commanded a Basic Training Company where he was responsible for training over 2,000 Soldiers, many of which immediately deployed to combat. Andy also served as a combat advisor to a 500-man Iraqi Army Mechanized Infantry Battalion in Mosul, Iraq. In 12 months, his team and their indigenous forces logged over 150 combat missions to kill, capture and deter insurgent groups in and around Ninevah Province. As a Major, Andy was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Eglin Air Force Base, FL. As 7th SFG(A)’s 4th Battalion’s first Operations Officer (S3), he was responsible for training and deploying a new 433-man Special Forces unit to Afghanistan as a Special Operations Task Force. After returning from Afghanistan, Andy was assigned to Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA where he served as the lead planner for the Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C) coordination center that integrates all health, resilience, performance and transition services for a 40,000 person installation and the third largest employer in WA State.
Andy was selected to return to West Point to serve as a Performance Psychology instructor in the Center for Enhanced Performance. During this time he worked closely with Cadets in various academic, athletic and military performance applications including work with Army Football in their first winning season in 15 years as a victory in the Armed Forces Bowl. At the Center for Enhanced Performance headquarters at West Point, Andy helped coordinate all mental skills training services for Soldiers, family members and Army civilians at nine installations across the Army. He worked closely with the University of Pennsylvania to develop and implement Resilience training curriculum for the Army based on Positive Psychology. He was certified as one of the military's first Master Resilience Trainers and Facilitators and received recognition from the Army Chief of Staff. Andy also began his advanced studies in Performance Psychology, earning a Masters Degree in between deployments and working full time.
Over the years, Andy has become a respected advisor, coach and trainer. His areas of expertise include leadership and the evidence based mental, emotional and social skills from behavioral science. He has successfully helped apply these skills to elite Soldiers, first responders, corporate leaders and professional athletics. As a leadership consultant with the Seattle Mariners professional baseball team in 2015, Andy worked closely with the support staff and team Captains to develop their personal leadership styles and a sustainable grass-roots winning culture within the organization.
Andy has committed significant effort toward the philanthropic mission of helping Special Operations veterans and Wounded Warriors successfully transition to the civilian sector. He has previously served as the Resilience Pillar co-lead for the Green Beret Foundation’s Next Ridgeline program and he currently serves as a board member for Warrior Rising. During his free time Andy commits his faith, his family and his community. He is active is his local church and as an Eagle Scout volunteers as a leader in his sons' Boy Scout Troop. He enjoys staying fit, hiking and camping outdoors, traveling, reading and drawing/painting. Andy currently serves in 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO where he lives with his wife Katie of 13 years and their four children, Larsen, Jonah, Caleb and Hanna.