Chad Robichaux | Force Recon Marine, Pro MMA Champion, Author, Founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation

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Force Recon Marine, Pro MMA Champion, Author, Founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation

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Chad Robichaux

Chad Robichaux has lived an extraordinary life.  A former Force Recon Marine, JSOC operator, Federal Agent and professional MMA champion, Chad has overcome incredible challenges and found success in a wide range of fields, from entrepreneurship to non-profit advocacy.  But perhaps most importantly, Chad has dedicated his life to helping others overcome challenges and find a renewed sense of purpose.

Chad's journey began in the special operations community, where he served on eight deployments to Afghanistan as part of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Task Force.  During his time in the military, he witnessed firsthand the toll that war can take on those who serve and found himself adrift, unsure of what to do next after struggling with PTSd.

Although outwardly successful as a BJJ black belt and pro MMA fighter, Chad found himself feeling purposeless and nearly became a veteran suicide statistic.  It was during this difficult period that Chad found restoration through his faith in becoming a Christian, which offered him a renewed sense of purpose and direction, opening a new chapter in his life.

With a deep burden to pay it forward, Chad founded the Mighty Oaks Foundation in 2011, which has become a leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping active duty, military veterans, first responders and their families overcome the difficulties of their service.  Mighty Oaks Foundation has served over 500,000 Warriors around the world, helping them to find healing and hope through their highly successful faith-based trauma and resiliency programs.

As a speaker, Chad draws upon his personal experiences to deliver powerful messages on leadership, resiliency, courage and faith.  He is a sought-after keynote speaker for corporate events, non-profit organizations, and faith-based groups, and has inspired audiences around the world with his authentic and relatable style.  Chad's message is simple: no matter what challenges you face, there is always hope for a purposeful future.  Through faith, hard work, determination, and collaboration, anything is possible.

Chad is a current 4th degree BJJ black belt under Carlson Gracie Jr., the current Brand Ambassador for Smith & Wesson firearms and the author of multiple books, including “Saving Aziz,” which outlines his heroic, life-saving mission to rescue his Afghan interpreter and 17,000 others from Afghanistan in 2021 (which is being made into a major motion picture), and "An Unfair Advantage," which details his personal journey and offers practical advice for veterans and others struggling with PTSD and other forms of trauma.  Chad is also featured in documentaries Never Fight Alone, Send Me, Escape from Afghanistan, and a short testimonial film by I Am Second.

In short, Chad Robichaux has lived an extraordinary life and has dedicated himself to helping others find healing and hope.  As a speaker, he is a powerful and inspiring voice, and one whose message is sure to resonate with audiences of all backgrounds and experiences.  

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Get Off the ‘X’

In "Get Off the X," Chad shares his personal story of overcoming trauma and finding purpose.  He talks about how he struggled with PTSd and suicidal ideations after serving in the military and witnessing horrific events.  But he never gave up, and through his faith, he found the strength to get off the "X" – a military term for being in the kill zone or ambush site.

Chad encourages audiences to take action in their own lives, to face their fears, and to seek help if they need it.  He emphasizes that everyone has a purpose in life, and that by trusting in God and stepping out of our comfort zones, we can discover our own unique mission.

Ultimately, Chad's message is one of hope and empowerment, reminding us that no matter what we've been through, we can rise above it and make a positive impact on the world.  By getting off the "X" and taking control of our lives, we can find meaning and purpose in even the darkest of circumstances.

The Warrior Within

In "The Warrior Within," Chad draws upon his experiences as a former Force Recon Marine, veteran advocate, and humanitarian to deliver a message that is rooted in faith and biblical teachings. He emphasizes that we all have a "warrior" within us, as it says in Ephesians 6:10-18, and that this warrior is not just physical, but spiritual as well.

Chad encourages audiences to cultivate discipline and resilience, just like the soldiers in 2 Timothy 2:3, and to find their purpose in Christ. He reminds us that we are not alone in our battles, as God is always with us, fighting for us and providing us with the strength we need to overcome any obstacle.

Ultimately, Chad's message is one of empowerment through faith, reminding us that we have the power to tap into our spiritual warrior within and face life's challenges with courage and determination. By trusting in God and embracing our inner warrior, we can live a life of purpose and make a positive impact on the world.

Fear Not

In "Fear Not," Chad delivers a message of hope and courage rooted in biblical teachings. He draws upon passages such as Isaiah 41:10 and 2 Timothy 1:7 to remind audiences that God is with us in times of fear and uncertainty. Chad emphasizes that fear is a natural response, but we can choose to overcome it by placing our trust in God and focusing on our faith. He encourages us to cultivate a positive mindset and take action in the face of our fears, knowing that God is with us every step of the way. Ultimately, Chad's message is one of empowerment, reminding us that we can face life's challenges with courage and confidence, knowing that we are never alone.

Commencement Speeches

Chad would be an excellent choice for a commencement speaker because he embodies the qualities that graduates need to succeed in the real world: resilience, perseverance, and a strong sense of purpose. His personal journey from Marine to MMA fighter to veteran advocate demonstrates the power of determination and faith in overcoming adversity. His messages of "Fear Not" and "The Warrior Within" are inspiring and motivational, encouraging audiences to tap into their own inner strength and pursue their goals with courage and conviction. Additionally, his commitment to serving others through his non-profit organization, Mighty Oaks, is a testament to his character and dedication to making a positive impact on the world. Overall, Chad Robichaux's unique blend of personal experience, faith, and practical wisdom make him an excellent choice to inspire and empower graduates as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

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Featured Books

Saving Aziz: How the Mission to Help One Became a Calling to Rescue Thousands from the Talibanby Chad Robichaux

Saving Aziz: How the Mission to Help One Became a Calling to Rescue Thousands from the Taliban

by Chad Robichaux

What started as a prayer to save one friend became a mission to rescue more than seventeen thousand souls.

Former Force Recon Marine Chad Robichaux details the incredible rescue missions that evacuated not only his long-time friend and interpreter, Aziz, but also more than 17,000 Afghans and allies who were left in the grip of the Taliban's violent regime as the United States military withdrew from Afghanistan.  

During his eight special operation deployments to Afghanistan, Force Recon Marine Chad Robichaux and his friend and Afghan interpreter, Aziz, carried out over a hundred dangerous missions as team members on an elite JSOC (Join Special Operations Command) task force dedicated to capture or kill the highest levels of the Taliban's terrorist regime. During those years, Chad was welcomed into Aziz's growing family, and the two men developed a brotherly bond as they stood against the Taliban's violent oppression.  

In April 2021, fourteen years after Robichaux's final deployment, the Biden administration announced that the United States military would end its twenty-year occupation in Afghanistan and would pull its military forces from the country by the twentieth anniversary of 9/11. Immediately, Robichaux knew he had to save Aziz and his family. As he began to organize efforts, he realized a greater need to help more of the Afghan people he had come to know and respect. As the deadline for withdrawal drew near, he formed a coalition of nonprofits called Save Our Allies and created Task Force 6:8, which consisted of twelve former special operations veterans, to evacuate American citizens, green card holders, and special immigration visa (SIV) applicants out of the volatile country. They successfully extracted 12,000 evacuees in a period of ten days and took them to the United Arab Emirates. Then, by partnering with several other nonprofits, they continued to evacuate an average of fifty people per day over the next few weeks so that more than 17,000 were rescued, the largest number for any rescue group and second only to the United States military. 

Following those rescue efforts, Robichaux carried out a two-man reconnaissance mission over the span of ten days that provided flight paths across the border into Tajikistan. Operating at night and tracked by the Russian KGB, they successfully evaded capture by the Taliban and Chinese special forces, and were the first on the ground providing real-time intelligence for outside intelligence agencies, which made way for additional evacuations.  

Saving Aziz gives the behind-the-scenes view of the evacuation efforts that saved thousands from the Taliban during a historic humanitarian crisis. In this gripping and eye-opening account, Chad Robichaux describes his experiences with the deep, rich, and complex culture of Afghanistan and its people; his direct interactions with those in the Taliban; his perspective on the twenty-year war that took place under four presidents; and his inside view of what happened in Afghanistan during the United States' hasty withdrawal.  

An Unfair Advantage: Victory in the Midst of Battleby Chad Robichaux

An Unfair Advantage: Victory in the Midst of Battle

by Chad Robichaux

Take a journey with Force Recon Marine and Pro MMA Champion Chad Robichaux as he shares glimpses into the life of special operations, professional fighting, and deep insight into this world's spiritual battles.

Chad shares successes and failures experienced in Afghanistan, the MMA cage, and his biggest fights: coming home and struggling with PTSD, a near divorce, and almost becoming another veteran suicide statistic.

Each chapter shares parallel stories of biblical warriors who faced similar struggles and reveals the unfair advantage that led them to victory in the midst of those battles. Discover that same advantage for the battles you face, and unlock the warrior spirit sewn in your heart by God himself.

Fight for Usby Chad Robichaux

Fight for Us

by Chad Robichaux

Fight for Ustakes couples on an inspiring journey into the challenges of battling for their marriage, through gut-wrenching times of despair, and then finally to the victory of a renewed relationship grounded in Jesus.

Fight for Us delivers a compelling marriage challenge of five rounds that teach readers how to develop the never-give-up, never-quit mentality every relationship needs in order to combat the enemy's constant attacks.

Utilizing narrative elements from the real-life story of Chad and Kathy Robichaux, readers will learn how Chad's deployments to Afghanistan as a Marine--and subsequent career as an MMA fighter--allowed him to disengage from his emotions, his marriage, and his children. Then, when his crippling PTSD brought him to brink of suicide, Kathy's pastor taught him the five rounds of fighting that are necessary in the battle for any marriage:

  1. Believe that God loves you and has a purpose for your life.
  2. Take responsibility for your actions.
  3. Accept that you can't change the evils that you've encountered.
  4. Access God's power.
  5. Put yourself second.

At the end of the rounds, readers will discover God's design for marriage, which saved Chad and Kathy's relationship. Today, they aim to pay it forward and share what they've learned with other couples. Fight for Us features application sections, discussion prompts, affirmations, and Bible verses, all designed to help readers apply the book's key marriage principles.

The Truth About PTSDby Chad Robichaux

The Truth About PTSD

by Chad Robichaux
Path to Resiliencyby Chad Robichaux

Path to Resiliency

by Chad Robichaux

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A Day To Mourn or Embrace?

By Chad M. Robichaux – Force Recon Marine & Afghanistan Veteran Founder & President – Mighty Oaks Foundation Is it “Happy Memorial Day” or do we need to tip-toe...
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Veterans Day, 2021

oday, as we all enjoy the much-needed day off from work, I encourage you to reflect on what this day truly means. Now, I don’t mean to sit back and just be thankful for the...
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