National High School Coaches Association

John O'Brien Bio

Former USMC Captain and Harrier Attack Pilot, Double Amputee as a result of a plane crash.

A person's character traits are the foundation for survival in today's fast changing world. Not only does your character help you succeed in the business world, but also it carries you through the tragedies and suffering we encounter personally. John O'Brien is a retired Captain from the USMC, and he knows how a strong character helped him to survive a horrific plane crash in 1993. These same character traits help John to embrace life and live it to the fullest.

While piloting the AV-8B Harrier jump-jet during a routine training mission landing on a road near Cherry Point, NC, John's airplane veered off the road and exploded upon impact. He was severely burned over 36% of his body, which ultimately led to the amputation of his left arm and left leg. John teaches how key character traits aided in his survival and recovery.

Personal integrity, trust, loyalty, honesty and self-confidence are just a few of the key character traits that sustained a positive mindset to enable John to recover from the devastating effects of losing two limbs and suffering through skin grafting surgeries. These same character traits are what drive John today to pursue a life filled with happiness and joy. John believes that a person's character, if built upon a solid foundation, will enable the mind to resolve and overcome any problem or personal challenge that exists.