Meet Echelon Front


Leif Babin and Mike Bajema are not your average leadership presenters.

Forced into life or death decisions, Leif and Mike formed their leadership skills in the battle fields of Ramadi during the Iraq war. The experience they posses in making high pressure decisions and owning every situation they are involved with will have all our attendees on the edge of their seats.

Echolon Front will be speaking at BSU in Stafford, TX this April. Have the opportunity to hear them present and work directly with them and other industry leaders during our dynamic break out sessions.

Reserve your seats here.

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Mike Bajema is a retired U.S. Army officer, Infantry-Armor combined-arms commander, joint forces strategic planner and now a leadership instructor and speaker with Echelon Front. He served over 20 years as an Armor officer with 13 years of overseas experience. Fighting alongside Leif Babin and Jocko Willink from Task Unit Bruiser as the commander of Team Bulldog from the historic 1st Armored Division’s Ready First Combat Team, he established the first combat outpost (COP) in South-Central Ramadi and successfully defeated the insurgency’s stranglehold around COP Falcon. When not leading tactical formations, Mike served as a joint forces operational and strategic planner; graduating from the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Advanced Warfighting School. He was the only Army officer selected to serve as the 2014 Headquarters, Department of the Army’s senior fellow at the George C. Marshall European Center for European Security Studies and later shaped vital European partnerships while on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

The capstone of Mike’s career was commanding 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment and subsequent deployment to the Republic of Korea just miles from the demilitarized zone with North Korea. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Combat Valor for actions during the Battle of Ramadi.

Upon his retirement from the Army, Mike brings to Echelon Front vast expert combat leadership, proven organizational development techniques for building foundational extreme ownership, and strategic planning experience. He serves as a leadership instructor, speaker and strategic advisor for Echelon Front.


Leif Babin is a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer, co-author of #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as President/Chief Operating Officer, leadership instructor, speaker, and strategic advisor. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Leif served thirteen years in the Navy, including nine in the SEAL Teams. As a SEAL platoon commander in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, he planned and led major combat operations in the Battle of Ramadi that helped the “Ready First” Brigade of the US Army’s 1st Armored Division achieve victory. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War.

Leif returned from combat and became the primary leadership instructor for all officers graduating from the SEAL training pipeline. There, he reshaped SEAL leadership training to better prepare the next generation of SEAL officers for the immense challenges of combat. During his last tour, Leif served as Operations Officer and Executive Officer at a SEAL Team where he again deployed to Iraq with a Special Operations Task Force. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart.

Upon his departure from active duty, Leif co-founded Echelon Front, a premier leadership consulting company that helps others build their own high-performance winning teams.