Jane Worthington has over 20 years of experience in the SOF community, much of it spent at Naval Special Warfare Command where she was the first ever Force Ombudsman for ADM Joseph Maguire (Ret). During her time there she developed a holistic approach to warrior and family support through collaboration with command medical and chaplain programs, which has grown over the last 10 years and is now known as POTFF. For her efforts she was awarded a meritorious public service award by the then CG of USSOCOM, General Brown. Jane was recruited to work with the Wounded, Ill and Injured, by the Marine Corps in 2010 and after going through RCC training was embedded at Naval Hospital San Diego where she worked diligently to support mostly those Marines seriously injured in combat operations in OEF/OIF. In 2013 she was asked to return to Naval Special Warfare to work on their resiliency program and took the offer knowing that her heart was with the SOF Community.
Jane’s early life definitely shaped her dedication to the military as both her father and grand-father were Royal Naval Officers, her Uncle and cousin Army officers. Jane’s dream was to be a WREN and she had been accepted into prep school with the goal of attending the Royal Naval College as an officer candidate. She was utterly disappointed when her parents decided to move to South Africa, once her father retired, along with herself and younger brother. Jane ended up loving Africa, which she believes cultivated her passion for helping others. While Jane and her brother lived a life of privilege she was acutely aware of the poverty and deprivation in some areas of the country and spent many hours with volunteer groups helping those less fortunate. Jane graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1985, with a B.Soc.Sci majoring in both psychology and sociology.
Jane moved to California in 1993 and married her husband who was a Navy SEAL attached to a West Coast SEAL Team, in 1996. She was married for 15 years and endured 13 deployments, the majority of which were combat deployments. While her marriage did not survive, she remains committed to supporting the SOF community, many who have been ravaged by the effects of a very long war.
Jane has one daughter, Emma, who she is immensely proud of. Emma is currently a freshman in High School, plays for the Varsity soccer team and is an Honor Roll student. Jane and Emma share a passion for the mountains and love to spend time together snow-boarding. Jane also loves to run, road bike and has done a multitude of back-packing trips through the Eastern Sierras, New Zealand and Yellowstone. She currently lives in Encinitas, CA.