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Ep. 214 – Chris Jones (COP Keating/Battle of Kamdesh)

This week, another detailed look at COP Keating and the October 3rd, 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan with Chris Jones. Chris was an Infantry soldier in Red Platoon, Bravo Troop 3-61 Cav. He was also one of the five guys who volunteered for Clint Romesha’s small team to take back the outpost against overwhelming odds. Jones talks about the intense battle that unfolded that day in October 2009, and… Read More

Ep. 213 – Kyle Knight (COP Keating/Battle of Kamdesh)

This week we return to COP Keating and the Battle of Kamdesh, which took place on October 3rd, 2009 in Afghanistan. Kyle Knight was a Forward Observer in Red Platoon, Bravo Troop 3-61 Cav. Kyle offers an unvarnished perspective of what life was like on Keating before the overwhelming October 3rd attack, the leadership failures that lead to it, and the hours fighting on the ground to win back American control… Read More

Ep. 212 – Special Guest: Dr. Shauna Springer (Trauma Expert)

Dr. Shauna Springer’s father raised his kids like a drill instructor – up at 5 a.m. three times a week to run miles in the dark at a local track. That kind of activity at an early age, along with solo mission service trips to foreign countries starting at the age of 10, may just have been the spark that started Dr. Springer on a path to understanding the psychological… Read More

Ep. 211 – Richard Rice (Green Beret – Vietnam to Mogadishu/GORUCK)

This week’s episode is all about highlighting an incredible career in Special Operations that spans from Vietnam to Operation Gothic Serpent – better known as the battle portrayed in the book and film, “Black Hawk Down.”  More importantly this is a conversation about turning combat experience into leadership and mentoring the next generation of individuals to lead in positions from military service to business and government. Richard Rice began his… Read More

Ep. 210 – Dale Rider (Army Combat Vet – Syria)

Dale Rider deployed to Iraq as a bridge crew member of an Engineer unit initially assigned to advise and assist the Iraqi’s, after the war had theoretically ended. So, naturally, in the middle of the Iraq mission, his small detachment would head into Syria for a different mission. Dale shares his experiences with that sudden change of mission, and the struggle to deal with some of its side effects when… Read More

Ep. 209 – Special Guest: Char Fontan Westfall (Gold Star Spouse)

Once again, we step outside the bounds of the typical HAZARD GROUND guest to tell Char Fontan Westfall’s story. Char is the wife of the late Navy SEAL, Jacques Fontan. Jacques was killed while attempting to rescue survivors of Operation Red Wings, the ill-fated reconnaissance mission in June 2005 in Afghanistan, that left one lone survivor. Char talks about receiving the news of her husband’s death, and the long, difficult… Read More

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