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So far Matthew Pascarella has created 89 blog entries.

Ep. 94 – Dave Burton (Marine Grunt)

Feeling an obligation to serve his country and fight for those lost, especially the first responders, after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Dave Burton went into a Marine Corps recruiting office on 9/12. To his surprise, there wasn't another person in line to sign up. He wasn't dissuaded though, and he enlisted that day. He

2019-01-23T04:08:30-05:00December 3rd, 2018|

Ep. 93 – Anthony Swofford (Writer, “Jarhead”)

Anthony Swofford joined the Marine Corps in 1988, setting in motion a series of events that would put him on the front lines of the liberation of Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Storm, and eventually help launch his career as a writer and producer. He's probably best known for writing the book, "Jarhead" -

2019-01-23T04:16:12-05:00November 27th, 2018|

Ep. 92 – Todd Nicely (Marine)

In a matter of seconds Marine Cpl. Todd Nicely's life was changed forever. After the blast and while he was flying through the air, he knew "they" had finally got him. On March 26, 2010, while leading his patrol back to base camp in Afghanistan, Cpl. Nicely stepped on a pressure plate mine. The blast

2019-01-23T04:17:10-05:00November 20th, 2018|

Ep. 91 – Jim Reese (1st SFOD-D)

Jim Reese spent a good part of his military career in 1st SFOD-Delta, and has been called "one of the finest special operators in the modern military” by the Commander of Coalition Forces of Iraq and Afghanistan. He played a pivotal role in the first stages of the Global War on Terror, right after September

2019-01-23T04:18:10-05:00November 12th, 2018|

Ep. 90 – Mark Otto (Panama, Desert Storm)

In this special Veterans Day edition of HAZARD GROUND, Mark talks with United War Veterans Council (UWVC) Executive Director, producer of the NYC Veterans Day Parade, and Marine veteran of the Panama Invasion and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Mark Otto. Otto only spent four years in the Marine Corps, but he packed a lot into

2019-01-23T04:19:30-05:00November 5th, 2018|

Ep. 89 – Carolyn Furdek (Author, Motivational Speaker)

Sometimes it's the invisible wounds from war that are the most difficult to diagnose and treat. The indicators are subtle, if ever apparent. There's more mystery than science, and the wounded are left with the burden of proof and most often hopeless for a cure. That's exactly what happened to Carolyn Furdek. A former NCAA

2019-01-23T22:53:05-05:00October 30th, 2018|

Ep. 88 – Zachary Iscol (Marine, Task & Purpose CEO)

Following in the footsteps of family members who had served before him, Zach Iscol earned his commission after graduating from Cornell University in 2001. He actually passed up a flight contract and joined the infantry so he could get to combat sooner, fearing he might miss the war while working his way through a lengthy

2019-01-24T22:16:23-05:00October 23rd, 2018|

Ep. 87 – Joshua Mantz (U.S. Army, Asymmetric Mind)

What an absolutely insane story we have for you this week! On April 21st, 2007, Joshua Mantz was shot and killed by a sniper in Iraq. The exceptionally large bullet that killed Josh initially passed through a senior NCO standing next to him, and then severed Josh's femoral artery. After losing a significant amount of

2019-01-26T17:37:11-05:00October 16th, 2018|

Ep. 86 – Steven Kiernan (Marine, Writer)

Steve Kiernan joined the Marine Corps when he was 17. He attended his high school graduation as a Marine fresh out of boot camp. The discipline and drive that the Marine Corps instilled in Steve are what ultimately got him through some of his darkest days - the by-product of becoming a Marine and heading

2019-01-26T17:39:11-05:00October 9th, 2018|

Ep. 85 – Paul Szoldra (Marine, “Duffel Blog”)

Despite the darkness of combat, there always seems to be moments of levity that surface from time to time. Paul Szoldra, whether he believes it or not, is a master at finding those moments. Whether it was Marine boot camp, or the unforgiving landscape of Afghanistan, Szoldra found humor to get him through the boredom,

2019-01-29T17:51:43-05:00October 2nd, 2018|