Ep. 224 – Brian Fleming (Suicide Bombing Survivor)

Brian Fleming joined the Infantry during a time of war to serve his country and test his mettle. He ended up getting a little more than he probably bargained for, but still understood the risks, serving in combat with honor. Brian was blown up twice while deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division. The second blast was from a suicide bomber, just three feet away from Brian. Hear how… Go to Episode

Ep. 223 – Ian Cantelo (Canadian Combat Vet)

We have our second Canadian Armed Forces guest on the podcast this week! Ian Cantelo is a Sacrifice Medal recipient – Canada’s version of the Purple Heart – due to injuries sustained after he was blown up multiple times while serving in Afghanistan. His injuries would nearly end his tour early, but undeterred by injury, Ian returned to the Panjwai district of Kandahar province to finish out his combat tour… Go to Episode

Ep. 222 – David Yuzuk (“The Giant Killer”)

This week’s episode is about Richard Flaherty, the smallest known man to serve in the U.S. military in recent history. Richard served as a Green Beret in Vietnam, among other incredible ventures, earning two Bronze Stars and a Silver Star for actions in combat. Later in life Richard was killed in a hit and run on the streets of Miami where he lived a good portion of his life after… Go to Episode

Ep. 221 – Henry Hughes (Army Combat Vet/Filmmaker)

Henry Hughes’ family tradition of military service dates all the way back to the American Revolution. For him, he chose the Army and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He served multiple combat tours with the 173rd, including one at COP Keating – the infamous outpost we’ve covered in several previous episodes – in 2008. When Hughes left the Army, it was to pursue a new passion – filmmaking. He has since… Go to Episode

Ep. 220 – Eddie Wright (Marine)

Eddie Wright’s story is pretty insane! In 2004, he and his small element of Marines were ambushed in Iraq. Eddie immediately lost just about 100% of his physical ability to fight back. Calm and alert through the entire firefight that followed, Eddie remained a leader on the battlefield, directing other Marines returning fire and guiding those rendering aid. Despite the loss of two limbs, Eddie would return to active duty… Go to Episode

Ep. 219 – Nick Rucker (Iraq & Afghanistan Vet/Musician)

Nick Rucker is a veteran of two combat deployments – one to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. Those deployments didn’t come without a price. After returning home, Nick struggled with Post Traumatic Stress and alcoholism – two powerful adversaries that required the will to fight, even after the wars for him were over. Nick is now a touring country songwriter and singer, an author, and most important of all: sober…. Go to Episode

Ep. 218 – Greg “Billy Bob” Thornton & Raymond “Donk” Strasburger (Fighter Pilots)

For our first episode released in both audio and video formats with our partners at Kill Cliff, Greg “Billy Bob” Thornton & Raymond “Donk” Strasburger – both Air Force A-10 pilots – take us through one of the most harrowing combat missions at the onset of the Iraq War in early 2003.  Both pilots flew their A-10s through a blinding sandstorm, in a white-knuckle effort to provide critical close air… Go to Episode

Ep. 217 – Bonus Episode: Brian Ribera (Navy SEAL/Military Mobility)

Brian Ribera is a retired Navy SEAL and the founder and president of Military Mobility – a non-profit, adventure-based organization that specializes in off-road expeditions and resiliency training for veterans. Military Mobility’s mission is to “put clients in a team environment which fosters camaraderie, trust, and inspires the realization that any challenge – no matter how great – can be overcome.” Hear how Brian has served his country at the… Go to Episode

Ep. 216 – Zachary Koppes (COP Keating/Battle of Kamdesh)

As we wrap up an extensive look at COP Keating and the Battle of Kamdesh, which occurred on October 3rd, 2009, in Afghanistan, Zachary Koppes takes us on an intense and sometimes hilarious/sometimes heartbreaking journey through the day-long battle and its aftermath. Koppes spent the entire day in the fight, firing his MK 19 grenade launcher at enemy targets while trying to avoid being hit by a sniper who had… Go to Episode

Ep. 215 – Jeff Depatie (Canadian SOF Operator)

Jeff Depatie is the first ever Canadian servicemember we’ve had on the podcast. The man was born to be a warrior, spending his career in the Canadian Armed Forces as a sniper/assaulter in JTF 2 – an extremely high-readiness and precise, tier one special operations forces unit. JTF 2’s mission is to protect Canadian national interests and combat terrorism and threats to Canadians at home and abroad. Following his time… Go to Episode