Ep. 151 – Patricia Collins (Army SOF/Athlete)

As someone who was rising through the ranks and performing at a very high level in the Army’s top tier, elite special operations unit, Patty Collins never thought she would suffer an injury that would end up taking her leg, when she wasn’t serving in a war zone. But, in 2006, while riding her bike to work on Fort Bragg, she was struck from behind by an automobile. The marathon… Read More

Ep. 150 – Joe Kent (Green Beret)

As far back as he can remember, Joe Kent wanted to be a soldier. He not only wanted to be soldier, but the history of the Green Berets drew him toward eventually becoming one. His intense dedication to serving as a Green Beret in the GWOT only made it that much more natural that he would eventually marry a Navy Cryptologist serving in Special Operations with an equal amount of… Read More

Ep. 149 – MajGen (R) James Livingston (Marine)

It is an incredible honor to have Marine legend and Medal of Honor recipient, Major General (Ret) James Livingston, on the show this week! Listening to him speak, you can tell that despite his age, he’s just as tough as he was when his actions on the battlefield in Vietnam earned him the nation’s highest decoration for valor in combat. In May of 1968, while serving as Commander, Co E,… Read More

Ep. 148 – Kionte Storey (Marine)

Born prematurely due to drugs and alcohol, to a mother he would never meet, Kionte Storey spent the first 10 years of his life raised by his second cousin. He would spend 8 more years in foster care, before he found the Marine Corps. Joining the Marines was a form of escape, but also a way to prove something to himself, and possibly a chance at a better life. Unfortunately,… Read More

Ep. 147 – Geoff Hopf (Marine/Author)

As an Infantry Marine, Geoff Hopf experienced a unique side of the Persian Gulf War we rarely hear about. Hopf’s relatively small team was tasked with forming the first line of defense if Saddam Hussein decided to invade Saudi Arabia during the buildup of coalition forces prior to Operation Desert Storm. Left in the desert for week’s on end, Hopf’s team literally ran out of food at one point, while… Read More

Ep. 146 – Kevin Wallace (Combat Photographer)

Anytime combat photographer Kevin Wallace was involved in a firefight, he often had a critical decision to make: shoot back at the enemy, or pick up his camera and take a much different shot. The decision could be painstaking, but Wallace knew the importance of documenting combat, while still trying to help those to his left and right. The process weighed on him so much that he spent hours and… Read More

Ep. 145 – Kyle Carpenter (Marine)

There isn’t much we can say about Kyle Carpenter to further accentuate just how special a human being he is. He served as a Marine in combat and received the military’s highest award for valor with humility, strength, and optimism – qualities that were certainly tested by the years of pain and frustration that followed his exit from combat. Kyle was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in… Read More

Ep. 144 – Dave Sabben (Battle of Long Tan)

Unless you served in Vietnam, you probably weren’t aware that U.S. forces fought alongside other allies, Australia being one of them, and an important one at that. Dave Sabben was one of those soldiers who bravely led Australian military forces not long after the U.S. war in Vietnam began. Sabben joined the army as part of Australia’s National Service program in 1965. By the end of ’65 he had completed… Read More

Ep. 143 – Geoff Dardia (Green Beret)

Geoff Dardia’s special operations career was pretty much over before it even began. Having rolled multiple phases of BUD/S due to injuries, at 21, Dardia had broken his body down to the point where the Navy was willing to compensate him for the rest of his life, if he chose. But having a goal to become a SOF operator, Dardia switched gears, enlisted in the Army, and relatively quickly worked… Read More

Ep. 142 – LTG (R) Burke Garrett & Tim Banik (Veterans Day)

Two completely different military career paths: one, a Lieutenant General who served over 30 years as an Army Infantry officer, the other an enlisted Infantry Marine who served four years, with two overseas deployments to combat zones. Both brought together though, by their experiences and unique perspectives serving multiple combat tours. Now retired, Lieutenant General “Burke” Garrett would go on to become the Executive Advisor to the Emory Healthcare Veterans… Read More