Ep. 196 – Gordon Sumner (Army Aviator/Grenada)

Gordon Sumner joined the military at the end of the Vietnam War era. As such, the timing of his entry into service led to very unique experiences while serving overseas, both in combat, and during the tense years of the Cold War. He began his military career as an Infantry officer, but through a weird twist of fate, would transition to Aviation before nearly resigning his commission. That move to… Read More

Ep. 195 – Jeff Morris (Army Infantry/”Legion Rising”)

This is a story of combat and survival in the truest sense. Survival not just from bullets and bombs in Baghdad, but from the indelible scars war leaves on those who’ve experienced it firsthand. Jeff Morris is one of those individuals. His time as an Army infantry officer led him to fight in Iraq both as a platoon leader and company commander. It would carry him through bloody firefights where… Read More

Ep. 194 – Don Culp (Army Aviator)

Don Culp’s passion for aviation began as a young boy. Watching his stepfather work with the Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration team, Don knew he wanted to join the military, and specifically go into aviation when he graduated from high school. His journey would take him a little longer than expected though, as he was initially recruited into chemical operations instead of aviation in the late 90’s. It would take him… Read More

Ep. 193 – Michael Waltz (Green Beret)

From an early age, Michael Waltz was drawn to history, devouring every history book he could get his hands on at the local library. Raised by a single mother, who worked her way up the corporate ladder from clerk to executive vice president for Prudential Securities, Waltz had plenty of inspiration to draw from. That, coupled with his deep knowledge of history, led him to want to serve his country,… Read More

Ep. 192 – Mike Jason (Army Combat Vet/Leader)

Service over self. Character over affiliation. Values over personal gain. Mike Jason learned these tenets at an early age in a place far away from the United States. Born to two American expats in Italy, as a child Mike would often hear the locals talk about what the Americans did for them during World War II. His patriotism and love for the American military was born out of these conversations…. Read More

Ep. 191 – Stoney Portis (COP Keating/Battle of Kamdesh)

In Episode 188, Andrew Bundermann walked us through the Battle of Kamdesh – the attack on remote COP Keating in Afghanistan, where 53 U.S. cavalry scouts held off over 300 Taliban fighters attacking from the mountains above. Bundermann was the acting commander at COP Keating on the day of the attack. His company commander, now LTC Stoney Portis, was stranded at a nearby base because the helicopter he was flying… Read More

Ep. 190 – Gary Garza (Green Beret/Special Forces Foundation)

An infantryman, looking for the next challenge in his military career, Gary Garza decided to try out for Special Forces Selection. After completing Ranger and Sniper Schools with the 101st Airborne, it only made sense that the next step was getting his Green Beret and embarking on a long career in Special Operations. That’s exactly what Garza did, becoming a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, and completing 12 deployments in the… Read More

Ep. 189 – Donny O’Malley (Marine/VET Tv)

Donny O’Malley does not fit the typical mold of a U.S. Marine. Except for the part where Marines strive to be the absolute best at one thing: killing the enemy. In spite of being the type of person who never liked having a boss, and who was very entrepreneurial in nature, Donny O’Malley wanted to join the military and become a Marine, primarily so he could be the best at… Read More

Ep. 188 – Andrew Bundermann (COP Keating/Battle of Kamdesh)

On the morning of October 3rd, 2009, American Combat Outpost Keating was attacked by over 300 Taliban fighters, the small outpost defended by just 53 U.S. cavalry scouts. The location of COP Keating couldn’t have been any worse from a tactical standpoint, inviting the inevitable before American forces would shut it down: an overwhelming attack by insurgent fighters. The small outpost sat along the banks of a river at the… Read More

Ep. 187 – Mike Mednansky (EOD)

Following a fairly short stint and multiple deployments with the Navy not long after 9/11, Mike Mednansky felt a calling to a military occupation much more technical, and challenging than the one he had in the Navy. He decided to go out for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) school – one of the most dangerous, but most rewarding jobs in the military. EOD technicians are some of the most highly trained, highly… Read More