Ep. 168 – Justin Lascek (Green Beret)

Strap in folks, because in this episode we go deep into the life and survival of Justin Lascek. Justin is a Green Beret Medic, who was blown up a little over a year ago while fighting in Afghanistan. The blast ended up taking both of his legs, and a couple of other vital parts which you’ll hear about in the episode. What the blast didn’t take was Justin’s indomitable warrior… Read More

Ep. 167 – Joe Chenelly (Marine/AMVETS)

Joe Chenelly’s path to the Marine Corps started from a very unlikely place. As he describes it, his parents were hippies. And after initially finding college to be something he didn’t necessarily have an affinity for, Chenelly enlisted in the Marines. Joining not long before 9/11, Chenelly would eventually end up at the forefront of America’s war on terror as a combat journalist. In fact, Chenelly was the first Marine… Read More

Ep. 166 – Vincent Vargas (Army Ranger/Actor)

Vincent “Rocco” Vargas thought his life would be baseball. He was on the path to take a stab at the majors, but academic ineligibility while playing college ball pushed him in a different direction. Inspired by military service and seeking a way to provide a stable means of supporting his first child, Vargas enlisted in the Army in 2003. He knew he wanted the most challenging job possible in the… Read More

Ep. 165 – Amber Smith (Kiowa Pilot/Combat Vet)

Amber Smith grew up around aviation. It was in her blood – her father and grandfather were pilots, and it wasn’t uncommon for aviation to be the center of nightly conversation around the dinner table. But, Amber didn’t immediately follow the path to becoming an aviator. It wasn’t until after heading off to college and then 9/11, which she says made her re-prioritize her life, that she decided to join… Read More

Ep. 164 – Will Bardenwerper Returns! (Writer/Army Infantry)

Will Bardenwerper returns to the show, and goes back to Ranger School. Will graduated the Army’s grueling combat leadership school in 2004, but returned recently to write a piece for Outside Magazine on Ranger class 05-19. Bardenwerper admits he’s more often jolted from a deep sleep by a dream about Ranger School than he is by anything related to his own experiences in combat. Going back to chronicle class 05-19… Read More

Ep. 163 – Special Guest: Marc Fucarile (Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor)

This week we’re featuring another Special Guest, whose story is characterized by resilience as well as connected to recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. On April 15, 2013, Marc Fucarile was severely injured by the second of two bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon. He was attending the race as a spectator, watching a friend of his run, and was standing just a few feet away from the… Read More

Ep. 162 – Tom Kerr (Green Beret)

A measured decision led Tom Kerr to pursue the Green Beret after 4 years in the Infantry. He wanted to do more in combat, serve with the elite, and know that what he was doing every time he deployed to a combat theater was not only challenging, but tangible. Following more deployments as a Green Beret, a back injury nearly sent Kerr out of the military and a job he… Read More

Ep. 161 – Dr. Bob Adams (Navy SEAL to MD)

Dr. Bob Adams is fifth generation career military, dating all the way back to the Civil War. His military career spans 30 years, and began at the U.S. Naval Academy. Following graduation, Dr. Adams served a few years in the Navy before pursuing his dream to become a Navy SEAL. He would serve 12 years as a SEAL before embarking on a career shift, enrolling in medical school, and becoming… Read More

Ep. 160 – Mike Maroney (Air Force PJ)

He is credited with making roughly 5,325 rescues during his 20 year career in the Air Force. That’s an average of approximately 5 rescues each week for 20 years straight! Mike Maroney joined the Air Force to become a PJ. He says he joined the military to earn his keep for living in a free country. And when you look at what he’s done during his military career, it’s clear… Read More

Ep. 159 – Jeremy Staat (From NFL to Marine Corps)

When Jeremy Staat was drafted out of Arizona State by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1998 NFL draft, it looked as if his life for the foreseeable future would be based solely around pro football. He was a standout player, but after four seasons in the NFL Staat decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and serve in the military. Staat enlisted in the Marine Corps,… Read More