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

Ep. 158 – Nick Lavery (Green Beret)

If you’re looking for motivation, or simply inspiration to never, ever quit, then you should listen to this episode with Green Beret, Nick Lavery. Nick enlisted in the Army to become a Green Beret after he graduated college in 2007. Since earning his Special Forces tab, Lavery took shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade to his shoulder, leaving a sizable wound; he was shot in the face; and ultimately lost part… Read More

Ep. 157 – Thomas Gibbons-Neff (Marine/Journalist)

Following in the footsteps of his father and both grandfathers, Thomas Gibbons-Neff joined the military at the end of his senior year in high school. He enlisted in the Marine Corps. Like many of his contemporaries, he just wanted to get in the fight. He was in 8th grade when 9/11 happened. So any doubt that he would follow his family into the military, and eventually war, vanished when his… Read More

Ep. 156 – Robert Patrick Lewis (Green Beret/Author)

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a Special Forces Medic, Robert Patrick Lewis can certainly tell you. They are some of the most highly trained field medical professionals in the world. Lewis signed up to become one after 9/11, and deployed multiple times to Afghanistan, Iraq, and North Africa, eventually finding himself on the receiving end of field medical care. He received the Purple Heart for wounds he… Read More

Ep. 155 – Terry Wilson (Army Combat Engineer)

Originally, Terry Wilson wanted to be a Marine. But, following a brief education on the recruiting business, Terry opted for the Army instead when he learned his “guaranteed” MOS wasn’t so guaranteed with the Marine Corps. He would eventually become a Combat Engineer with the Army, deploying to Afghanistan where his job was lead Husky vehicle driver, searching for IEDs during route clearance operations. Prior to his assignment as a… Read More

Ep. 154 – Rudy Reyes (Marine Force Recon)

There are Marines…There are Recon Marines…And then there is Rudy Reyes. At the age of twenty-six, Rudy joined the Marine Corps out of a desire to serve his country and honor the warrior mentality he had built within himself through years of rough upbringing and various physical challenges. After graduating Parris Island, Reyes earned a coveted spot to try out for Marine Force Reconnaissance. He would go on to complete… Read More

Ep. 153 – Brad Thomas (Army SOF/Musician)

Brad Thomas returns to the show! Brad is a musician and retired 1st SFOD-Delta operator, who also fought in the Battle of Mogadishu – better known as “Black Hawk Down” – as an Army Ranger. Brad’s band, “Silence & Light”, were featured in Episode 58, just before they were getting ready to head into the studio to record their first album. Their self-titled debut album was released on December 20,… Read More

Ep. 152 – David Reeves (Ranger/Operation Just Cause)

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the conclusion of Operation Just Cause, this week we bring you an incredible story of combat and survival from that campaign. David Reeves was a Ranger fire team leader with Charlie Co, 3rd BN, 75th Ranger Regiment during the invasion of Panama. His company’s mission was to seize the airfield at Torrijos Airport, the international airport of Panama City. During the mission, Reeves… Read More

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