Ep. 128 – Harry Lockhead (WWII UDT)

It’s not too often we get the opportunity to speak with veterans of WWII. They’re a special breed, and Harry Lockhead is no exception. Joining the Navy when his country was at war, Lockhead went into the service as a cook. After the battle at Tarawa, the loss of Marines was so great, that the Navy asked for volunteers to learn how to perform reconnaissance and underwater demolition for future… Read More

Ep. 127 – Mary Dague (Army EOD Combat Vet)

Staring down a very domesticated life path she had no interest in following, Mary Dague decided to join the Army, a few years after 9/11. Desiring a military job that was both dynamic and challenging, she signed up for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). She loved being an EOD soldier and showed great promise as a young bomb tech on her team while deployed in combat. But it only took one… Read More

Ep. 126 – Zachary Rhyner (Combat Controller/Air Force Cross)

Following his childhood dream to serve in the military, Zachary Rhyner joined the Air Force in 2004. He knew he wanted to serve in an elite group, that would no doubt face challenges in combat. Rhyner enlisted with the goal of becoming a combat controller. After a grueling two-and-a-half-year selection and training process, he became a special tactics combat controller. He would soon go on to serve with a Special… Read More

Ep. 125 – Chris Greca (CSM/Army Ranger)

Even though Chris Greca came from a military family, he never intended to join the Army. But, it was a spur of the moment decision at a red light one day that drove him to the recruiter’s office. And before he knew it, Chris Greca was on his way to a 31-year career in the Army. He would retire in 2017 as a Sergeant Major, fulfilling key posts all the… Read More

Ep. 124 – Jeff Struecker (Ranger/Black Hawk Down)

As a young Army Ranger, Jeff Struecker saw combat early, beginning with the operation to capture Manuel Noriega in Panama in 1989. But, it wasn’t until his experiences during Operation Gothic Serpent – the op to capture Somali faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid – that combat took on a new meaning – a more violent and vicious meaning. Better known by its book and film title, “Black Hawk Down”, Struecker… Read More

Ep. 123 – Brian Wood MC (Battle of Danny Boy)

In 2004 in the Iraq desert, British soldier, Brian Wood found himself on the receiving end of an order not given in battle in 25 years: FIX BAYONETS! In just a split second he digested that phrase, and began leading his men on a full-frontal assault against an entrenched enemy, charging into heavy oncoming fire. Outnumbered, he and his men engaged in a close-quarter battle, seizing the initiative and defeating… Read More

Ep. 122 – Remi Adeleke (Navy SEAL/Writer/Actor)

Remi Adeleke was destined to lead an unconventional life. He might say it was divine intervention. Whatever it was, it put him on a path most ordinary people never travel. Then again, Remi isn’t an ordinary human being. He was born into Nigerian royalty, the son of a Yoruba chief. His father was also an entrepreneur, architect, and engineer, who worked to bring prosperity to Nigeria through innovative development projects…. Read More

Ep. 121 – Matt Cothron (Uncle Chaps)

We bring a little bit of levity to the show this week with our guest, Matt Cothron. Matt, better known by his online moniker, Uncle Chaps, is a successful (and humorous) blogger and podcast host. But, before that, he was a Marine, serving in combat as a bomb dog handler. In 2007 he was shot through the arm – an injury that would eventually contribute to medical retirement. Leading up… Read More

Ep. 120 – Jason Redman (Navy SEAL)

When you look back on Jason Redman’s career as a Navy SEAL, two words stand out: warrior and leader. We’ve said it before – those words get thrown around rather loosely. But in Jason’s case, they are terms he continues to embody, even after his career in the Navy was finished. In this episode, he talks about what it means to be a leader, and what it takes to continue… Read More

Ep. 119 – Special Guest: Johnny Walker

We have another Special Guest this week, and an absolutely incredible story of one man’s quest to survive under Saddam Hussein’s rule as well as the insurgency that plagued his country months into Operation Iraqi Freedom. He still goes by his code name, Johnny Walker, and for years – including through Desert Storm and the 2003 U.S. invasion – he dreamed of a better life for himself and his family…. Read More