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Global Recon

By John Hendricks
Welcome to the Global Recon Podcast! Hosted by John Hendricks. Mr. Hendricks sits down with American Intelligence professionals, and American Special Operations personnel to discuss a wide variety of subjects. These topics include historical events, current events, medicine, and geopolitics. Enjoy.
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GRP 148-The MARSOC 3: The story of three Raiders and their struggle with the military justice system
Joining me for this week’s podcast is a retired Marine Special Operations Task Force Commander Fred Galvin, and Army veteran, gold star wife, and current spouse to a MARSOC Raider Destiny Draher. On January 1st, 2019 Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Negron, Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Draher and Chief Petty Officer Eric Gilmet were assaulted by a drunk former Green Beret working as a civilian contractor in Erbil, Iraq during a night out. One of the Marines threw a punch back knocking the contractor out. The entire incident is caught on camera.  The Marines took the contractor with them back to base while Eric Gilmet who is a Special Operations Independent Duty Corpsman treated him. He ended up choking on his  vomit and unfortunately died four days later. The commanding General of MARSOC has completely alienated these Marines and they are not getting a fair shot at justice. We discuss in full detail how the command isn’t concerned with finding out the truth and has already made up their minds about the case. Our three MARSOC Warriors need your support! Please contact your representatives and make them aware of this case. Unsure of what to say? Here is a template that you can use to email or when you call your representatives. Dear Representative, As your constituent, I am requesting that you reach out to Congressmen Louie Gohmert’s office and the Justice For Warriors Caucus and support MARSOC warriors Danny Draher, Josh Negron, and Eric Gilmet. These three MARSOC warriors have been wrongfully accused of “Manslaughter” and the Congressional Justice for Warriors Caucus is stepping in to stop this injustice. Please have your military staffer reach out to Congressmen Gohmert’s military staffer and act now to save these military hero’s. Sincerely, [name] Find your representatives here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative https://www.senate.gov/senators/How_to_correspond_senators.htm Support United Patriots here: https://www.uap.org/danny-draher-about-the-case John Hendricks: www.globalrecon.net www.instagram.com/Igrecon www.instagram.com/globalreconpodcast Music provided by Caspian: www.caspian.band
1:12:03
May 7, 2020
GRP 147- No Ordinary Dog: A Special Missions Dog Handler at War
Joining me for this week’s podcast is Author and Navy SEAL Will Chesney. Chesney served for 3 years at SEAL Team 4 before screening and being selected to serve as a Tier 1 Operator. He has deployed multiple times as a Dog Handler and Operator until he was medically retired after getting blown up in Afghanistan. The book is the story of Will and his SEAL dog Cairo. Cairo served with Will for multiple rotations including after getting shot by an enemy fighter wielding an AK-47. Cairo was with Will on Operation Neptune Spear. This was the Operation that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. We discussed Will’s recovery, Navy SEAL Dogs, and his new book. Enjoy. Get your copy of No Ordinary Dog here: https://www.amazon.com/No-Ordinary-Dog-Partner-Teams/dp/1250176956/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1588207447&sr=8-1 John Hendricks: www.globalrecon.net www.instagram.com/Igrecon www.instagram.com/globalreconpodcast Music provided by Caspian: www.caspian.band
1:23:02
April 30, 2020
GRP 146-A Wise Man Does His Own Work: The Story of a British Volunteer in The Fight Against ISIS
Joining me for this week’s podcast is author and veteran of the war in Syria Ed Nash. Ed, is a civilian from the United Kingdom who spent his early 20’s traveling the world. He would eventually go on to work with the Free Burma Rangers(FBR). The FBR is a volunteer organization led by a former American Special Forces Officer which provides aid to civilians in war zones around the globe. After a few stints with the FBR as an information officer Ed went on to join up with the Kurds in the fight against ISIS in Syria. Initially he was to work in an information/media role. One thing led to another and he went on to deploy into combat as a Designated Marksmen or as some of the Kurds called it the Sniper unit. We discussed his time in Syria, what it was like returning home to the U.K. and much more. Enjoy. You can check out Ed’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/Desert-Sniper-Ordinary-Brit-Against/dp/B07FM4KSTP/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 John Hendricks: www.globalrecon.net www.instagram.com/Igrecon www.instagram.com/globalreconpodcast Music provided by Caspian: www.caspian.band
1:01:11
April 24, 2020
GRP 145-Defender that shall not be seen: Shin Bet
GRP 145-Defender That Shall Not be Seen My guest for this week's podcast is Tomer Israeli. Tomer is A veteran captain of the Israeli Defense Forces with over 20 years of both combat and instructional experience. He began his army career in the Sayeret Matkal - '92 Yuval which is Israel's Tier 1 counter-terrorism unit. He later served as a team member in a special recon team (Sayeret Golani - Orev '92 Dotan). As a reserve officer, Tomer led his team at a special forces recon unit deep behind enemy lines during the Second Lebanon War (2006). He went on to join the Israeli Secret Services the Shin Bet. We discussed some of the histories of Israeli Special Forces and Intelligence operations, the complexities of the issues between Israel and Palestine plus more. Tomer runs a tactical training company called Israeli Tactical. Enjoy. Check out Tomer here: https://www.israelitactical.com John Hendricks: www.globalrecon.net www.instagram.com/Igrecon www.instagram.com/globalreconpodcast Music provided by Caspian: www.caspian.band
1:04:29
March 27, 2020
GRP 144-Wherever you go, go with all your heart: A MACV-SOG Team Leader at war
GRP 144-Wherever you go, go with all your heart: A MACV-SOG Team Leader at war Co-hosting for this podcast is retired Chief Warrant Officer and 20 year Navy SEAL veteran Ron Mahrs. Our guest is Dr. Henry Thompson. Thompson served for 21 years in the United States Army in various leadership roles. He began his career as a Green Beret joining MACV-SOG running recon operations during the Vietnam war. Dr. Thompson became the 1-0 or team leader of Recon Team Michigan taking over the team from a good friend of mine named Mike Stahl who was wounded on an operation. The casualty rate for SOG was over 100 percent. They are the precursor to today’s Tier 1 units. This episode is a rare treat as you get a long time Tier 1 SEAL to sit down with an experienced SOG Team leader and myself. Enjoy. Henry Thompson: https://www.hpsys.com/HPS_Index.htm www.instagram.com/hps_ceo Ron Mahrs: www.theoperatorfoundation.com www.gethingroup.org www.instagram.com/theoperatorfoundation John Hendricks: www.globalrecon.net www.instagram.com/Igrecon www.instagram.com/globalreconpodcast Music provided by Caspian: www.caspian.band
2:30:20
March 6, 2020
GRP 143-Mosul: A film by a CIA counter terrorism officer
GRP 143-Mosul: A film by a CIA counter-terrorism officer Joining me for this week’s podcast is former CIA counterterrorism officer Dan Gabriel. He served at the Agency for a decade until the killing of Osama Bin Laden when he decided it was time to pursue another passion of his: Film making. The film “Mosul” is entirely in Arabic. Written and directed by Gabriel, it shows the journey of a journalist from Bagdad as he documents the retaking of Mosul from ISIS. Ali Mula embeds with the Iraqi Special Forces as they fight ISIS house to house, and street by street. The film highlights charismatic leaders of different militia that have come together to fight ISIS. It’s fascinating. We discussed the film, Dan’s career, terrorism, and counter-terrorism as it relates to the middle east and Islam. Enjoy. You can follow the film’s official page here: www.instagram.com/mosul_film You can follow Dan on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/danpgabriel Follow John Hendricks https://anchor.fm/globalrecon www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/globalreconpodcast www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Music provided by Caspian https://www.caspian.band
1:12:29
February 28, 2020
GRP 142-The Operator Foundation: The story of Ron Mahrs A Counter Terrorism Operator
GRP 142-The Operator Foundation: The story of Ron Mahrs A Counter-Terrorism Operator Joining me for this episode is Ron Mahrs. He served in the Navy for 27 years with over 20 as a SEAL and 15 as an operator at the counter-terrorism organization. Ron founded the Gethin Group and The Operator Foundation both providing unique services to veterans with Gethin, and gold star families with the Foundation. Mahrs, deployed into combat 14 times in a tier 1 capacity where he served at various levels of leadership. We discussed the time he spent deployed with the Army’s Special Missions unit, the importance of cross-training with allied nations tier 1 organization, leadership and selecting operators plus much more. Enjoy. Follow Ron Mahrs below: www.theoperatorfoundation.org www.gethingroup.com www.instagram.com/theoperatorfoundation www.instagram.com/gethingroup Follow John Hendricks www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/globalreconpodcast www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Music provided by Caspian https://www.caspian.band
1:58:06
February 6, 2020
GRP 141-Easy Day: A conversation with Navy SEAL Jason Higgins
GRP 141-Easy Day: A conversation with Navy SEAL Jason Higgins On for this week’s podcast is former Navy SEAL and owner of Easy Day Hemp Jason Higgins. Jason served as a SEAL for nine years before rotating into a government security job. It wasn’t until his transitioning out of combat where he started to experience difficulty. During this process, he hit personal lows and realized he needed to make a change. Using natural remedies including Yoga, Cannabis, and hemp he was able to overcome his issues. He went on to form a company with a fellow SEAL called Easy Day Hemp. Higgins is the CEO and they offer a wide variety of CBD based products including products for K-9’s as his teammate was a dog handler in the SEAL Teams. Enjoy. Follow Easy Day Hemp: www.easydayhemp.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/easydayhemp Follow John Hendricks www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/globalreconpodcast www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/
59:10
January 31, 2020
GRP 140-Killing Soleimani and Iranian Foreign Policy
Joining me for this week’s podcast is Hussain Abdul-Hussain. Hussain is the bureau chief for the Kuwaiti Daily and has been a journalist covering the middle east for over 20 years. His childhood was spent between Iraq and Lebanon. I first took notice of Hussain when he countered the narrative of the mainstream media in the immediate aftermath of the Soleimani killing by translating the Arabic news reports coming out of Iraq. We discussed the killing of Soleimani, the Iranian nuclear deal, the misrepresentation by the mainstream media, and many other topics. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro 4:12-The initial reaction to the killing of Soleimani 7:47-Misrepresentations by the mainstream media 22:20-The people of Iran are countering the pro-Iranian government propaganda pushed by western media by large scale protest 26:50-Soleimani was not an official in a foreign government You can follow Hussain on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/hahussain?s=20 www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/globalreconpodcast www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv
51:25
January 17, 2020
GRP 139-What we think we become: The Andrew Coussens Story
Joining me for this week's podcast is Andrew Coussens. Andrew is an author and has written two books. His first is "A failed State," and his second is "Relapse." Andrew served in the U.S. government security services for 21 years. He began his career working with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, where he worked his way up to an Aerial Interdiction Unit Leader. He later spent time working with the agency's BORSTAR unit, conducting search and rescue operations all along the border. The 2002 winter Olympics was the first major event held inside the U.S. post 9/11. Andrew worked security with the Department of Interiors National Helicopter Rescue units. A few later, he would be recruited to work security and counterterrorism for OGA (Other Government Agency), where he would deploy 21 times, including spending years in hostile environments where he and a small team were the only Americans in country. Upon leaving government service, Andrew worked as a consultant for The Activity Group. A company started by former Delta Force medic's, which provided medical training and equipment for various organizations. He's also deployed with my good friends over at the Global Surgical Medical Support Group, who send teams of doctors, surgeons, and military medics to Iraq to support communities affected by ISIS. We discussed Andrew's career, his novels, the untimely passing of his wife, and much more. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro 6:50- Aerial Interdiction teams at the Border, BORTAC 12:14- Running security for the 2002 winter Olympics 14:56- Counterterrorism for with OGA You can purchase your copies of Andrews novels here: https://andrewcoussens.com/store www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/globalreconpodcast www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv
1:23:50
January 13, 2020
GRP 138-From Black September to Hezbollah: A conversation with Fred Burton
GRP 138-For this week's podcast, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Fred Burton. Mr. Burton is one of the world's foremost authorities on security and terrorism. He oversees Stratfor's analysis of global security developments. Before joining Stratfor, Mr. Burton served as a counterterrorism agent with the U.S. State Department from 1985 to 1999. Mr. Burton was deputy chief of counterterrorism at the Diplomatic Security Service, where he was in charge of preventing and investigating attacks against diplomatic personnel and facilities. During his 14-year career, Mr. Burton was involved in many high-profile investigations, including the search for and arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing, and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Fred is a New York Times Best Selling Author. We discussed his fourth book, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America (Penguin Random House, 2018) recounts the 1980s kidnapping and murder of CIA Station Chief William Buckley in Lebanon. We talked about transnational terrorism, the role Iran played in the abduction of westerners during the 1980s, and much more. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro to Fred Burton 8:37-The development of modern terrorism. Black September and the Mossad 32:15-The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin 37:58-Bengazi, and the story of William Buckley, the CIA station Chief of Beirut, who was kidnapped and tortured to death. Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/globalreconpodcast www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv
1:20:10
January 5, 2020
GRP 137-Deeds not Words: A discussion with a Canadian Tier 1 Sniper
GRP 137-Deeds not Words: A discussion with a Canadian Tier 1 Sniper Joining me for this week's podcast is Jeff Depatie. Jeff served in the Canadian Army before going to selection for their Tier 1 Special Forces unit JTF2. Serving for over a decade as an Assaulter, and Sniper Jeff saw combat across the globe. During the emergence of ISIS, the JTF2 were some of the first western forces on the ground, engaging ISIS on the battlefield. We discussed the common ancestor of American and Canadian Special Operations, the "First Special Service Force," or "Devil's Brigade." The FSSF was a joint unit between the two countries, taking on some of the most dangerous missions during WW2. Canadian Snipers hold several of the world's longest kill shots ever recorded included a 3500-meter hit. We discussed the dynamics and culmination of years of cross-training with the British SAS and American Special ops that led to the skills Canadian long gunners now possess. Jeff now runs a company that puts civilians through a special forces selection type of experience and uses a method he calls "Post Traumatic Growth," or PTS. They utilize PTS to arm people with tools to get through challenging situations in life. You can check out Jeff at: https://thespecialforcesexperience.com 0:00-Intro 9:10- The Devils Brigade and the history of Canadian Special Forces. 23:08-Canadian Special Forces Snipers hold the longest sniper kill in history. 37:50: The Special Forces Experience
56:58
December 12, 2019
GRP 136- Easy Come Easy Go: From the Gurkhas to the British Special Forces The Story of Nims Dai
Joining me for this week’s podcast is Nims Dai. Nims grew up in Nepal before joining the famed Gurkha's. The Gurkha Brigades recently celebrated 200 years of service in the British Army. Upon returning from a combat deployment to Afghanistan Nims, decided to go on selection for British Special Forces. Upon passing selection he would continue to serve as an operator in the SBS for another 10 years. In 2016 on pre-deployment leave Nims took out a loan from the bank and went to Nepal to climb Mount Everest. During his climb, he rescued a climber at 8,000 meters. Within 4 days of completing the climb, he was conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. Nims is an extraordinary mountaineer who is currently making history. He’s summiting the 14 mountains on earth that are over 8,000 meters in 7 months. The current record for this feat is held at 8 years. We discussed the history of the Gurkhas, his time in the military, and his record-breaking climbing which he close to completing. Enjoy. You can help support Nims and his historic climb by making donations at the link below: https://www.gofundme.com/f/project-possible-147-nims-dai You can find Nims on social media @NimsDai Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Music provided by Caspian:   www.caspianmusic.net
41:42
August 29, 2019
GRP 135-Wherever you go, go with all your heart: A Special Missions Operator at war
GRP 135-Wherever you go, go with all your heart: A Special Missions Operator at war - We have a very special guest on for this week’s podcast. Joining me on today's episode is retired, Sergeant Major Jamey Caldwell. SGM Caldwell began his career as an Army Ranger before he went to selection to join the Army’s Special Missions Unit. On September 11th, 2001 he was forward deployed overseas. Within the coming weeks and months, his unit would be amongst the very first Americans to enter into Afghanistan. They were tasked with killing Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was tracked to the Tora Bora cave complex which is apart of the Spin Ghar mountain range in eastern Afghanistan. Caldwell would deploy into combat 14 times over the following 14 years in the war against terrorism. We discussed selection, leadership, mindset, and many other topics. Enjoy. You can find Jamey on all social media platforms @1minuteout www.1minuteout.com Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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1:21:33
August 22, 2019
GRP 134-Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks: A SEAL Team Six Operator at war
My guest for this week’s podcast is retired Navy SEAL, Andy Stumpf. Andy is the host of the Cleared Hot Podcast. He’s also a sponsored Base Jumper and Skydiver. We walked through his career in the Navy including his time as an Operator at SEAL Team Six. While conducting combat operations in Iraq Andy was shot at close range by a terrorist with an AK-47. Several Americans were badly wounded during this operation. We talked about his long road to recovery, becoming an officer in the SEAL Teams, leadership, and several other topics. Enjoy. This episode is sponsored by War Dragons War Dragons is a 3D, Real-Time, Strategy video game – right on your phone. For the month of July, War Dragons are partnering with Stack Up, an organization dedicated to bringing military personnel, veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming. War Dragons will match all donations made through the link in the game between July 4th through July 31st, up to a maximum of $10,000. Donors will also get an exclusive, in-game portrait. Can’t donate but want to support Stack Up’s work? Breeding your dragons in-game can also help contribute an additional $10,000 donation by War Dragons. Visit www.podcast.wardragons.com/recon Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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56:45
July 25, 2019
GRP 133-In honor I gained them and in honor I die with them: A British Special Forces Soldier
Joining me for this week’s podcast is former British Special Forces Operator James Glancy. James served for a number of years in the Royal Marine Commandos where he deployed into different areas around the world including Afghanistan. After a few combat deployments he went onto Special Forces selection and joined the Special Boat Service. During his operational service in Special Forces he was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. Since getting out of the military Glancy has hosted shows on the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. He’s a director of conservation charity, Veterans 4 Wildlife, where he focuses on the preservation of endangered species and combating the global trade in shark fins. We discussed the history of Special Forces, the role of the Royal Marine Commandos, and many other topics. Enjoy. This episode is sponsored by War Dragons War Dragons is a 3D, Real Time, Strategy video game – right on your phone. For the month of July, War Dragons is partnering with Stack Up, an organization dedicated to bringing military personnel, veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming. War Dragons will match all donations made through the link in the game between July 4th through July 31st, up to a maximum of $10,000. Donors will also get an exclusive, in-game portrait. Can’t donate but want to support Stack Up’s work? Breeding your dragons in-game can also help contribute an additional $10,000 donation by War Dragons. Visit www.podcast.wardragons.com/recon 
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1:07:35
July 18, 2019
GRP 132-Do every act of your life as it were your last: SEAL to a Special Ops Aviator Mike Rutledge
On with me for this week’s podcast is recently retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Rutledge. Rutledge has had a unique career path having served for 30 years in the United States military. He entered the Navy as a Search and Rescue crewmen deploying around the world in that capacity. He later became a Navy SEAL where he served for 8 years. He’s always had a passion for flying. After serving in the SEAL Teams Mike went on to serve as an Aviator in the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). The “Night Stalkers” are the best helicopter pilots in the world. They were born out of the failure of Operation Eagle Claw in which Army Special Missions operators attempted to rescue American hostages in Iran. Mike is an extremely humble warrior who deployed into combat 15 times. We discussed history, the warrior mindset, women in combat arms and many other topics. This is a gem. This episode is sponsored by War Dragons War Dragons is a 3D, Real Time, Strategy video game – right on your phone. For the month of July, War Dragons is partnering with Stack Up, an organization dedicated to bringing military personnel, veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming. War Dragons will match all donations made through the link in the game between July 4th through July 31st, up to a maximum of $10,000. Donors will also get an exclusive, in-game portrait. Can’t donate but want to support Stack Up’s work? Breeding your dragons in-game can also help contribute an additional $10,000 donation by War Dragons. Visit www.podcast.wardragons.com/recon Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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1:10:05
July 11, 2019
GRP 131: Thorns and Roses grow on the same tree: The story of a female Kurdish fighter
This week’s podcast was recorded in July 2017 with Kurdish fighter Joanna Palani. Joanna is currently in prison in Denmark due to their laws against Danish citizens traveling to Syria to fight. Joanna’s family is from the western region of Iran. She was born in a U.N refugee camp in the desert of Ramadi, Iraq. 
 Growing up there were sections of the road her brother and his peers traversed en route to school that was littered with IED’s. During a commute to school, he was killed by a roadside bomb. Eventually, her immediate family moved to Denmark where she spent several years living before dropping out of college to go join the uprising in Syria. If you want to hear from a woman on the ground this is a must listen. 

 This episode is sponsored by War Dragons. War Dragons is a 3D, real time, strategy video game – right on your phone. For the month of July, War Dragons are partnering with Stack Up, an organization dedicated to bringing military personnel, veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming. War Dragons will match all donations made through the link in the game between July 4th through July 31st, up to a maximum of $10,000. Donors will also get an exclusive, in-game portrait. Can’t donate but want to support Stack Up’s work? Breeding your
dragons in-game can also help contribute an additional $10,000 donation by War Dragons.

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0:00-News reports on the fighting in Syria

5:00-Introduction to Joanna Palani, a Kurdish female fighter with the YPJ

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44:27
July 4, 2019
GRP 130- Great deeds are wrought at great risks: From the south Bronx to the SEAL teams Remi Adeleke
On for this episode is author and former U.S Navy SEAL Remi Adelake. Remi has a unique story growing up in Nigeria. Shortly after his father passed away his mother moved him and his brother back to the Bronx. Growing up poor and in a violent section of NYC he learned the ways of the streets at an early age. It wasn’t until years later where he was working undercover as a SEAL that he realized some of those tough lessons learned in the South Bronx helped him stay alive in combat. Since making his transition out of the Navy Remi has worked in Hollywood as an actor and has published his first novel Transformed: A Navy SEAL’s Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds. We discussed many topics to include the unconventional warfare approach, how it’s been successful in combat, and how it can be applied to fixing broken communities within the United States. Enjoy 0:00-Intro to Remi’s early life in Nigeria before moving to the Bronx 28:00-Becoming a HUMINT (Human Intelligence) Operator for the SEAL Teams 48:55-The unconventional approach You can get a copy of Remi’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/Transformed-Unlikely-Journey-Streets-Defying-ebook/dp/B07BB593P5/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3OJQZ8KCIDAAP&keywords=transformed+remi+adeleke&qid=1558058427&s=gateway&sprefix=transformed%2Caps%2C137&sr=8-1 Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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1:53:37
May 17, 2019
GRP 129-From Africa to the French Special Forces-Qui ose gagne: The Story of a French SAS Operator
I have a very special guest on for this week’s podcast. Retired French SAS operator Raymond. Raymond was born in Africa and moved to France during his teenage years. He eventually joined the Army and became a member of the French Foreign Legion. It was on a deployment with the Foreign Legion where he met members of the French SAS, France’s premier counter terrorism unit. We discussed his early life, the racism he experienced in France and in the Army being African. We touched on what effects terrorism has had on France as a nation, and many other topics. Enjoy. 3:55- The origins of the French Special Forces 8:44-Joining the French Foreign Legion 17:55-Joining the French SAS I Want to give a quick thank you to our sponsor Blinkist- is the only app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes so you can read -or- listen to. Go to www.Blinkist.com/Recon for a free 7 day trial. You can keep up with Jack Carr here: https://officialjackcarr.com Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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57:38
May 9, 2019
GRP 128-The 20 Year Journey of a Navy SEAL Sniper: Jack Carr
GRP 128-The 20 Year Journey of a Navy SEAL Sniper: Jack Carr On for this week’s podcast is former Navy SEAL Officer turned author Jack Carr. He led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper specializing in communications and intelligence, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was on a pre 9/11 training deployment on Guam when the Twin Towers were hit. His team immediately deployed to the middle east to take over ship take down operations against Saddam Hussein from SEAL Team 3 who rotated into Afghanistan. Jack has written a fictional novel called “The Terminal List” and has a second book on the way called “True Believer”. Enjoy. 0:00- My friend Kevin Lacz speaking on the incident in which Marc Lee was killed in action in Iraq. Marc was the first SEAL killed during the Iraq war. 14:02-Naval Special Warfare Sniper, Employment of Snipers on the battlefield. 21:35-Sri Lanka, Global terrorism 40:15-Having a family at home while deploying into combat over a 20-year career I Want to give a quick thank you to our sponsor Blinkist- is the only app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes so you can read -or- listen to. Go to www.Blinkist.com/Recon for a free 7 day trial. You can keep up with Jack Carr here: https://officialjackcarr.com Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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1:10:38
April 25, 2019
GRP 127-An American Spy Master: The former Director of Overseas Operations for the CIA Jack Devine
We have a very special guest for this episode. Former Director of Overseas Operations for the Central Intelligence Agency, Jack Devine. Mr. Devine served with the agency for over 30 years, working some of the most impactful operations during that time. We discussed his interactions with KGB Spy Aldrich Ames, from the beginning of his career until they met again when Jack was the station chief in Rome. Jack ran a covert operation arming the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan during the 1980s in their war against the Soviet Union, which eventually led to USSR's defeat. We discussed the role of politics in the intelligence world and many other topics. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro discussing some of the damage done by Soviet Spy Aldrich Ames, and the results of the covert CIA program arming the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan against the Soviets 9:03-Jack Devine’s interactions with KGB spy Aldrich Ames during the beginning of his CIA career, as well as his interactions with him 20 years later when Devine was the CIA station chief of Rome. 31:14-The politicization of intelligence 40:13-The military coup of 1973 by Chilean General Pinochet 48:45-Charlie Wilsons War: Running covert operations in the 1980s against the Russians in Afghanistan I Want to give a quick thank you to our sponsorBlinkist. Blinkist is the only app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information from thousands of nonfiction books, and condenses it down into just 15 minutes so you can read -or- listen. Go to www.Blinkist.com/Recon for a free 7-day trial Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:www.thevetsproject.com www.instagram.com/theveteransproject
1:11:18
April 18, 2019
GRP 126-In chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order: CIA Security Officer Tom Pecora
GRP 126- For this weeks podcast I have a very special guest on career CIA Security Officer and author of "GUARDIAN - Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA's War on Terror" Thomas Pecora. “GUARDIAN” is a historical memoir chronicling Mr. Pecora’s 24 years in the CIA in protective operations, counter-terrorism and security, working in some of the worst terrorist hotbeds in the world. We discussed several events which you’ll find as I have that Tom’s perspective is valuable and unique. Enjoy. 0:00- Gary Schroen, and the CIA’s insertion into Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks 6:30-The amount of direct combat for the CIA in modern warfare 10:37-The 1993 attack on CIA headquarters 17:00-On the ground in Mogadishu in 1993, Osama Bin Laden’s role in the Battle of Mogadishu 31:00-The CIA’s tragedy in Khost, Afghanistan. Running Counter Surveillance for Robert Gates 50:54-Changes the Agency underwent after the 9/11 attacks, on the ground in Iraq. 1:09:24- How interconnected terrorist groups are and the effects they have on the world 1:28:36-Tracking Bin Laden Pick up a copy of Thomas Pecora’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Life-Crosshairs-CIAs-Terror I would like to thank our sponsor for todays episode Duke Cannon. Duke Cannon’s superior-quality grooming goods for hard-working men are tested by active military. If it’s the “Big Ass Brick of Soap”, premium hair goods, or beards and shaving products it has the scent of accomplishment. Duke Cannon gives back to veterans. Go to www.DukeCannon.com and use the promo code RECON to get 15% off your first order Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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1:59:42
April 4, 2019
GRP125-There is wisdom of the head and a wisdom of the heart:Dave Nielsen a Special Missions Sniper
Back on the podcast is Dave Nielsen. Dave served in Special Missions as a Breacher, Dog Handler, and sniper. His first experience in war was in 1989 during a combat jump into Panama as a young Ranger. Dave finished up his career over two decades later having deployed multiple times. We discussed in detail the operation which was covered in the HBO documentary “War Dog” where Dave’s K9 partner “Pepper” was killed in Iraq. We discussed Iraq, language training, Egypt and much more. Enjoy.
 0:00- Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler tribute 2:10-Warrior Dogs 27:17-Subject matter experts 1:00:24-Language training in Egypt during the Arab Spring I Want to give a quick thank you to our sponors: Blinkist- is the only app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes so you can read -or- listen to. Go to www.Blinkist.com/Recon for a free 7 day trial. Duke Cannon- Duke Cannon’s superior-quality grooming goods for hard-working men are tested by active military. If it’s the “Big Ass Brick of Soap”, premium hair goods, or beards and shaving products it has the scent of accomplishment. Duke Cannon gives back to veterans. Go to www.DukeCannon.com and use the promo code RECON to get 15% off your first order Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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2:20:08
March 28, 2019
GRP 124- The Work of a Nation, the Center of Intelligence: Insight from an Intelligence Advisor
GRP 124- “We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go.   On for this week’s podcast is my co host Tim Kolczak and U.S. intelligence specialist JT Patten. Patten, became involved in the intelligence and counter terrorism shortly after 9/11. Possessing a skill set uniquely suited to working specific elements of intelligence operations we were able to discuss some of what that entails. We touched on what is known as the “Deep State” as well as conspiracy theories, funding, and many other topics. Enjoy   0:00-Former CIA Director John Brennan’s intelligence speech   2:59-Tim Kolczak covering MOH recipient from WW2   28:44- JT Patten’s background in the intelligence community   01:02:00-The reality of what is considered the “Deep State” Follow J.T Patten Below: http://www.jtpattenbooks.com Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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1:56:15
March 7, 2019
GRP 123-Only light can drive out darkness-Guardian Group: Countering Child Sex Trafficking
On for the podcast in our latest episode are retired Special Missions Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Tiegs, and the founder of the Guardian Group Jeff Keith. LT Tiegs became aware of the crime of child sex trafficking while disrupting terrorist networks overseas.    After a brief stint in Law Enforcement and the Air Force Special Operation’s, Jeff Keith continued to serve but as a Pastor. Jeff, in his travels overseas learned of the problem and returned to the United States intending to scale it down. We discussed the scope of the crime, ways that the hotel industry and communities can deny pimps and traffickers grounds to operate, and much more. Enjoy.      0:00-Clint Romesha MOH Citation    7:29-Human Trafficking prevention and awareness month. Army Rangers, Green Berets, Special Missions Unit.   13:15- Jeff Keith. Law enforcement, Airforce Special Operations, Pastor.    32:20- Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). Shutting down the sex services website “Backpage” Follow the Guardian Group: https://theguardiangroup.org   www.instagram.com/theguardiangroup     Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak: www.thevetsproject.com www.instagram.com/theveteransproject   Music provided by Caspian:   www.caspianmusic.net
1:06:03
February 7, 2019
GRP 122- We’ll do the Voodoo so that you can do what you do: Australian Special Forces Medics
GRP 122- We’ll do the Voodoo so that you can do what you do: Australian Special Forces Medics at war On for this week’s podcast are two Voodoo Medics who served in the Australian Special Forces for a number of years. Corporal Tom Newkirk, 2nd Commando Regiment and the Special Operations Engineer Regiment. Sergeant Brad Watts Medic Distinguished Service Medal, SASR (Special Air Service Regiment) who also spent time with the Engineer Regiment. We talked about the Voodoo Medics documentary by Australian Journalist Kristen Shorten which brought to light some of the experiences of these warriors in combat. We discussed their careers and experiences in Special Operations. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro 10:27-Corporal Tom NewKirk, 2nd Commando Regiment, Special Operations Engineer Regiment. Discussing his family’s military history and Army Career as a Commando Medic. 15:32-Sergeant Brad Watts Medic Distinguished Service Medal, SASR (Special Air Service Regiment) 21:18-Newkirk during the battle of Zabat Kalay in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment. 32:28-The incident for which Sergeant Watts received the Distinguished Service Medal for rescuing a Danish solider shot in the head by a sniper. 44:51-Treating children wounded during war fighting. Here is the link to all of the Voodoo Medics videos and articles https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/voodoomedics Here is the link that will take viewers straight to Voodoo Medics Part I https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/voodoo-medics-on-the-ground-in-one-of-australias-most-intense-battles-of-the-afghanistan-war/news-story/95ffc44ea62a514267b6156f7fdcf815 Voodoo Medics podcast iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/voodoo-medics/id1440695248?mt=2 Voodoo Medics podcast Spotify  https://open.spotify.com/show/5ghzqIphUdy3q9gEpqQl7g Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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1:16:38
December 6, 2018
GRP 121-Voodoo Medics: Australian Special Forces Medics in Afghanistan
On for this week’s podcast is Australian Journalist Kristin Shorten, and Australian Special Forces Medic veteran Jody Tieche. Shorten produced and published a documentary in conjunction with the Daily Telegraph called Voodoo Medics. This documentary chronicles the experiences of Australian Special Forces medics in Afghanistan in a very vivid and real way. We discussed Tactical Casualty Combat Care (TCCC), the process of creating the documentary, and Jody shared some of his experiences in combat. Enjoy. 0:00- into 5:10- Kristin Shorten Australian journalist and wife to a former Australian Special Forces Commando 14:56-Jody Tieche a Special Forces Medic or “Kilo” Here is the link to all of the Voodoo Medics videos and articles https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/voodoomedics Here is the link that will take viewers straight to Voodoo Medics Part I https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/voodoo-medics-on-the-ground-in-one-of-australias-most-intense-battles-of-the-afghanistan-war/news-story/95ffc44ea62a514267b6156f7fdcf815 Voodoo Medics podcast iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/voodoo-medics/id1440695248?mt=2 Voodoo Medics podcast Spotify  https://open.spotify.com/show/5ghzqIphUdy3q9gEpqQl7g Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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1:00:37
November 22, 2018
GRP 120-Warriors Heart: Two Brothers Serving in Special Missions in The War on Terror
GRP 120-Warriors Heart: Two Brothers Serving in Special Missions in The War on Terror For this weeks podcast I have on Tom and Scot Spooner. Both served in the infantry than became Special Forces Engineers. After 9/11 Tom who joined the Army before Scot went to selection and made it into the Army’s Special Missions Unit as an operator. For the next decade he deployed without a break into combat as an operator and a sniper. 
Scot, was on an instructor tour at the Special Forces school house where he taught everything explosives for young men becoming Green Berets. Once Scot’s instructor time was up he went into the Special Missions Unit as apart of the heavy breacher’s program. They’ve been deployed to Iraq at the same time and discuss what that was like. We talked about their new podcast Original Freedom, Post Traumatic Stress, and several other topics. Enjoy. 0:00-Ronald Regan Speech 6:00-Tom Spooners Army Career 12:51-Scot Spooners Army Career 20:16-Deployed with Army Special Missions in Iraq at the same time. 37:02- “It was harder to be at home watching television then it was to be deployed in combat” 58:06-Warriors Heart Follow The Spooner brothers: Website:http://www.ogfree.com

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1:23:10
November 8, 2018
GRP 119- A Navy SEALs Humanitarian Struggle in The Battle For Mosul: The City of Death
GRP 119-I have a great guest on with me for this episode. Ephraim Mattos, is a former U.S. Navy SEAL turned humanitarian aid worker. Mattos has an upcoming book releasing in October co authored by Scott McEwen (the author of American Sniper) called “City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the battle for Mosul”. Ephraim spent months in Iraq with the Free Burma Rangers providing medical care to Iraqi’s wounded during the battle to re take Mosul from ISIS. There is a viral video taken during the battle where Mattos, and a former U.S. Marine step out from behind a tank to provide covering fire for David Eubank as he sprints under ISIS sniper fire to rescue a little girl. Eubank is a former American Special Forces officer who founded the Free Burma Rangers. Mattos was shot shortly after the rescue. We discussed this event and much more. Enjoy. 0:00-Kevin Lacz on Mark Lee 2:11-Introduction to Ephraim Mattos, SEAL Teams, 7:19-The rescue of an Iraqi girl under ISIS sniper fire in Mosul. Getting shot by ISIS. 23:30-Free Burma Rangers. The war in Burma(Myanmar) is the worlds longest running civil war. 70 years. 43:44-The Nazarene Fund, The Fireside Journal, The City of Death Keep up with Ephraim below: www.thefiresidejournal.com Pre order a copy of his upcoming book here: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_11?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=city+of+death+humanitarian+warriors+in+the+battle+of+mosul&sprefix=city+of+sea%2Cmovies-tv%2C133&crid=3GPDPVK0F7BTI Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak:
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1:20:49
September 20, 2018
GRP-118: Know thy self know thy enemy A thousand battles a thousand victories: The Guardian Group
GRP-118: On for this episode is retired Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Tiegs. LTC Tiegs spent a long career in the US Army serving with multiple special operations units. He finished up with the Army’s Special Missions Unit. Throughout his long career he’s spent years going after and dismantling terror networks across the world.    During his operational service he came across child sex trafficking. He’s now running an organization called “Guardian Group”. “Guardian Group (GG) is committed to an aggressive, comprehensive approach to taking the fight to human trafficking. The first part of our strategy focuses on providing training to the travel and hospitality industries.” Enjoy0:00-Bill McCraven Speech   5:45-Introduction to Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Tiegs, The Guardian Group.   12:05: Ranger Battalion, College, 10thSpecial Forces Group, Special Missions.    29:40: Denying the enemy freedom of movement.     Follow the Guardian Group: https://theguardiangroup.org   www.instagram.com/theguardiangroup     Follow Global Recon below:   www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/   Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv   Tim Kolczak: www.thevetsproject.com www.instagram.com/theveteransproject   Music provided by Caspian:   www.caspianmusic.net
1:00:44
September 13, 2018
GRP 117-The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang: Insight from a Special Missions Commander
GRP 117-The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang: Insight from a Special Missions Commander We’re back from a podcasting hiatus with a great episode. I spent my fourth of July morning talking with Army Colonel Scott Kelly. Colonel Kelly spent over 23 years in the military working in various roles as a commanding officer. We touched on several topics including special operations selection, leading men at the pinnacle of combat arms in special missions, family, and the large task of running an Army. Colonel Kelly is also the director of the Green Beret Project which does invaluable work with at risk youth. Please check them out. Enjoy.
 0:00-Intro 7:33-Colonel Scott Kelly’s Army career 9:42: Special Operations Selection. The role of a Commanding Officer in Special Operations. 32:00-Being at the top of your game. The burnout of the Special Operations community and the burden on the families. 57:16-Working at the strategic level. Attending the War College. 1:13:06-The Green Beret Project Check out the Green Beret Project: http://thegreenberetproject.com Follow Global Recon below: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Tim Kolczak:
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1:42:09
July 19, 2018
GRP 116-All warfare is based on deception: A Warfighters Perspective
Back on this week's podcast is Bob Keller. Bob is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Operations community with time served in the Ranger Regiment, Army Special Forces, and elsewhere. Bob now runs a tactical training company called Gamut Resolutions. We talked about his pre-army days, the tactical training industry, and training law enforcement. Enjoy 0:00-Intro 11:32-The tactical training industry. 37:18- Operation Blue: free training for law enforcement Check out Bob Keller: www.gamutresolutions.com Facebook: Gamut Resolutions Instagram: www.instagram.com/KellerGamutResolutions Follow Global Recon below: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Tim Kolczak:
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1:11:01
June 7, 2018
GRP 115-ARMY OF NONE: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
GRP 115- Our guest for this week’s episode is Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger Paul Scharre. Paul’s new book, ARMY OF NONE: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War is a necessary analysis of this new world. In the book, Scharre traces the emergence of this technology, drawing on incisive research and his personal experiences through four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan to explore the moral and practical challenges of machine-decision making in today’s messy, modern wars. We covered: • The rise of fully autonomous weapons and the movement to ban them • The legal and ethical issues surrounding autonomous weapons • The role of artificial intelligence in military technology • How fatal incidents of autonomous weapons gone wrong inform and refine operating procedures, doctrine, and software • How do nations trust one another in an environment of autonomous weapons and cooperate to avoid harmful outcomes? • When a robot kills, who stands trial? Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Tim Kolczak: www.thevetsproject.com www.instagram.com/theveteransproject Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:43:43
May 10, 2018
GRP 114- Force has no place where there is need of Skill: A Special Missions Command Sergeant Major
GRP 114- Force has no place where there is need of Skill-Herodotus: A Special Missions Command Sergeant Major We have a very special guest on for this week’s podcast. Command Sergeant Major Thomas Satterly joins us. CSM Satterly served as a Special Missions operator in the U.S. Army for 20 years serving in various leadership roles. His first experience in combat was during the various operations working as apart of Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu in 1993. We talked about his role in capturing Osman Atto which was portrayed in the movie “Black Hawk Down”. CSM Satterly was on the ground for October 3rd when two Blackhawk helicopters were shot down. At the time it became the longest sustained firefight since the Vietnam war. Two snipers from Tom’s unit were awarded the congressional Medal of Honor sacrificing themselves to save one of the pilots of the downed helicopter. We talked about what it was like serving before and during the Global war on terror. Tom told stories from his time in selection and talked about some of the different leadership roles he worked in at the unit. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro 7:46- Interviews coming soon from The Veterans Project covering Lieutenant Sam Lombardo who fought during the Battle of the Bulge with the 99th Infantry Division. Tim covered a veteran of the French Resistance who served with Patton’s 3rd Army 12:49-Introduction to Command Sergeant Major Thomas Satterly. The Battle of Mogadishu. 17:08-Capturing Osman Atto 34:17-Hard lessons learned. An assessment of the enemy’s capabilities. 48:45-Leadership, mindset, and passing a special operations selection Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. CSM Tom Satterly: www.facebook.com/allsecurefoundation www.allsecurefoundation.org www.instagram.com/allsecurefoundation Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Tim Kolczak: Tim Kolczak: www.thevetsproject.com www.instagram.com/theveteransproject Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:28:30
April 19, 2018
GRP 113-The Graveyard of Empires: Afghanistan
Episode 113: Back on the podcast co-hosting is Tim Kulczak, the creator of the Veterans Project. Our guest for today’s episode is author and British Army combat veteran Gez Jones. We took a dive into the conflict in Afghanistan from various points as it is a complex situation. Hilarious stories were told as were serious ones. We talked about the failures of western leadership regarding tactics and rules of engagement. We discussed the culture of rape that exist in some areas of Afghanistan where women and children are systematically abused. You guys are going to enjoy this. O:00-Intro 3:56-Inserting into Afghanistan 44:55-The perception of time 1:04:00-Combat story. Asymmetrical warfare. 1:53:26-Culture of rape: Abuse of women and children    can keep up with Tim Kolczak at: www.thevetsproject.com www.instagram.com/theveteransproject Geraint Jones is on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/grjbooks Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
2:32:22
April 12, 2018
GRP 112-Silence and Light: The story of a special operations rock band
GRP 112-Silence and Light: The story of a special operations rock band We have two great guests on for this week’s podcast. They are both veterans of the special operations community and members of a band called Silence and Light. J Bradford is a retired Army Special Missions operator who first saw combat in Mogadishu, Somalia during the Black Hawk Down incident as a young Ranger. Shortly before 9/11 he went onto try out and get selected to serve in the Army’s Special Missions unit where he served for over 10 years. Tyson is a retired Marine Raider Officer with multiple rotations into combat. We talked about the band including the other members who were not on for this podcast. Jason Everman was a member of Sound Garden, and Nirvana before he joined the Army and became a Special Forces Green Beret. We touched on the stresses of combat among several other subjects. Enjoy. 0:00-Scot Spooner intro 4:56-J Bradford’s and Tyson’s musical backgrounds. 9:15-Combat stress 21:53- J Bradford’s military background. October 1993 Mogadishu, Somalia. Tyson’s military background. 41:28-Military specialties and combat applications Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Follow J Bradford on Instagram at www.instagram.com/jbradford_official Follow Tyson on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/Stahler_61 Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:07:03
March 29, 2018
GRP 111-SOFREP Posting Footage of Americans Killed in Combat
GRP 111-I’m joined for this episode by two friends of mine. Two guys who are highly respected and experienced Green Berets from 3rd Special Forces Group. Bryan Myers from Raise The Black, and Kevin Tretter from Warrior Woven. We gathered today to discuss the helmet cam footage released by ISIS showing the final moments of three Special Forces Green Berets from 3rd Special Forces group and one support member. SOFREP, a company comprised of former Special Operations veterans put their logo on this enemy edited propaganda video and released it saying the American public needs to see the realties of war. This is done against the wishes of the Gold Star families of the men killed on that day. I’ve communicated with Debbie Gannon the mother of Jeremiah Johnson, who’s helmet cam footage of the incident is online. She’s watched the video and allowed me to state on behalf of the family they are disgusted by the release of this video by SOFREP and want it taken down. I also read a statement made by the sister of Jeremiah Johnson regarding the video. Here is the link to sign a petiton to have SOFREP remove the video: https://www.change.org/p/remove-sofrep-s-ambush-video-from-youtube Intro: 0:00 5:54-SOFREP puts their logo on ISIS propaganda footage showing Americans being ambushed and killed in combat. 12:16-My conversation with Debbie Gannon the gold star mother of Jeremiah Johnson one of the Green Berets killed during this ambush 19:17-The realities of combat. Respect for the enemies we’ve killed in combat 25:20-Statement from the gold star Johnson family 46:02-John Glenn’s gold star mother’s speech Visit Bryan Myers company website: https://raisethe.black Visit Kevin Tretters company website: www.warriorwoven.com Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
47:05
March 9, 2018
GRP 110-And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free:CIA Case Officer Duane Evans
GRP 110-The author of Foxtrot in Kandahar former Special Forces Officer and veteran CIA Case Officer Duane Evans joins me for this podcast. Duane began his career as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army and serving in 7th Special Forces Group. Evans joined the CIA where he worked for almost two decades before the September 11th attacks. Duane did everything he could to get on a team that was heading into Afghanistan alongside Army Special Forces Green Berets to spearhead the effort in destroying Al-Queda and their leadership. He became the lead officer for a CIA paramilitary team callsign Foxtrot. They were the first Americans to enter Kandahar, and played a very important role during the beginning of the war. Duane shares his eperiences of his time there including a story of when his team captured Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver Salem Hamdan Duane Evans book Foxtrot in Kandahar is available everywhere books are sold. Check out the link below: https://www.amazon.com/Foxtrot-Kandahar-Afghanistan-Inception-Americas-ebook/dp/B074P4DKZ1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520477777&sr=8-1&keywords=foxtrot+in+kandahar 0:00-Intro 3:27-Military Intelligence officer. 82nd Airborne, 7th Special Forces Group 5:54-CIA Case Officer. Insertion into Afghanistan in 2001 19:34-ODA 574. Mullah Omar 30:38-The capturing of Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver Salem Hamdan This episode is sponsored by my friends over at Biowave. BioWave is the non-opioid way to block chronic or acute pain at the push of a button. VA recognized, VA prescribed, FDA cleared and made in America, BioWave is used by over 30 VA’s and even professional sports teams. If you are a veteran or active military that needs help managing pain, visit BioWave.com and learn how to get treatment at no cost. www.BioWave.com Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:11:04
March 8, 2018
GRP 109-Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji: America’s First Muslim Green Beret in The War on Terror
GRP 109-I had the honor of having on Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji. MSG Lahidji served on a Special Forces A-Team for 24 years. He was born in Iran and served in the Iranian Special Forces before immigrating to America. Changiz is a soldier at heart and wanted to serve his country. He joined the Army in 1978 and went on to become the first Muslim Green Beret in American history. Changiz was in a unique position to work special undercover assignments. He went undercover in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis to spy on Iranian soldiers guarding the U.S. Embassy where Americans were being held, hostage. MSG Lahidji found himself in Afghanistan training the Afghani Mujahideen to fight against the Russian’s during the 1980’s. We talked about his role working undercover in New York City gathering intelligence on Omar Abdel-Rahman was also known as “The Blind Sheikh” an Egyptian born extremist who was connected to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombers. Changiz spent time in Afghanistan after 2001, as well as Iraq, and Africa. Master Sergeant Lahidji’s book Full Battle Rattle is available everywhere books are sold. Check out the link below: https://www.amazon.com/Full-Battle-Rattle-Longest-Serving-Team-ebook/dp/B073TSN3PQ 0:00-Intro 4:57- Iranian Special Forces to American Special Forces. Going undercover to gather intelligence during the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis 12:31-Training the Mujahideen in Afghanistan to counter Soviet aggression during the 1980’s. 24:55-Special assignment working undercover gathering intel on Omar Abdel-Rahman also known as “The Blind Sheikh”. Rahman was connected to the group responsible for the 1993 world trade center bombing. 32:30-The embassy bombing in Beirut in 1983. 42:35-Fallujah, Iraq 2003. Working in Sudan and driving for President Jimmy Carter in Africa. This episode is sponsored by my friends over at Biowave. BioWave is the non-opioid way to block chronic or acute pain at the push of a button. VA recognized, VA prescribed, FDA cleared and made in America, BioWave is used by over 30 VA’s and even professional sports teams. If you are a veteran or active military that needs help managing pain, visit BioWave.com and learn how to get treatment at no cost. www.BioWave.com Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:06:01
March 1, 2018
GRP 108-"By Strength and Guile" A Conversation with American and British Operators
GRP 108-We have some great guest on for this episode. Back on the podcast is retired Navy SEAL Boyd Renner. Boyd served for 28 years in the Navy all of that as a Navy SEAL. With 23 years spent at Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Bob joined us as well and Bob served for 16 years as a Royal Marine in the British military. He spent the majority of his time deployed in combat before he was medically retired. Boyd and Bob shared some stories of their time in the service which can be hilariously funny or life changing events. We talked about Boyd getting his first tattoo with his wife’s DNA encapsulated into it via his company Everence. We discussed approaching and dealing with difficult situations in life, the meaning of tattoo’s, and many other topics. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro 4:09-Boyd’s first tattoo and military background. 6:06-Bob’s military career in the British Royal Marines 19:12-Running a protection detail for General Stanley McChrystal 43:40-Tattoos 1:04:40-Combat Story This episode is sponsored by my friends over at Biowave. BioWave is the non-opioid way to block chronic or acute pain at the push of a button. VA recognized, VA prescribed, FDA cleared and made in America, BioWave is used by over 30 VA’s and even professional sports teams. If you are a veteran or active military that needs help managing pain, visit BioWave.com and learn how to get treatment at no cost. www.BioWave.com Check out Boyd’s company Everence at: www.everence.life Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:22:51
February 22, 2018
GRP 107-The Contingent Group: The Story of a SEAL Team 6 Operator
GRP 107- Joining us for this week’s podcast is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the United States Navy SEALs. Eddie Penney began his military career as a Marine. After his first contract was up he enlisted into the Navy and began the grueling process to become a Navy SEAL. Eddie served multiple tours of duty as a SEAL before joining Naval Special Warfare Development Group which is better known as SEAL Team 6. Penney shared his experiences in BUDs with us. We talked about deploying into combat and having the mindset required to serve as an operator over several years of warfighting. We talked about the “Contingent Group” which is a security company that offers a wide variety of security services that Eddie has started since leaving the Navy. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro 4:20-Becoming a United States Marine. Becoming a Navy SEAL. 16:05-Naval Special Warfare Development Group. 34:00- “I either want to die in combat, doing my job right now, or live till I’m 98 years old and see my great, great grand kids,” one of them told me. “I don’t want anything in between. None of us do. A warrior’s death, you can’t get any higher than that. It’s horrible for the family, they don’t want to hear that, but for us, the guys at our command, we’re okay with it. That is our duty, the highest calling 41:19-Transitioning. The Contingent Group. Security/Safety tips. Check out the Contingent Group’s website here: https://www.contingentgroup.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/contingentgroup/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/contingentgroup/ Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
59:26
February 8, 2018
GRP 106-One Time Every Time: The Trials and Tribulations of a Navy SEAL at War
GRP 106-One Time Every Time: Trials and Tribulations of a Navy SEAL at War Chantel Taylor is back on the podcast co-hosting for this episode. We have a special guest on with us “Turbo” who is a retired Navy SEAL. Turbo served as a SEAL for a number of years. After 9/11 he became the second amputee of the war. He couldn’t give details but he was wounded upon insertion into an area attempting to rescue Americans. He was rescued after 18 hours in -20-degree weather on a 10,000-foot mountaintop. His leg was amputated below the knee. After 9 months of rehabilitation, he rejoined his team and deployed into combat. We talked about his experiences going through BUDs (Basic Underwater Demolitions/SEAL) training. We touched on the mental and physical aspects of overcoming a difficult situation. After retiring from the Navy Turbo has done a number of events and competitions in honor of wounded and fallen warfighters all over the country. We discussed Everence and his role in it. Everence encapsulates DNA which can be inserted into a new or existing tattoo. Enjoy. Everence is currently being offered at a special holiday discount. You can visit their website at www.everence.life to take advantage of it. 0:00-Intro. Navy SEAL Kevin Lacz talking about his good friend Marc Lee who was KIA in Iraq running combat operations. 3:10-The beginning of Turbo’s Navy career 6:00- “One Time Every Time” Becoming a Navy SEAL. 20:31- “Wounded by machine gun fire upon insertion. 18 hours later, -20 degrees, 10,000-foot mountaintop.” 33:33-Everence 42:50-Honoring the fallen, Prosthetics, The Invictus Games Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv
57:47
January 25, 2018
GRP 105-It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: A Special operations Sergeant Major
GRP 105- Very special guest on with me for this week’s podcast. Retired Special Operations Sergeant Major Chris Dutch Moyer came on. SGM Moyer served in the U.S. Army for 31 years. He first served as a Tanker, an Infantrymen, and an Army Ranger, before going deeper into the Joint Special Operations Command. We talked about the mindset required to remain at the top of your game for so long. We talked about coming back from injuries as he’s gotten badly injured while training for combat.       The special operations forces are constantly training, deploying, and fighting. We talked about how the forces to some degree have burned out and how the military is getting better at mitigating the burnout. We talked about the “golden age of special operations” which refers to the last 16 plus years of war where the operators have lead the fight against America’s enemies. We discussed Africa, transnational terrorism, and the geopolitical threat posed by China. SGM Moyer shared some of the school’s and specialties he’s had while in such as being a dog handler. We were able to discuss some of the benefits of having dogs running with operators in combat. Lastly, we discussed his consulting company called DCM Consulting USA. They are working on getting a website back up but for now, you can contact him via his Instagram page which is listed below. Enjoy.  0:00-Intro 2:23-Introduction to Sergeant Major Moyer 9:53-The golden age of special operations 15:35-Transnational Terrorism. The burning out of special operations forces.  31:09-The tip of the spear 53:42-Special Operations working dogs  Sergeant Major Chris Dutch Moyer: https://www.instagram.com/dutchchrismoyer/ Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:08:55
January 11, 2018
GRP 104-Geraint Jones:The Story of a British Infantry Soldier in Iraq
GRP 104- This episode is co-hosted by the creator of The Veterans Project U.S. Army Veteran Tim Kolczak. Our guest for today is British Army combat veteran Geraint Jones. Gez served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. We took a dive into what it was like serving during the height of the Iraq war in Basra where the British military was primarily operating. Basra at the time was like the wild west and Gez shares stories of his time patrolling into some of these areas as well as the complexity of dealing with very tight rules of engagement as a British warfighter. He shares some hilarious and tragic stories of life in Basra. We touched on several topics to include tourniquet use, politics in war, dealing with extreme heat while conducting operations, and searching for roadside bombs. This is a good one. 0:00-Intro 11:48-British Army Infantry 24:28-Basra, Iraq 43:07-Rules of engagement 54:30-Operating in Iraqi heat 1:00:38- “Orders Are Orders” checking for roadside bombs in Iraq 1:13:50-Tourniquet use 1:20:42-Don’t mix politics and war You can keep up with Tim Kolczak at: www.thevetsproject.com www.instagram.com/theveteransproject Geraint Jones is on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/grjbooks Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:52:04
December 28, 2017
GRP 103-Everence: The Story of a Navy SEAL DEVGRU Operator
GRP 103-On with me for this week’s podcast is Chief Warrant Officer (W-4), U.S. Navy, Boyd Renner. Renner served for 28 years in the Navy all of that time as a SEAL. He served for 23 years with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU). DEVGRU is the Tier 1 counter-terrorism component of the Navy. With a total of 12 combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq Boyd has a unique perspective. We discussed his role in Operation Red Wings 2 which was the mission to locate and recover Marcus Luttrell, as well as the SEALs that were killed on the quick reaction helicopter that got shot down attempting to provide back up to Luttrell’s team. We discussed leadership, tactical medicine, the burning out of Special Operations Forces, and a new product which just released from Boyd’s company called Everence. Everence is a patented technology that allows you to add DNA from a loved one directly into any new or existing tattoo. Everence is currently being offered at a special holiday discount. You can visit their website at www.everence.life to take advantage of it. 0:00-Intro 4:17-Introduction into Boyd’s military career. Going through Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) school. 9:24-Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU). 11:56-Operation Red Wings 2. The search and rescue of Marcus Luttrell. 26:00-The nonstop deployments of Special Operations Forces over the last 16 years. Units getting burned out, and the care received after coming home. Tactical medicine. 35:00- 12 combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Specialty skill sets in the SEAL Teams. Leadership. 46:50- “That speeding train keeps going when you get off of it” -retired SEAL. 49:00-Endeavor life sciences. Everence. Adding DNA safely to a new or existing tattoo. A way to have family and loved ones with you long after they’re gone. Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:08:25
December 21, 2017
GRP 102-United and Undaunted:The Story of Paul De Gelder
GRP 102- On for this week’s podcast is Australian Navy Clearance Diver Paul De Gelder. Paul served in the Australian Army as a Paratrooper before transferring into the Navy to serve in the elite Navy Clearance Diver teams. While working on a counter terrorism exercise in Australia Paul was attacked by a Bull shark. The shark nearly killed him ripping off his wrist and tearing through a large portion of his right leg which was eventually amputated. Being in a really dark space Paul was struggling with basic task and overwhelming pain as a result of his injuries. We talked about what this recovery process was like and the value of the human spirit. He was able to become an instructor at the Clearance Diver school, but wasn’t allowed back into the teams. Paul now does documentary film work, and television shows with Discovery. We talked about mindset and how to overcome adversity. Powerful. 0:00-Intro 7:00- Paul’s life pre military. Australian Army Paratrooper. 11:07-East Timor. An eye opening experience. 16:41- Australian Navy Clearance Diver 29:10-The shark attack that was nearly fatal. Paul lost his wrist and right leg after a Bullshark bit him during a counter terrorism exercise. Recovery, phantom pains, mindset, dealing with adversity. You can find Paul on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/PaulDeGelder Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Carson Aune: "A soldiers Best Friend" http://www.carsonaune.com
1:26:22
December 14, 2017
GRP 101-Never Above You, Never Below You, Always Beside You- A Marine Raiders Journey
GRP 101-On for this week's podcast is former Marine Raider Nick Koumalatsos. Nick explained his early life which was a bumpy road as he was getting in trouble prior to joining the Marine Corps. Overcoming several obstacles he made it in and began his journey. We talked about his time spent in Force Recon, and the Marine Raider Battalions. Nick shared a war story from his Force Recon days in Fallujah, Iraq running Asymmetrical operations.  We discussed transitioning out of the military, and several of the different ventures Nick has been spearheading including the Raider Project. We talked about Youtube, traveling, drone cameras and much more. Enjoy.  0:00-Intro 3:40-Nick's early life struggles. Entry into the Marine Corps. 28:08-The difference between Force Recon and the Marine Raider Battalions  33:35-Force Recon in Fallujah  47:38-Nick's transition out of the military.  Check out some links below to follow up with Nick:  USMC Prep www.usmcprep.com   Week Marine Corps Recruit Training Prep Program   YouTube http://youtube.com/c/nickkoumalatsos - Nick’s Weekly Vlog (BE PREPARED SERIES) Spartan Carton www.spartancarton.com - Nick fitness subscription box. The Raider Project www.raiderproject.org - Veteran Non-Profit  Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv
1:34:33
November 30, 2017
GRP 100-War Dogs:The Story of a Special Missions Operator
GRP 100- For the 100th episode of the Global Recon Podcast we have an extremely special episode. On with us is retired Special Missions Operator Dave Nielsen. Dave served first with the 75th Ranger Regiment and then went into a Special Missions unit as an assaulter, dog handler, and sniper. His story was featured in the HBO documentary released on the 13th of this month called "War Dogs" executive produced by actor Channing Tatum. This documentary shows the story of three dog handlers and their canine counterparts from the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). It's a raw, realistic view of what it's like going into combat with these warrior dogs and what its like post-military. Dave talked about his combat jump into Panama in 1989 as a young Ranger. He shared stories of his dog "Pepper" who was killed while rooting out an enemy from a sewer hole in Iraq on the banks of the Tigris River. They searched for her all night but had to leave once the sun was coming up as they were in enemy-held territory. We talked about the mindset required to pass selection for special operations, and the mindset required to surmount any obstacle in life. Enjoy. RIP Pepper. 0:00-Episode overview 3:48-Episode introduction with Chantel Taylor 17:33- Introduction to Dave's career in the Army. Combat jumped into Panama with the 75th Ranger Regiment in 1989. 22:12-Military Working Dog Pepper 55:54-Mindset and passing selection. Fear of success 1:03:00-SOF K-9 Memorial Here is the link to the SOF K-9 memorial page ran by Dave's wife Laura, and a former unit operator: http://www.sofk9memorial.com Here is the link to the full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojVq2Sa-PD0 Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Carson Aune: "A soldiers Best Friend" http://www.carsonaune.com
1:10:34
November 16, 2017
GRP 99-Jason Hall: Screen Writer for "American Sniper" Director for "Thank You For Your Service"
GRP 99-Our guest for this weeks episode is Jason Hall. Jason wrote the screen play for "American Sniper" and is the director for "Thank You For Your Service". His latest film is based on the book of the same title written by David Finkel. It's centered around Adam Schumann a U.S. Army Combat veteran and some of the final moments of this last deployment into Iraq with a focus on his return home. This movie highlights the struggle that some combat veterans face upon returning from war not only with the physical and mental damage , but in getting help from Veterans Affairs. Jason shared a funny story about how he met Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle. We talked about what it was like working behind the scenes for this film, and some of the issues that are faced by combat veterans. Enjoy.  0:00-Episode overview 3:06-Jason Hall's career in Hollywood 5:47-How Jason met Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle 17:57-Entering the window of a human brain that has undergone traumatic brain injury but doing so on a massive scale. Helping turn the corner on these issues.  Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
48:44
November 9, 2017
GRP 98-Benito Olson:The Story of a Dog Handler Supporting SEAL Team Six in Combat
GRP 98-On for this week's podcast is retired Master at Arms Benito Olson. Benny began his career in the Navy working in Bahrain where he developed an interest in dog handling. He eventually became a dog handler and was stationed back in the states. Benny was then recruited as a dog handler into the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) to support the SEALs as their dog handler. We talked what it's like working with military dogs and then working with Special Operations dogs in the SEAL teams. Benny deployed 5 times with the Tier 1 SEALs. He was paired up with SEAL dog "Digo". He shared stories of his first deployment where they conducted direct action raids in Iraq. Two of the DEVGRU assaulters were killed on this rotation. Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nathan H. Hardy and Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Michael E. Koch. Benny shares the story of when he was severely wounded conducting a raid where they got into a brief gunfight killing two enemy fighters. Benny moved in with two assaulters to enter the building. Unbeknownst to them, it was rigged to explode. The blast seriously wounded Benny, Digo, and killed Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Luis A. Souffront. Benny's last trip was to Afghanistan during the Extortion 17 incident in which 30 Americans were killed when they're helicopter was shot down. 17 were SEALs with 15 of them from DEVGRU. Many of them close friends. This was Benny's last trip before he was medically retired out of the Navy. He now runs a company called Patriot Dog Training. 0:00-Episode overview 3:50-Benito's Navy career, Master at Arms, Dog Handler 16:15-Benny's recruitment into the Naval Special Warfare's Development Group (DEVGRU) in a support role as a Dog Handler. 30:14-SEAL dog "Digo" whom Benny became his handler upon his entry into the squadron. 35:41: First combat deployment into Iraq conducting direct action missions. Two DEVGRU assaulters were killed on this rotation prior to Benny getting blown up. Rest in Peace Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nathan H. Hardy and Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Michael E. Koch 1:02:25-The operation in which they assaulted a building that was rigged with explosives seriously wounding Benny, Digo, and killing Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Luis A. Souffront. Benny was told he wouldn't be able to deploy again. 9 months later he was back in Afghanistan and went on to complete 5 total trips. 1:21:20-Digo passed away after retiring from the Navy and being adopted by a family. Benny's last deployment was to Afghanistan during the "Extortion 17" incident which the 31 American deaths represent the greatest loss of U.S. military lives in a single incident in the, by then, decade-long war in Afghanistan that began in 2001. 15 of the SEALs on board were from DEVGRU and many were close friends of Benito's. 1:26:00- Patriot Dog Training. Benito's dog training company. Check out Benito Olsen's website: www.patriotdogtraining.com Social Media: Patriot Dog Training Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:48:39
November 2, 2017
GRP 97-"Thank You For Your Service" With Adam Schumann
GRP 97- “Thank You for Your Service” written and directed by “American Sniper” screenwriter Jason Hall depicts Adam Schumann (played by Miles Teller) and other, real-life soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division. The movie, opening Friday, portrays their struggles with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts following their return from Iraq to Fort Riley, Kansas. We have Schumann on for this episode to discuss his career in the Army as well as some of the challenges he’s faced over his 34 months on the ground in Iraq. We talked about PTSD and brain injuries. This is an incredible movie that I had the opportunity to attend an early screening back in August. I was literally gripping the edge of my seat. It’s very emotional. Enjoy. 0:00-Episode overview 1:08-Retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Leadership 5:18-Introduction to Adam Schumann. Three combat deployments into Iraq for a total of 34 months of time on the ground. 13:19-How we deal with brain damage as a society. 23:44-Blast wave injuries, explosively formed penetrator’s (EFP). “Separate your arms and legs so you weren’t sitting parallel. A lot of times you sit with your arms on your knees guys were getting hit by EFP’s and losing all four in one shot”- Adam Schumann Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
47:11
October 28, 2017
GRP 96- The Commando: The life and death of Cameron Baird.
GRP 96-Corporal Cameron Baird is one of Australia’s most highly decorated warriors. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in leading a team of Australian Commando’s assaulting an enemy strong hold on June 22, 2013 in Afghanistan. Author Ben Mckelvey just published the book “The Commando: The life and death of Cameron Baird”. I have Ben on for this podcast alongside former Australian Special Forces operator Eddie Robinson. Cam and Eddie were best friends having grown up in Special Forces together. We talked about the process of writing the book, and Ben sitting down with Cameron’s wonderful parents Doug, and Kaye Baird. Ben and Eddie shared some details from the book and it really gives some insight into a man like Cam who not only was a remarkable warrior, but was also a deep thinker with interest in philosophy and history. Eddie shares a story of a time when they were on patrol in Afghanistan and the children of this particular village were running alongside the vehicle’s probably hoping to get some candy or water. They had nothing left to give them so Eddie decided to hand them bottles of hot sauce. Cam proceeds to tell Eddie this will likely get them into a fight. A few minutes later they got ambushed. LOL 0:00-Episode overview 6:58-History and insight into the Victoria Cross 31:06-Shaping the book “The Commando”. Utilizing the 2nd Commando Regiment in Afghanistan. 35:00-Eddie Robinson’s background in Special Forces and how he met Cam. Ben Mckelvey’s background. 1:08-A story of a time when Cam and Eddie were on patrol in Afghanistan eventually getting ambushed because Eddie gave out hot sauce to kids in the village LOL 1:27:00-” If there’s anyway he could have gone out this is how he would of went. With a hot weapon in his hand”- Eddie Robinson You can get a copy of the book here https://www.hachette.com.au/ben-mckelvey/the-commando Below is the official website of Australia’s 2nd Commando Regiment: http://2commando.gov.au Follow Eddie on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/fast_eddie_079/ Follow Ben McKelvey here: https://www.instagram.com/bennymck/ Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
2:01:52
October 20, 2017
GRP 95- The Reality of War: Perspective of SAS Trooper and Victoria Cross recipient Mark Donaldson
GRP 95- We know you’ve all been anticipating part two of the conversation we had with Mark Donaldson. Mark is a veteran of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment and recipient of the Victoria Cross. The VC is Australia’s highest award given for valor in combat. In this segment Mark talks about running operations with U.S Army Special Forces Green Berets in Afghanistan. It was on one of these operations in which the battle took place where Mark went above and beyond the call of duty. Mark walks us through that operation in vivid detail. The most important piece of this conversation is when Mark gives us the reality of it all when saying yes, he’s been celebrated for his actions that day, but for many it was the worst day of their lives. There are second and third effects for the family and friends of the warriors who were wounded, or killed during the chaos and confusion of that battle. It wasn’t said to dampen our moods, but to add perspective to what is generally looked at as something glamorous. 0:00-Episode overview 1:43- 2008 SAS deployment to Afghanistan, running operations with U.S Army Special Forces Green Berets. 6:20-Battle in which Mark was awarded the Victoria Cross 52:15- The realities of war, and remembering the Victoria Cross from the perspective of the men on the ground. Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:17:39
October 16, 2017
GRP 94 Echo in Ramadi: Marine Corps Major Scott Huesing
GRP 94-It’s a great honor to have United States Marine Corps Major Scott Huesing on the podcast. Major Huesing served for 24 years with 10 deployments conducting operations in over 60 countries worldwide. He’s the author of the upcoming book “Echo in Ramadi”. Now Major Scott A. Huesing, the commander who led Echo Company through Ramadi, takes readers back to the streets of Ramadi in a visceral, gripping portrayal of modern urban combat. Bound together by brotherhood, honor, and the horror they faced, Echo's Marines battled day-to-day on the frontline of a totally different kind of war, without rules, built on chaos. In Echo in Ramadi, Huesing brings these resilient, resolute young men to life and shows how the savagery of urban combat left indelible scars on their bodies, psyches, and souls. We discussed Transnational terrorism, Ramadi, Leadership in combat and Gold Star families. 0:00-Episode overview 2:17-Conflict in Africa, transnational terrorism 11:29-Ramadi, Iraq 18:07-Leading Marines in combat, Gold Star families 32:46-The less then 1 percent of Americans serving in combat, PTSD 47:49- Save The Brave Foundation Major Huesing: www.echoinramadi.com https://www.facebook.com/EchoinRamadi/ https://twitter.com/EchoinRamadi http://www.savethebrave.org/ Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:02:56
October 12, 2017
GRP 93-Victoria Cross: The story of Mark Donaldson an SAS Trooper
GRP 93- It’s with great reverence that I introduce our guest for this week’s podcast. Mark Donaldson is a retired Australian Special Air Service Regiment trooper and recipient of the Victoria Cross. The Victoria Cross is Australia’s highest award for most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valor or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy. It’s the Australian equivalent to our Medal of Honor. We discussed Mark’s early life and motivation for joining the Army as he experienced a traumatic event with the loss of his mother at the age of 19. We discussed how one can turn a tragic event into a motivating force. We discussed the mindset required to train for and get selected into a Special Operations unit like the SAS, and how that same mindset can help surmount obstacles in life. We discussed leadership, the bottom-up approach, and the changing strategy and role for western forces in Afghanistan. This is part one of the interview. The second part will be released within the coming days. Three U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets have been killed in action this week while on patrol through western Mali, in Niger. We’d like to send our deepest condolences to the friends, teammates, and family of these fallen warriors. 0:00- Episode Overview 6:36:00- Motivation to join the Army, and later the SAS. Using the loss of a loved one to drive you forward in life. 15:51:00- “The best way to honor my mates is to come back and live a good life”-Australian WW1 veteran 28:19:00-The mindset required to make it into Special Operations and surmount obstacles in life. Training for selection. 57:06:00- The bottom-up approach. Leadership and team building. “I’m the guy on the ground I decide what I drop”-British Special Boat Service JTAC to brigade command over the radio 1:09:00- The evolution of the strategy in Afghanistan and the changing role of the special operations units. This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit http://www.abesbaumann.com/vets Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:26:26
October 6, 2017
GRP 92-Terror in Vegas|Chantel Taylor returns| Five Years to Freedom
GRP 92- We’d like to send our condolences out to the family and friends of everyone affected by the horrific attack in Las Vegas. We’d want to withhold any commentary, or analysis until the facts from the official investigation come out. Chantel Taylor is back on the podcast. We touched on a variety of different topics to include situational awareness, the attack in Marseilles, France, and the refugee situation in Europe among many other subjects. We’ll play the second half of the discussion where retired Green Beret HP Lefler and I went over the book “Five Years to Freedom” written by Army Colonel Nick Rowe. Colonel Rowe was captured in 1963 in Vietnam. 0:00- Episode overview 3:11:00-Attack in Marseilles, France. Situational Awareness. 9:11:00- Refugees in Europe. 16:55:00-SERE training in the U.K. 22:33:00-Modern Warfare compared to the great wars. Rules of engagement. 31:06:00- “Out of the frying pan into the fire”, Che Guevara You can purchase a copy of "Five Years to Freedom" here: www.amazon.com/Five-Years-Freedom-Story-Vietnam/dp/0345314603 This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit http://www.abesbaumann.com/vets Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:24:07
October 4, 2017
GRP 91-"Five Years to Freedom"
GRP 90-Co-hosting for this episode is retired Green Beret HP Lefler. Lef spent time as an instructor at the Army’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) school. SERE is a program, best known by its military acronym, that provides high-risk personnel such as Special Operations Forces, and aircrews techniques and principles to be followed if captured by the enemy. We went over the book “Five Years to Freedom” written by Army Colonel Nick Rowe. Colonel Rowe was captured in 1963 in Vietnam. At the time of his capture, he was a Special Forces Officer working as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Forces. Prior to 1965 when large numbers of American combat troops were sent to Vietnam, only small numbers of Special Forces advisors and support personnel were in theatre. Rowe was captured alongside Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Humbert “Rocky” Versace, and Sergeant Dan Pitzer. Rowe is one of 34 American prisoners to escape captivity during the Vietnam war and went on to design the Army’s SERE program. We also discussed the issue in Puerto Rico as they were completely slammed by a hurricane. We talked about the seemingly impossible issue we seem to have in this country where we cannot find any common ground on political issues. 0:00-Overview 3:03-Disaster in Puerto Rico 7:50-NFL controversy 19:09- Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) School 25:03-5 Years to Freedom You can purchase a copy of "Five Years to Freedom" here: //www.amazon.com/Five-Years-Freedom-Story-Vietnam/dp/0345314603 This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit http://www.abesbaumann.com/vets Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
45:22
September 29, 2017
GRP 90-How to travel abroad safely|The dangers of training for war| Terror in the U.K.
GRP 90-Co-hosting for this week’s podcast is U.S. Army Special Forces veteran HP Lefler. For this episode we decided to come up with some tips and ideas on how to plan for a trip into a place like Egypt. As Americans, or Westerners traveling into a country in North Africa it can be exciting and dangerous. The tips and ideas we give you are to help mitigate some of those risk. Last week there was a training accident at the Special Forces Qualification Course in which 1 student was killed, and several other people were injured. We’d like to send our condolences out to the family and friends of 32-year-old Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida of Dunstable, Massachusetts. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation. We talked about the dangers of training for war in the Special Operations, Combat Arms, and support for Combat Arms in the military really is. There was a terrorist attack in London a few days ago with the terrorist constructing a poorly put together device which partially detonated wounding 30 people. We talked about what you can do to prepare yourself mentally for a situation like this, and the proper way to react in order to navigate away from the danger zone. 0:00-Episode overview 3:07-Safety tips, contingency planning, and what to do if shit goes south as an American, or westerner in a country like Egypt. 19:52- Training accident at the Special Forces Qualification Course. Staff Sgt. Alexander P. Dalida was killed and seven others were injured in the incident. We talk about the dangers of training for war. 30:20-Terrorist deployed a poorly put together homemade explosive device that partially exploded in the London train system. How to respond to a threat, and maintain your calm in order to properly navigate out of a dangerous situation. This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit http://www.abesbaumann.com/vets Follow my co-host and myself on social media. Links below. Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
50:57
September 22, 2017
GRP 89-The Long Game-China, Russia, and unconventional warfare
GRP 89-Two days ago was the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. I’m in close proximity of the Freedom Tower every day. The memory of those who died are alive and well within those of us who were present on that fateful day 16 years ago. We will always remember. On for this week’s podcast is recently retired Special Forces Weapons Sergeant (18 Bravo) HP Lefler. Lef served as a Green Beret all over the planet in multiple roles. We discuss the subversion of U.S. influence around the world by the Chinese and Russian governments. We discuss what it is their doing, why they’re doing it, and where. We touched on what’s commonly referred to now a days as fake news, and some ways to go around it. The expectations of the political leadership and the population of America is seemingly off when measured by the reality of what it takes to build a democracy especially in some of the nations that we’re actively attempting to do so. Countering an insurgency and engaging in gorilla warfare in many of these places will take decades to reach a place that can be considered victorious. This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit http://www.abesbaumann.com/vets 0:00-JFK Speech 2:23-Introduction 4:35-September 11th and the struggle between radical Islam and the west 12:11-China, Russia and the subversion of U.S. influence around the globe 23:34-Fake News 27:00-The evolution of modern warfare and the expectations and its understanding by the American people 33:17-Leflers Army background. From the 501st Parachute Regiment, and the 82nd Airborne Division to a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant. 46:31-Unconventtional Warfare and the nature of todays conflicts 1:09:35- “I come in peace, I’ve brought no artillery, and I’m begging you with tears in my eyes if you fuck with me I will kill you all” HP Lefler: https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:45:44
September 14, 2017
GRP 88-So that others may live: The Story of a Pararescuemen.
GRP 88-We’re back! We took a short break for the end of the summer to get some travel time in. On for this week’s podcast is United States Air Force (Ret) Chief Master Sergeant “N.G.”. He served in the Air Force for a total of 26 years, with 21 of those years as a Pararescuemen, or Para Jumper (PJ). The United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Air Combat Command (ACC) operators tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments. These special operations units are also used to support NASA missions and have been used to recover astronauts after water landings. They are attached to other SOF teams from all branches to conduct other operations as appropriate. “N.G” is the owner of S.E.I. Green Feet, a company which provides a multitude of highly specialized training modules for the special operations, first responders, and business communities. You can find out more about the company here: http://sei-nh.com We talked about some of “N.G”s career, the unique mission and capabilities of the PJ’s, as well as tactical medicine, leadership, and exiting the military. •    0:00-Introduction audio on Medal of Honor recipient Airforce PJ William H. Pitsenbarger “Pitts”. •    7:47-Air Force Pararescue is the only unit whose primary job is to rescue. Joining the Air Force, and then Pararescue. •    12:50-Pararescue selection, advice on how to properly prepare. •    22:10-What makes Pararescue a unique unit and mission set. Jumping, diving, insertion and exfiltration capabilities.  •    30:07-Combat deployments as a Pararescuemen. •    38:05-NG was a part of the team that rescued the Stealth F-117A pilot who was shot down in Serbia in 1999. •     45:45-The development of tactics, techniques, and procedures of combat medicine. The innovation of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), and its implementation by the U.S. Army Rangers. •    58:00-Leadership. •    1:05:14- “There are no atheist in the foxholes” •    1:15:02-S.E.I. Green Feet •    1:21:06-Exiting the military. The Pararescue Foundation. This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann, a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit http://www.abesbaumann.com/vets The Pararescue Foundation: http://www.pararescuefoundation.org Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:52:49
September 8, 2017
GRP 87-Combat Concussions: The cause and effects of blast wave injuries on veterans of combat arms
GRP 87-We have a very special and powerful episode for you guys. Back on the podcast is retired SARC Dan Brown, and retired Army Special Operations veteran Kevin Tretter. Dan served with Force Recon and the Marine Raider Battalions as a highly trained Corpsman. Kevin started out as a Combat Engineer 12 Bravo then went into Special Forces as an 18 Charlie Engineer Sergeant. He got picked up by a special unit to serve as a heavy breacher. He then went back into Special Forces in the Commanders in Extremis Force (CIF) which is the counter terrorist arm of the Green Berets. During his time in the CIF he survived a helicopter crash in Iraq eventually retiring after 20 years of service. This episode is important because we discussed Traumatic Brain Injury in a deep and honest way as both Dan and Kevin have brain injuries due to the culmination of training in tight spaces with live rifle fire, explosives, airplane jumps and combative training. They have both received blast injuries in combat. We discussed the negative effects of having physical brain damage, and how the government protocols for diagnosing PTSD and TBI are flawed. We talked about the positive effects of Cannabis on healing brain injuries as they both have used it for a positive effect. We discussed some problems and solutions with veterans who don’t need care for TBI or PTSD taking advantage of the government and sucking up resources from service members who need the treatment. 0:00-Intro 4:48-Kevin Tretter’s background. Combat Engineer 12 Bravo. 18 Charlie (Engineer Sergeant) with 3rd Special Forces Group. Worked as a Heavy Breacher with a special unit within the Army Special Operations Command. 8:08- Tretter joined the Commanders in Extremis Forces. Survived a helicopter crash in Iraq. 9:25-Understanding the compounding struggles of all of the concussions. Prolonged exposure, retirement, and realization 14:20- Medical Marijuana and creative output.   20:20-Issues with memory and placing memories in proper chronological order.   25:08-Difference between sports concussions and concussions received by blast waves. 27:00-New York Times article on PTSD being misdiagnosed most likely being TBI. Area’s of the brain damaged by TBI. 32:29-Doctors misdiagnosing TBI, and not factoring the cumulative effects of the blast waves on the brain. 44:05-Servicemembers who claim PTSD falsely, sucking up resources for induvial who need it.  Solutions to fixing this issue. 1:02:28-Changing our approach to care for TBI. Potentially changing the name to Post Blast Wave Concussion Syndrome. 1:25:51-Finding a sense of purpose. Getting back to the basics. Utilizing creativity. 1:34:02-The positive effects of Cannabis on the brain, and the politics behind keeping Marijuana illegal when it heals. Articles on brain study: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/magazine/what-if-ptsd-is-more-physical-than-psychological.html https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/military-misconduct-ptsd.html Hemingway's Brain http://whqr.org/post/coastline-hemingways-suicide-incorrectly-attributed-alcoholism-and-bipolar-disorder#stream/0 CBD/Canabis for Seizures sited research studies within article https://www.projectcbd.org/article/medical-marijuana-seizures-sulak-saneto-goldstein Introduction audio is from the NRA series “Patriot Profiles” with Army Special Operations veteran Scot Spooner speaking: https://www.nratv.com/series/patriot-profiles/episode/patriot-profiles-season-3-episode-11-forward-march Kevin Tretter: https://warriorwoven.com https://www.instagram.com/warrior_woven Dan Brown: The Dangerzone Podcast on Sound Cloud, ITunes, and YouTube. https://www.instagram.com/danielthebarbarian Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/
2:11:32
August 8, 2017
GRP 86-The Tip of the Spear-An Operator’s Perspective|Storm Tactical Consulting
On for this week’s podcast is a 20-year veteran of the Army Special Operations Command is the owner of Storm Tactical Consulting Fred. Fred served as a Special Forces Medic for a number of years before trying out and getting selected to serve as an operator in a Special Missions Unit. We discussed the oversaturation of the tactical training industry, and some of the core principles of being an effective gunfighter i.e. mastering the basics. We talked about combat medicine and the evolution of trauma protocols as the wars progressed. I wanted to get Fred’s take on leadership. He shared a story of a time in Fallujah, Iraq where his Special Forces ODA could have easily avoided an ambush, but due to poor leadership, they walked right into one. Recently I’d listened to a popular podcast on iTunes where the host talked about how ISIS shocked everyone and kind of popped up out of nowhere. This couldn’t be further from the truth so Fred and I discussed a man named Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who is the ideological founder of ISIS but was killed in 2006 in Iraq. His followers have continued on the path set forth by him and in recent years we’ve seen the rise of the Islamic State. Over a long career, Fred has served as an Assaulter, Breacher, Sniper, Human Intel Specialist, and finishing up as a Dog Handler. We touched on PTSD and TBI to close out the episode. 0:00-Intro 2:30- Storm Tactical Consulting 3:37-The oversaturation of the tactical training industry 6:00-Mastering the basics, muscle memory 7:44- Fred’s background 20 years of service as an 18 Delta Green Beret Medic, and later as an operator in the Army’s Special Missions Unit 12:48-Special Operations Combat Medics Course(SOCM) Combat Trauma, Special Forces Medical Sergeant(SFMS) Dentistry, veterinary care, public sanitation, water quality, and optometry. TCCC 17:00-Great leadership 20:55-Story of an avoidable ambush in Fallujah, Iraq under poor leadership 31:38- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the rise of the Islamic State 38:15-Assaulter, Sniper, Breacher, and a dive into Special Operations Dog Handling 53:39-Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD Storm Tactical Consulting: http://stormtacticalconsu.wixsite.com/stormtactical https://www.instagram.com/storm_tactical_consulting/ Global Recon: www.Globalrecon.net https://www.instagram.com/igrecon https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter www.twitter.com/igrecon https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/ Chantel Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv
1:17:04
August 2, 2017
GRP 85-A Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman through combat| Traumatic Brain Injury
GRP 85- On for this week's podcast is retired Navy Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman (SARC), and the host of "The Dangerzone" podcast Dan Brown. SARC's are highly trained Special Operations Medical personnel who deploy mainly with the Force Reconnaissance companies and the Marine Raiders. There have been instances where SARC's have deployed with Naval Special Warfare Teams and Army Special Operations Teams. SARC's are trained as amphibious special operations personnel going through various schooling alongside Recon Marines to include: Army Basic Airborne School, Marine Combatant Diver school, Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman Course, and the Special Operations Combat Medicine Course. Dan continued on to complete the second half of the Special Operations Medical Course that typically only the Green Beret Medics complete. SEALs and SARC's will also complete the full course to become Independent Duty Corpsman, but only the senior Corpsman go through the rest of the course. We talked about Dan running Village Stability Operations (VSO) in Afghanistan during his deployment with the Raider Battalion, and how that type of mission is incredibly complex as it requires the war fighter to play the role of a diplomat and warrior. Dan was wounded during an attack in Afghanistan resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We discussed TBI in some detail which is a topic I plan to cover extensively in future episodes.  0:00-Intro 11:00-SARC Pipeline 13:30-Special Operations Combat Medicine Course 16:28-SARC employment 17:34-Force Recon Battalion, Marine Raider Battalion 19:16-Independent Duty Corpsman 21:14-Prolonged Field Care 26:49-The positive effects of 15 years of war for trauma medicine in the United States 39:03-Village Stability Operations (VSO) 58:13-Running operations in Afghanistan, wounded in Afghanistan, Traumatic Brain Injury. 1:31:00-Outro Dan Brown: The Dangerzone Podcast on Sound Cloud, ITunes, and YouTube. Instagram: DanielTheBarbarian Global Recon: www.globalrecon.net IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Chantel Taylor: Instagram: Mission_Critical Facebook: Battleworn
1:38:11
July 27, 2017
GRP 84-From Mogadishu as a Marine to Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL Sniper The Chris Osman Story
GRP 84-From Mogadishu as a Marine to Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL Sniper The Chris Osman Story by Global Recon
1:48:44
July 12, 2017
GRP 83-Operation Nimrod: The Story of the Iranian Embassy Siege by SAS Staff Sergeant Rusty Firmin
GRP 83-Operation Nimrod: The Story of the Iranian Embassy Siege by SAS Staff Sergeant Rusty Firmin by Global Recon
1:40:24
July 6, 2017
GRP 82-Killing in Combat: A Navy SEALs perspective on killing on the battlefield
GRP 82-Today marks the 12th anniversary of Operation Red Wings with what was at the time the worst loss of life for American forces in Afghanistan, and the worse loss of life for Naval Special Warfare in their storied history. Back on the podcast is retired U.S. Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Lacz. Kevin is trained as Corpsman (Medic) and a Sniper. This places Kevin and those like him on opposite ends of the spectrum of combat arms in taking life on the battlefield and saving it. Chantel Taylor the co-host of the show served as a Combat Medic in the British Army. During a tour in southern Afghanistan, a convoy she was traveling in was ambushed. In the ensuing battle, Chantel became the first British woman in history to kill an enemy in close quarters. We talked about the psychology of killing in combat which Kevin touched on in his book. Below is an excerpt from the podcast: Kevin Lacz: I read "On Killing" prior to my first deployment. It made a mark in the back of mind. At the end of that first deployment, I was like ok I fall in that 2 percent crowd that can conduct business and keep going without the psychological and physiological changes that are experienced by most. In most memoirs, you won't read about how killing effects you. Most people just write about being a tough guy, but there hasn't been much of a psychological approach of having gone through combat and how it affects you. How you sleep at night. It's important to read about how you put your feet in front of you as you walk down the street, but also what you're thinking when you're about to squeeze the trigger and you have someone in the crosshairs. Also then 10, 20, 30 seconds, 10 mins, or even 3 years later how you react to that situation. That's what drives people to dig deeper and read more. Global Recon: www.globalrecon.net IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Kevin Lacz: The Last Punisher: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0176M3PUG/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1   www.kevinlacz.com Instagram: RealKevinLacz Facebook: KevinDauberLacz Twitter: Dauber246 Music provided by Caspian. www.caspianmusic.net
1:25:29
June 29, 2017
GRP 81-Against All Odds: Two Green Berets overcoming Adveristy| Transnational Terrorism
GRP 81- Co-hosting for this episode is Army veteran Tim Kolczak founder of The Veterans Project. On with us are two medically retired Green Berets. Mark Belden is a former 18 Delta (Special Forces Medic) who received several traumatic brain injuries during his operational service, and Jared Bullock a former 18 Echo (Special Forces Communications Sergeant) who rode over an IED in Afghanistan. Jared lost his right arm and right leg as well as one of his best friends in the blast. We discuss how both of these men have dealt with their injuries and what it took for them to adjust. We also touched on the topic of terrorism in today's day and age with the recent terror attacks taking place in the United Kingdom. Below is an excerpt. Tim Kolzcak: I love freedom. I love the freedom of speech. There are certain dangerous viewpoints that can affect the nation. At what point does it become almost like a minority report where you're arresting people for thoughts and speech. Actions are really the problem. I'd rather we stop those types of people from coming in before we get to the point of having to go after people over speech. Jared Bullock: I didn't want to sit in an office for another 8 years before I retired. I told the Sergeant Major I wanted to retire, and he was kind of butt hurt about it. I'm like ahh well I'm missing half of my body. I started making goals. I did races. I did a bodybuilding competition. John: That's awesome. JB: I beat dudes with four limbs. That's got to make you feel like shit (Laughs). This past weekend I met Clint Eastwood. I was speaking to raise money for the Gary Sinise Foundation because they are building up my new home. I made some amputee jokes and they actually laughed at them. John: Jared and I were in a group chat. They started to joke about his arms, and I remember looking at my phone horrified. I see Jared laughing and going along with the jokes. I guess it takes some getting used to if you haven't been around that. Tim Kolczak: www.thevetsproject.com Jared Bullock: Instagram: Jared_Bullock Social Media: The Veterans Project Global Recon: www.globalrecon.net IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
2:04:08
June 15, 2017
GRP 80-Memorial Day in Mosul: A Special Forces Veteran Returns to Iraq
GRP 80- Memorial Day has a special place in American culture. It's a day we honor those who were killed in action during all wars fought by this country. Memorial Day is observed as a federal holiday, but there are men and women to which every day is Memorial Day. We have a special episode for this week with Special Forces veteran and co-founder of Raise The Black Bryan Myers who came on to the podcast with us while he's in Mosul, Iraq. Bryan spent his Memorial Day going back to a place where him and many of his American and Iraqi teammates fought and died fighting against Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and now ISIS. He went to connect with the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) to bring resources and help with the refugees, help with the families of the fallen, and meet with ISOF Commanders to further discuss the expansion of the role of Raise the Black in Iraq. We talked about unconventional warfare, some of the histories of it behind the region of the middle east. Below is an excerpt: Bryan Myers: I spent Memorial Day this year trying to do something positive and to honor the guys. I left camp here and headed up to one of the screening points for the refugees. It's a place where they come in after being checked for suicide bombs, unfortunately, its a tactic ISIS has used. I went to see what they needed. Ran an assessment to see where I can help. Handed out candy to the kids. You can see the pain in these people's eyes, and you get that moment of happiness in showing that love and respect. I was with ISOF at the front lines for the rest of the day. It's my way to honor the men of ISOF who died fighting, and the men of B 2 3 (Green Berets). My first trip to Afghanistan I was the Charlie that started the groundwork for Firebase Sweeny. It built into this huge base that was meant to disrupt Taliban movement from Pakistan into Afghanistan. After the deployment on our way out the villages, the women and children were coming out and clapping and waving. The way we messed up in Afghanistan was at first we made them work for the help we gave them. We built them wells but we needed help identifying the Taliban who were rocketing us. We impacted the area so well. People would legit point Taliban guys out right in front of us. "Hey, that guy over there he's Taliban". Eventually, villages started getting things without earning them. Global Recon: www.globalrecon.net IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Bryan Myers: www.Raisethe.black www.WIMCF.org Instagram- Raise_th_Black Instagram-The_Bearded_Bryan Chantel Taylor: Instagram: Mission_Critical Facebook: Battleworn Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:19:08
June 1, 2017
GRP 79-Baptism by Fire: The Resurrection of the Marine Raiders|Bombing in Manchester England
GRP 79- We'd like to send our condolences out to the victims and families of those killed in the Manchester bombing attack that occurred Monday, May 22nd, in Manchester England. U.K. security forces are conducting several operations in response to the bombing which has killed 22 and wounded over 50. I had the honor and privilege of having on former Marine Raider Pete Perry. Pete was a Reconnaissance Marine prior to the Marines Special Operations Command (MARSOC) being stood up. For years the Marine Corps did not have a component within the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the Marine Raiders became that force. We discuss what that was like and some of the growing pains that come with a special operations unit being stood up having to move at the speed of war. Below is an excerpt from our conversation: Pete Perry: This was my 2012 deployment. It was a company clearing operation so we had a handful of MSOT's (Marine Special Operations Teams) with an Army Special Forces team with 3rd Kandak (Afghan Special Forces) with us. During this time my element alone we found 100 pressure plates (IED’s). For this particular mission, we'd inserted and fought all day that first day. You're navigating at night in an extremely highly saturated IED'd area. We got to a compound of interest with one of our Afghan's stepping on an IED. He died. I grabbed myself about four U.S. with about 15 Afghan commandos. We were immediately ambushed. From that point, we fought all day long. We moved about 2 kilometers to a different compound. We were overextended. We had a British Apache Gunship overhead. We were notified that a guy is walking towards our compound. We spot him and plan on letting him get closer before we dumped him. He turns around and runs. I go chasing after him with my buddy we both had a carbine and one magazine. We start shooting at him. He fell in a field 50 feet away from us. The Apache is reporting all of this unbeknownst to us and a lot of ears are listening. We lost visual on the enemy. I see him and he fires a full burst at me. I'm shooting. I button hooked around and shot him in the face. We came under accurate machine-gun fire from the north. We are now out of ammo. I grabbed the dead dudes AK and start returning fire. The trees to the north began to erupt. After the second eruption, we realized it was the apache going on gun runs. On the 3rd gun run, we bounded back. The next day we found a reinforced machine gun bunker to the north and that's where we were taking fire from. Those guys were squared away. Pete Perry: Instagram-PeterPerry8 Global Recon: www.globalrecon.net IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Chantel Taylor: Instagram-Mission_Critical Facebook-Battleworn Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
1:42:37
May 25, 2017
GRP 78- Don’t Fear The Reaper: Nick Irving's Journey as a Sniper in the GWOT
GRP 78-On for this week's episode is former Army Ranger Sniper and New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Irving. Nick served for several years in the military all with Ranger battalion. We discussed his journey as the child of two military parents and what motivated him to join the Army. We talked about mindset and some of the qualities that you need to succeed in anything you want to do in life. There is a lot of laughing going on in this episode so please bare with us. We talked some of the psychology of being a sniper which you guys might find interesting. Nick also shared some combat stories from his time as a sniper with the 3rd Ranger battalion. Below is an excerpt: Nick Irving: I didn't learn until the first time I pulled the trigger with a sniper rifle is how intimate it is. We weren't getting shot at. There were 6 Taliban guys. It was on the news. A certain portion of Helmand province was shut down. Some Taliban commanders were killed that day. I and my spotter are zooming in with our scopes, and you can see the outline of a chest rack. Then we can see the outline of an AK-47. I remember getting the call for clearance to shoot these guys and right as we got that call a round cracks. I remember dumping one guy and they started to scatter, but then they stopped and stood there. It was the strangest thing. My first mission into Helmand province we got ambushed from this rooftop. I got off the helo and once we got off the ramp the skyline lit up. Maybe its a party I don’t know. I remember this tracer round whizzing passed and we got lit up a little bit. We got up onto this roof. I and my spotter get up on the roof and his gun jams. I'm like dude screw it just light me up. He puts on his IR flood and lights up the targets. You can see the enemy's eyes blinking. I remember putting the cross hairs right in between this dude's eyeballs. I squeeze off a round the round misses. As dumb as he is the guy sticks his head back up and the next shot connects. Nick Irving: www.reaper33.com OfficalReaper33-Instagram Global Recon: www.globalrecon.net IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Chantel Taylor: Instagram: Mission_Critical Facebook: Battleworn Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net
2:13:39
May 18, 2017
GRP 77-Defiant: A Green Beret Overcoming Adversity|RIP 1st Lt. Weston Lee.
GRP 77- This week we bring somber news. 1st Lieutenant Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, GA died Apr. 29th, outside Mosul, Iraq, when he stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device) while conducting security as part of advise and assist support to partnered forces NE of Mosul. 1st Lieutenant Weston C. Lee was an infantry officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Weston's good friends Josh Porter, and Marcus created a YouCaring crowdfunding page for Weston's family. https://www.youcaring.com/theleefamily-814467 Please donate, and share the youcaring page. Check out Josh on @sir.jumps.alot on Facebook and Instagram as he will give updates on when Weston will arrive at Arlington National Cemetery we encourage people to show up if possible and support the Lee family. Chantel Taylor and I had a conversation with former Army Green Beret Alan Shebaro. Alan lived in Europe for a number of years growing up as his father was a contractor with the U.S. government. Upon his return to the States Alan joined the Army. After a number of years, Alan reached a crossroad. He either went pro as a mixed martial arts fighter or went to Special Forces selection. He told us a story of a time in Iraq in which he was on an 18-hour mission hunting terrorist. Upon his return to base Alan barely had enough energy to take off his gear as he sat and ate cereal. He looked up at the television and saw his training partner Travis Lutter win the Ultimate Fighter 4 with that victory securing his title fight against UFC legend Anderson Silva. Alan was 1 of only 4 Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the U.S. Army and is the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in Special Forces Regiment. Alan went through a dark period upon leaving the military and he talks about it in great detail, and what helped him get out of that dark space. He is now the Vice President of the We Defy Foundation which through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and fitness training provides combat veterans suffering from life-disabling injuries and/or PTSD a long-term means to overcome their challenges. Below Alan shares a story from his first deployment which involves MSG Stephen Walker Booth a Green Beret who died in a motorcycle accident here in the States: Alan: We were already hearing the pings on the vehicle. My heart rate was over 200. I stepped out the vehicle and took 3 steps then hear a whip and saw a spark on the ground. A round missed my head and went by my foot. Everything was chaos. Blurs of colors. It wasn't that I didn't know what to do. I didn't know what to do with the training I received to apply in this situation. I'll never forget this. Stephen Walker Booth. This guy comes running right passed me yelling out " I'm going to come at you like a spider monkey boy" laughing his ass off. I was in shock. He's making jokes in a firefight. The weirdest thing happened. Almost instantly the blur disappeared. I could hear crisped sounds. Everything slowed down and I jumped in with one of the cells. Everything clicked. It was all based off what Walker said. It was my 5th or 6th firefight. That affected my career in every single fight after that. In 3rd Group he's a legend.
1:37:48
May 4, 2017
GRP 76-Who Dares Wins: The Story of SAS Assaulter Jason Falla|Redback One
GRP 76-We have a special guest on for this week's podcast. Former Australian SAS trooper Jason Falla who is also the owner of a tactical training company called "Redback One" came on to talk about his journey in the Australian Special Forces world. He spent the first 6 years of his career with the 1st Commando Regiment before then going to SAS selection and finishing out the remaining 6 years of his military service as an SAS an assault team member and patrol medic of a water operations troop in 1 Squadron, 1st SAS Regiment. Jason shared a deployment story with us, and we discussed his post-military career where he worked as an instructor for what was at the time known as Blac