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Welcome to the Eagle Nation Podcast! We’re excited to bring you a weekly dose of Eagle Fire through compelling discussions with inspiring guests, on topics that you care about. We’ll explore veterans, community, nonprofits, fitness, and leadership.Please be sure to subscribe to podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or however you get your podcasts.We’d also love you to be a part of the show. Please send any ideas, comments, or questions to podcast@TeamRWB.org. You can also hit us up on Twitter @TeamRWB by using the hashtag: #EaglePodcast.

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Welcome to the Eagle Nation Podcast! We’re excited to bring you a weekly dose of Eagle Fire through compelling discussions with inspiring guests, on topics that you care about. We’ll explore veterans, community, nonprofits, fitness, and leadership.Please be sure to subscribe to podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or however you get your podcasts.We’d also love you to be a part of the show. Please send any ideas, comments, or questions to podcast@TeamRWB.org. You can also hit us up on Twitter @TeamRWB by using the hashtag: #EaglePodcast.

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By Eddie Ravert - Nov 07 2018
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Loved the Yuengling episode! Keep it up JJ and Team RWB.

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By genxbostongal - Feb 26 2018
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Marcus Aurelius Anderson author of the Gift of Adversity

iTunes Ratings

212 Ratings
Average Ratings
170
14
9
10
9

Great!

By Eddie Ravert - Nov 07 2018
Read more
Loved the Yuengling episode! Keep it up JJ and Team RWB.

Recommendation for future Podcast

By genxbostongal - Feb 26 2018
Read more
Marcus Aurelius Anderson author of the Gift of Adversity

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Eagle Nation Podcast

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Welcome to the Eagle Nation Podcast! We’re excited to bring you a weekly dose of Eagle Fire through compelling discussions with inspiring guests, on topics that you care about. We’ll explore veterans, community, nonprofits, fitness, and leadership.Please be sure to subscribe to podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or however you get your podcasts.We’d also love you to be a part of the show. Please send any ideas, comments, or questions to podcast@TeamRWB.org. You can also hit us up on Twitter @TeamRWB by using the hashtag: #EaglePodcast.

EP077 - Starbucks own Matt Kress on Coffee and Supporting Veterans

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Matt Kress spent 22 years in the Marine Corps – enlisted and officer, active duty and reserve.  After a special operations deployment to Iraq in 2004, he left active duty to be a firefighter in Southern California. During that time, he used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to earn a master's degree from the University of Washington and an MBA from UCLA.  He’s now the Senior Manager of Veteran and Military Affairs at Starbucks.  

In this episode we discuss:

• Coffee and it’s connection to the military

• The tremendous work that Starbucks is doing to support Veterans and their families.

• What it's like to be in position to really move the needle on veterans issues in our country in a big way.

• The connection between first responders and veterans and how they share some challenges.

Sep 25 2017

40mins

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EP130 - The Most Motivating Man in the World - Pat McNamara

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Join us as we spend time with a DELTA commando. Patrick McNamara spent 22 years in the United States Army in multiple special operations units. He retired from the Army's premier hostage rescue unit as a Sergeant Major and has become a well-known expert on tactical training and fitness, along with a social media influencer.  

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • His military career
  • His podcast with Joe Rogan
  • How he balances social media in his life, despite being a social media influencer
  • Why fitness is critical to veterans and the transition process

We promise that you’ll leave this podcast motivated!

Jun 19 2019

48mins

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EP104 - Dr. Dan Gade thinks the VA Disability system is hurting veterans - here's why

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Dr. Dan Gade is a retired army officer who was massively injured in Iraq, leading to the amputation of his leg, amongst other injuries.  Through his experiences in recovery, he has come to believe that the structure of the VA disability system is hurting veterans and creating a culture of entitlement.  He’s become a vocal supporter for change, and is a driving force in trying to force an overhaul in the way the VA addresses disability compensation.

 

In this episode we discuss:
  • The incentives for disabled veterans to not work, and why this is bad
  • The difference between disabilities and conditions
  • His non-profit experiment, the Independence Project
  • How the structure of the system incentivises abuse, leading to a culture of entitlement.  

Jul 30 2018

1hr 34mins

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EP065 - David Wood on Moral Injury, PTSD, Support, and more

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David Wood is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and the author of a fantastic new book, What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars.  He has covered conflicts all over the globe and has seen warfare in many forms.  We have a wonderful conversation that includes:

• Understanding moral injury and how it affects Veterans

• How PTSD is often misused as a blanket term for all combat related stress

• Reconciling a pacifist upbringing with the realities of war and soldiering

• Ways that we can better support one another, and our communities

Very few people have more experience with the true nature of armed conflict and those that are affected by it.  Please enjoy this episode and be sure to share it with friends!

Jun 26 2017

33mins

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EP129 - The Driving Force Behind “The Art of Manliness” - Brett McKay

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Brett McKay founded the Art of Manliness in 2008 and has grown it into the largest independent men’s interest magazine on the web.

Brett grew up in Edmond, OK, and attended the University of Oklahoma. He took a break in college to live in Tijuana, Mexico for two years doing service. After graduating, he then went on to pursue his lifelong goal of going to law school. While attending the University of Tulsa College of Law, Brett started the Art of Manliness as something fun to do in his spare time.

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, to include:

  • The beginnings of the Art of Manliness
  • Brett’s definition of “manliness” and why it’s probably not what you think
  • The military connection to the Art of Manliness
  • His new effort - “The Strenuous Life
  • How Brett runs a successful website, yet stays disconnected from the internet

And much more!

In addition, Team RWB’s Executive Director was a guest on the Art of Manliness Podcast a few years ago - check it out here.  

May 28 2019

54mins

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EP047 - Vincent (Rocco) Vargas from Article 15 Clothing (and much more) on entrepreneurship, humor, veteran transition, living a life of many pursuits.

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Vincent (Rocco) Vargas is a man of many talents, to include being a part owner of Article 15 Clothing, Black Rifle Coffee Company, Leadslingers Whiskey, Warfighter Tobacco, and various other pursuits.  He’s also a Youtube Star, public speaker, author, cooking show host and musician among other things - in short, he’s a renaissance man.

We have a open and honest conversation about various topics, to include:

Feb 20 2017

45mins

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EP050 - Nick Koumalatsos on life, transition, fitness, and Rush Club 009

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Nick Koumalatsos is Marine (MARSOC) Veteran, the Director of The Raider Project, and an entrepreneur.  In this week’s episode, we have an inspiring conversation about life, transition, fitness, and how Ben Bunn and I (Blayne Smith) beat him at Rush Club 009.

A true renaissance man, Nick is involved in all kinds of cool projects.  He’s got an important perspective on life after the military and we’re really excited to share his story with Eagle Nation.

Mar 13 2017

43mins

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EP121 - Heart Health, Exercise, and Thriving in a Post-Stroke Life

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Air Force Veteran Tamsen Butler was fit and healthy, when she experienced a sudden stroke at age 41, which was later found to be related to a birth defect in her heart.  She’s become an advocate for heart health, and has used her experience to change the lives of many people in the process.

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

  • Why being healthy and fit is so important, especially before you have a health condition
  • The importance of community in healing
  • How her military experience helped shape her
  • What led her to advocate and educate about heart health

Feb 11 2019

32mins

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EP061 - Eric Frohardt on living a post-Navy SEAL life,  getting his business sea legs, and why kettlebells are awesome.

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Eric Frohardt is a former Navy SEAL, an entrepreneur, and the CEO of StrongFirst.  While on active duty, Eric served on various SEAL Teams and deployed numerous times to hot spots around the world.  He’s co-founded a number of different businesses, most notably the BluCore Shooting Center, a firearms training facility. He is currently the CEO of StrongFirst – a premium strength and fitness education company with a global presence of more than 2,500 instructors that operates on 6 continents.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Military transition
  • Being an entrepreneur
  • StrongFirst and Kettlebell training
  • Leadership lessons and ownership

May 29 2017

48mins

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EP120 - Dan Savage Dropping Knowledge

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Dan Savage is the Head of Military and Veterans Programs at LinkedIn.  He’s also an Army veteran and a West Point/Harvard Grad. He’s dedicated his post-military life to achieving real social change for veterans, and is an expert on what effective veteran support looks like.  

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

  • His military experience, and coming to grips with some tough experiences
  • Effective support for veterans
  • His favorite poem: If by Rudyard Kipling and why it’s so meaningful to him.

Jan 28 2019

1hr 24mins

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EP095 - Gerber Gear VP of Marketing and Army Veteran, Andrew Gritzbaugh on lifestyle brands, and being part of something bigger than yourself

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Andrew Gritzbaugh is a former paratrooper and current Vice President of Marketing at Gerber Gear.  He’s a seasoned marketing leader with strengths in strategy development, brand positioning and marketing communications, as well as an avid outdoorsman and all around great guy.

 

In this episode we discuss:
  • His experience in the Army and how it has shaped his career
  • What it’s like to be the steward of a longstanding brand like Gerber Gear
  • His favorite pieces of gear and every day carry (EDC).
  • Gerber’s emotional connection to the military

Apr 09 2018

52mins

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EP117 - Jeff Eggers on Leaders, and co-authoring a book with General Stanley McChrystal

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Jeff Eggers is a retired Navy Seal, and current Executive Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute.  He was formerly a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and has had a long career working in national defense at various jobs.

He recently co-authored a book with General Stanley McChrystal called Leaders: Myth and Reality, and it’s currently a national bestseller

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

  • The writing process
  • Dynamics of working with three authors
  • Why the world needs another book on leadership
  • Lessons learned from some atypical leadership examples

Nov 19 2018

54mins

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EP089 - Life as an unexpected public figure with J.R. Martinez

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J.R. Martinez is an actor, speaker, and former U.S. Army soldier who was severely wounded in Iraq in 2003, sustaining burns to over 34% of his body.  He played the role of Brot Monroe on the ABC daytime drama All My Children, but is best known for winning Season 13 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars and his advocacy work for veterans causes and philanthropic work.   In this episode we discuss:

  • His military experience and what he learned.
  • His recovery process, and how he attacked it.
  • Learning that he had a gift of connecting to people, and how he’s using it to help.
  • What it’s like to be a public figure, and how he’s managing his life.
  • And most importantly - DOGS!

Jan 23 2018

42mins

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EP067 - Mike Bledsoe on the Business of Fitness

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Mike Bledsoe is a Navy veteran and the CEO of Barbell Shrugged.  Over the last 5 years, he and his team have revolutionized the way that the gyms, trainers, and fitness enthusiasts do business.  Mike started one of the early CrossFit boxes while he was still in college back in 2007.  A few years later, they started a little podcast (the first one I ever listened to) called Barbell Shrugged and have gone on to interview many of the most influential people in the worlds of CrossFit and strength training, to include Rich Froning and Tim Ferriss.

This episode is as wide-ranging as it is intriguing.  Mike and I go into every from the role of identity to the value of content marketing.  He is an extremely thoughtful guy and provides some tremendous insight into how Veterans (and everybody) can become the best versions of themselves.  If you’re not familiar with Mike, you are in for a treat.  He’s unlike anybody we’ve interviewed so far and this one was a ton of fun.  You won’t want to miss it!

You can catch Mike on Twitter @michaelbledsoe or check out their stuff at:

www.barbellshrugged.com and www.barbellbusiness.com

If you’re interested, you can check my interview on the Barbell Business podcast from last April.

Jul 10 2017

40mins

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EP114 - Adam Smith; Green Beret, CrossFit Gym Owner, Tactical Training Specialist.

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Adam Smith is a Green Beret, CrossFit Gym Owner, tactical training specialist.  He’s also a personal friend of the podcast host, JJ Pinter. In this episode, they sit down in person for a caffeine-fueled conversation that is sure to make you smile.  

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

  • How JJ putting cream in his coffee is adding “weakness” to it, in Adam’s perspective
  • Adam’s transition from the military and his struggles
  • What it’s like to come home again and lead in your community
  • Leadership and his plans to influence large groups of people

Oct 29 2018

1hr 11mins

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EP053 - Former Ranger/Current Team RWB Director of Development Brandon Young on sharing your story, what Veterans really need, and assimilation

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Brandon Young is not only Team RWB’s Director of Development (where he’s one of the best in the business), but he’s also a former Army Ranger with a tremendous career.  He’s got an incredible story, and he shares it with us in this amazing podcast.  He’s a long time friend, so this podcast was a joy to produce for us!

We have a rich conversation in which we cover:

  • His military career
  • Why he left the Army after 11 years (captured in Violence of Action)
  • His writing and why it’s so important to him
  • His evolving views on the needs of the American Veteran

Apr 03 2017

49mins

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EP056 - Tim Bomke on the Power of Finding a Purpose

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Tim Bomke had an appointment with his Army recruiter on the morning of 9/11/2001.  The events of that morning only strengthened his resolve to serve.  A few years later, Tim and his platoon were patrolling in Iraq, when a massive IED hit his vehicle.  Badly wounded, he started on a new journey of recovery, resilience, and continued service.   Over the past several years, Tim has advocated for veterans and military families in both education and employment.  He is a co-founder of Microsoft's Military Systems and Software Academy, spent three years working in veteran/spouse programs at Starbucks, and currently leads the effort at Amazon.   We have a great discussion that covers:
  • Tim's mindset during his recovery and rehabilitation
  • The power of finding a purpose
  • Why veterans and military spouses are great assets
  • And so much more
Tim is a truly inspiring guy and is doing so much in the veteran's space.  You'll definitely get a lot out of this conversation.

Apr 24 2017

55mins

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EP060 - Dr. Nancy Sherman on Philosophy, Stoicism, the military mindset and living a life of action

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Dr. Nancy Sherman is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University.  She was also the inaugural Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the United States Naval Academy.  She holds a PhD from Harvard, and has taught at some of the best academic institutions in the U.S., to include Yale and Johns Hopkins.  Sherman is the author of four books, several of which focus on military issues.

We have a rich conversation in which we cover:

May 22 2017

41mins

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EP052 - Donovan Haggas on learning, committing, focusing, and balance.

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You probably haven’t heard of Donovan Haggas, but you should definitely hear from him.  His professional journey has taken him from Air Force Special Operations (CCT), to corporate America, and finally back to the military community as a DOD contractor.  However, his personal journey is even more interesting.

Through years of ups, downs, and hard choices, Donovan has emerged as one of the calmest and most balanced people I know.  And, it hasn’t happened by accident.  On this week’s episode, we cover a ton of important topics, including:

  • Learning to accept the world as it is
  • Committing to growth in times of struggle
  • Focusing on quality and fighting the fear-of-missing-out (FOMO)
  • “Extreme balance”
  • Being a great parent in sub-optimal circumstances
  • And much more

You may walk away from this episode with a few answers, but you’ll definitely walk away with some questions.

Mar 27 2017

36mins

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EP106 - Combating extremism by fighting poverty with Jake Harriman from Nuru International

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Jake Harriman is a former Force Recon Marine who started Nuru International during his time at Stanford.  His experiences deployed led him to see the devastating effects of extreme poverty, and how it was affecting the war on terror - and inspired him to start an organization to break the cycle.

 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The nexus of security and rural development
  • His belief that only kinetic action will not win the war on terror
  • The importance of removing isolation
  • How to help yourself by helping others

Aug 20 2018

43mins

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EP 137: The Tickets Episode with Steven Weintraub

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U.S. Marine Corps veteran Steven Weintraub is working toward a new mission - helping other veterans stay engaged with their communities and families while building lifelong memories. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:

  • His time and deployments in the Marine Corps 
  • Why staying engaged is critical in veterans’ transition to civilian life
  • The differences between generations of veterans 
  • How Team RWB members can get tickets

And much, much more!

Nov 25 2019

32mins

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EP 136 - National Military Family Month with Evie King

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Evie King is a former Army Brat who said she would never marry into the military. Now, she’s going into her eighth year of being a military spouse and advocating for the health and wellness of our military and veteran communities. 

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Her experience as a military spouse
  • The role military families play in overall veteran and service member wellness
  • Her favorite self-care techniques and resources

And much, much more! 

Nov 18 2019

38mins

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EP135 - The WOD for Warriors Episode with Benjamin Bunn 

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Benjamin Bun is an Army veteran, Crossfit Gym owner, competitive athlete, and social media influencer. In this episode we cover a lot of ground, to include:

  • Why he spends so much time with social media, and what it’s like to be completely honest.
  • Dealing with old injuries and why it’s important to keep moving.
  • Why social connection is so important for physical fitness
  • And why you should participate in WOD for Warriors!

And much, much, more!

Sep 23 2019

48mins

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EP134 - The 35-year old Division I wrestler - Green Beret, Roman Rozell

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Roman Rozell is a family man, motivational speaker, professional teacher, former Green Beret, combat hero, and 34-year-old Arizona State University (ASU) wrestling walk-on.

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • His childhood growing up on the rough streets of Apache Junction, AZ.
  • His struggles with drugs and breaking the cycle. 
  • His Army career, and dealing with his injuries.
  • What it’s like to be a high-level collegiate athlete, and be twice as old as your teammates!

And much, much, more!

Sep 16 2019

48mins

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EP133 - Matt Griffin - Our 1st Repeat Guest - Bringing (Back) The Stoke!

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Matthew "Griff" Griffin co-founded Combat Flip Flops, which is a leading military lifestyle brand, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Griff served in the 75th Ranger Regiment as a Rifle Company Fire Support Officer with three tours to Afghanistan and one tour to Iraq. Post military, Griff moved to the private sector where he specialized in developing solutions for companies growing business in "difficult" locations before co-founding Combat Flip Flops.

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • The story of how he wrote and published a book with his friend in 90 days.
  • What it’s like to do business in dangerous countries outside of the military.
  • His D-Day anniversary jump.
  • The history and founding of Combat Flip Flops.

And much, much, more!

Aug 09 2019

33mins

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EP132 - Matt Collier - From Hometown Mayor to Executive to Concussion Advocate

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Matt Collier is an Army veteran, business executive, entrepreneur, speaker, and politician. At 29, he was elected the youngest big-city mayor in the U.S., serving in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. He was also hand chosen by Bob McDonald to serve in the Department of Veterans Affairs as Senior Advisor to the Secretary. Among his many accomplishments, there was the development and launch of the VA Center for Strategic Partnerships with the purpose of developing sustainable partnerships to improve the lives of veterans and their families. He’s currently a senior executive and sits on the board of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. 

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • His Army experience
  • Stories and lessons from his time as mayor of Flint, Michigan
  • His work with the Concussion Legacy Foundation
  • What it was like to try and transform the VA

And much, much, more!

Jul 15 2019

55mins

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EP131 - JnJ’s Courtney Billington - A Senior Executive’s View on Veterans in Business

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Courtney Billington is a senior executive at Johnson and Johnson (JnJ) where he’s the president of Janssen Neuroscience. He’s a long time veterans advocate and has a truly meaningful perspective on the importance of the military community in our country. 

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Army basketball and the importance of athletics
  • J&J’s long history of supporting the military and veterans
  • Why diversity and inclusion is so important
  • How J&J is able to support veterans through their position as a global health care company, not only through hiring efforts.

And much, much, more!

Jul 01 2019

49mins

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EP130 - The Most Motivating Man in the World - Pat McNamara

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Join us as we spend time with a DELTA commando. Patrick McNamara spent 22 years in the United States Army in multiple special operations units. He retired from the Army's premier hostage rescue unit as a Sergeant Major and has become a well-known expert on tactical training and fitness, along with a social media influencer.  

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, including:

  • His military career
  • His podcast with Joe Rogan
  • How he balances social media in his life, despite being a social media influencer
  • Why fitness is critical to veterans and the transition process

We promise that you’ll leave this podcast motivated!

Jun 19 2019

48mins

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EP129 - The Driving Force Behind “The Art of Manliness” - Brett McKay

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Brett McKay founded the Art of Manliness in 2008 and has grown it into the largest independent men’s interest magazine on the web.

Brett grew up in Edmond, OK, and attended the University of Oklahoma. He took a break in college to live in Tijuana, Mexico for two years doing service. After graduating, he then went on to pursue his lifelong goal of going to law school. While attending the University of Tulsa College of Law, Brett started the Art of Manliness as something fun to do in his spare time.

In this podcast, we cover a variety of topics, to include:

  • The beginnings of the Art of Manliness
  • Brett’s definition of “manliness” and why it’s probably not what you think
  • The military connection to the Art of Manliness
  • His new effort - “The Strenuous Life
  • How Brett runs a successful website, yet stays disconnected from the internet

And much more!

In addition, Team RWB’s Executive Director was a guest on the Art of Manliness Podcast a few years ago - check it out here.  

May 28 2019

54mins

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EP128 - The Pied Piper of the 2nd Running Boom with John “The Penguin” Bingham

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Since his column started in Runner’s World magazine, he’s become one of the running community’s most popular personalities.

The New York Times identified John as the creator of the slow running movement which brought the joy of activity to a new generation of runners and walkers.

Known by his fans as “the Penguin” for his back-of-the-pack speed, John Bingham is the unlikely hero of the modern running boom. Overweight, uninspired, and saddled with a pack-and-a-half-a-day smoking habit Bingham found himself firmly wedged in a middle-age slump. Then, he discovered running and changed his life forever.

In this week’s show, we cover a ton of ground, to include:

  • His Army experience, and how it has affected his life.  
  • His history and beginnings as a runner.
  • Why his non-traditional approach to running has found such appeal

And much more!

May 13 2019

48mins

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EP127 - Beyond the Point - a story of the female veteran bond with author Claire Gibson

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Claire Gibson is a Nashville-based author whose work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and Entrepreneur Magazine, among many other publications. Her debut novel, Beyond the Point, tells the story of a group of female veterans in an incredibly powerful way.

In this week’s show, we cover a ton of ground, to include:

  • Her childhood in a military family and growing up at West Point
  • The blessings and curses of writing recent historical fiction
  • How this story came to be
  • What it’s like to publish your first book, and her future plans!

And much more!

Apr 29 2019

44mins

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EP126 - The Space Episode with NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough

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COL (R) Shane Kimbrough is a former Army Officer and current NASA astronaut.  He was selected by NASA in 2004, and completed his first spaceflight in 2008. Shane launched on October 19, 2016, as part of Expedition 49/50, where he became the Commander of the International Space Station, and remained so until he departed almost 6 months later.

In this week’s show, we cover a ton of ground, to include:

  • His Army career and how it led to NASA
  • His leadership style, and how it’s changed over time
  • Fitness in space
  • How his perspective on life and the planet has changed since he became an astronaut

And much more!

Apr 15 2019

54mins

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EP125 - Mental Wellness and Cognitive Help in Healing

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Dr. Chad Kahl is the Chief Medical Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Jim Karol is a world renowned mentalist and entertainer, known for his ability to harness the power of the human mind.  They’re an unlikely duo, but both deeply understand the link between mental wellness and physical healing, and want to be change agents for the way health care is perceived and delivered to military members and veterans.

In this week’s show, we cover a ton of ground, to include:

  • Dr. Kahl’s article in the Military Times about Blue Zones
  • The connection between mental wellness and physical healing
  • Cognitive dissonance with drone warfare "the ender wiggins effect"
  • The power of nootropics on mood and memory
  • Eastern integrative medicine for sleep and memory and neuropathic pain
  • Side effects of the pharmacopeia, drug dependence, how RWB can be a bigger part of the solution

And much more!

Apr 08 2019

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EP124 - The Cannabis Episode with Ryan Miller

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Ryan Miller is currently the COO of OMG Farms, a California-based business (owned by Canibrands) that uses technologically advanced methods to produce high quality cannabis oils and delivery methods.  Ryan graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and served as an infantry officer. In 2007, he was severely wounded by a roadside bomb while conducting combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq, and ultimately lost a leg due to his wounds. Upon retirement from the Army, Ryan completed both an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ryan resides in Oakland, California.

In this week’s show, we discuss:

  • Ryan’s story of injury, recovery, and resilience
  • Cannabis 101 - a overview
  • How veterans are using cannabis
  • What you need to know about VA healthcare and cannabis

Some important links:

www.warriorrising.org – the nonprofit Ryan helps run

www.opevac.org – a veterans cannabis organization recommended by Ryan

www.wfwproject.org – a grassroots and rapidly spreading organization that bring veterans together through cannabis, cannabis education, and community service

Apr 01 2019

1hr 37mins

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EP123 - The World’s Toughest Lifelong Learner - Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman

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Charlie Brenneman walked away from his job as a Spanish teacher, with a dream to fight in the UFC - a dream he ultimately accomplished in a big way.  A naturally curious person, he has turned his lifelong love of learning and helping people into a career, and is now a recognized podcaster and speaker.  He’s just a really good human being, and we have really fun conversation in this podcast.

In this week’s show, we discuss:

  • His path from the classroom into the UFC octagon
  • His connections to the military
  • The learning process he uses to absorb and retain new information
  • His podcast and speaking career

And much more!

Mar 18 2019

1hr 14mins

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EP122 - Warrior.  Speaker. Teacher.  Yogi. Dan Nevins.

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Dan Nevins is an Army veteran and wounded warrior who, for over a decade, has shared an inspirational message of leadership, perseverance, resilience, and overcoming adversity with audiences around the globe. His work with professional and business communities enables his passion for sharing and teaching yoga to the world.

In this week’s show, we discuss:

  • His injuries and recovery journey
  • How he found Yoga, and how it’s not confined to Eagle NamasDay
  • The ways that he shares his inspirational story

Dan is a lot of fun, and we know you’ll enjoy this podcast!

Mar 04 2019

1hr 17mins

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EP121 - Heart Health, Exercise, and Thriving in a Post-Stroke Life

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Air Force Veteran Tamsen Butler was fit and healthy, when she experienced a sudden stroke at age 41, which was later found to be related to a birth defect in her heart.  She’s become an advocate for heart health, and has used her experience to change the lives of many people in the process.

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

  • Why being healthy and fit is so important, especially before you have a health condition
  • The importance of community in healing
  • How her military experience helped shape her
  • What led her to advocate and educate about heart health

Feb 11 2019

32mins

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EP120 - Dan Savage Dropping Knowledge

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Dan Savage is the Head of Military and Veterans Programs at LinkedIn.  He’s also an Army veteran and a West Point/Harvard Grad. He’s dedicated his post-military life to achieving real social change for veterans, and is an expert on what effective veteran support looks like.  

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

  • His military experience, and coming to grips with some tough experiences
  • Effective support for veterans
  • His favorite poem: If by Rudyard Kipling and why it’s so meaningful to him.

Jan 28 2019

1hr 24mins

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EP119 - Virtual Beers with Team RWB Legend, Eric Engelhardt

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Eric Engelhardt is a former Green Beret who was wounded in combat, and found his way to being one of Team RWB’s original employees.  He’s as interesting a guy as they come, and is one of the reasons for Team RWB’s success. He’s an incredible person, and is a great spokesman for using community and physical fitness for recovery.  

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

  • His injury and recovery
  • His experiences working at Team RWB
  • His pending international move

Jan 14 2019

1hr 2mins

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EP118 - Giving Tuesday Edition with Tom Voss

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Tom Voss is a Army veteran who’s post-military service struggles resulted in a 2700 mile hike across the country, featured in the Emmy nominated documentary Almost Sunrise.  

He’s an incredible person, and is a great spokesman for using community and physical fitness for recovery.  

In this week’s podcast, we discuss:

  • His post-military service struggles and how they came to a head.
  • What is was like to hike across the country with another veteran
  • Almost Sunrise, and the decision to film his journey

Nov 26 2018

47mins

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