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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 info@teamrwb.org. You can also hit us up on Twitter @TeamRWB by using the hashtag: #EagleNationPodcast.

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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 info@teamrwb.org. You can also hit us up on Twitter @TeamRWB by using the hashtag: #EagleNationPodcast.

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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

217 Ratings
Average Ratings
175
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

Latest release on May 18, 2020

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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 info@teamrwb.org. You can also hit us up on Twitter @TeamRWB by using the hashtag: #EagleNationPodcast.

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: EP092 - Aron Lanie, Team RWB Wilmington (NC) Chapter Captain, Yoga Instructor, U.S. Army Veteran

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Aron Lanie is an Army veteran, yoga instructor, and Eagle Leader.  Her journey has taken her from the rigger sheds of Fort Bragg to yoga mats in Vietnam/Thailand and now back to the Wilmington community.  Along the way she’s (re)discovered her purpose, which she now shares through yoga and her involvement with Team RWB. In this episode we discuss:
  • Aron’s story from soldier to civilian, corporate saleswoman to yogi
  • The physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga
  • Building a Team RWB Chapter in Wilmington, NC and the value of being consistent, persistent, and having perspective as an Eagle Leader
  • Aron’s participation in the Women Veteran Athletes Initiative and the example women athletes set across Eagle Nation
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Mar 12 2018

36mins

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Rank #3: EP108 - What everyone should know about brain injury with Dr. Chris Nowinski

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Chris Nowinski, Ph.D., is co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, policy, and research.

A former collegiate football player and professional wrestler, Chris suffered a serious concussion in June, 2003, but due to a lack of understanding, was not honest about his symptoms and continued to wrestle and work out for five weeks while symptomatic. He developed post-concussion syndrome and was forced to retire.

It wasn’t until he visited the renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Cantu that Chris was first exposed to medical research that revealed to him that concussions and brain trauma were misunderstood in the sports world. Chris realized that this lack of awareness among athletes, coaches, and even medical professionals not only cost him his career, but also threatened the health and well-being of athletes of all ages.This led him to write the critically acclaimed book Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, originally published in 2006, in an effort to educate the world about this serious public health issue. In 2012, the book was adapted for the documentary film of the same name, Head Games, directed by Steve James, and the book was updated to coincide with the film’s release.In 2007, Chris co-founded Concussion Legacy Foundation and is a leading force in changing the way we think about brain injury in America.

In this episode we discuss:
  • The different types of brain injury
  • How sports are changing, and why it’s important
  • Why it’s critical to monitor impact in the brains of children
  • How to donate your brain, and the current state of research
  • For veterans, join Project Enlist here.

Sep 17 2018

54mins

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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: EP 138: Zachary Green - From the Marines, to firefighting to entrepreneurship

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Former U.S. Marine Corps infantryman and volunteer firefighter turned entrepreneur Zachary Green, shares his journey from the military to developing life-saving technology in this Eagle Nation Podcast episode. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:

  • A life-changing firefighting experience that prompted the idea for his business
  • The comparison between entrepreneurship and military service  
  • The concepts of purpose, luck and grit 

And much, much more!

Dec 16 2019

41mins

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Rank #6: 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

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Rank #7: EP068 - Tyler Grey on losing his dream job and life as a reluctant public figure.

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Tyler Grey is a Army Veteran and former Tier 1 operator.  He was severely injured in Iraq during a mission, which changed the course of his career.  He now spends his time working in Hollywood (in front and behind the camera), advocating for veterans, and doing security consulting.  He’s an incredible guy, and really engaging.  

In this episode we discuss:

Jul 17 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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Ep 148: Run to Remember

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Lisa Hallett found running to be a healthy outlet for her grief and a path to move forward after her husband, CPT John Hallett, was lost in Afghanistan. Today, Lisa leads a national effort to honor the fallen and support their families. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:
  • Lisa's running journey
  • How Wear Blue is building meaningful communities
  • How you can join Team RWB and +WearBlue this #MemorialDay to learn their stories, speak their names, and honor their legacies. Learn more: bit.ly/3bQ7HT7

May 18 2020

35mins

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Ep 147: Quarantine Crusher - Zach and Nicole Bitter

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Elite running power couple Zach and Nicole Bitter joined Team RWB's Executive Director Mike Erwin for an exclusive Quarantine Crusher conversation. In this conversation, we cover a lot of ground including
  • How Zach and Nicole stay motivated, even while at home. 
  • Why they continue to run 
  • Overcoming challenges and obstacles 

and much, much more!

For more inspiration, visit our Quarantine Crusher page!

May 15 2020

19mins

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EP 146: Quarantine Crusher - Alison Levine

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In a special conversation with our Executive Director Mike Erwin virtually sat down with a history-making adventurer who served as Team Captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, Alison Levine. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:
  1. Alison's toughest expeditions
  2. Using fear as strength
  3. How to stay motivated during uncertain times
and much, much more!

May 11 2020

33mins

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Ep 145: Quarantine Crusher - Ryan Holiday

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In a special conversation with our Executive Director Mike Erwin, Bestselling Author Ryan Holiday about how #EagleNation can come out of quarantine better than we went in. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:
  1. Alive time vs dead time
  2. Ryan’s philosophy on physical activity
  3. Reflection and solitude
and much, much more!   For more inspiration, visit our Quarantine Crusher page!

Apr 27 2020

47mins

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Ep 144: Quarantine Crusher - Shane Kimbrough

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In a special conversation with Team RWB Executive Director Mike Erwin, retired Army Officer and NASA Astronaut R. Shane Kimbrough shares lessons from space that can help you stay motivated and crush your quarantine! For more inspiration, visit our Quarantine Crusher page!

Apr 20 2020

41mins

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Ep 143: Quarantine Crusher - Cedric King

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In a special conversation with our Executive Director Mike Erwin, retired Master Sergeant Cedric King shares his perspective on how to stay moving and motivated during quarantine. We cover a lot of ground, including:
  • How he has triumphed and pursued through even the most difficult times,
  • Adjusting and adapting mindset to overcome,  
  • How achievement and success looks different for everyone,
And much, much more!

Apr 13 2020

32mins

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Episode 142 – Special Conversation with Retired General Petraeus

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In a special conversation with our Executive Director Mike Erwin, retired General David Petraeus, one of the most prominent U.S. military figures of the post-9/11 era and former Director of the CIA, shares his perspective on how Eagle Nation can lead from the front during the coronavirus pandemic. We cover a lot of ground, including: 

  • General Petraeus’ involvement with Team RWB 
  • How veterans are poised to lead from the front during the pandemic 
  • Why exercise is important during trying times

And much, much more! 

Mar 31 2020

45mins

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EP141: Olivia Nunn - Soldier For Life

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Episode 141 – Olivia Nunn, Soldier for Life

In honor of Women’s History Month, Soldier for Life Communication Director LTC Olivia Nunn shares her experience and expertise in the latest episode of the Eagle Nation Podcast. We cover a lot of ground, including: 

  • Olivia’s military experience 
  • How communities and organizations including Team RWB can support transitioning service members 
  • The challenges Soldiers from different backgrounds face during transition
  • Finding your tribe 

And much, much more! 

Mar 16 2020

44mins

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EP140: Tanner Iskra - Borne the Battle

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Marine Corps veteran-turned-podcast host Tanner Iskra talks new media and the changing veterans and military space in the latest episode of the Eagle Nation Podcast. We cover a lot of ground, including: 

  • Tim’s transition out of the military 
  • The Borne the Battle podcast 
  • Powerful stories of veterans 
  • The changing ways veterans are getting information 

And much, much more! 

Feb 24 2020

46mins

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Episode 139 - The NamasDay Episode with Tim Avery

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Navy veteran, clinical psychologist and yoga instructor, Tim Avery, shares the benefits of yoga - both body and mind - in Eagle Nation Podcast Episode 139. We cover a lot of ground including:

  • How Tim went first tried out yoga and got involved in the Veterans Yoga Project
  • The relationship, recovery, physical and mental health benefits yoga can offer veterans
  • The connection between yoga and psychology
  • Why veterans should give Eagle NamasDay a shot

And much, much more!

Feb 10 2020

46mins

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EP 138: Zachary Green - From the Marines, to firefighting to entrepreneurship

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Former U.S. Marine Corps infantryman and volunteer firefighter turned entrepreneur Zachary Green, shares his journey from the military to developing life-saving technology in this Eagle Nation Podcast episode. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:

  • A life-changing firefighting experience that prompted the idea for his business
  • The comparison between entrepreneurship and military service  
  • The concepts of purpose, luck and grit 

And much, much more!

Dec 16 2019

41mins

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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

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Loved the Yuengling episode! Keep it up JJ and Team RWB.

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