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Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

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Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

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Sad decline

By Lucky Twitch - Apr 10 2020
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I’ve been here since pirate radio and the first show.... hate to see it decline soo bad. I love the guys and especially George Hand but it’s a bitter sweet decline and I have to let it go.

Good podcast

By Huacha215 - Feb 09 2020
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Anything with George Hand is awesome

iTunes Ratings

1409 Ratings
Average Ratings
1099
73
44
43
150

Sad decline

By Lucky Twitch - Apr 10 2020
Read more
I’ve been here since pirate radio and the first show.... hate to see it decline soo bad. I love the guys and especially George Hand but it’s a bitter sweet decline and I have to let it go.

Good podcast

By Huacha215 - Feb 09 2020
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Anything with George Hand is awesome
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SOFREP Radio

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Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

Rank #1: Ep. 322 - SGM Mike Vining, Delta Force legend

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SGM Mike Vining is a man who has been there, done that, and lived to tell about it.  From attending OTC Class #1 (the first ever Operators Training Course for Army Delta Force) to being a part of the failed Iran hostage rescue mission Operation Eagle Claw, Desert One which resulted in the death of eight Air Force and Marine Corps crewmen, Vining has some very rich history that operators of today have benefited from tremendously.  We also get into Vining's job as a bomb disposal technician during Vietnam, and the story of him watching the demise of his teammate Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Foster in his heroic attempt to defuse a bomb during a rally featuring then Vice Presidential candidate Bob Dole at a rally taking place at an Illinois high school.  These stories may be heartbreaking, but it's great to see that Vining is in great condition himself and in good spirits.  He currently does work for the National EOD Association as well as the EOD Warrior Foundation, and enjoys traveling across the country with his wife.

On this episode we also check your emails sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com, and answer an interesting question from an Australian listener about secrecy (or lack thereof) in the SOF community.  We also Throat Punch an idiot by the name of Gregory Salcido, as he used the platform he holds as a high school teacher as his soapbox to disgrace the U.S. military.  You'll also hear Jack's recap of SHOT Show, as well as the Women's March, and you won't want to miss that.

Jan 31 2018

1hr 48mins

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Rank #2: Ep. 384 - Best of Army Special Operations

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It's hard to believe that we're already in September of this year, but as a I reflect on 2018 thus far, we've had some incredible guests on this podcast. When it comes to spec ops guys in the Army, we've had a wide array. So on this episode, I spotlight several of those guys from previous episodes in 2018.

We start off with Nate Boyer. Nate's name is back in the news heavily with the recent signing of Colin Kaepernick to Nike, so we revisit Nate's open letter to Colin, followed by an in-person meeting which led to the now infamous kneeling during the National Anthem. Next is Todd Opalski, as he reflects on serving in both Marine Force Reconnaissance as well as Army Special Forces. That's followed by Special Missions Unit operator Rob Trivino on joining the Army and his time as an Army Ranger. Then is an excerpt from Delta Force operator Pat McNamara's first appearance on the show, with a great HALO jump story. We wrap up this special with our very own George Hand, another former Delta operator, getting into his origin story with us. Let me know how you liked this episode on Twitter or Instagram @SOFREPRadio or by email at sofrep.radio@sofrep.com, and maybe next special will be Navy SEALs.

Sep 05 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 336 - Pat McNamara

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Never in the history of SOFREP Radio has there been a more requested guest in my experience than Pat McNamara.  We were glad to deliver.  On this episode, the former Delta Force operator and tactical shooting Youtube sensation gets down and dirty.  We get some stories out of him including a HALO jump right before his retirement where a woman crossed his line and Pat was not happy about it; as well as training in some boxing with fellow Delta Force operator George Hand.  Pat also talks shooting and training tactics, and why he is not a particular fan of knife fighting.  Pat's also a metalhead, and just a few nights ago he got to catch Judas Priest on tour at Nassau Coliseum in NY.  Pat gives a pretty epic recap of it that you won't want to miss.

Pat's company is TMACS Inc. and if you want to learn some truly effective firearms skills, he's the man to take a course from.  You can see a schedule of where he's teaching on his website (TMacsInc.com) store, and you can also grab a signed copy of his book "Sentinel."  You can also follow Pat on Instagram @TMacsInc which he is very active on.  The man's even got his own line of Invader Coffee through Rogue American Apparel.  A real treat hearing some intense words from a legend in the SOF community, we know you'll enjoy it.

Mar 21 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 315 - The truth behind Extortion 17

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It's been a long Fall season without him, but Jack Murphy is back in his regular seat, fresh off of the release of episode 1 of "Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified."  The show stars Jack, and it premiered on Discovery this past Tuesday.  We recap some major special operations stories, talk the reality of pushing the nuclear button (a piece Alex Hollings did a great job with for the site,) and Jack working on his memoir, officially being titled "Murphy's Law."

Our special guest is Ed Darack, and he has a lot of thought provoking things to say on this episode.  Ed's a photographer and the author of "Victory Point: Operation Red Wings and Whalers - The Marine Corps' Battle for Freedom in Afghanistan," as well as his latest, "The Final Mission of Extortion 17: Special Ops, Helicopter Support, SEAL Team Six, and the Deadliest Day of the U.S. War in Afghanistan."  We discuss both of these books, and some of what's out there regarding these two major events that Ed dismisses as conspiracy.  For example, Ed gets into sources that led him to very strongly believe the ambush in Sawtalo Sar, Afghanistan described by Marcus Luttrell was at the hands of 7 guys, and not the 400 stated by the Navy SEAL.  We will let you be the judge of what went down after hearing Ed's rebuttal.  Ed also has written some recent great pieces for SOFREP including "The Objective Ginosa strike" which we highly recommend you check out.

Jan 05 2018

1hr 39mins

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Rank #5: Ep. 390 - Mark Giaconia, Green Beret

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If you come to this podcast for war stories about operations that have never been heard before, you're in for an action packed listen on this one. Mark Giaconia is a former Green Beret with 20 years of service to his country. He has a new book out titled "One Green Beret" which focuses on his service from 1996-2011 in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq, serving alongside members of the Peshmerga as well as the Russian Spetsnaz. A focal point of the book is Mark serving in Operation Viking Hammer, an unconventional warfare operation with the mission of taking out Sunni Muslim insurgents known as the terrorist group Ansar al-Islam. He also speaks of the gruesome details of being exposed to suspected chemical weapons, having to take hair samples of dead terrorists, and gives a philosophical take on war from his own perspective. Mark has since made the transition from warfare to making a living in technology as the Senior Director of Radiant Solutions. He discusses how he started to make this transition while serving in the military. After you listen to this, be sure to pick up "One Green Beret" available now on Amazon. Also, follow Mark on Twitter and let him know what you thought of his appearance @GiaconiaMark.

In addition to that, Jack Murphy discusses his latest article "Mattis: US Troops can remain in Syria to ensure stability." It is Jack's belief that Mattis is being pushed out for the more neo-conservative John Bolton. Listen to find out why Jack has made that inference. It's an episode with a lot of excitement and also reflection that you do not want to miss.

Sep 26 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #6: Episode 500: George Hand on Delta Force's grueling selection, combat diving, special missions

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What a better way to celebrate the 500th episode of SOFREP Radio than by sitting down with Delta Force pipehitter and SOFREP writer George Hand IV, aka Geo? We talk about how he tackled Delta’s grueling selection, his time as an instructor at the Army Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course, deploying to Mogadishu the next day after the Black Hawk Down battle, low-visibility operations in the Balkans, and why he didn’t reenlist after 9/11. You don’t want to miss this one. If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Feb 07 2020

59mins

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Rank #7: Ep. 441 - Rob O'Neill (SEAL Team 6/DEVGRU UBL shooter)

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Robert J. O'Neill, author of "The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years a SEAL Team Warrior," joins us for his third in studio appearance on SOFREP Radio. As is usually the case when Rob swings by, we have a lot of fun discussing all sorts of topics on this episode. We talk about the surreal moment for him of being interviewed by "King of All Media" Howard Stern after releasing his memoir, hanging with "Navy SEALs" star Charlie Sheen, being recognized by New York hiphop legends Onyx, and working with his pal Tim Montana. Don't worry, we also get into some more serious topics like the accusations of war crimes against Chief Eddie Gallagher, tensions between veterans of the SEAL community, his history with President Donald Trump, and Rob's views on foreign policy.

Rob's been hard at work with his organization Your Grateful Nation in helping special operations veterans transition into corporate America. He also has some kick ass gear and signed books available over at RJO Apparel. Be sure to follow Rob on Instagram & Twitter @McHooyah where he's very active, and let him know what you thought of the interview. We'd love to have him back again, always a great discussion with The Operator.

Mar 22 2019

58mins

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Rank #8: Ep. 397 - Dale Comstock EXCLUSIVE interview on controversial combat ops in Yemen

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Earlier this week we reported on highly controversial private combat ops ran in Yemen which were leaked to Buzzfeed by a former SEAL who was one of the men there. What went on was described in detail in the Aram Roston piece, "A Middle East Monarchy Hired American Ex-Soldiers To Kill Its Political Enemies. This Could Be The Future Of War." Contained in that article was a photo of four men in front of a United Arab Emirates Air Force plane, and one of them, even with his face blurred, was identified by many to be former Delta Force operator Dale Comstock. Dale had no reservations about coming forward and verifying that this is in fact him. Because of our friendship with the "American Badass" author, he wanted to come on with us exclusively and discuss what really went on in detail. Including his disgust with former Navy SEAL Isaac Gilmore talking to the press about this for what Comstock describes as Gilmore's own monetary gain. This is an explosive interview that you do not want to miss.

Oct 19 2018

1hr 33mins

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Rank #9: Ep. 304 - Rob O'Neill (SEAL Team 6/DEVGRU)

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It was a real blast having Rob O'Neill in studio again, this time with Jason Delgado to cover an array of issues, and even answer some questions from viewers as we streamed live.  We also dived deeper into Rob's best-selling book "The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior."  We hear the current Fox News contributor's take on North Korea, Bowe Bergdahl, and the recent verdict on terrorist Abu Khattala.  

You can see Rob's happenings on his website, RobertJONeill.com, and also be sure to check out his charity focusing on operator transition to civilian life called Your Grateful Nation.  He's very active on social media @McHooyah on Twitter and Instagram.  Most recently, he also made a pretty epic appearance starring in "Hillbilly Rich," the music video from country artist Tim Montana.

Nov 30 2017

1hr 37mins

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Rank #10: Ep. 393 - Best of Navy SEALs

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Our recent Best of Army Special Operations episode got a tremendous response, and because of that, I got a lot of you asking for a Best of Navy SEALs episode. Well here it is! In the history of this show we've had Navy SEALs of many different eras join us and tell us their story, so here are just a few favorites of mine from the past couple of years. Compiled for Episode 393 we have Brent Gleeson, Jack Carr, and Ryan Zinke making in studio appearances. Ryan Zinke's interview was especially cool because he was out with his co-author Scott McEwen promoting his memoir "American Commander." Just a couple of months following that book tour, Zinke became U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Also on this episode is a short clip of Frumentarius giving his take on the difficulty of BUDS VS the difficulty of actually serving as a SEAL. A lot of different perspectives on this one from several guys who wore the Trident.

Be sure to check out our new website at http://SOFREPRadio.com

Oct 05 2018

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Rank #11: Ep. 346 - Jim Morris, Vietnam veteran Green Beret

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This one is a truly in-depth interview with more subject matter covered than I can list. Jim Morris tells us about being a Green Beret during an era where it wasn't looked at with the reverence that it is today. He shares stories of the Tet Offensive, seen by the men he served with as a great victory, and portrayed in the opposite light by the media. Jim talks coming home, and transitioning to media himself working for publications like "Soldier of Fortune" and writing eight books including his best known title "War Story." Morris also discusses dealing with the horrors of war as he transitioned to civilian life, and taking an unconventional route in healing from combat as he delved deep into the study of Tolec Shamanism, completing two rigorous apprenticeships.  Jim's website is http://jimmorriswarstory.com .

We also take the time to answer a lot of emails. We're glad to be getting so many great questions and if you keep sending them, we'll continue addressing them. Anything you'd like us to address on-air, it's sofrep.radio@sofrep.com. We've really enjoyed digging into the origin stories of the men from this generation in some recent episodes, and Jim Morris did not disappoint.

Apr 25 2018

1hr 56mins

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Rank #12: Ep. 445 - An inside look at US Marine Force Recon

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Joining us for the first time on SOFREP Radio is 13-year Marine Corps veteran with Force Reconnaissance, Jose "Pep" Tablada. Calling Jose's background impressive would be a massive understatement, serving both as a team leader and platoon sergeant with qualifications including graduating as a combatant diver, scout sniper, SERE-C, HALO, and more. It's not often we have someone of Tablada's background on the show, so we dive deep into what Marine Force Recon is all about, and you're guaranteed to learn some new stuff.

Currently, Jose is the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations & International Engagement with Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and he volunteers his time on the board of directors for the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation. You'll learn a lot about the great work that the foundation is doing for their brothers in arms, including a retreat in Hawaii for Gold Star families taking place next month. Be sure to check them out and donate at ReconFoundation.org.

Apr 05 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #13: Ep. 433 - U.S. Navy SEALs arrested in Haiti

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If you've been following Newsrep, or any news covering the special operations community for that matter, you're well aware of the arrest in Haiti of former U.S. Navy SEALs Chris Osman, Chris McKinley (who previously went by Chris Heben,) as well as former U.S. Marine Ken Kroeker. These three and several other men were hired as contractors in Haiti working security for the central bank. Due to the massive instability within the government there, matters were handled very poorly and you'll hear how this led to the arrest and eventual release of these men who are now back in the United States. We shoot down some of the wacky conspiracy theories going around since the news hit, and break down what we know so far.

Following the discussion we get to our featured guest for Episode 433, Chief Master Sergeant Mike Lampe, a man who was there during the primitive years of Air Force special operations. Previously on Episode 391, Mike joined us to discuss his origin story and Vietnam service. This appearance we get into the next stages of his career, specifically his service in Desert One during the Iranian hostage crisis. As you'll hear though, we still have a lot more to cover in this man's career spanning three decades, so be on the lookout for a part 3. We hope you enjoy, and if you do, be sure to leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts.

Feb 22 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #14: Ep. 410 - Thomas Pecora (CIA Security Officer)

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For most Americans, the deadly attacks by Ansar al-Sharia on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi were their first exposure to anything relating to the CIA's Protective Operations Cadre. CIA Officer Thomas Pecora, however, was there during it's inception. With an incredibly impressive resume, he's been involved in Mogadishu, the resurgence of Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. We discuss the span of his career which will be covered in much greater detail when his book "Guardian: Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA's War on Terror" hits shelves on May 7th of next year. We highly recommend you pre-order what is sure to be a book breaking new ground in areas never written about prior to now.

Beyond this exclusive in-depth interview, we discuss propaganda coming out of China, a tragic military death in Bahrain, and Marine combat veteran and Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. now facing charges in misusing $250K in campaign funds. All that and more on Episode 410!

Dec 06 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #15: Ep. 469 -Former CIA Officer Joe Goldberg

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Joe Goldberg, former CIA agent joins the program for a great conversation about his time working in the CIA.  Joe talks about starting off as a "video librarian" in the 80's, how he gathered open sourced information before the internet took off, how the 24 hour news cycle has changed the world we live in today.  He explains how his job was to create messages to tell the truth in their own way, how they managed to attract viewers to their messages, using music to help spread awareness, how they tried to prevent blowback against America when creating these videos, his thoughts on the 2016 election regarding Russia's involvement, the naivety of the American public in regards to influence outside of America, and how to create a headline that "sticks."  Joe also shares why he decided to write historical fiction novels.  Be sure to read Joe's novels wherever books are sold.

Jack & Dennis open the show with a reader email regarding the bad wrap some units get because of their alleged actions.  Jack shares his thoughts on why the SEALs specifically seem to receive the majority of this backlash and why he feels that is.  Jack's daughter joins the guys in studio to explain the toy she received for a successful school year.  Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast, let us know what you think of the show and purchase Jack's book "Murphy's Law" where you can find wherever books are sold.

Jun 29 2019

1hr 50mins

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Rank #16: Episode 491: Toxic SEAL culture, Eddie Gallagher's trial, and Trump's intervention

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Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author Brandon Webb is back to discuss toxic cultural issues within the SEAL community, Trump's intervention with Eddie Gallagher's trial, and a reminder to send in your questions to radio@sofrep.com for a chance to have them read on our show.

This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon. Their mission is simple: to make sure all your basics (and beyond) are smartly designed and that shopping is easy and convenient.

Mack Weldon was founded because they wanted more out of the basics and always questioned how something so essential could be such a pain in the ass to buy?

The frustration was real and their “eureka moment” happened in a department store aisle full of brands that dominated their top drawer. Surrounded by a mind-numbing assortment of underwear and socks, they realized consistent fit and quality became a game of roulette… so they decided to take matters into their own hands.

They started from scratch and engineered their own fabric. They made sure the design process was meticulous, so you can count on the fit being the same each time. They built a world class customer experience. The difference is in the details, so they obsessed over every stitch and seam until they’d reached their definition of perfect.

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If you haven’t already noticed, the new SOFREP website has been launched! We also have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs available in our store.

All of our content – including an additional article catalog of more than 12,000 gear reviews, SOF history pieces, and military aviation articles – have been consolidated into one completely redesigned site and mobile app, to include featured categories such as News, Gear, Media (video & podcasts), Team Room & member forums, Store, and the #1 Gear Club in America – Crate Club.

As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Dec 06 2019

32mins

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Rank #17: Episode 485: SEAL sniper exclusives, funny sea stories, "snake eyes", and the Trump effect

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Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author Brandon Webb is back to discuss our upcoming Inside the Team Room video show with SEAL snipers, he shares a funny sea story, and goes deep on American politics, the Trump effect, and failed foreign policy.

This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon. Their mission is simple: to make sure all your basics (and beyond) are smartly designed and that shopping is easy and convenient.

Mack Weldon was founded because they wanted more out of the basics and always questioned how something so essential could be such a pain in the ass to buy?

The frustration was real and their “eureka moment” happened in a department store aisle full of brands that dominated their top drawer. Surrounded by a mind-numbing assortment of underwear and socks, they realized consistent fit and quality became a game of roulette… so they decided to take matters into their own hands.

They started from scratch and engineered their own fabric. They made sure the design process was meticulous, so you can count on the fit being the same each time. They built a world class customer experience. The difference is in the details, so they obsessed over every stitch and seam until they’d reached their definition of perfect.

For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com AND ENTER PROMO CODE: SOFREP
For those who haven’t heard, SOFREP.com is back!

All of our websites – including an additional article catalog of more than 12,000 gear reviews, SOF history pieces, and military aviation articles – are being consolidated into one completely redesigned site and mobile app, to include featured categories such as News, Gear, Media (video & podcasts), Team Room & member forums, Store, and the #1 Gear Club in America – Crate Club.

Our developers are working hard on all of the new features and integration components for the full launch that will be ready next week.

As always, be sure to check out CrateClub.com for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by professionals. See you all again next week!

Oct 25 2019

39mins

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Rank #18: Ep. 427 - Air Force PJ Doug Kechijian

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Doug Kechijian is the CEO of Resilient Performance Systems, a small business based out of New York that prides itself on helping others to achieve their physical goals through it’s focus on sports medicine, performance training, education, and consulting. Prior to receiving his education in physical therapy and co-founding the company, Doug served as a Air Force PJ providing troops with technical rescue capability and emergency medical care while deployed. It’s often said that we don’t have many Air Force Pararescue guys on the show, so much of the 2+ hours of this episode is devoted to hearing from Doug about what guys from his military background do exactly. Growing up in Manhasset, NY, Doug was also a personal friend of James Regan. As many of you know, Regan was a revered Army Ranger killed in action while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. You’ll get to hear about their adolescence together and exactly what type of a guy that Sgt. James Regan was. He is dearly missed over a decade later. We also get into the physical fitness end of things including Doug’s philosophy on PT and overall health.

Also on this episode is Loadout Room writer Rex Nanorum. Rex gives us a recap of SHOT Show 2019, what was new, and some of the badass gear now on his wish list. He also recaps Crate Club‘s exclusive Oasis for Villains party that took place there. We get some laughs as well hearing the hilarious story behind why Rex doesn’t use his real name when writing. Crank it up and enjoy!

Feb 01 2019

2hr 2mins

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Rank #19: Ep. 369 - Nate Boyer, Green Beret

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Nate Boyer is a combat veteran and a patriot who bravely served with 1st Special Forces Group, 10th Special Forces Group, and 3rd Special Forces Group in Iraq and Afghanistan. Beyond that though, he's also a man of great compassion, and you'll hear that emphasized throughout this in-depth discussion. These traits of patriotism, bravery, and compassion, along with a short stint in the NFL, are why it made sense for him to meet with former NFL star Colin Kaepernick in the midst of a great deal of anger throughout the country. After penning an open letter for Army Times to the quarterback who made it a point to sit during the National Anthem, Kaepernick asked to meet with Boyer, and you may be surprised at some of the understanding that took place among these two men of very different backgrounds and core principles. Kaepernick kneeling from there on as opposed to sitting was actually the result of that face to face discussion.

This was a very intriguing conversation about how we view the world through very different lenses based on our own origin. We also discussed Nate's military background of course. Nate now does a lot of charity work with the organization he co-founded, MVP (Merging Vets & Players.) Let him know what you thought of the show, his website is NateBoyer.com, and he's on Twitter & Instagram @NateBoyer37. We went over two hours for this one, and really appreciate him taking the time. If you liked it, also be sure to leave a review on Apple Podcasts.

Jul 13 2018

2hr 11mins

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Rank #20: Ep. 452 - The REAL story behind Bowe Bergdahl

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been called a "traitor" and a "defector" by the likes of prime time television hosts on mainstream media, military personnel, and even our current President. The narrative has also been that the Obama administration traded him for five terrorists, and the lives of American war fighters were lost in the process to get this man back in country. Michael Ames, co-author of "American Cipher" says not so fast, as he investigated Bergdahl's background in-depth, and learned the true story of what really went down.

Michael spent a lot of time in Hailey, Idaho as a "glorified ski bum" as he puts in, and when the news broke of Bergdahl being freed, he realized that he was familiar with this young man who grew up there. His interest became the catalyst for the book out now co-written with Matt Farwell, and on this episode, Michael joins us in studio and gives us the facts behind such a major news event that became plagued with falsehoods and misinformation. Be sure to pick up "American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan" to gain some real insight into American foreign policy and how the narrative often told to us gets out there before all the facts come out.

May 01 2019

1hr 7mins

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Episode 516: Martha McSally, Senator and first female fighter pilot to fly in combat

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Our guest, Senator Martha McSally, proudly represents the people of Arizona in the U.S. Senate and spent four years in the U.S. House of Representatives. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, McSally served 26 years in the Air Force, retiring as full colonel. She is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history. McSally deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan and flew 325 combat hours in the A-10 Warthog, earning the Bronze Star and six air medals. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Her new book Dare to Fly: Simple Lessons in Never Giving Up shows you how to clear the runway of your life: embrace fear, transform doubt, succeed when you are expected to fail, and soar to great heights in this motivational life guide.

This episode was hosted by SOFREP Media CEO and former Navy SEAL, Brandon Webb.

If you haven’t already, be sure to join our community at SOFREP and find the best tactical equipment and apparel in our store, The Loadout Room. Support our veteran team and be sure to subscribe to this podcast and leave us a review!

May 29 2020

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Episode 515: Cee Freeman, Vice President of the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association

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Our guest is Cee Freeman, Vice President of the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association.

In 2010, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm was becoming just a side note in history. Its founder was moved to act and initiated the effort to construct a memorial in Washington, D.C. to both memorialize those who lost their lives and educate visitors from America and around the world.

Since 2011, the National Desert Storm War Memorial (NDSWM) has worked to achieve its singular mission, construction of the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial. NDSWM is on track to complete and dedicate the memorial on Veterans Day 2021.

This episode was hosted by SOFREP writer and Green Beret, Steve Balestrieri.

If you haven’t already, be sure to join our community at SOFREP and find the best tactical equipment and apparel in our store, The Loadout Room.

May 22 2020

47mins

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Episode 514: Mike Broihier, veteran and Senate candidate

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Host Steve Balestrieri speaks with Mike Broihier, a veteran running in a Senate campaign in Kentucky. Mike is on the show to discuss his personal story and perspective on life post-service (he has been a teacher, farmer, and local newspaper editor) as well as how his time in service has shaped his Senate run.

If you haven’t already, be sure to join our community at SOFREP and find the best tactical equipment and apparel in our store, The Loadout Room.

May 15 2020

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Episode 513: SEAL Team 6 dog handler, Will Chesney

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Will Chesney is the author of No Ordinary Dog, the powerful true story of a SEAL Team Operator and military dog handler, and the dog that saved his life.

Two dozen Navy SEALs descended on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. After the mission, only one name was made public: Cairo, a Belgian Malinois and military working dog. This is Cairo's story, and that of his handler, Will Chesney, a SEAL Team Operator whose life would be irrevocably tied to Cairo's.

Starting in 2008, when Will was introduced to the SEAL canine program, he and Cairo worked side by side, depending on each other for survival on hundreds of critical operations in the war on terrorism. But their bond transcended their service. Then, in 2011, the call came: Pick up your dog and get back to Virginia. Now.

What followed were several weeks of training for a secret mission. It soon became clear that this was no ordinary operation. Cairo was among the first members of the U.S. military on the ground in Pakistan as part of Operation Neptune Spear, which resulted in the successful elimination of bin Laden.

As Cairo settled into a role as a reliable “spare dog,” Will went back to his job as a DEVGRU operator, until a grenade blast in 2013 left him with a brain injury and PTSD. Unable to participate in further missions, he suffered from crippling migraines, chronic pain, memory issues, and depression. Modern medicine provided only modest relief. Instead, it was up to Cairo to save Will's life once more—and then up to Will to be there when Cairo needed him the most.

This episode was hosted by SOFREP writer and Green Beret, Steve Balestrieri.

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May 08 2020

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Episode 512: Alex Hollings on COVID-19 effect on military training and readiness

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In this episode, we sit down with our very dear friend Alex Hollings. A former SOFREP senior staff writer, Alex is now the Editor of Sandboxx. We discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it affects military training and readiness and China’s information operations. We also touch upon how the pandemic might affect the journalism business.

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May 01 2020

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Episode 511: Interview with a decorated WWII veteran and prisoner of war

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Duane Miller, age 95, lived through hell fighting against the Germans in WWII. Miller joined the U.S. Army as an infantryman in October 1943. He was only 18 years old. This American hero has had an incredible life and you'll get some insight in this interview conducted by Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author Brandon Webb.

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Apr 24 2020

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Episode 510: Big Phil on his lockdown in Spain and Togo trip from hell

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In this episode, Big Phil Campion (British SAS) tells us about his recent experiences being locked down in Spain as well as a rought trip to Togo. This guy is always up to something interesting! If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Apr 17 2020

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Episode 509: “Headshot” Don Bradley, former Special Forces operator, CIA contractor

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In this episode, we sit down with “Headshot” Don Bradley. Don is a former Special Forces operator and CIA paramilitary contractor with over 25 combat deployments. His life, however, was forever changed when he was shot in the head during a road rage incident back in 2018. Having barely escaped with his life, Don is now fighting to clear his name. Please consider supporting Don and his family by donating on their GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/head-shot-don-could-use-a-hand/

If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Apr 10 2020

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Episode 508: Knife fighting & combatives in elite Spec Ops units with Sensei James Williams

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In this episode, SOFREP Managing Editor Stavros Atlamazoglou and former Delta Operator and SOFREP writer Geo sit down with Sensei James Williams. Sensei Williams trains the most elite Special Operations units of the country in combatives and knife-fighting. During their discussion, they talk about knife-making, combatives, and the right mental state for combat, among other things. They also go over some amazing stories from downrange and how Sensei’s combatives teaching has saved the lives of America’s best. If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Apr 03 2020

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Episode 507: SEAL in Moscow, Stavros in Greece, COVID-19 sucks, site updates

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Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author Brandon Webb is back with SOFREP.com Managing Editor Stavros Atlamazoglou to discuss site and company updates, Brandon's extended stay in Moscow thanks to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Stavros' current situation in Greece, and much more. If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Mar 27 2020

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Episode 506: Butch Whitehead, Special Forces host, Disabled American Veterans

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Our special host this episode is SOFREP writer and former Special Forces operator, Steve Balestrieri. He interviews Stephen "Butch" Whitehead, the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) national commander. Whitehead is a combat-disabled veteran of the Iraq War, was elected national commander for the more than 1 million-member DAV at the organization’s 2019 national convention in Orlando, Florida.

A native of Trimont, Minnesota, Whitehead is a retired command sergeant major for 84th Troop Command Brigade in the Minnesota Army National Guard.

Whitehead joined the Army in 1991 and completed two overseas deployments, receiving the Bronze Star in 2007 for combat service in Iraq. In 2012, he was awarded the Veterans Voices Award by then-Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota. Other military awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Currently, Whitehead serves as executive director of the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota Foundation. He has served as adjutant for the DAV Department of Minnesota and is chair for multiple department-level committees. He was also recently appointed to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Consumer Advisory Board, where he will serve for three years.

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Mar 20 2020

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Episode 505: Johnny Mercer, British Ministry of Defence Whitehall visit, defending veterans

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Host Phil Campion is on time and on target from the British Ministry of Defence main building -- also called the Whitehall. He interviews a special guest, Johnny Mercer. In July 2019, Johnny was appointed the Minister for Defence People and Veterans in the Ministry of Defence and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs in the Cabinet Office. He is responsible for armed forces, veterans and civilian people policy. In short, he takes care of veterans and makes sure they are supported at the national level. This is a special interview that you don't want to miss.

If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Mar 13 2020

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Episode 504: Coronavirus not slowing down, pulling our troops from Afghanistan

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Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author Brandon Webb is back to discuss the ongoing Coronavirus situation and his thoughts on getting our troops out of Afghanistan. Remember to send in your questions to radio@sofrep.com for a chance to have them read on our show. If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Mar 06 2020

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Episode 503: Coronavirus update, risky interview, right wing terror, Prince Harry

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Host Phil Campion is on time and on target from Spain this week! Phil interviews a special guest, his partner of fifteen years, Wendy. Find out if Phil gets himself into trouble on this one. He also covers some Coronavirus updates, right wing terror, and Prince Harry. If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Feb 28 2020

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Episode 502: Gary Weaving and Big Phil discuss Forgotten Veterans UK

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Host Phil Campion and guest Gary Weaving discuss Forgotten Veterans UK and more. If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Feb 21 2020

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Episode 501: Alastair Weir and Big Phil dig into veteran charities, military music, Rudyard Kipling

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Host Phil Campion and guest Alastair Weir discuss veteran charities, military music, Rudyard Kipling, and more. If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Feb 14 2020

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Episode 500: George Hand on Delta Force's grueling selection, combat diving, special missions

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What a better way to celebrate the 500th episode of SOFREP Radio than by sitting down with Delta Force pipehitter and SOFREP writer George Hand IV, aka Geo? We talk about how he tackled Delta’s grueling selection, his time as an instructor at the Army Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course, deploying to Mogadishu the next day after the Black Hawk Down battle, low-visibility operations in the Balkans, and why he didn’t reenlist after 9/11. You don’t want to miss this one. If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Feb 07 2020

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Episode 499: Army veteran, author, and venture capitalist — Kamal Ravikant

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Back on the show is our friend Kamal Ravikant, a U.S. Army veteran turned venture capitalist whose newest project is a rewrite of his book Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It. The book came out on January 7th, 2020 so be sure to pick up a copy now! Kamal and Brandon Webb get into some candid stories about business ventures and shared experiences. If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Jan 31 2020

47mins

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Episode 498: Spec Ops fist fight in Iraq, manslaughter court-martial, & Raiders fighting for justice

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In this episode we’re discussing a very serious and unfortunate event that took place on New Year’s Day 2019 in Iraq. Then, three Marine Raiders, Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Negron, Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Draher and Chief Petty Officer Eric Gilmet, were involved in an altercation with Mr Rick Rodriguez, a former Green Beret turned contractor, outside a nightclub. The altercation, unfortunately, resulted in the death of Mr Rodriguez. Now, the three Raiders face a court-martial for involuntary manslaughter, among other charges. We are joined by Fred Galvin, a retired Marine Raider officer of MARSOC FOX Company fame, Phillip Stackhouse, the attorney for Gunnery Sgt. Draher, and Bull Gurfein, CEO of United American Patriots, a legal defense fund for military personnel accused of war crimes.
We request listeners to call and visit their representatives' office and urge their elected officials to join Congressman Louie Gohmert's efforts in the Justice For Warriors Caucus in defending the three MARSOC warriors: Gunnery Sergeant Draher, Gunnery Sergeant Negron and Chief Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman Gilmet from 3rd Marine Raider Battalion. You can support United American Patriots by visiting https://www.uap.org.
And as always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Jan 24 2020

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Episode 497: Delta Force and Night Stalkers, a conversation with George Hand and Greg Coker

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Host and SOFREP Managing Editor, Stavros Atlamazoglou, leads an incredible discussion with CWO4 (ret) Greg Coker (Task Force 160, Special Operations Aviation Regiment aka “The Night Stalkers”) and Master Sergeant (ret) George Edward Hand IV (1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta aka “The Delta Force"). You don't want to miss out on this one. If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!

Jan 17 2020

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Sad decline

By Lucky Twitch - Apr 10 2020
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I’ve been here since pirate radio and the first show.... hate to see it decline soo bad. I love the guys and especially George Hand but it’s a bitter sweet decline and I have to let it go.

Good podcast

By Huacha215 - Feb 09 2020
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Anything with George Hand is awesome