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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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Downhill

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In my opinion George hand is the only worthwhile contributor sofrep has really gone downhill and jack leaving really was the nail in the coffin

Good podcast

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Anything with George Hand is awesome

iTunes Ratings

1410 Ratings
Average Ratings
1099
73
43
44
151

Downhill

By awoo225 - May 25 2020
Read more
In my opinion George hand is the only worthwhile contributor sofrep has really gone downhill and jack leaving really was the nail in the coffin

Good podcast

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

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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.

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Jan 31 2018

1hr 48mins

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Rank #2: 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.

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Mar 21 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #3: 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.

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Jan 05 2018

1hr 39mins

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Rank #4: 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.

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Apr 25 2018

1hr 56mins

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Rank #5: 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.

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Mar 22 2019

58mins

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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!

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Feb 07 2020

59mins

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Rank #7: 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.

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Nov 30 2017

1hr 37mins

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Rank #8: 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.

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Jun 29 2019

1hr 50mins

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Rank #9: 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.

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Apr 05 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #10: 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!

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Apr 10 2020

35mins

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Rank #11: 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.

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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!

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Oct 25 2019

39mins

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Rank #12: 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.

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Oct 19 2018

1hr 33mins

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Rank #13: 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.

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Sep 05 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #14: 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.

For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com AND ENTER PROMO CODE: SOFREP

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!

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Dec 06 2019

32mins

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Rank #15: 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.

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May 01 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #16: 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.

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Feb 22 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #17: 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!

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Jan 17 2020

1hr 9mins

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Rank #18: Episode 487: Best of SOFREP Radio with bin Laden shooter Rob O'Neill

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Travel obligations delayed the recording of a new episode until next week, but don't worry, we found a classic in the archives.

In March of 2019, former host Ian Scotto was joined by Robert J. O'Neill, author of "The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years a SEAL Team Warrior." As is usually the case when Rob swings by, we had a lot of fun discussing all sorts of topics on this episode. We talked 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. We also got 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.

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Nov 08 2019

58mins

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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.

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Jul 13 2018

2hr 11mins

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Rank #20: Ep. 309 - Jack Devine (CIA)

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I just have got to say it, this may be one of the most interesting guests to ever come on the podcast.  When it comes to taking part in CIA operations that have truly influenced the course of modern day American history, and world history at large, few have the experience of Mr. Jack Devine.  Starting his career with the Agency from the late 60's and into the 90's, Jack was there for major global events like Iran-Contra, the fall of Chile's President, and the fight to push the Soviets out of Afghanistan.  Jack was also a close personal friend of Charlie Wilson who he describes as a patriot, and labels the film "Charlie Wilson's War" to be much more a work of fiction than most would have you believe.

We get Devine's take on current events and figures like Edward Snowden, the investigation of former FBI director Robert Mueller, as well as the Iran nuclear deal and the dangers of a nuclear capable North Korea.  Devine is currently the President of The Arkin Group, and his latest book is "Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story."  You'll hear the shift Jack has seen of former CIA veterans going public, as well as the scary trend of guys with phony credentials claiming CIA and being given major platforms in the media.  Strap in, because you're about to learn a whole lot from this man.

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Dec 15 2017

1hr 26mins

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