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

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

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

Recommendation for future Podcast

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

iTunes Ratings

211 Ratings
Average Ratings
169
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

Updated 6 days ago

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

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: EP124 - The Cannabis Episode with Ryan Miller

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

In this week’s show, we discuss:

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

Some important links:

www.warriorrising.org – the nonprofit Ryan helps run

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

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

Apr 01 2019

1hr 37mins

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Rank #3: EP106 - Combating extremism by fighting poverty with Jake Harriman from Nuru International

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

 

In this episode we discuss:

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

Aug 20 2018

43mins

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: EP047 - Vincent (Rocco) Vargas from Article 15 Clothing (and much more) on entrepreneurship, humor, veteran transition, living a life of many pursuits.

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

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

Feb 20 2017

45mins

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Rank #9: 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 #10: EP050 - Nick Koumalatsos on life, transition, fitness, and Rush Club 009

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

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

Mar 13 2017

43mins

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Rank #11: EP107 - The Old Glory Relay Edition with Microsoft’s Danny Chung  

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Danny Chung, is the business manager and chief of staff for Military Affairs at Microsoft, manages the Military Affairs team. Before coming to Microsoft, Danny provided strategic communications support for Ingram Micro, Southern California Edison and BRTRC Federal Solutions after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2010.

 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The Old Glory Relay, and why it’s such an important event
  • The power of community and why Microsoft cares so much
  • Veterans in our communities and why that’s important
  • The power of OGR in weaving together communities to break down the civ-mil divide

Sep 03 2018

45mins

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Rank #12: EP099 - Kristin Caples and Tara McMachen from Team RWB Denver

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Kristin Caples and Tara McMachen are Eagle Leaders in Team RWB Denver, and have some very interesting perspectives on what it takes to run a local chapter.  They reached out to us about a podcast because they were proud of the work they were doing in Denver, and we thought it was a great idea!

 

In this episode we discuss:
  • Lessons learned on leading a Team RWB chapter
  • Volunteerism, and why it’s important
  • Why they decided to become volunteer leaders

May 22 2018

46mins

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Rank #13: EP097 - Kerry Rock, US Army Veteran, Team RWB Charlottesville & Chris Long, Servant, Super Bowl Champion

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Kerry Rock is an Army veteran and Team RWB member.  Chris Long is a NFL veteran and two-time Super Bowl champion.  They couldn’t be any different in stature or background, but they’re making a difference in both their local community of Charlottesville, VA and on the other side of the world in east Africa.  Having recently #ConqueredKili, we sit down with Kerry and Chris for a casual conversation covering everything from sports to community service. This is definitely an hour well-spent...enjoy the conversation!

 

In this episode we discuss:
  • Starting a Team RWB Chapter, the challenges and the rewards
  • Training for a NFL season, a 10-miler, and climbing a big mountain
  • Service...taking action and giving of your most precious resource (time) to make a difference
  • Delivering impact at the community level, whether that be at home or halfway across the world
  • The perspective provided by poverty and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft)
  • The next tattoo

 

Additional callouts from this episode:
  • Learn more about the work Chris is doing through his foundation at https://chrislongfoundation.org/.  And make sure you check out https://waterboys.org (@WaterboysORG) to see the great stuff Chris and our friend Nate Boyer (@nateboyer37) are doing to challenge veterans and bring wells to African communities in need.
  • Kerry did in fact propose to this girlfriend Colleen via video from the summit...she of course accepted.  Congrats Kerry and Colleen!
  • Give Chris a follow on Twitter (@JOEL9ONE) and Instagram (laflamablanca95)
  • And because Ellen...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_ez5ekvhxs

May 07 2018

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Rank #14: EP065 - David Wood on Moral Injury, PTSD, Support, and more

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

• Understanding moral injury and how it affects Veterans

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

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

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

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

Jun 26 2017

33mins

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Rank #15: EP105 - Live from Washington D.C.! Real stories of health and wellbeing

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Stand To is a national veterans convening, hosted by the George W. Bush Institute.  In its second year, Stand To II brought influential leaders together with the purpose of advancing effective veteran support.  

Team RWB Executive Director, JJ Pinter, had the opportunity to host our first ever live podcast on stage at this incredible event, highlighting real life stories of health and wellbeing from 3 incredible veteran leaders.  

  • Joe Quinn - Executive Director of the Headstrong Project
  • Kayla Williams - Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program at CNAS
  • Will Reynolds - Manager at Deloitte

Aug 06 2018

34mins

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Rank #16: EP123 - The World’s Toughest Lifelong Learner - Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman

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

In this week’s show, we discuss:

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

And much more!

Mar 18 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: EP063 - Bergan Flannigan on combat, relationships, recovery, and mindset

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Bergan Flannigan has one of the most compelling stories that we’ve ever brought to the Eagle Nation Podcast.  Her military career began brilliantly as the top military graduate in her class from Norwich University.  Upon completion of her Military Police training, she reported to Ft. Stewart, Georgia and was almost immediately deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan.  Almost 9 months into the mission, Bergan was struck by an anti-personnel IED and lost her right leg above the knee…and that is just where her story begins.

During this episode, we have a great conversation about combat, relationships, recovery, mindset, and so much more. 

Just as a note, this episode has a little bit of an NPR interview feel to it.  Bergan and I had not previously met and we recorded outside a neighborhood Starbucks.  You’ll notice me saying “Wow!” about 50 times.  There’s a bit of background noise, but just imagine that you’re there, hanging out with us, on a warm Florida afternoon.  

Jun 12 2017

40mins

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Rank #19: 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 #20: EP053 - Former Ranger/Current Team RWB Director of Development Brandon Young on sharing your story, what Veterans really need, and assimilation

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

We have a rich conversation in which we cover:

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

Apr 03 2017

49mins

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