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Ep. 413 - CJ Ramone

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:00
If you read Brandon Webb's book "Mastering Fear," you may recall an awesome story from Ramones bass player and Marine, CJ Ramone. This is the interview that inspired that story. CJ joined us back on Episode 273, and we split that interview into two. The first half for SOFREP, second half for Brandon Webb's Power of Thought Podcast. So for the first time, here's that great interview in it's entirety. CJ was fresh off of a tour with The Aquabats as we recorded this and was ramping up to go off to the UK for another tour. The guys talk their mutual love of travel and some of the great sites they've seen around the world. CJ's music is what allows him to travel so much, and he has a true appreciation for it. You'll hear about the trial by fire when he was asked to replace the legendary Dee Dee Ramone for rambunctious crowds not exactly thrilled to see a new member of The Ramones. His biggest fear? Running out of time, and you'll hear why. He also just released a vinyl pressing of his "Christmas Lullabye," which I must say would make a pretty kick ass gift for the punk rocker in your life! Be sure to pick it up.

Ep. 412 - Jerry Yellin, WWII Fighter Pilot

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 05:00
Captain Jerry Yellin flew the final combat mission over Japan during WWII in the Battle of Iwo Jima. He flew the P-51 Mustang for the Army Air Forces (the branch's shortly lived name from the early to mid 1940's between being known as the Army Air Corps and the Air Force.) Yellin died this month a year ago, but just a couple of months prior, Brandon Webb had the honor to interview him on The Power of Thought Podcast. It very likely may have been the final interview of his life, and the last time he got to tell his incredible story. Some of you may have heard it, and some of you have not. So I wanted to celebrate the life of Yellin, his remarkable service, and the twist of fate when his son moved to Japan and married a woman he fell in love with there. Your legacy lives on Captain!

Ep. 411 - Company Wide Update from the Editors

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 19:49
Hurricane Group just held our end-of-year meeting for 2018 to brainstorm and discuss what we have coming up in the new year. It's all very exciting stuff, and I know that many of you, our listeners, have been with us for a long time and feel invested in what we do. So this episode is mainly for you guys, the diehards.  Nick Coffman joins us in studio who was just promoted to the Editor in Chief across all of our sites such as The Loadout Room, while Jack Murphy remains dedicated in his role to Editor in Chief solely at Newsrep. Back on board with the site as a staff writer is Jamie Read A.K.A. Jay, I know that many of you are familiar with this work over the years. Staff writer Alex Hollings will now also be handling our site devoted to military aviation Fighter Sweep, in addition to his work at Newsrep (the man stays kind of busy.) In addition to that, we currently have an amazing giveaway sponsored by Crate Club and The Loadout Room for an Axelson Precision Custom Elite 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle Package at CrateClub.us/gaw; and this you do not want to pass up on! Beyond that we followup with Nick on the aftermath of his amazing work covering Fred Galvin and the MARSOC 7 being exonerated a decade later after false accusations of war crimes. So dig in, and get the full scoop on all of this with us.

Ep. 410 - Thomas Pecora (CIA Security Officer)

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 02:28
Ep. 410 - Thomas Pecora (CIA Security Officer) by SOFREP Radio

Ep. 409 - Clint Emerson

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 22:43
Clint Emerson is a former Navy SEAL, best-selling author, the owner of a clothing line called Violent Nomad as well as a his security solutions company Escape the Wolf, and an undisputed favorite guest on SOFREP Radio. It's been a while since he's been on, so what has Clint been up to? Well besides the aforementioned, he has a new Deadly Skills Puzzle and Activity Book that many of you are sure to dig. It's fun, challenging, stimulates the brain, and beyond that was designed to be helpful for those with traumatic brain injury as well as post-traumatic stress. He goes into detail on the formula behind designing this new project. Many of you familiar with Clint by now may also know he grew up in Saudi Arabia as the result of his dad working in the oil industry. He is not fond of the culture or political corruption over there, and gets into how he reacted to the violent killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Also on this episode we pay our respects to three operators killed this week in Afghanistan from an IED blast.

Ep. 408 - Renee Nickell, Gold Star sister

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:26
Losing a family member in combat is an indescribably sad and tough experience, and each individual affected has to cope with the loss in their own way. For Renee Nickell, she decided to meet with some of the brave men who served with her brother, and self-publish a book that honors his legacy. Major Samuel Griffith served as a Marine Corps Officer & F-18 aviator, and was killed in late 2011 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Renee's book however, is not solely focused on her brother's tragic death, but the sibling bond they shared that was taken prematurely, and the many laughs that they enjoyed together. The book is "Always My Hero: The Road to Hope & Healing Following My Brother's Death in Afghanistan," and we hope that you give it a read. If you'd also like to cheer up a child of a service member killed in action for this Christmas and holiday season, Believe With Me is a great organization that Renee speaks highly of. This interview and more on Episode 408.

Ep. 407 - J.T. Patten

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 18:45
J.T. Patten is a former counterterrorism intelligence adviser, and his wealth of knowledge and experience is likely a major factor in the praise he's received as an author in the past several years. That praise has landed him a deal with our friends over at Kensington Publishing with "Buried in Black." It's the first of the Task Force Orange Novel series, and his first book to be picked up after previous self-publishing endeavors. You're gonna love this in-depth discussion, so dig in!  J.T. last joined us on Episode 199, still available in the archives at SOFREPRadio.com. Hope all of you listeners enjoyed your Thanksgiving, and we salute any of you who had to sacrifice time away from your families to serve us.

Ep. 406 - Jim Morris, Green Beret

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:57
Post-Vietnam service, extraterrestrials, and UFO encounters? Sounds like a strange array of topics there, but Green Beret and author Jim Morris is quite a fascinating man of many interests. Jim was last on Episode 346, where we went pretty in-depth discussing his time in Vietnam among other things, so this episode we got into some different territory. "The Devil's Secret Name" is one of Jim's many books, and since Jack recently picked it up again, it was the catalyst for much of what we covered on here. Also on this episode we answer a thought-provoking question emailed to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com, and react to the charging of two Navy SEALs and two MARSOC Marines in the murder of Green Beret Logan Melgar. Last week we were also at the premiere for "I Am The Revolution" directed by Benedetta Argentieri. We both were very impressed and give our reactions to the film. With that, we wish ALL of you in our audience a very happy Thanksgiving Day. Especially those down range sacrificing time away from their families to protect us. Stay safe, and may God bless you all!

Ep. 405 - Ricky Poh (Army Combatives Instructor)

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 18:19
I first met Ricky as a regular at UFC Gym, and he was a guy that everyone knew, and for good reason. Poh has such a diverse background in his passion for fitness from being a physique competitor, Crossfit trainer, and Olympic weightlifter. I don't know how we got into it, but one day I learned in addition to all this he served in the Army as a drill sergeant and also worked his way up to being a Level 4 Combatives Instructor. Naturally, I asked him to come on the podcast a few times. It took some coaxing, but somehow a couple of years later as he also become a member of the NYPD, I convinced him to join us in studio...and you'll be glad I did. Ricky discusses with us why he joined the Army and why his background made for a natural transition to becoming a police officer. He also talks some of the difficulty in between that period of finding what career path he set to embark on. He also gets into how his Chinese ethnic background made for some interesting clashes from his career choice, to his interest in Japanese martial arts, which delivers some laughs. The guys also give their take on the first female to pass Special Forces assessment, and we read an email as well as a voice memo from our shipmate Gene Farnsworth sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com.

Ep. 404 - Todd Opalski (Marine Scout Sniper)

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 20:03
Imagine setting out on a five day adventure trip to Costa Rica, engulfing yourself in a regimen of yoga, meditation, fitness training, and hiking with a former Marine Scout Sniper turned Special Missions Unit Assault Commander. It certainly sounds like quite a departure from the usual tactical training that's prevalent among guys retired from the special operations community, but it's exactly what Todd Opalski sets out to embark on with the Pathfinder Course. It's a part of his project, Zen Commando. We had Todd on with us four months back on Episode 365 to discuss this, and he's in studio again to tell us how the project is fleshing out. Quite honestly, it sounds incredible, and you may be itching to get a spot when Camp Zen Commando opens shop after hearing more. Also on Episode 404, we answer your emails sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com. We love getting them as well as your voice memos, keep 'em coming. Plus, how could we not give our reaction to Lieutenant Commander, Navy SEAL, and now Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw making an appearance on Saturday Night Live? He delivered a swift verbal throat punch as well as a heartfelt message with comic Pete Davidson in a rare moment of Americans coming together. Enjoy our show? Then we ask you to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @SOFREPRadio, and please leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts.

Ep. 403 - Jeffrey Wright & April Harris of "We Are Not Done Yet"

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 22:26
Jeffrey Wright is an A-List actor who's starred in films and shows like "The Hunger Games," "Boardwalk Empire," "Casino Royale," and "Westworld." He's won Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards for his masterful performances, but how did he get hooked up with a collective of veterans creating poetry to deal with issues like post-traumatic stress from combat and sexual assault in the military? You'll hear all about it on this episode where he joins us in studio, along with a 26-year veteran of the Army featured in "We Are Not Done Yet," April Harris. It premieres tonight on HBO @ 8 PM EST, so be sure to tune in right after you check this out. If you're hearing this after, check HBO for future showtimes. As you'll hear, Brandon Webb hosted this episode with me, and we dive into a lot of other major issues and controversies. We also give an update on some great things happening with Crate Club, and if you're not already a subscriber, now is the time to become one! If you're a new listener, be sure to subscribe to the podcast. Follow us on Instagram & Twitter @SOFREPRadio, and leave a review on Apple Podcasts.

Ep. 402 - Andrew Wilkow

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 20:55
Andrew Wilkow is the host of "The Wilkow Majority" on Sirius XM Patriot, "Wilkow" on CRTV, and a long time good friend of ours at the podcast. It's now become tradition that every year at Emmett O'Lunney's in Times Square, New York City, he hosts a Veteran's Day event benefiting different grassroots charities in the community. This year, the money is going to Operation Chillout, Wishes for Warriors, Stop Soldier Suicide, Horses for Heroes, and American Warrior Initiative. You'll hear all about what each of them do on this episode. The way it works is that there is going to be a vet ride of bikers from Harley Davidson in Hope, NJ to the bar for the event. If you want to ride, you just need to give a $30 minimum donation which also gets you a shirt, and you can sign up right now for that through Eventbrite. For you non-bikers, be at the bar for the Voices of Veterans broadcast from 1-4 PM EST on November 11th, and long-sleeve shirts will be available there for a minimum $25 donation (that is if any are left by than!) Now, for those of you outside of the area, you can still donate and get a limited shirt through Andrew's webstore. Of course, we also get into some other talk while Andrew joins us in studio. We talk about the midterm elections, and the problems we see in today's mainstream media. We touch on a recent Newsrep article of some disturbing war crime allegations against the Navy SEALs by writer Stavros Atlamazoglou. Also, Andrew tells a great bar fight story about CJ Ramone from Chiller Theatre in New Jersey that you won't want to miss.

Ep. 401 - Jeff Depatie (JTF2 assaulter - Canada spec ops)

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 20:57
Here at SOFREP Radio we really pride ourselves on having on a diverse group of guys that are a part of the spec ops community from around the globe featured, and Jeff Depatie is the first guest of ours who served as a sniper/assaulter from Joint Task Force 2. That's right, the name may ring a bell as you might remember a member of the unit beating the record of longest sniper kill at a mind blowing 3,540 meters. You'll hear the info from him, from the selection process to the characteristics of the Canadian operators he served alongside. An interesting tidbit he gets into is the secrecy around Canada's spec ops community, and how it differs from the now more high profile Navy SEALs for example. Currently, Jeff is running The Special Forces Experience as the Chief Course Architect. What they are is a group of seasoned operators giving the ultimate experience of what it means to serve in high stress combat situations for those guys out there who are dying to get a taste of what it's really like. There's an excellent video on Vimeo giving a sample of what it is that they do. The men from Canada have been some of the toughest and most crucial in the War on Terror, and it's an honor to learn about that story first hand.

Ep. 400 - Dale Comstock & Jim West

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 20:31
What happens when you bring together long time friends and veterans of the Special Forces community, Dale Comstock and Jim West, to share some mind blowing fighting stories? Well, let me just say that Episode 400 does not disappoint. Jim West trained Dale in American Extension Fighting, and not only does Dale have a great respect for Jim's craft, he fesses up to having some fear of the guy early on. Can you blame him? Some of you may have seen an excerpt being circulated on Youtube from a much longer DVD of "Smokey" training Comstock in some lethal techniques. The guys bring you back in time to that era, and some of the real life brawls that inspired these deadly skills. These men are the real deal, and you'll hear why if you don't already know. It has truly been an honor working on this show on behalf of everyone involved for 400 episodes. It is incredible to us that we get to do this, and we owe it all to you, the listeners. We reflect on the past five years and what this show means to us. We also answer your emails sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com. Have a Happy Halloween, and here's to 400 more!

Ep. 399 - P.W. Singer, co-author of Likewar

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 19:39
Ep. 399 - P.W. Singer, co-author of Likewar by SOFREP Radio

Ep. 398 - Benedetta Argentieri

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 21:11
Ep. 398 - Benedetta Argentieri by SOFREP Radio

Ep. 397 - Dale Comstock EXCLUSIVE interview on controversial combat ops in Yemen

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 15:18
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.

Ep. 396 - Stuart Steinberg, Army EOD

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 20:23
Stuart Steinberg is the author of "This Is What Hell Looks Like: Life as a Bomb Disposal Specialist During the Vietnam War." Not only was Stu an EOD, but following that he got his law degree, and became an attorney. Not just any attorney but he specialized in capital murder investigations. As if this wasn't enough, in 2009 Stu went to Afghanistan and served with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime as an adviser to the Afghan Police. There he trained personnel in counter-narcotics operations along the border with Iran. What drives someone to take on such dangerous positions? Stuart blames it on the adrenaline rush. You'll hear him go in-depth on all of this, which is detailed much further in his memoir, and we suggest that you pick it up. From there we get into a huge piece of news being circulated. BuzzFeed News Reporter Aram Roston released a piece yesterday morning titled "A Middle East Monarchy Hired American Ex-Soldiers To Kill Its Political Enemies. This Could Be The Future Of War." The piece discusses in detail former special operations veterans being hired in Yemen to take out political targets. One of the men shown in the piece has a blurred out face, but former Delta operator Dale Comstock has now publicly acknowledged that this is him. Dale is a friend to the show, and as many of you know, a student of Jim West. Because of this connection, we're excited to say that Dale will be on with us next episode, and you will not want to miss it.

Ep. 395 - Kyle Mills, best-selling author

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 18:21
When legendary thriller author Vince Flynn passed away in 2013, Kyle Mills was hand-chosen with the nearly impossible task of carrying on the Mitch Rapp series. Not only did Mills deliver with his first book in the series "The Survivor," but three years later and with three additional Rapp books under his belt, Mills has put out another #1 New York Times best-seller with 'Red War." Prior to carrying on where Flynn left off, Mills wrote some excellent novels, and with his father's background as an FBI Agent, it's no surprise that Mills continues coming up with scenarios for his counter-terrorism operative protagonist.  In this interview you'll hear Mills discuss the writing process along with what inspires him. "Red War" is heavily influenced by our current situation with Russia. The fictional Russian President in the book (heavily based around Vladimir Putin) is dying but grasping to power. The U.S. uses Mitch Rapp's expertise to exploit the situation in their favor. We hope that you pick it up, and be sure to visit Kyle online at KyleMills.com. You can also follow Kyle @KyleMillsAuthor.

Ep. 394 - Joseph LaFave

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:56
We're joined this episode by Joseph LaFave. Joseph is a journalist for TheNewsrep.com with a focus on how conflict impacts the global marketplace. Joseph has a background as an EMT in Florida and also worked as an engineer for Lockheed Martin. On this episode we hit on several different topics LaFave's writing on which led to some interesting discussion. He has an upcoming multi-piece series in the works regarding a National Guard unit training for JRTC, the Army's premier combat training center. It's an interesting topic because I often get emails sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com regarding National Guard, and it's admittedly not something we focus on heavily. So it's great to get up to date on some of this awesome work. We then talk about some of Joseph's recent pieces including "Ebola continues to spread, threatens economies of the DRC and Uganda," and "Why are oil prices up? Several factors." The latter piece heavily focusing on how Iran sanctions have made a noticeable impact. Glad to be back on Youtube this episode for your viewing pleasure as well! Along with the new website SOFREPRadio.com, we are also now on Spotify, and have an app that will be out in the coming days. Follow Joseph on Twitter @LafaveJoseph, and look out for more great work from him on Newsrep.

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