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Episode 474: Director Todd Robinson on his new Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure'

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 10:00
Joining the show is producer, writer, and director, Todd Robinson. His latest movie The Last Full Measure is scheduled for release on October 25, 2019 and features a star cast including Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, Samuel L. Jackson, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Peter Fonda, John Savage and Jeremy Irvine. Unlike any film from the war genre, it focuses on the herioc true story of Air Force special operations during the Vietnam War. There is very little about this topic in writing or on film, so you won't want to miss this incredible story, which recounts the true story of William Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force Pararescueman, who continually faced danger throughout more than 250 combat missions in Vietnam. During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone, heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, and he was killed. In addition to describing the details and structure of the film, Todd and SOFREP Radio host, Brandon Webb, discuss their shared passion for flying airplanes plus much more. As mentioned on the show, you can check out Save A Warrior for information on how they're helping veterans, active duty service members, and first responders that are affected by PTSD. As always, be sure to check out NEWSREP.com for the latest foreign policy, security, and defense news, and also CrateClub.com for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by professionals. See you all again next week!

Episode 473: Kamal Ravikant on his new book, the weight of leadership, and Brandon's friendship

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 10:00
Back on the show is our friend Kamal Ravikant, an army veteran turned venture capitalist whose newest project is a rewrite of his book “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It." The book will be out January 7th, 2020 and you can preorder it now. Kamal and Brandon Webb get into some very candid stories about their own friendship and personal backgrounds. You'll definitely learn something new about them both as they look back at the years that they've known each other and their journey of running their own businesses. You'll also get a little teaser on the new "super site" that will soon host all of our editorial and video content. As always, be sure to check out NEWSREP.com for the latest foreign policy, security, and defense news, and also CrateClub.com for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by professionals. See you all again next week!

Episode 472: Brandon Webb is back to discuss some significant show and company updates

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 10:00
SOFREP Radio is back in action! In this episode, CEO and former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb discusses some recent changes with the podcast as well as updates on other parts of the company. He gets into the recent departure of Jack Murphy, discusses what the company has been up to recently, and lays out plans for a new "super site" that will host all of our content, gear and much more. If you've been around since the old SOFREP days, you're going to love this new site. As always, be sure to check out NEWSREP.com for the latest foreign policy, security, and defense news, and also CrateClub.com for Spec Ops grade gear handpicked by professionals. See you all again next week!

Ep. 471 - The Indepence Day Extravaganza With Joe Lafave & Josh Lees

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 11:00
With Independence Day on Thursday, Jack and Dennis felt there was no better episode than this one to show off some patriotism.  Jack gives a break down on his article about the battle of New York and how George Washington the General had to use his creativity to win the war despite losing many battles along the way.  The guys also discuss how the founding fathers were a cast of characters who were flawed men, why whitewashing American history is a terrible idea, how students were taught about Native Americans growing up, understanding the ugly underbelly of early America.  They also discuss the oldest bars in NYC and suggest that all fireworks be handled by professionals. Two guests joined the podcast this episode, first up is Joe Lafave.  As a journalist for Newsrep , Joe has plenty of great articles, but he came on to discuss an article he wrote for The Journal in West Virginia.  The piece described how officials from the Angolan Ministry of Former Combatants and Veterans traveled to a town in West Virginia to learn about a statewide initiative called Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture.  The program looks to inform & teach veterans how to run & monetize successful small businesses, in this case raising bees and making honey.  Check out all of Joe's writing for Newrep and follow him on Twitter @LafaveJoseph. Josh Lees joined the show to let people know about the reopening of American Legion Post #107 in Hoboken, NJ.  After Hurricane Sandy destroyed the building, money was raised to erect a new 5 story building.  Floors three, four, and five in the new building will be dedicated to homeless veterans.  The second floor is a brand new bar equipped with a sequoia bartop made from veterans.  The second phase looking to be completed sometime next year will provide additional housing for more homeless veterans.  The ceremony for the reopening takes place Monday July 8th.  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.

Ep. 470 - Sharing Psychedelics Stories With Former Ranger Myles Grantham

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 19:00
Former Ranger & friend of Jack's, Myles Grantham joins the podcast to share his unique experience using psychedelics and how it's helped him.  After hearing former SEAL, Jeff Nichols, speak about his use of psychedelics to help his mental clarity, Myles wanted to speak with SOFREP and further the conversation of helping veterans heal using psychedelics.  He shares how he went from a straight edge to using psychedelics, how he was able to find coaches & shamans in the jungle, the experience of using ibogaine, being able to heal using triggers you have within, coming back to the states after "seeing the light," & explaining how different psychedelics cause different responses.  Myles also shares what it was like to see a "higher being" and tries to explain his visions without giving too much away for those interesting in attempting psychedelics as a healing tactic.  He shares how the government is looking to get involved because of the potential monetary windfall a successful psychedelic operation could become. Myles credits Being True to You & Heroic Hearts Project with helping him in this journey, be sure to listen to his podcast, Transhuman Broadcast, you can also follow the podcast's Twitter @the_transhuman and Instagram page @transhumanbroadcast.  Don't forget 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.

Ep. 469 -Former CIA Officer Joe Goldberg

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 00:30
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.

Ep. 468 - Retired Sergeant Major Jason Beighley

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 00:05
After spending 25 years in the Army with over 17 years as a Sergeant Major, Jason Beighley has quite a decorated career in the military.  We are fortunate enough to spend some time talking with him about a myriad of topics including how basic training has fallen by the wasteside, how the length of this current war has led to cultural problems, working in special operations as a profession, dispelling the notion that special forces are renegades, the challenges of transitioning out of the military and leaving "the guys" behind, and superiors treating their subordinates as equals and the effect that has within the ranks. Jack and Dennis open the show by discussing the ongoing Eddie Gallagher trial with the testimony from Corey Scott claiming he killed the ISIS member that Gallagher stands trial for murdering.  The guys also talk about how the lack of accountability can promote some unusual behavior amongst military members.  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.

Ep. 467 - Author & Ranger During the Pat Tillman Incident Steven Elliott

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 20:53
Joining the show is former Army Ranger & author of "War Story" Steven Elliott.  He served alongside Pat Tillman when Tillman died in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan on April 22nd, 2004.  Elliott is one of two men believed to have possibly killed Tillman in the incident.  Steven talks about his beginnings as a Ranger and then describes the events of that tragic day.  He and Jack then share the connection they have between the two of them while Jack shares his experience involving friendly fire. Elliott shares how he was eventually able to cope with the event, what inspired him to write a book about it, preach the importance of learning from one's mistakes, and finding positiving in embracing the darkness.  Be sure to sign Steven's petition at Elliot Fund, where you can also purchase his book, "War Story." Jack and Dennis open the show with a recap of using drugs for PTSD and how some things you've heard about drugs growing up ended up as myths.  They also discuss Iran shooting down a US drone and what could come of it as a result, as well as some conspiracy theories about the Earth.  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.

Ep. 466: Success With Psychedelics From Seal Team 6 Member Jeff Nichols

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 20:43
Exercise Physiologist & member of SEAL Team 6, Jeff Nichols, joins the show to talk about the preparation & training for BUDs.  Jeff also discusses the importance of recovery and preaches longevity when mentioning how to continue to train once you've gone through BUDs.  Jeff shares the darkness he fell into when his time in the Navy ended and how suicidal thoughts made him change his mindset.  He turned to psychedelics such as psilocybin mushrooms and DMT which he attributes to his clarity today.  Jeff shares what the experience of DMT is like while explaining what lead him to that point.  He attributes non-profits the Heroic Hearts Project and Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies as organizations veterans should explore if this holistic approach is of interest.  Be sure to follow Jeff on Instagram and visit his website Performance First if you have any questions about potential treatments or for training programs. Jack and Dennis share Jack's Father's Day, a conversation about Monday's shooter in Dallas, trying to understand the mindset of public shooters, and a few thoughts on Jack's article regarding Eddie Gallagher and how he approaches controversial topics in the military.  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.

Ep. 465 - Former Marine & FBI Special Agent Ed Mireles

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 21:44
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Ep. 464 - Author Cody Perron, Former Marine & DSS Agent

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 23:55
For the first time on the show, we welcome on a former Special Agent of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, Cody Perron.  He is also a former Marine as well as an author of the book "Agent Unknown" detailing his time as a DSS agent.  Cody shares what exactly a DSS Agent is and the duties that come with the job, some of the toughest spots he's been assigned to detail, including an excellent story about his time spent in Erbil, Iraq.  He shares what kind of counter intelligence is done on the job, some of the more surreal locations he's been able to see, and the positive experiences he's been fortunate enough to experience in his time as an agent.  Cody shares whether on not his Cajun roots were able to help with any language barriers he faced, as well as a great piece of advice for anyone looking to become a DSS agent.  You can follow Cody on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.  Let him know what you think of his book. Jack and Dennis open the show with Jack's recount of his speech in San Diego and why it was such an honor to speak with chapter 48 of the Special Forces Association.  While in San Diego, Jack took his daughter to Sea World where they encountered a former sailor, while his daughter provides us the highlights from the trip.  The guys also discuss bearded culture and an unfortunate helicopter accident taking place mere blocks from the studio.  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.

Ep. 463 - Jeff Kirkham - The AK-47 Episode

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 19:21
The anticipated return of Jeff Kirkham and his nearly 30 years of service in the Army Special Forces to share his expertise on the Kalashnikov.  First Jeff shares some thoughts on Jack's book "Murphy's Law" after just completing it, and the guys wrap about some topics included in the novel.  Once "The AK-47" episode truly begins, Jeff shares how he became passionate about the gun, common misconceptions associated with the Kalashnikov, what guns are comparable to the AK, and why the manufacturing of this particular gun was able to spread throughout the world.  Jeff also shares some personal stories of his usage with the weapon while serving our country and a funny story about a military mixup. Be sure to check out his latest book "The Last Air Force One," his website Readyman and follow Jeff on Instagram @Praetorian_Innovations. Jack and Dennis share their thoughts on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, how men like Jock Hutton were just greater men than we have today, and the pitfalls of social media and how it can corrupt your mindset.  They also share how it's easy to get swept up in the clickbait and viral addictions we're faced with as a society today.  Jack's daughter also makes a brief appearance on the podcast.  Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast, let us know what you think of the show.

Ep. 462 - Ben Blum, Author "Ranger Games"

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 03:07
Ben Blum joins SOFREP Radio to share the story of his cousin, former Army Ranger Alex Blum's story in Ben's novel "Ranger Games." The book details Alex's involvement in the 2006 bank robbery in Tacoma, Washington where Alex, Luke Elliott Sommer, another former Ranger, and two other men stole over $54,000.  Ben explains why Rangers would decide to rob a bank, detailing Sommer showing signs of psychotic tendencies, and the relationship between Blum & Sommer, his squad leader.  Ben shares with Jack how Alex claimed to think the entire robbery was part of his Ranger training, even after his arrest.  They explain how Rangers can have different reactions on their time spent in the program based off the type of superiors they were serving under.  Ben shares what Alex has been up to since his release and compare Ben's article on the Stanford prison experiment to the military's hierarchy.  Jack and Dennis laugh over Jack's response game on Twitter and President Trump on social media. Jack explains his recent article on warfare video games as well as other articles he has in the pipeline.  Jack and Dennis open the show with thoughts on celebrating the upcoming 500th episode.  If you have any liquor suggestions feel free to send them our way at sofrep.radio@sofrep.com  or on Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast, let us know what you think of the show.  You can follow Ben Blum on Twitter & Facebook.  Let him know what you think of his book.

Ep. 461 - Alex Hollings

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 18:13
Former Marine, Alex Hollings is welcomed back to the program and after a brief conversation about life as a reporter and reviewing military gear the conversation quickly goes off the rails.  Jack and Alex continue to plan their "epic comic book podcast" with no date set, They quickly divert into topics such as - how pop culture is shaped by mythology, polygamy in foreign countries, the debate between good vs. evil and how the world is really filled with shades of gray, and why the human consciousness might not actually matter.  Jack asks Alex to share his thoughts on Navy pilots spotting potential UFO's, and trying to find an answer to what the hell those pilots actually saw. They wrap up their discussion with their thoughts on Avengers: Endgame and time travel as a whole. Jack opens the show with the sad news of the suicide of former Green Beret Bobby Barrios, if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts look for help here or call the Veterans Crisis Line at: 1-800-273-8255 & Press 1.  Former guest of the show, Dale Comstock's wife has kidney failure and Jack wanted to pass along the Go Fund Me page if anyone is able to help out Dale, you can find the website here.  Jack and Dennis share their thoughts on Trump's visit to Japan while the USS McCain was nowhere to be found.  Be sure to check out Alex's writing at The Loadout Room, & at The NewsRep.  You can also pick his book "The Perception Wars: How Influence Shapes Conflict" as well as Jack's book "Murphy's Law".  Be sure to leave a review on Apple Podcast and as always follow Alex on Twitter @AlexHollings52.

Ep. 360 - Former Special Forces, Author & Journalist Greg Walker

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 17:17
Greg Walker, an investigative journalist on the NewsRep.com, author, and former member of several Special Forces Groups joins Jack for a breakdown of former Green Beret turned Sandinista David Baez along with an in depth conversation regarding mental health in the military.  Walker gives a complete breakdown of the fascinating story how a Nicaraguan turned American citizen ended up as a Sandinista.  Following the insightful discussion of Baez, Jack and Greg delve into the issues behind veteran suicides.  They talk about the importance of mental health, what steps could be taken to help a soldier in need, why they feel resources are lacking to help veterans and provide some advice to anyone with suicidal thoughts. Before Greg joined the show, Jack shared his intrigued with David Baez and discussed a great piece written by Robert Fisk on the Douma 'gas' attacks.   Dennis asks Jack to share a few thoughts on Memorial Day and if there is a proper way to honor those who gave their lives for this country.  Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast, and check out Greg's piece on veteran suicides along with other great articles at thenewsrep.com

Ep. 459 - Navy Veteran & Author Jeffery Hess

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 17:20
Jeffrey Hess, author of "No Salvation" speaks with Jack & Ian about his novel inspired by actual events that took place in 1972 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.  The novel details how African-American sailors faced difficulties while trying to obtain higher ranked positions within the Navy, despite a lower requirement for enlistment.  Hess describes the riot about the USS Kitty Hawk in October of '72 and how Commander Porter was able to finally diffuse the situation.  Hess shares why he wrote about an issue as controversial as racial inequality in the military as well as what inspired him to get into writing in the first place. In addition to Jeffrey joining the show, Jack breaks down his appearance on CNN's The Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin after John Walker Lindh was released from prison after serving 17 of his 20 year sentence.  Jack shares his disappointment regarding former CIA officer turned DC Comics writer Tom King and his Batman story line.  Before Ian reflects on his 7 years with the program he breaks down the trailer for the latest Terminator movie, Terminator: Dark Fate.  Ian then shares some of his fondest memories working on the show, what he's going to miss, and what the future holds for him.  From everyone here at SOFREP Radio we can say, Ian you will be missed but we wish you the best of luck on all your future endeavors.  Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast, let us know what you think of the show.  You can follow Jeffery Hess on Twitter & Instagram. Be sure to pick up his novel when it goes on sale Memorial Day.

Ep. 458 - Navy SEAL Remi Adeleke

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 20:33
Remi Adeleke, author of "Transformed: A Navy SEAL’s Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds" joins the show to discuss his life from birth to now.  How he assimilated going from Nigerian royalty to hustling on the streets of the Bronx.  What movie peaked his interest in the SEALs and who helped him enlist in the Navy.  Adeleke describes the hardships he faced during BUD/S and how he was able to overcome.  He shares his experience as an African-American in the Middle East and how the military could better provide information about the experience with more African-Americans to hopefully increase enlistment. Despite acting in both movies and television, Adeleke sees himself as an author first and foremost, and ends the interview with a passionate thought on fellow SEAL Eddie Gallagher's potential pardon from President Trump. Along with a great interview from Remi, the guys react to the New York Times article written by former guest of the show, Dave Philipps about the possibility of President Trump pardoning more servicemen, including Navy SEAL, Eddie Gallagher, of their accused war crimes.  Over the weekend, former WWE Diva, Ashley Massaro passed away and Ian reads an excerpt from an affidavit where she describes being raped by a Marine while on an overseas trip for the WWE.  Jack was excited to share the news that his article on Special Forces Detachment A is up on Newsrep, completely unredacted.  Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast, let us know what you think of the show.  You can follow Remi Adeleke on Twitter & Instagram @RemiAdeleke.

Ep. 457 - War Story, a novel by artist & USMC vet David Richardson

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 19:54
"War Story" is a novel about a U.S. Marine and an Iraqi Defense Forces Lieutenant Colonel coming together to achieve the same goal. Author and painter David Richardson, a Marine combat veteran, gets into the inspiration behind this book with us, and the deeper themes he hopes to present to the reader about man's fascination with war since the beginning of time. You'll hear how Richardson drew from his own life in imagining this book, and we were glad to have him join us in studio. It was also very cool to hear that Richardson's friends who are listeners of the podcast gave him the nod to get on with us. In addition to this in-depth interview, we get into your emails sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com. A lot of outstanding feedback thus far from the listeners for Jack's new book, "Murphy's Law." We also dig into the current U.S. administration's growing hostility towards Iran. One of our listeners connects some dots to this foreign policy situation, and Murphy writes about this in-depth in his recent piece on Newsrep, "America's War Drums Beat for Iran." Check it out. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, let us know what you think of the show, and also check out David Richardson's art on his website at DERichardson.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @DrichWarStory to let him know what you think of the book after you pick it up!

Ep. 456 - Helping transitioning veterans

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 19:50
We start off this show with Vicki Behenna, mother of 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, reacting to the recent news of the pardoning of her son by President Donald Trump. Behenna served slightly under 5 years of a 15 year sentence in Ft. Leavenworth for the killing of terrorist Ali Mansur Mohamed. Michael has always maintained that he acted in self-defense. Michael appeared with us back on Episode 88 (available on SOFREPRadio.com) when he was released, and this closes the chapter of a very dark period for the Behenna family. They are very thankful that President Trump made this a priority and that so many people raised enough attention to bring this issue to the forefront. Vicki hopes to see the same outcome for other men still serving time for questionable offenses that she believes are good men. Next, we're joined in studio by former Green Beret and author of "Separating From Service: The Mental Health Handbook for Transitioning Veterans," Eric Burleson. We have a very frank discussion about the many issues that veterans face when leaving the military, and how for him, some of these issues stemmed from hardship outside of life in combat. What's unique about this book is that Eric takes a deep dive into the neuroscience behind why veterans face the particular issues that they do when coming home to a very new life in so many aspects. Follow Eric on Twitter @Eric_Burleson, pick up the book, and proceeds from the Kindle edition will be benefiting the family of a friend and fellow Green Beret killed in action. This was a very important podcast and you'll hear Eric get into some dark areas that many would be afraid to reveal. So, major kudos to the work he is doing in helping his fellow vets.

Ep. 455 - China discussion & a rebuttal on Bowe Bergdahl

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 22:23
Last week, many of you heard our interview with Michael Ames discussing his book "American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan." Well, so did Matt Vierkant, a man who personally got to know Bowe Bergdahl when they served together in Afghanistan prior to Bowe's sudden disappearance. Matt decided to read the book as well, and felt that there were some discrepancies he wanted to rebut, and as a friend of the show, we're always glad to have Matt come on and join us. Matt feels the book is biased in taking the side of Bergdahl, someone he views as an unstable and unreliable source, and that there are still many unanswered questions that we regrettably may never know. We had a thoughtful discussion with Matt just like we did with Ames, and hopefully this will give you, the listener, a better idea of a very puzzling piece of American history. Next guest on this episode is our friend Marine Corps Major Fred Galvin. On a more recent appearance with Galvin, we hinted at a future show discussing China in-depth, and here it is. Galvin spent time in China as a Marine, and a lot of time in Asia at large while serving his country. We get into the future of the communist superpower, and issues including China's social credit system and the deadly importation of Chinese fentanyl to the American market. We also get into more recent troubling news out of Asia as missiles were launched from North Korea to South Korea. Lots to ponder on this episode as we look into the future of the world.

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