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Episode 525: Ingrid Centurion, politician and former Blackhawk pilotDraft Episode for Jul 31, 2020

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 10:00

Our guest is Ingrid Centurion, an Iraq war veteran and a small business owner who is running for office as a State Representative in Massachusetts. She began flying airplanes at 17 years old before moving to flying as a commercial pilot at 20 years old, and then moved on to an honorable twenty year plus military career where she operated in mission-critical environments from the cockpit of multiple aircraft platforms such as the UH-1H (Huey), UH-60 (Blackhawk), and RC-12P (Guardrail).

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Episode 524: Mission readiness with Bob Besal and Gary Pappas

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 10:00

On this show we have two incredible guests. Host Steve Balestrieri discusses national security and childhood obesity nutrition with Rear Admiral Bob Besal (U.S. Navy Retired) followed by Brigadier General Gary Pappas (Massachusetts Army National Guard Retired).

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Episode 523: John Wayne Walding, first ever amputee to re-enlist as a Green Beret Sniper

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 10:00

Born on July 4th and named after the great John Wayne, you could say that our guest John Wayne Walding was destined to be an American hero. He spent 12 years in the US Army and seven in the Special Forces Group serving his country. While serving, John suffered a devastating injury during the Battle of Shok Valley after being shot in the leg. After losing his leg during the battle, John continued to fight on alongside the other soldiers, which ultimately earned him the Silver Star, Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his bravery.

Following his recovery, John’s determination and selflessness drove him to do what no one else had done before – enroll in the Special Forces Sniper School to become the first ever amputee to re-enlist as a Green Beret Sniper. As always, John was looking for another way to give back to the country he loves so much.

To continue on his mission of giving back and serving his country, John is now co-founder of Live to Give, a company built on the premise of giving back and one that donates 50% of its net profits to charities supporting military, first responders and their families. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, John’s company has donated hundreds of cases of water to first responders and schools, partnered with likeminded organizations to help employ those who have lost work, and continued to give back in however possible.

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Episode 522: Jake Lockett, actor

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:00

Our guest Jake Lockett was born and raised in central Texas, went to Texas A&M, studied Aerospace Engineering, and ended up studying German Language as well. He moved to LA in 2011 and has been acting ever since. His resume includes roles in the CBS SEAL Team series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Community, Hawaii Five-O, and many others. Jake is a great guy who also teases out a Special Forces project he's involved with.

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Episode 521: Jason Lewis, former Army Captain, helping fellow veterans suffering from tinnitus and hearing loss

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:00

Host Steve Balestrieri (retired Green Beret and current SOFREP writer) interviews Jason Lewis, former Army Captain, veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a man who is now helping veterans suffering from tinnitus and hearing loss.

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Episode 520: Stuart Bradin, Global SOF Foundation President and CEO, retired Special Forces

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:00

Stuart "Stu" Bradin is the President and CEO of the Global SOF Foundation. He retired as a U.S. Army Special Forces colonel in May 2014 after over 32 years of service. Stu’s Special Forces assignments include service with elements of Joint Special Operations Command, as Deputy Director of Operations at Special Operations Command Europe, and extensive service with the 7th and 10th Special Forces Groups (Airborne). He commanded several SFODAs (“A-Teams”) and served as a battalion Operations Officer as well as the Company Commander of the counter terrorist unit designated as the CINC’s In Extremist Force. He participated in Operation Just Cause, served tours as an adviser in El Salvador and Peru, and is a veteran of multiple unconventional and other special operations with 10th SFG(A) in the Balkans and numerous locations in northern and central Africa.

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Episode 519: Navy SEAL, Delta Force Command Surgeon, and author Bob Adams is back!

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 10:00

We had such a good time interviewing Bob Adams last week that host Brandon Webb had him back on for more.

Bob Adams began his military career at the U.S. Naval Academy as a 5th generation career officer. After serving as Navigator and First Lieutenant on the USS Hamner (DD-718) he followed his dream to Navy SEAL training where he graduated as class leader. He served 14 years in the Navy – 12 in the SEAL Teams, active and reserve, and was a Navy Commander when he changed services to attend medical school on an Army scholarship to Wake Forest University Medical School.

As an Army physician, he commanded various clinics providing full-service inpatient and outpatient obstetric, pediatric, medical, surgical and gynecologic services to a diverse population, with ages from birth to elderly geriatric patients, for both military and civilian institutions. He was honored to serve four years as the Command Surgeon for the US Army DELTA Force providing rapid deployment special forces combat medical services worldwide.

He is the author of Six Days of Impossible Navy SEAL Hell Week, a Doctor Looks Back.

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Episode 518: Bob Adams - Navy SEAL, Delta Force Command Surgeon, author

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:00

Bob Adams began his military career at the U.S. Naval Academy as a 5th generation career officer. After serving as Navigator and First Lieutenant on the USS Hamner (DD-718) he followed his dream to Navy SEAL training where he graduated as class leader. He served 14 years in the Navy – 12 in the SEAL Teams, active and reserve, and was a Navy Commander when he changed services to attend medical school on an Army scholarship to Wake Forest University Medical School.

As an Army physician, he commanded various clinics providing full-service inpatient and outpatient obstetric, pediatric, medical, surgical and gynecologic services to a diverse population, with ages from birth to elderly geriatric patients, for both military and civilian institutions. He was honored to serve four years as the Command Surgeon for the US Army DELTA Force providing rapid deployment special forces combat medical services worldwide.

He is the author of Six Days of Impossible Navy SEAL Hell Week, a Doctor Looks Back.

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

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Episode 517: Geo and Stavros interview a former AC-130 Spooky gunner and current detective

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 10:00

In this episode, Geo and Stavros sit down with Brandon A., a former Air Force AC-130 Spooky gunner and now a detective in a law enforcement department. We talk about his time in the Air Force, what goes inside a Spooky gunship, deployments, danger-close fire support missions in Afghanistan, and his transition from the military to law enforcement. You don’t want to miss this one!

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

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 10:00

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

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

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

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Episode 515: Scott Stump, CEO and President of the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 10:00

Scott Stump is the CEO and President of the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association. Stump served 4 ½ years as an infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corp, with six months in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

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

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

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

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Episode 514: Mike Broihier, veteran and Senate candidate

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 10:00

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

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Episode 513: SEAL Team 6 dog handler, Will Chesney

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 10:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 10:00

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

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

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 10:00

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

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

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 10:00
In this episode, Big Phil Campion (British SAS) tells us about his recent experiences being locked down in Spain as well as a rought trip to Togo. This guy is always up to something interesting! If you haven’t already noticed, we have a ton of new SOFREP t-shirt designs and gear available in our store. As always, be sure to check out our Crate Club for Spec Ops grade gear hand picked by military professionals. See you all again next week!