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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!

Episode 509: “Headshot” Don Bradley, former Special Forces operator, CIA contractor

Fri, 04/10/2020 - 10:00
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!

Episode 508: Knife fighting & combatives in elite Spec Ops units with Sensei James Williams

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:00
In this episode, SOFREP Managing Editor Stavros Atlamazoglou and former Delta Operator and SOFREP writer Geo sit down with Sensei James Williams. Sensei Williams trains the most elite Special Operations units of the country in combatives and knife-fighting. During their discussion, they talk about knife-making, combatives, and the right mental state for combat, among other things. They also go over some amazing stories from downrange and how Sensei’s combatives teaching has saved the lives of America’s best. 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!

Episode 507: SEAL in Moscow, Stavros in Greece, COVID-19 sucks, site updates

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:00
Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author Brandon Webb is back with SOFREP.com Managing Editor Stavros Atlamazoglou to discuss site and company updates, Brandon's extended stay in Moscow thanks to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Stavros' current situation in Greece, and much more. 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!

Episode 506: Butch Whitehead, Special Forces host, Disabled American Veterans

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 10:00
Our special host this episode is SOFREP writer and former Special Forces operator, Steve Balestrieri. He interviews Stephen "Butch" Whitehead, the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) national commander. Whitehead is a combat-disabled veteran of the Iraq War, was elected national commander for the more than 1 million-member DAV at the organization’s 2019 national convention in Orlando, Florida. A native of Trimont, Minnesota, Whitehead is a retired command sergeant major for 84th Troop Command Brigade in the Minnesota Army National Guard. Whitehead joined the Army in 1991 and completed two overseas deployments, receiving the Bronze Star in 2007 for combat service in Iraq. In 2012, he was awarded the Veterans Voices Award by then-Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota. Other military awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. Currently, Whitehead serves as executive director of the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota Foundation. He has served as adjutant for the DAV Department of Minnesota and is chair for multiple department-level committees. He was also recently appointed to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Consumer Advisory Board, where he will serve for three years. 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!

Episode 505: Johnny Mercer, British Ministry of Defence Whitehall visit, defending veterans

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 10:00
Host Phil Campion is on time and on target from the British Ministry of Defence main building -- also called the Whitehall. He interviews a special guest, Johnny Mercer. In July 2019, Johnny was appointed the Minister for Defence People and Veterans in the Ministry of Defence and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs in the Cabinet Office. He is responsible for armed forces, veterans and civilian people policy. In short, he takes care of veterans and makes sure they are supported at the national level. This is a special interview that you don't want to miss. 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!

Episode 504: Coronavirus not slowing down, pulling our troops from Afghanistan

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 11:00
Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author Brandon Webb is back to discuss the ongoing Coronavirus situation and his thoughts on getting our troops out of Afghanistan. Remember to send in your questions to radio@sofrep.com for a chance to have them read on our show. 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!

Episode 503: Coronavirus update, risky interview, right wing terror, Prince Harry

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 11:00
Host Phil Campion is on time and on target from Spain this week! Phil interviews a special guest, his partner of fifteen years, Wendy. Find out if Phil gets himself into trouble on this one. He also covers some Coronavirus updates, right wing terror, and Prince Harry. 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!

Episode 502: Gary Weaving and Big Phil discuss Forgotten Veterans UK

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:00
Host Phil Campion and guest Gary Weaving discuss Forgotten Veterans UK and more. 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!

Episode 501: Alastair Weir and Big Phil dig into veteran charities, military music, Rudyard Kipling

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:00
Host Phil Campion and guest Alastair Weir discuss veteran charities, military music, Rudyard Kipling, and more. 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!