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Episode 253 - Alan Mack

Episode 253 - Alan Mack

2022-10-0302:24:29

Alan C. Mack joined the Army upon graduating High School. His desire to see the world as a US Army helicopter mechanic took him to the Republic of Korea, West Texas, and the Federal Republic of Germany before attending Warrant Officer flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The nearly year-long flight school yielded a UH-1H, Huey, and CH-47D, Chinook, aircraft qualification before his first pilot assignment in Savannah, Georgia. He arrived in time to progress with his new unit as a copilot in Operation Desert Shield. Then, several months later, he flew combat missions in the lead aircraft penetrating deep into Iraq. Upon his return to the United States, he quickly achieved the status of Pilot-in-command and eventually assumed the coveted role of Night Vision Goggle Unit Trainer. The NVG UT position is a precursor to flying as an Instructor Pilot (IP). Another assignment to the Republic of Korea was in store for Alan before attending the CH-47 Instructor Pilot course at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The call to adventure was persuasive, drawing Alan into the special operations community as an MH-47 pilot, where he served for nearly 17 years at the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (TF-160th). He carried in the Horse Soldiers in 2001, Navy SEAL Neil Roberts fell from his helicopter when he was shot down during Operation Anaconda, he was the overall flight lead for Operation Earned Respect (the recovery of fallen from Operation Redwings, and the rescue of Marcus Luttrel), among many other missions. CW5 Alan C. Mack is a Master Aviator with more than 6700 hours of flight time, of which over 3200 hours were flown with Night Vision Goggles. Alan C. Mack’s awards include • Legion of Merit • 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses • 3 Bronze Star Medals • 3 Meritorious Service Medals • 10 Air Medals; one with Valor device, Combat Action Badge, and the Army Broken Wing award.
Rapid Fire Q and A to finish off the week: 1.  Should I develop empathy for miserable and unhealthy people 2.  My wife is a teacher and does not deserve the treatment she receives, when should I tell her enough is enough 3.  My girlfriend's mom won't stop talking shit about me, what should I do  4.  Thoughts on motorcycle safety courses and riding in general  Enjoy
Episode 252 - Greg Anderson

Episode 252 - Greg Anderson

2022-09-2602:26:53

Greg Anderson was a Law Enforcement Officer for the Port of Seattle Police Department. He posted an 8-minute video to his personal Instagram page in which he called for his fellow Law Enforcement Officers to consider the impacts of their actions on public trust, and the legality/constitutionality of enforcing strict pandemic/quarantine measures, an act for which he was eventually terminated.  Greg is a veteran of the United States Army where he served as part of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Post military he worked overseas as a contractor for Triple Canopy before joining the US Marshal Service, then as a Police Officer in Los Angeles, and eventually as an officer at the Port of Seattle in Washington. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and the owner of Electric Jiu Jitsu North in Lake Stevens.
Rapid Fire Q and A to finish off the week: 1. I am surrounded by family that is incredibly judgemental, how do I deal with this and the feeling that I now have to prove everyone wrong 2. Have you ever felt yourself seeking validation from others, and if so, how did you deal with it 3. Andrew Tate is ruining my friend 4. Concealed carry, stopping power, ammunition considerations, finding reputable training Enjoy
Episode 251 - Travis Gribble

Episode 251 - Travis Gribble

2022-09-1902:10:471

Travis Gribble retired in February of 2022 after 23 years in law enforcement. For half of his career, he worked in Michigan for a small Sheriff's Department, and then the other half was in Mesa, Arizona. Travis served in a SWAT capacity for a total of 16 years with 9 of those years being full-time SWAT in Mesa.      In 2016, after being on the Mesa full-time team and being an Assistant Team Leader, Travis made the decision to test for Sergeant.  The first step after the test finalization is what Mesa calls the "Step" program, a training program officers must complete before being officially promoted. In simple terms, it's really a ride-along with a senior Sergeant who shows you the ropes. The start of Travis's training began in January of 2016, working the day shift.  His very first call out of the station, on his very first training day, was the call that changed his life.      The next five years were hell and ultimately led to Travis seeking his retirement, after getting the help he needed.
Rapid Fire Q and A to finish off the week: 1. My father, suicide, gatekeeping information from other family members, being unable to escape what I saw 2. I ran from an active shooter and now I feel like a pussy 3. How do you reassure your family about the possibility of death in dangerous occupations 4. My wife and I are worried about the risk to your high school son if he plays football Enjoy
Episode 250 - Sara Wilkinson

Episode 250 - Sara Wilkinson

2022-09-1202:41:281

Sara Wilkinson is a mother, small business owner, suicide prevention advocate, and the widow of Navy SEAL Chad Wilkinson. SCPO Chad Wilkinson was born into the Navy. Both his uncle and father were SEALs (before his dad became a Marine One helicopter pilot). After a year at UCF, Chad enlisted in the Navy and successfully completed BUD/S. After three deployments with SEAL Team Eight, Chad left service for almost three years. He re-rejoined and was selected to screen for SEAL Team Six out of VA Beach. Chad served for 21 years, deploying to combat zones around the globe. Chad was on active duty in Virginia Beach when he died by suicide on October 29, 2018. Sara talks very openly about the unique dynamics required to survive and thrive while married to an active duty Special Operations soldier, as well as the terrible toll that it can take on tier one operators. She talks through the “what ifs” and all the looking back she has done to see if there were signs of Chad’s unseen injuries which ultimately led to his death.
Rapid Fire Q and A to finish off the week: 1. How do I protect my body (required by my occupation) and not sound like a douche when advocating for who I want to roll with and who I do not at a new jiu jitsu school 2. My wife is a stay at home mom and I work full time with 1000+ hours per year to make ends meet, how do I change this dynamic before I become overly resentful 3. My wife doesn't want a gun in the house but I want to be able to protect our family, what should I do 4. How do you maintain your humility Enjoy
Pat Scannon is one among the few who have earned a Ph.D. and then, separately, an M.D. His passion for both chemistry and medicine goes back to his childhood roots. His father was a US Army Colonel and his Romanian-born mother went to medical school in Leipzig during World War II. Pat spent memorable years growing up in post-war Europe. Years later, he earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Georgia. He was in R.O.T.C and received a commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army upon graduation. Then he earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. A few months before his graduation, Pat realized the potential of using his chemistry training in medicine during an era pre-biotech and decided to apply to medical school. He returned to his home state and spent the second half of the 1970’s earning his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Pat is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine. He completed his residency and fulfilled his military duty as a major at the Letterman Army Medical Center and the Letterman Army Institute of Research on the Presidio of San Francisco. Pat founded Project Recover, formerly BentProp, after a trip to Palau in 1993. He and his wife, Susan, a dive instructor, were invited there to help locate the Japanese trawler George H.W. Bush sunk in 1944. They found the trawler more quickly than expected and documented it had been an armed vessel. After the rest of the dive team left, Pat hired a guide to show them other artifacts from World War II. It was then that Pat first saw the 65-foot wing of an American B-24 bomber lying in shallow water along a coral island in Palau. Other than leading him to it, the guide could give Pat no information about the wing. For Pat, the wing was more than a hunk of metal. It represented a forgotten battle and brave men who had fought and died there. It represented stories lost to the chaos of war, the annals of time, and the secret stillness of a watery grave. All were stories unknown to the airmen’s families. This moment marks the inception of The BentProp Project which is now known as Project Recover. Project Recover is a collaborative effort to enlist 21st-century science and technology in a quest to find and repatriate Americans missing in action since World War II, in order to provide recognition and closure for families and the Nation.
Occasionally, Fridays are better suited to address individual questions or individual issues. Today is one of those days. My thoughts on the recent New York Times article claiming there is a culture of brutality, cheating, and drugs in SEAL training, and the SEAL community.
Episode 248 - Nick Lavery

Episode 248 - Nick Lavery

2022-08-2903:07:542

Nick is an active duty member of The United States Army Special Forces. Commonly known as Green Berets, the Special Forces perform critical missions including counterinsurgency, unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, and special reconnaissance. In 2013, on Nick's second combat rotation to Afghanistan, he and his Detachment fell victim to an insider attack ultimately resulting in the loss of his leg. Following a year of surgeries and initial recovery including the use of a prosthetic at Walter Reed National Medical Military Center, he returned to his unit. Refusing a military medical retirement, Nick set his sights on returning to operational status. In 2015, at the conclusion of a challenging, comprehensive assessment designed to evaluate Nick's abilities to operate, he returned to his Detachment and was subsequently deployed once again to Afghanistan conducting full-spectrum combat operations. Nick is considered to be the first Green Beret to return to combat as an above-the-knee amputee. Nick is currently serving the United States citizens as a Special Forces Warrant Officer / Assistant Detachment Commander and is widely recognized as an experienced subject matter expert in special operations, intelligence fusion, and mission planning and execution across all operational continuums. A former Special Forces Weapons Sergeant, Nick is Airborne and Combat Diver qualified, holds instructor certifications in Modern Army Combatives (MACP) and Special Operations Combatives (SOCP) programs, and is a graduate of both the Network Development Course and Unconventional Warfare Operational Design course. Nick is the first amputee to complete the Special Forces Warrant Officer Technical and Tactical Certification course, the SOCP Instructor course, and the Combat Diver Qualification course in military history. Nick's awards include the Silver Star, three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, Bronze Star with “V” for valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Special Operations Command Excalibur Award. An extensive world traveler, Nick provides training and motivational speeches to private sector corporations, schools and universities, sports teams, and a variety of different non-profit organizations. In his TED Talk ‘Living by an Ethos,’ Nick speaks about the Warrior Mindset and the importance of sacrifice, determination, and selflessness. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Nick is a husband, father, athlete, student, and author. He speaks multiple languages including Dari, Farsi, and Russian, and has earned a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Rapid Fire Q and A to finish off the week: Motivation, depression, struggles with life, etc. You know, all the stuff you want to chat about before the weekend kicks off. Enjoy
Episode 247 - Robb Wolf

Episode 247 - Robb Wolf

2022-08-2201:39:481

Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist and is a 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top-ranked iTunes podcast, books, and seminars. Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Biomed Central) and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, The Chickasaw Nation’s “Unconquered Life” initiative, and a number of innovative start-ups with a focus on health and sustainability. Robb holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry, and the United States Marine Corps.
Rapid Fire Q and A to finish off the week:   1. My ex-wife is 14k behind on child support and asking me to "wipe the slate clean"   2. Divorce and my daughters, they haven't spoken to me in a year   3. My wife's situational awareness sucks   4. Suicide and making sure someone gets the help they "need"   Enjoy
Evan Hafer is the founder and CEO of Black Rifle Coffee. Prior to his current role he spent twenty years serving this country, first as a Special Forces soldier (Green Beret), then as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency, completing multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Finishing the week with a Jiu Jitsu specific Q and A. Travis Davison is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the owner of Straight Blast Gyms in Kalispell, Whitefish, and Missoula Montana, as well as the Vice President of SBG International. John Frankl is a 5th-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a professor in Seoul, and the man responsible for bringing BJJ to the Korean peninsula. Enjoy
Episode 245 - Rick Bucher

Episode 245 - Rick Bucher

2022-08-0802:58:391

Rick Bucher was a Firefighter/Paramedic/Rescue Tech for 27 years in Scottsdale, AZ, and retired after committing suicide in 2019.  Rick didn't know that he had PTSD or didn't realize the extent of it until after his suicide, and he is now stepping forward not only to bring awareness to the issue in the first responder community but to help break the stigma associated with coming out of the shadows and asking for help.  That stigma is costing our military and first responder communities lives every day, not to mention the effect that loss has on our friends, coworkers and family.   
Rapid Fire Q and A to finish off the week: 1. How can I show my friend who claims he is a "game time player" that he has no idea how to fight 2. I think that my dad is a pedophile 3. How to not get political in a politically charged environment 4. Nerves and fear before combat operations Enjoy
Episode 244 - Mike Glover

Episode 244 - Mike Glover

2022-08-0101:34:131

Mike spent 18 years in the US Army and as a government contractor for OGA (Other Government Agency).  He served as a SGM (Sergeant Major) in Special Forces in various positions and deployed multiple times to combat theaters.    Mike is an expert in Counter-Terrorism, security, and crisis management operations and is the host of the Fieldcraft Survival Podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.  Mike is an avid outdoorsman, overland, traveler, and hunter. He has a bachelor's degree in Homeland Security and resides in Utah, where he is the CEO of Fieldcraft Survival.   Link to our upcoming leadership event in Dallas:   https://fieldcraftsurvival.com/leadership-entrepreneurship-workshop-with-mike-glover-andy-stumpf-6-august-2022-greater-dallas-area/
Traditionally Fridays are for Q and A... Today, as promised a look back at a failed skydiving trip to Iceland through the lens of lessons learned, leadership, planning, execution, and expectations. Hopefully, someone can learn from our experience, or at the very least not repeat our mistakes. Enjoy
Comments (111)

rshackleford53

wonder where this is going. January 2016 is when officers in Mesa PD murdered Daniel Shaver

Sep 21st
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Blain Pritcher

I can't imagine that Boston accent speaking Russian or any middle eastern language. great show!

Sep 1st
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Jim Harings

Jeezus that was a tough but great episode.

Aug 23rd
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B Turpin

love the podcast but your comments on addiction come from a place of privilege. If addictions were merely a choice, I suspect that most would choose wisely. It's far more complex than you appreciate. Mental health, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, family history so often play a role, and make overcoming addiction so difficult.

Jul 24th
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Zachary Markham

unfortunately after reading into this case a bit more you get the feeling Ben should be in prison.

May 2nd
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Jim Harings

Another 5 star episode.

Apr 30th
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Jim Harings

I could listen to this episode once a week. So much positivity from two warriors. Rah.

Apr 19th
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Ian Wrigley

What you allow in your presence is your standard -a phrase that has been pivotal in shaping my life for the better.

Apr 10th
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J. Bobo

gewohnt hervorragend. Go Andy!

Mar 12th
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Jim Harings

Great episode, and I can't wait to get Toby's book

Jan 31st
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Jim Harings

I am taking a break from laughing so hard I'm wheezing to say, listen to this episode (#210) if you need a pick me up.

Dec 10th
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Miles

👍

Sep 20th
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Captain Creditor

Great episode. Spec Ops Mission was a lot of fun to watch and getting the back story makes me want to go watch em again!

Aug 25th
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ID22679562

Andy. Great episode. DEA is administration vs agency

Aug 16th
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Chris Hobbs

Awesome episode

Jul 21st
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Alexander Ellis

You explaining everything in 61 is exactly the fuckin reason I will listen to every one of your podcasts. This is you getting fired up Andy. Get after it!

Jul 10th
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Zachary Maxwell

hello sir

Jun 24th
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Brian Beam

Bi-plane...what you need is one of these sexy WACO Bi-planes hand-built in Battle Creek Michigan. All American made by skilled craftsmen. And I'm betting we can trick this baby out with flamethrowers or possibly a nice mini gun. Take a look!!

Apr 23rd
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dallin.mcclellan@yahoo.com

Listening to Wil Willis go off and explain his thought process and what he's done and how he's developed was awesome.

Mar 5th
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Randy Stark

great podcast.

Feb 10th
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