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Ep. 393 - Best of Navy SEALs

SOFREP - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 20:36
Our recent Best of Army Special Operations episode got a tremendous response, and because of that, I got a lot of you asking for a Best of Navy SEALs episode. Well here it is! In the history of this show we've had Navy SEALs of many different eras join us and tell us their story, so here are just a few favorites of mine from the past couple of years. Compiled for Episode 393 we have Brent Gleeson, Jack Carr, and Ryan Zinke making in studio appearances. Ryan Zinke's interview was especially cool because he was out with his co-author Scott McEwen promoting his memoir "American Commander." Just a couple of months following that book tour, Zinke became U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Also on this episode is a short clip of Frumentarius giving his take on the difficulty of BUDS VS the difficulty of actually serving as a SEAL. A lot of different perspectives on this one from several guys who wore the Trident. Be sure to check out our new website at http://SOFREPRadio.com

Ep. 392 - Cybersecurity & privacy

SOFREP - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:37
Our guest this episode is Justin Carroll, a former MARSOC operator with an impressive background in privacy and security operations with USSOCOM. In the modern age, cybersecurity and evaporating privacy are of huge concern for virtually everyone, and Justin gives us some expert analysis on what all people should be aware of, and what's coming down the pike. We talk about smartphones, social media, and even the future consequences of modern technology in the hands of a tyrannical government. Justin has written a great deal about these subjects, and his latest co-authored book titled "ComSec" is a must read. Justin also hosted on The Complete Privacy and Security Podcast, but tells us he's currently more focused on his latest venture, the Across the Peak Podcast. Beyond these pressing topics, you'll also get a look into Justin's time with MARSOC, and it's rare we get a guest on from the newest branch of special operations. We also respond to an email regarding China sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com, give our analysis on President Trump's recent comments of "falling in love" with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and why we found them to be very disturbing. We also talk about the latest Medal of Honor Recipient Ron Shurer being in the fight for his life battling lung cancer.  Friends and family have set up a GoFundMe to help pay these costs for the Green Beret war hero, and we encourage you to give back. With that, we have just added a Facebook page for the podcast at facebook.com/sofrepradio. Be on the lookout for a new website devoted to the show as well as a new app. GoFundMe for Ron @ https://www.gofundme.com/help-ron-keep-up-the-fight

Ep. 391 - Mike Lampe (CMSAF)

SOFREP - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 21:34
We are honored to be joined this episode by Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Mike Lampe, a man whom Jack Murphy describes as the grandfather of Air Force Special Operations. Mike’s military career began in the Army in 1968 during Vietnam, but not long after, he transferred to the Air Force where he spent the rest of his 30-years of decorated service. Mike has many accolades, awards, and served in many different capacities including his time as a Special Tactics Team Leader On this episode, we get into the first half of Mike’s military career, but we plan on extending an invitation to do a second part because there was too much history to cover in one episode. In the second half of Mike’s military career he crossed paths with another legend in the community and favorite of the podcast, Sergeant Major Mike Vining. We look forward to hearing all about that eventually. Mike is currently involved in helping with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. In addition to our featured interview, Jack Murphy reacts to a recent clip of Defense Secretary James Mattis giving a concise response regarding the concept of women in combat roles. Don’t miss this one!

Ep. 390 - Mark Giaconia, Green Beret

SOFREP - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 22:25
If you come to this podcast for war stories about operations that have never been heard before, you're in for an action packed listen on this one. Mark Giaconia is a former Green Beret with 20 years of service to his country. He has a new book out titled "One Green Beret" which focuses on his service from 1996-2011 in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq, serving alongside members of the Peshmerga as well as the Russian Spetsnaz. A focal point of the book is Mark serving in Operation Viking Hammer, an unconventional warfare operation with the mission of taking out Sunni Muslim insurgents known as the terrorist group Ansar al-Islam. He also speaks of the gruesome details of being exposed to suspected chemical weapons, having to take hair samples of dead terrorists, and gives a philosophical take on war from his own perspective. Mark has since made the transition from warfare to making a living in technology as the Senior Director of Radiant Solutions. He discusses how he started to make this transition while serving in the military. After you listen to this, be sure to pick up "One Green Beret" available now on Amazon. Also, follow Mark on Twitter and let him know what you thought of his appearance @GiaconiaMark. In addition to that, Jack Murphy discusses his latest article "Mattis: US Troops can remain in Syria to ensure stability." It is Jack's belief that Mattis is being pushed out for the more neo-conservative John Bolton. Listen to find out why Jack has made that inference. It's an episode with a lot of excitement and also reflection that you do not want to miss.

Ep. 389 - Mike "Bing" Crosby

SOFREP - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 19:50
Mike Crosby served as a Navy Commander, but his current fight is one of making veterans aware of prostate cancer. As a prostate cancer survivor, he saw some of the issues at the VA not taking the necessary steps in preventing this killer that is currently the #1 diagnosed cancer in the VA healthcare system. Veterans are in the high risk category for prostate cancer, and between screening, early detection, and alternatives to traditional surgery, there are a lot of components to fighting this cancer. Mike discusses with us the Veterans Choice Program and why it is something that veterans should absolutely be taking advantage of and enrolling in now. Mike currently is the founder & CEO of Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness.  Check out their website to learn more. Also on this episode we answer a listener email sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com regarding Indian special operations, and cover some of the latest news on Newsrep including an update on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 (this was the flight hit by a missile, not to be confused with Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, the disappearance that took place four months prior.) Jack also talks about a fake account that went by "Bagram Babe" on Twitter exposed to not be living in Bagram at all. Hear the full story on this episode.

Ep. 388 - Alex Hollings

SOFREP - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 00:01
We always enjoy bringing Alex Hollings on the show, and we constantly enter interesting territory. On this episode we get into some recent articles from the Marine Corps writer on Russian weapons technologies, the future of space exploration, and from there, we even get into some alien discussion. We also talk about the recent controversy of Elon Musk enjoying a marijuana laced blunt with Joe Rogan on The Joe Rogan Experience, and the repercussions for this action. This leads to some talk on the recent bill to legalize marijuana in the state of New Jersey which could positively impact veterans, find out why. We of course also make sure to discuss Alex's book out now, "The Perception Wars," go pick it up. Also, we get a new voice memo courtesy of our friend Gene Farnsworth. He gives us his take on the recent episode with Sean Parnell. Jack and I get serious as well as we discuss the epidemic of combat veteran suicides. A lot to digest on Episode 388, and we hope it hits the spot for you. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.

Ep. 387 - Sean Parnell

SOFREP - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 05:23
Many of you may know Sean Parnell from his first best-selling book, "Outlaw Platoon." That book details Sean's time in Afghanistan commanding the Army's 10th Mountain Division, and we get into some excellent stories about the brave men he served with as Sean joins us in studio for this hour. We talk about the disconnect between some of the leadership of the Army that is stationed in Bagram Air Base not seeing the level of combat as the boots on the ground experiencing the fight first hand. Sean has a new book out though, and it's actually a military thriller. It's called "Man of War," and it just hit shelves this week. We discuss the transition from fiction to nonfiction, and the inspiration behind the book's protagonist Eric Steele. "Man of War" has received high praise from the likes of Lee Child and more, we hope that you pick it up. Sean has also given back to the community with his charity American Warrior Initiative helping men and women who serve in combat with important transition tools like finding housing once they come back home. We enjoyed having him on, and only hit the surface, so hopefully there will be a return appearance in the near future.

Ep. 286 - 9/11 Memorial

SOFREP - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 04:00
Join us for this very special episode of SOFREP Radio as we pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on 9/11, as well as those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the years that have followed, fighting terror. Brandon Webb and I join New York City firefighter Tim Brown, who was present during the 9/11 attacks, as we tour the 9/11 Memorial Museum. This is a day of reflection for many of a day that impacted us all 17 years ago. I remember where I was on that day here in New York, and I’m sure that many of our listeners have stories as well. Hear the unique perspectives of a man who saw it all on that day and a man sent to war immediately after. You’ll hear about firefighters that Tim served with and what artifacts are on display. Additionally, you’ll hear reflections from family members of those who died on 9/11, which served as the inspiration for Brandon Webb’s “Among Heroes” audio book. One of those reflections you’ll hear is from a family friend of mine, the wife of Christopher Quackenbush, as she talks about how Chris would bring children out to Mets games. We hope this episode serves as a worthy dedication to these great folks. We urge you all to take a trip out and see the museum for yourselves.

Ep. 285 - Jackie Gray (Red Circle Foundation)

SOFREP - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 17:57
Jack Murphy is back in studio! He's been greatly missed by you guys in the audience, as well as myself. It got a little lonely without him, not gonna lie, but the Army Ranger, Green Beret, and editor in chief at Newsrep is back in the States. We get into the changes with the site, and we also get a recap of Jack's epic honeymoon and summer vacation. He visited Nepal with his wife and kid, followed by Italy, where Benni is still stuck in, you'll hear the story of why that is. He went hiking, and got to experience some new destinations that were on his bucket list for many years now. We discuss some hot topics including Colin Kaepernick being signed to Nike, as well as the New York Times op ed that some are calling treasonous, titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration." Our guest for this show is Jackie Gray. Jackie Gray is a former Army Medic who has more recently become the new Executive Director for Red Circle Foundation. We've discussed RCF on the show before, but it's been a while. So he fills us in on the great work that they are doing to help out members of the special operations community. Some of these guys have been severely injured in combat, and RCF is helping in a way that in some cases TRICARE can not. Be sure to donate to them, and help out these families. These guys Jackie talks about have sacrificed a lot for our country, and they are now in their time of need. Enjoy this episode guys, and with Jack back, feel free to shoot over your usual special operations related questions to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com.

Ep. 384 - Best of Army Special Operations

SOFREP - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 20:23
It's hard to believe that we're already in September of this year, but as a I reflect on 2018 thus far, we've had some incredible guests on this podcast. When it comes to spec ops guys in the Army, we've had a wide array. So on this episode, I spotlight several of those guys from previous episodes in 2018. We start off with Nate Boyer. Nate's name is back in the news heavily with the recent signing of Colin Kaepernick to Nike, so we revisit Nate's open letter to Colin, followed by an in-person meeting which led to the now infamous kneeling during the National Anthem. Next is Todd Opalski, as he reflects on serving in both Marine Force Reconnaissance as well as Army Special Forces. That's followed by Special Missions Unit operator Rob Trivino on joining the Army and his time as an Army Ranger. Then is an excerpt from Delta Force operator Pat McNamara's first appearance on the show, with a great HALO jump story. We wrap up this special with our very own George Hand, another former Delta operator, getting into his origin story with us. Let me know how you liked this episode on Twitter or Instagram @SOFREPRadio or by email at sofrep.radio@sofrep.com, and maybe next special will be Navy SEALs.

Ep. 383 - Alex Hollings

SOFREP - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 20:44
Always a wide array of topics when former Marine and writer Alex Hollings joins the show, and you won't be disappointed by Episode 383. On here we discuss information operations, into how propaganda and urban legend can become cited as fact. We get into Europe, Asia, and The U.S. at length, as well as conflict in the Middle East. We hit on Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, and their larger objective to create distrust among people in the U.S. with their own government. We then ask the question, in this day and age, can the average American truly one day become the President? Alex is in the process of releasing a book that dives into information operations more in-depth, it will be out September 10th, is self-published, and is titled "The Perception Wars." Alex also now has his own website with all of his work and everywhere else you can find him at AlexHollings.com.  Be sure to check it out, and if you've been enjoying our shows, leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts. It take less than a minute, helps our ranking, and keeps us going strong.

Ep. 382 - Luke Ryan

SOFREP - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 18:16
Luke Ryan is back on SOFREP Radio, and earlier this month he released a new science fiction book titled, "The First Marauder." It will be the first in a trilogy from the former Army Ranger. If you're a fan of shows like "The Walking Dead," or books and movies like "World War Z," it fits in with that same end of the world genre, but with Luke's personal take drawing from his own real life experiences that you'll hear him discuss on here. Luke has a love for creating new fictional universes and characters within that universe, and he hopes that you give "The First Marauder" a read. On this episode we discuss much more though, including our reflections on the death of Senator John McCain. We get an update on the war in Afghanistan from Luke. Also, Luke goes in-depth with what is now happening in Myanmar/Burma, and the most recent condemnations from the U.N. I read an email sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com, and also give you a quick update on the future home of SOFREP Radio. Don't miss this one!

Ep. 381 - Kurt Troter

SOFREP - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 21:35
Kurt Troter served as a Marine, and later went on to volunteer fighting with the Peshmerga in Kurdistan. He's a favorite of the show, and today I get him on to discuss two of his most recent articles. "The Crumbling Skeleton of the Islamic State rattles on for now" gets into the dwindling cash flow of ISIS after losing oil fields they controlled, and losing significant numbers particularly in Afghanistan and Libya. There are however still 20-30 thousand members in Iraq and Syria, along with reserves estimated in the low hundreds of millions in cash, so the fight is not over. "Turkish State run media leaks classified information on US military bases in Syria" discusses continued strained relations between the U.S. and Turkey, and Turkey's attempts to sabotage U.S. forces. As usual with Kurt Troter, we do get into some other fun topics as well. We also read a great and complimentary email sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com, keep the questions and comments there coming.

Ep. 380 - Ernest Emerson

SOFREP - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 19:08
Three-Hundred and Eighty episodes deep? It's hard to believe myself! As always, I greatly appreciate you guys, the listeners, loyally checking out what we're up to week after week. Well, this is a good one, as promised, both Jim West and Ernie Emerson join me for an epic discussion. Both of these gentlemen, Ernest Emerson (the founder and CEO of Emerson Knives) and Army Green Beret and favorite of the show, Jim West, have an extensive background in martial arts dating back to the 1960's. They're also one year apart in age, so as you'll hear, there's a lot of overlap in their backgrounds. We dig into their introductions to fighting, through publications like Black Belt Magazine, and studying the greats like Bruce Lee and Joe Lewis. From there we also discuss knife fighting. Both guys are very candid and call out some of the bullshit in the industry. You don't want to miss this one. Emerson is currently doing his own podcast which we you hope you check out, simply titled The Ernest Emerson Podcast. Emerson Knives always has some excellent product, some of which has been featured in our premium tier Crate Club, and you can check them out at EmersonKnives.com. Jim's personal site is AmericanExtensionFighting.com. Enjoy, and we ask that you follow us to keep up with the latest through our feeds on Instagram and Twitter @SOFREPRadio. Ian is on Twitter @IanScotto. Also, be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.

Ep. 379 - L. Christian Bussler (USMC)

SOFREP - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 20:35
Every job in the military has it's negatives, but even with the high risk involved, many civilians look back on their lives wishing they'd served their country in some capacity. They often glamorize titles like Sniper or Medic, but I don't think anyone would envy the title of Mortuary Affairs Marine. However, that is the job that was given to L. Christian Bussler, and many of the horrors serving in that position followed him after his military career, leading him to drink, and desiring a permanent end to his life. Needing a therapeutic outlet, at the advice of an older combat veteran, Chris started writing, eventually leading to his self-published memoir last year, "No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor." The book documents Chris being raised in a military household, pursuing a career in the Marines, and the unexpected turn of events when the country went to war during his service. A lot of tragedy endures as you could imagine, but as you hear him speak about in this interview, through the honor he had for the job, he finds a way to pay tribute to fellow service members that has continued to live on. A portion of the proceeds for the book and audio book go to benefit great charities like EOD Warrior Foundation, Semper Fi Fund, and WWIA.

Ep. 378 - Royce Gracie

SOFREP - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 18:36
It would be a fair statement that there is no name more synonymous with mixed martial arts than Royce Gracie, and no family with the impact on the sport than the Gracie family. The Gracie family created Brazilian jiu-jitsu, were integral in starting the competition among different forms of self-defense now known as mixed martial arts, and Royce fought in all of the early major UFC events. The Gracie's continues to introduce fighters to the sport, now including a 4th generation member of the family, Neiman Gracie who is fighting in Bellator. Well, who better to conduct this interview with me than fan favorite Jim West? We get into Royce's thoughts on watching the sport evolve, and it's deep history including a challenge to Royce from kickboxer Benny "The Jet" Urquidez that never went down. We also hear about Royce's attendance at SHOT Show in recent years with the company Pack'n Heat Products. Gracie currently does a lot of events which you can keep up to date with at RoyceGracie.com. In addition to that we discuss the re-brand of SOFREP over to NEWSREP. Jim is working on a new book, and also still selling his signature weapons over at his website American Extension Fighting. These weapons include The Talon, and on that note, we have a great video up on Instagram of Jim demonstrating what it can do. We hope that you enjoy, and as always please leave a review at Apple Podcasts. We want to continue to raise our visibility and bring on A-list guests like Royce Gracie along with our kick ass staff of writers at NEWSREP.

Ep. 377 - Mastering Fear

SOFREP - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 19:17
CEO of Hurricane Group Brandon Webb has been long overdue for an appearance on the show. Now that's he's wrapped up The Power of Thought podcast, and is out promoting "Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide," his latest book which came out this week, I was able to get some time out of him for us. We start off the show addressing a recent controversy with Navy SEAL Andy Stumpf, and why Webb declined an invitation on his podcast. We then talk the oncoming name change of SOFREP.com to NEWSREP, the reasoning behind it, and how it will impact SOFREP Radio. From there, we get into "Mastering Fear." You'll even hear a great excerpt from the book. "Mastering Fear" includes some excellent stories from interviews Brandon's conducted and stories of colleagues. Included in these stories are Kamal Ravikant, C.J. Ramone, James Powell, and Captain Jerry Yellin. If you are looking to conquer a challenge in your life and crush new goals, you need to pick up this latest work.

Ep. 376 - CJ Woodruff

SOFREP - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:34
CJ Woodruff is best known as a fitness content creator, and he has some impressive credentials at that. Between creating The Fitness Trainer Academy, being a personal trainer himself, competing as a bodybuilder, and most recently becoming a spokesman for supplement company Primeval Labs, he knows the industry well. Prior to that however, he served as a Marine in combat, and it was there that he discovered fitness as an outlet which kept him in a positive mind frame. He discusses all of this with me, as well as topics like which muscle building supplements are effective, and some more personal issues like his divorce and custody battle, and how this is rampant in the veteran community. Beyond fitness content however, he has a veteran podcast that is putting out some killer work. CJ along with G (G, best known for creating the popular veteran run apparel brand Zero Foxtrot,) host Zero Bunker. The guys have had some stellar guests on including our own John Stryker Meyer. Be sure to subscribe to CJ's own Youtube channel, and you can find all of his social media on his website, CJWoodruff.me. I also give an update on SOFREP's transition over to NEWSREP, and how it will effect the podcast, so don't miss it.

Ep. 375 - Metal Talk with Shawn the Butcher & Pat McNamara

SOFREP - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 19:12
The last time Pat McNamara was on the show, he gave the most passionate review of his experience seeing Judas Priest play NYCB Live/Nassau Coliseum. Ever since than, I knew we had to get the former Army operator and current shooting instructor back on to talk metal a little more in-depth. Well, who better to bring on for that discussion than my friend Shawn the Butcher? Shawn's the voice of Ozzy's Boneyard, and a host on Liquid Metal, both on Sirius XM Radio. I got him to walk over from their studios to Hurricane Group's headquarters, and have a really fun discussion that we hope you'll be entertained by. We get into topics like the recent death of legendary Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, our favorite concerts, and some of the reasons why Metallica continues to reign supreme after over 35 years in the music business. So, this is a break from our usual special operations and foreign policy discussion, but if you're a metalhead, you'll dig it! I know a lot of operators can attest to metal being the soundtrack for war. Be sure to listen to Shawn over at Sirius XM, follow him on all platforms @ShawnTheButcher, and check out his site, Hails From the Crypt. As for Pat, he's always staying busy. You can visit him over at TMacsInc.com, and sign up for shooting instruction from the best in the business. Pat's also very active on Instagram @TMacsInc. So crank it up, and rock out!

Ep. 374 - Inside the Team Room: Intel preview

SOFREP - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 20:08
If you heard the last episode with Sam Faddis, than you know we've started rolling out the Intelligence field edition of Inside the Team Room on The Spec Ops Channel. Sam's featured on that along with several other of our other authors who have worked in intel. Well, just because I'm such a nice guy, I'm going to give you all a preview of some of that great audio. This is just a few minutes of the hours of footage that members can see. Some truly great discussions you won't get anywhere else with these veterans of the field. On this preview you'll hear about the obstacles of living a compartmentalized lifestyle, and habits from working in intelligence that become hard to break. After you check this out, take advantage of a limited time offer to join The Spec Ops Channel for only $4.99 a month. Along with these great Inside the Team Rooms such as our Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and Special Forces series, you'll also get content you won't find anywhere else like our premiere show Training Cell.

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