April 24, 2023

Episode 140: John “Stryker” Meyer/Greg Walker “The Secret War to The Global War on Terror”

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I spent last weekend with some incredible men of MAC V SOG including John “Stryker” Meyer who fought the Secret War. I also spent time with Former Green Beret of the GWOT era and now Owner/Operator of Hatchet Brewery Greg Walker. In this show we discuss the similarities and differences between the SECRET WAR and the GWOT. Make sure you listen or watch this one. You do not want to miss it. Only on the DTD Podcast and only at Make sure to check out our sponsors and their awesome products at and

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Greg Walker

Green Beret/Owner Hatchet Brewing

Greg Walker grew up on a 200 acre farm in Kirksville, Missouri, with his parents and younger sister. In High School, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves as a Medic before getting accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from USMA in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He went on to complete his basic infantry training, graduating from Ranger School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. His first duty station was Fort Riley, Kansas, with the First Infantry Division, where he deployed to Maiwand, Kandahar, Afghanistan as a Mortar Platoon Leader. Upon returning from his first deployment, he participated in the Special Forces Assessment and Selection and began the Special Forces Qualification Course. There he completed Pathfinder School, SERE, and Russian Language Training. After graduating SFQC, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, where he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan as a Battle Captain. After his second deployment to Afghanistan, he was assigned to Special Forces Operational Detachment - Alpha (SFOD-A) 3331, where he served for 2.5 years, deploying to Eastern Africa as the Detachment Commander. After his time on SFODA 3331, he was selected to be the 3rd Battalion Support Company Commander, where he chose to end his military career and pursue experiences in the corporate and entrepreneurial world. After he left the military, he founded Hatchet Brewing Company and worked at Midrex Technologies, an engineering technology company specializing in Direct Reduced Iron for the Iron and Steel industry, for approximately four years as a Project Engineer and Project Manager. Greg is now an operating owner of Hatchet Brewing Company, a small, independent, and veteran owned craft brewery in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

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John “Stryker” Meyer

SOG Soldier/Author

Born Jan. 19, 1946, John Stryker Meyer entered the Army Dec. 1, 1966. He completed basic training at Ft. Dix, N.J., advanced infantry training at Ft. Gordon, Ga., jump school at Ft. Benning, Ga., and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in Dec. 1967. He arrived at FOB 1 Phu Bai in May 1968, where he joined Spike Team Idaho, which transferred to Command & Control North, CCN in Da Nang, January 1969. He remained on ST Idaho to the end of his tour of duty in late April, returned to the U.S. and was assigned to E Company in the 10th Special Forces Group at Ft. Devens, Mass. until October 1969, when he rejoined RT Idaho at CCN. That tour of duty ended suddenly in April 1970. He returned to the states, completed his college education at Trenton State College, where he was editor of The Signal school newspaper for two years. In 2021 Meyer and his wife of 26 years, Anna, moved to Tennessee, where he is working on his fourth book on the secret war, continuing to do SOG podcasts working with battle-hardened combat veteran Navy SEAL and master podcaster Jocko Willink.