May 22, 2023

Episode 143: Dick Thompson “AKA” Dynamite MAC V SOG

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This week in the studio a man who at an early age knew that military service was in his future. Having a father that not only served in World War II, but was then called back to active duty for the Korean War. His father’s commitment to his country left a lasting impact in this guest’s mind. He spent an extraordinary amount of time in the woods near his house learning field craft, but he also spent time in a homemade lab located in his childhood barn learning the science of Chemistry and love for learning. After High School this guest studied at the University of South Carolina until he decided to take a break and join the American war effort in Vietnam. Joining the Army in the Chemical Corps he quickly changed his mind and got transferred to the Infantry where he completed Airborne training, Ranger school, Special Forces selection before finally joining the coveted MAC V SOG teams going across the fence into parts unknown to take the fight directly to the NVA and other communist regimes. After completing a career of over 21 years in the US Army this guest became CEO of High Performing Solutions and author of the acclaimed book “The Stress Effect” which teaches anyone willing to learn how to make decisions under high stress and suicide prevention. Please welcome Henry L. (DICK) Thompson (PhD) aka Dynamite into the studio…..

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Henry L. (Dick) Thompson aka Dynamite

CEO, High Performing Systems, Inc. |Speaker, Author, Psychologist, Mensa |Special Forces Operator, Ranger, SOG 1-0 |Ironman, Arm

Dr. Thompson took a break from college and enlisted in the Army in JAN , 1967. He attended Basic training, Advanced Infantry training, OCS, airborne, Special Forces qualification, Ranger school and deployed to Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group in 1968 and joined MACV-SOG. He joined RT Alabama at FOB-1 as the 1-1 (assistant team leader) and began running “across the fence” (border) SOG missions. He moved to Command and Control North (CCN) in January 1969 and became the 1-0 of RT Michigan In APR he became 1-0 of RT Virginia and continued to run cross-border missions until returning to U.S. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Ranger Department as a Ranger Instructor. Then to Korea as a company commander of a provisional Ranger Company in the 2nd Infantry Division. From Korea to the XVIII Airborne Corps where he commanded a Basic Training company then to G-3 as an evaluator of Special Forces and Ranger battalion’s Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercises. From FT. Bragg he went to the University of Georgia for graduate school (MS & Ph.D.) and a follow-on ROTC assignment. This was followed by attending the Command & General Staff College and remaining there as a leadership instructor, stress on the battlefield expert and Air Land Battle 2000 project team member. His final assignment was back at the University of Georgia as the Professor of Military Science. He retired in 1988 and became full time as the CEO of High Performing Systems, Inc., an international management consulting, training and assessments company. Dr. Thompson has been heavily involved in training corporate, military, law enforcement and firefighters in leadership, decision making under high stress and suicide prevention.