This episode.. In the studio Lino Miani. He is a former Special Forces soldier and is now the President of the Combat Diver Foundation. They are getting ready for the Deep Dive 2021. Go to the links below for the Charity raffle, 5k, and Dive. This year the celebration in honor of WO1 John Michael Wirka Jr. Seeking a higher purpose, John enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2010 and immediately gravitated to the Special Operations community, specifically U.S. Army Special Forces. After successfully completing the Special Forces Qualification Course in February 2012, SGT Wirka was assigned to 3rd BN, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), FL. As a member of Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha (SFOD-A) 7325, he deployed multiple times in support of USSOUTHCOM, USNORTHCOM, and Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan. SSG Wirka later served as the Senior Instructor at the Maritime Operations Training Detachment from 2016-2018, deploying to Afghanistan as a SFC with SFOD-A 7225 in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was commissioned as a Special Forces Warrant Officer in 2020 and assigned as the Assistant Detachment Commander for SFOD-A 7215. A close teammate of John’s while on SFOD-A 7225, described him as “quiet, but when he spoke, he spoke with intention. As a dive instructor, he always brightened the students’ moods when times were hard. John was the epitome of what a Green Beret should be; hardworking, intelligent, humble, funny, kind, and dedicated. He was one of the few people that even when everything was going wrong, he found the positive side and would make a joke to keep the guys going.” On 14 January 2021, WO1 Wirka passed away due to a non-combat-related event in San Salvador, El Salvador. WO1 John Michael Wirka Jr. is survived by his wife, Erica Anne Wirka, his daughter, Audrey Mae Wirka, and their dog, Archer. DEEP DIVE 2021 LINK: https://combatdiver.org/deep-dive-2021
INTRO and OUTRO music written,performed, and provided by the band Rattle Root. Check them out below.