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Episode 118: Craig “Chili” Palmer w/co-host Chris VanSant

This week in the studio my special co host Chris Van Sant and I sit down with a legendary Special Operations Warrior who entered the Army after High School in 1989. He immediately attended Basic, Airborne School, and the Rang...

BONUS EPISODE:MATT SCOTT

In this bonus episode I talk with a writer in the Thriller Genre, who has penned an amazing story full of espionage, tradecraft, violence and politics in the Middle East and the United States. Matt started his writing career ...

Episode 117: Johnny Sotello “Navy SEAL/Trauma/Alternative Therapies”

This week in the studio, a former Navy SEAL who has since leaving the military and private contract working has dedicated himself to a whole new cause to fight for, Veteran, Law Enforcement, and First Responder suicides. This...

Episode 116: Dexter Pitts “10th Mountain/Purple Heart/Louisville Police

This week in the studio a man who served with the 10th Mountain Division in Iraq where he received a Purple Heart for injuries that he sustained. He is also a 10 year veteran of the Louisville Police Department serving in pos...

Episode 115: Peter Ostrovsky “Miami Boat Crews/Operation Frozen Timber”

This week in the studio a man who in 1964 was born in South Miami to immigrant parents. His father Russian and his mother Cuban, he was raised in a strict household that taught him, if he wanted to be or do anything in life i...

Episode 114: Vance McMurry “82nd,101st, White House”

This week in the studio a graduate of the Military Academy at WestPoint and a member of units such as the 82nd Airborne, the 101st Airborne, and the White House with the Presidential Contingency Programs office. This guest ev...

Episode 113: Mack MacKinnon “Mack Belts/Navy SEAL”

This week in the studio a man who spent six years as a Navy Seal until a horrific accident ended his career. My guest spent years trying rehabilitation, new scientific procedures, meditation, medicines, and pretty much anythi...

Episode 112: Jesse Boettcher w/co-host Chris VanSant

This week in the studio my co host Chris VanSant and I have a conversation with a man who dedicated 27 years of service to the US Army, more than 21 of those in Special Operations, including 12 years with the Special Missions...

Episode 111: John “Stryker” Meyer “MAC-V-SOG”

This week in the studio a man who was a three time volunteer in his service to his country. In 1967 he volunteered for service in the US Army, then at a briefing for jobs in the military and after just viewing the John Wayne ...

Episode 110: Fred Galvin USMC (R) “A Few Bad Men”

This week in the studio a man who in 27 years rose from the rank of the Enlisted to become the Commanding Officer of Foxtrot , 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Command. On March 4th, 2007 his...

Episode 109: Robert Sweetman “Navy SEAL/Exist Tribe”

This week in the studio a man who joined the military at the age of 28. By age 29 he had completed BUDS training. After 8 years and a couple of combat tours with SEAL Team 7, this guest became an instructor at the Advanced Tr...

Episode 108: Michele McPhee “The Boston Marathon Bombing Uncut”

This week in the studio my guest is a Best selling author, Emmy-nominated investigative reporter and award-winning journalist. This guest doesn’t do puff pieces. She has spent two decades covering terrorism, murder, mobsters,...

Episode 107: Chris VanSant “The Full Story”

This week in the studio, a man with 20 years of service in the US Army. He served in such units as the 75th Ranger regiment, the 3rd Infantry Division, the 82nd Airborne, and the famed 1st Special Forces Operational Detachmen...

Episode 106: John Nores “Hidden War”

This week in the studio a man who spent 26 years as a State of California Game Warden. He started out his career very normal with jobs like training cadets, conducting State, National, and International Firearms Training. But...

Episode 105: William “Bill” Ostlund “A Four Decade Warriors LIfe ”

This week in the studio a man with almost 4 decades of military service to this country. His dream started all the way back in the summer before his freshman year of high school when he finished reading a military based book ...

Episode 104: A.M. Adair “ U.S. Navy Counter/Human Intelligence, Author”

This week in the studio a woman with 21 years of Military Service. She’s been both enlisted and a Warrant Officer. She specialized in Counter and Human Intelligence. She was the first woman ever admitted to the Marine Air Gro...

Episode 103: Miles Sonn “US Customs Undercover Smuggler”

This week in the studio a man with over 45 years of both National and International Law Enforcement experience. During that time he has worked Counter Terrorism, Narcotics, Human Trafficking, Organized Crime, Money Laundering, and Protective Operations to name a few. He was part of the Mariel Boat Lift with Cuban refugees, Operation Overlord, Operation Purple Haze, and Engility, a team of prior law enforcement that helped US and international forces during Operation Enduring Freedom. He has received such awards as the US Attorneys Office Award, US Customs Commissioners Award, The Jordanian Army Appreciation Award, the Peruvian Government Appreciation Award, the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Committee and was even the Florida State Agent of the Year for 2017. It is a huge honor to have this guy tell his story. Please welcome Miles Son

Episode 102: Bradley Jones “Treading the Deep”

This week in the studio a retired Command Sergeant Major with over 30 years of service to this country. It seems like an odd story that he would rise from the rank of private to Command Sergeant Major especially because he initially enlisted because of his best friend. He completed his first full tour and decided to leave military service and become a missionary. He left the service but the service never left him, he enlisted in the Guard and worked with 1st Battalion 211th ARB and 19th Special Forces he has deployed to the Middle East and was even stationed there during the horrendous events that happened on September 11th, 2001. Personally he had to recover and continue to lead his family when his wife passed away suddenly, and still continue to grow as a father, leader, and a man. He’s here to tell his story of Love, Loss, and life lessons that he learned over his career, I’m excited to introduce Bradley Jones…..

Episode 101: Jack Carr “In The Blood”

This week in the studio a man with 20 years of service in Naval Special Warfare as both enlisted and an officer. He worked as a Sniper, Assaulter, and Platoon Commander in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and the Philippines. Upon exit and retirement from the military Jack again conquered another childhood goal, that of becoming a writer. If you did not know Jack grew up with a mother who was a librarian, and helped instill a love of books in Jack. He read everything from the classics to pulp fiction, which truly shows in his Terminal List series of books that feature the almost bigger than life James Reece and his tales of revenge, redemption, and all out war on those that wish to harm James or his family. He’s here tonight to talk about the latest addition In The Blood, his Terminal List TV show premiering in July, and everything on his horizon. So here we go with the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Navy Seal Sniper, and Outdoorsman. The One, The Only….. Jack Car

Episode 100: Lorenzo Toledo “Undercover Weapons/Narcotics Trafficker”

This week in the studio a man who at the age of 12 lost his brother to homicide in Washington Heights, New York. When he saw the look of devastation on his mothers eyes at the news from 2 police officers, he decided that he would dedicate his life to law enforcement so that he could maybe spare another family going through the pain of such a heinous act. Fast forward to 1987 he was assigned as a US Deputy, to the United States Marshall Service, and upon graduation was assigned to the Southern District of New York where he had the job of transporting and guarding high level Mafia Bosses and Gangsters during the height of the Mafia Commission. After leaving that service my guest became a Special Agent with the ATF where he worked undercover buying machine guns, silencers, narcotics, and a host of other firearms. Moving to Bergen County he worked Narcotics, Vice, Homicide, Organized and Sex Crimes. He finally landed at US Customs where he was a weapons expert , and organized undercover Money Laundering operations. While at Customs my guest worked in Miami and several countries in the Caribbean. This guest has even trained some of Hollywoods most famous actors how to assume the role of an undercover for Blockbuster Hits such as Miami Vice, Burn Notice, and Americas Most Wanted. He retired in the fall of 2019 and now is the Global Security Director for Pfizer and a professional Boxing and MMA judge for the Florida Athletic Commission. This guy has an amazing story and I cant wait to tell it. Introducing Lorenzo Toledo……..

Episode 99: Don Bentley “Hostile Intent”

This week in the studio, a returning guest that spent time as and Army Combat Apache Pilot in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, an FBI Special Agent, and member of the Dallas office FBI SWAT team in his career. Now he is a New York Times bestselling author of not only the Matt Drake series of books, “Without Sanction”, “The Outside Man”, and his newest addition in that series “Hostile Intent”. He has also been charged with taking the mantle of character growth and further story development in the Tom Clancy series about Jack Ryan Jr with “Target Acquired” and the soon to be released “Zero Hour”, which are also New York Times bestsellers. He’s here tonight to talk about his new release, the state of the world and possibly fail at 80’s trivia. I am so happy to introduce in my opinion one of the best writers in the world. Mr. Don Bentley.

Episode 98: Alex Alonso “Border Patrol, US Customs, American Undercover”

This week in the studio a Retired Federal Law Enforcement Agent with 29+ years with the government US Border Patrol, US Customs and Homeland Security Investigations. Most of his career was spent in some form of undercover operations both domestic and international whether that being actually undercover or supervising a team of undercover agents. He served tours of duty in Spain, Italy, Venezuela, Colombia and very briefly in Afghanistan Afghanistan and Thailand as well. His operations have resulted in the seizure of over 268 million dollars, 1,500 kilos of cocaine, and hundreds of arrests and convictions, but that not where it stops, even after retirement he joined western Union and works tirelessly to conduct security risk assessments and conduct high risk commercial relationship investigations. He even can be found on IMDB for some of his acting roles. I am excited to introduce Alex Alonso.

Episode 97: SGM Charles “Chuck” Ritter MENTAL FITNESS-Green Beret, Silver Star, 3 Purple Hearts

This week in the studio a man with 23 years of service to this country. He currently serves as the Deputy Commandant for the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School’s (SWCS) Non-Commissioned Offic...

Episode 96: Erick Miyares “Echo9 Axiom/Echo9 Hopes

This week in the studio with me. A retired Sergeant Major with a combined 29 years of professional service to both the United States Marine Corp and The United States Army. Serving in numerous position ranging from a Scout Sn...

Episode 94: Mike Boettcher “The Hornets Nest”

This week in the studio a Veteran News Correspondent, In his four decade network news career some of the areas that he has covered are the Civil War in El Salvador, where he was kidnapped and threatened, The events leading to...

Episode 93: Steve Stratton “Green Beret, Secret Service, White House Communications, DOD and DOE”

This week in the studio. A man who has worked in the White House Communications Agency, the Secret Service, been a contractor with the Department of Defense, and earned his Green Beret in 1986 giving him a total of over 49 ye...

Episode 92: Michelle Black “Sacrifice-The Tongo Tongo Ambush”

This week in the studio, a Gold Star wife who lost her husband in 2017. Her husband was a Green Beret assigned to ODA 3212. On a devastating mission he and his team were ambushed by ISIS terrorist in Niger Africa near the Mal...

Episode 91: Dr. James Lynch “PTS Stellate Ganglion Block”

This week in the studio a 31 year veteran of the US Army. He started his career at Westpoint and ended it as the Medical Squadron Commander of the Special Missions Unit. He has a Bachelors in Psychology, a Masters in Healthca...

Episode 90: Bob Starkman/Joe Pistone “The Real Miami Vice and Donnie Brasco”

Not 1 but two legends in the law enforcement community. I was introduced to these guys through Ralph Friedman and our conversation. The first Bob Starkman is a man with 38 years in law enforcement, 25 of those being in US Cus...

Episode 89: Kenneth Andrus “Navy Captain, Doctor, Author”

Kenneth Andrus is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Marietta College and his Doctor of Medicine from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Following his internship, he joined the N...

Episode 88: Sam Katz “No Shadows in the Desert”

In this first-ever look at the secret inner workings of an Arab security service, Katz tells the story of Jordan’s General Intelligence Department, or GID, the masters of human intelligence on the espionage battlefields of th...

Episode 87: Dave Winkley “GWOT NAVY SEAL”

A retired Senior Chief with over 21 years in the US Navy. 20 of those spent with SEAL teams 1,5,and 3. He has deployments to the Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, and numerous other spicy locales. An expert in explosives, he co...

Episode 86 J.T. Patten “CIA,DIA,NSA”

Prior to becoming an author, "J.T. Patten" worked for the government intelligence and military special operations community. He was a subject matter authority on Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Qods For...

Episode 85: Bob Stasch “Suspects and Shootouts”

Over 38 years of Law Enforcement for the city of Chicago. He is an subject matter expert in threat assessment, Unmanned Drones, Infrastructure Protection, Large scale active threat drills, Active Shooter threats, and countert...

Episode 84: Ralph Friedman “Street Warrior”

2,000 arrests. 100 off-duty arrests. 6,000 assists. 15 shootings. 8 shot. 4 kills. These are not the performance statistics of an entire NYPD unit. They are the record that makes Detective 2nd Grade Ralph Friedman a legend. F...

Episode 83: Ryen Overlin “RO Knives”

A 20 year veteran Sergeant First Class (R) with the US Army. Ryen spent time in the 82nd Airborne, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, 1st Special Forces and even the White House Communication Team. After his career serving his co...

Episode 82: Dan McClinton “The Longest Month”

A 24-year veteran, Master Army Aviator, AH-64 Pilot in Command and Air Mission Commander, Dan retired from the US Army in 2011 having deployed 3 times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for a total of 37 months in combat. ...

Episode 81: Steve Murphy “NARCOS”

Stephen Murphy worked his up way from his start as a police officer in a small West Virginia town to the Deputy Assistant Administrator of the DEA. During his 37 years in law enforcement Steve was stationed all around the wor...

Episode 80: Jack Nevils “The Redeployed”

Mr. Nevils served 25 years in active military service, two years as an Airborne Ranger in the 1st Ranger Battalion, then 23 years in the Special Forces (Green Berets), serving in a variety of assignments in 7th and 3rd Specia...

Episode 79: Matt Klein “Battle Tribe”

Matthew joined the U.S. Army and served in the 3rd Infantry Division as a machine gunner and squad marksman. He conducted 400+ combat missions during two tours in Iraq, receiving the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and a Purple He...

Episode 78: Benito Olson “DEVGRU” K-9 Handler

He attended Recruit Training Command in Chicago, IL where he went on to attend Master at Arms “A” School on Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia Beach VA. From Little Creek he selected for his first tour in Bahrain lo...

Episode 77 Dr. Tony Brooks “Leave No Man Behind”

Dr. Tony Brooks now a chiropractor, grew up in Roseville,CA. He excelled in the classroom and athletics. He suffered a setback his senior year when he tore his right ACL in a pickup basketball game. After high school he enrol...

Episode 76: Rick Lamb Part 2 “From Panama to Iraq and Back”

Part 2 episode of Rick Lamb. This episode covers Rick’s contribution to Operation Just Cause, Operation Gothic Serpent, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Haiti, Bosnia, and so much more. This career is abso...

Episode 75: Rick Lamb “Commando Hall of Honor”

Richard “Rick” Lamb is a retired Command Sergeant Major with over forty years of experience executing Joint, Combined, and Interagency Special Operations. He led soldiers in operations spanning the tactical level to the strat...

Episode 74: Craig “Sawman” Sawyer “Vets 4 Child Rescue”

Craig Sawyer, AKA "Sawman," grew up near Houston, TX and got his tactical start in the U.S. Marine Corps. He quickly transitioned to the U.S. Navy to pursue high-level Special Operations as a U.S. Navy SEAL. As an Operator at...

Episode 73: Scott Neil “Horse Soldier Bourbon”

Scott Neil is a retired Special Forces Master Sergeant who was one of the original 12 soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan after the attacks of 9/11 on the United States. After serving his country Scott retired and helped to...

Episode 72: George E. Hand IV “Brothers of the Cloth”

George Edward Hand IV is a Master Sergeant US Army (ret) from the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, The Delta Force. Post military George, known to most as Geo, worked for 16 years as a subcontract to the U.S. ...

Episode 71: Samuel M. Katz “Jihad in Brooklyn”

The true story of a potentially devastating terrorist plot in New York City—and the heroes who risked their lives to prevent it. On the morning of July 31, 1997, two young Palestinian men living in Brooklyn, New York, were pr...

Episode 70: Eddie Gallagher “The Man in the Arena”

On his last combat deployment to Iraq in 2017, Eddie led a platoon to successfully defeat ISIS in Mosul. For his performance and leadership, he was highly commended upon returning home. He was named the #1 Navy SEAL Chief, no...