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 Jan 28, 2019


Welcome to the Global Recon Podcast! Hosted by John Hendricks. Mr. Hendricks sits down with American Intelligence professionals, and American Special Operations personnel to discuss a wide variety of subjects. These topics include historical events, current events, medicine, and geopolitics. Enjoy.

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GRP 130- Great deeds are wrought at great risks: From the south Bronx to the SEAL teams Remi Adeleke
On for this episode is author and former U.S Navy SEAL Remi Adelake. Remi has a unique story growing up in Nigeria. Shortly after his father passed away his mother moved him and his brother back to the Bronx. Growing up poor and in a violent section of NYC he learned the ways of the streets at an early age. It wasn’t until years later where he was working undercover as a SEAL that he realized some of those tough lessons learned in the South Bronx helped him stay alive in combat. Since making his transition out of the Navy Remi has worked in Hollywood as an actor and has published his first novel Transformed: A Navy SEAL’s Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds. We discussed many topics to include the unconventional warfare approach, how it’s been successful in combat, and how it can be applied to fixing broken communities within the United States. Enjoy 0:00-Intro to Remi’s early life in Nigeria before moving to the Bronx 28:00-Becoming a HUMINT (Human Intelligence) Operator for the SEAL Teams 48:55-The unconventional approach You can get a copy of Remi’s book here: Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim Kolczak:
May 17, 2019
GRP 129-From Africa to the French Special Forces-Qui ose gagne: The Story of a French SAS Operator
I have a very special guest on for this week’s podcast. Retired French SAS operator Raymond. Raymond was born in Africa and moved to France during his teenage years. He eventually joined the Army and became a member of the French Foreign Legion. It was on a deployment with the Foreign Legion where he met members of the French SAS, France’s premier counter terrorism unit. We discussed his early life, the racism he experienced in France and in the Army being African. We touched on what effects terrorism has had on France as a nation, and many other topics. Enjoy. 3:55- The origins of the French Special Forces 8:44-Joining the French Foreign Legion 17:55-Joining the French SAS I Want to give a quick thank you to our sponsor Blinkist- is the only app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes so you can read -or- listen to. Go to for a free 7 day trial. You can keep up with Jack Carr here: Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim Kolczak:
May 09, 2019
GRP 128-The 20 Year Journey of a Navy SEAL Sniper: Jack Carr
GRP 128-The 20 Year Journey of a Navy SEAL Sniper: Jack Carr On for this week’s podcast is former Navy SEAL Officer turned author Jack Carr. He led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper specializing in communications and intelligence, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was on a pre 9/11 training deployment on Guam when the Twin Towers were hit. His team immediately deployed to the middle east to take over ship take down operations against Saddam Hussein from SEAL Team 3 who rotated into Afghanistan. Jack has written a fictional novel called “The Terminal List” and has a second book on the way called “True Believer”. Enjoy. 0:00- My friend Kevin Lacz speaking on the incident in which Marc Lee was killed in action in Iraq. Marc was the first SEAL killed during the Iraq war. 14:02-Naval Special Warfare Sniper, Employment of Snipers on the battlefield. 21:35-Sri Lanka, Global terrorism 40:15-Having a family at home while deploying into combat over a 20-year career I Want to give a quick thank you to our sponsor Blinkist- is the only app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes so you can read -or- listen to. Go to for a free 7 day trial. You can keep up with Jack Carr here: Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim Kolczak:
Apr 25, 2019
GRP 127-An American Spy Master: The former Director of Overseas Operations for the CIA Jack Devine
We have a very special guest for this episode. Former Director of Overseas Operations for the Central Intelligence Agency, Jack Devine. Mr. Devine served with the agency for over 30 years, working some of the most impactful operations during that time. We discussed his interactions with KGB Spy Aldrich Ames, from the beginning of his career until they met again when Jack was the station chief in Rome. Jack ran a covert operation arming the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan during the 1980s in their war against the Soviet Union, which eventually led to USSR's defeat. We discussed the role of politics in the intelligence world and many other topics. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro discussing some of the damage done by Soviet Spy Aldrich Ames, and the results of the covert CIA program arming the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan against the Soviets 9:03-Jack Devine’s interactions with KGB spy Aldrich Ames during the beginning of his CIA career, as well as his interactions with him 20 years later when Devine was the CIA station chief of Rome. 31:14-The politicization of intelligence 40:13-The military coup of 1973 by Chilean General Pinochet 48:45-Charlie Wilsons War: Running covert operations in the 1980s against the Russians in Afghanistan I Want to give a quick thank you to our sponsorBlinkist. Blinkist is the only app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information from thousands of nonfiction books, and condenses it down into just 15 minutes so you can read -or- listen. Go to for a free 7-day trial Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim
Apr 18, 2019
GRP 126-In chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order: CIA Security Officer Tom Pecora
GRP 126- For this weeks podcast I have a very special guest on career CIA Security Officer and author of "GUARDIAN - Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA's War on Terror" Thomas Pecora. “GUARDIAN” is a historical memoir chronicling Mr. Pecora’s 24 years in the CIA in protective operations, counter-terrorism and security, working in some of the worst terrorist hotbeds in the world. We discussed several events which you’ll find as I have that Tom’s perspective is valuable and unique. Enjoy. 0:00- Gary Schroen, and the CIA’s insertion into Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks 6:30-The amount of direct combat for the CIA in modern warfare 10:37-The 1993 attack on CIA headquarters 17:00-On the ground in Mogadishu in 1993, Osama Bin Laden’s role in the Battle of Mogadishu 31:00-The CIA’s tragedy in Khost, Afghanistan. Running Counter Surveillance for Robert Gates 50:54-Changes the Agency underwent after the 9/11 attacks, on the ground in Iraq. 1:09:24- How interconnected terrorist groups are and the effects they have on the world 1:28:36-Tracking Bin Laden Pick up a copy of Thomas Pecora’s book here: I would like to thank our sponsor for todays episode Duke Cannon. Duke Cannon’s superior-quality grooming goods for hard-working men are tested by active military. If it’s the “Big Ass Brick of Soap”, premium hair goods, or beards and shaving products it has the scent of accomplishment. Duke Cannon gives back to veterans. Go to and use the promo code RECON to get 15% off your first order Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim Kolczak: Music provided by Caspian:
Apr 04, 2019
GRP125-There is wisdom of the head and a wisdom of the heart:Dave Nielsen a Special Missions Sniper
Back on the podcast is Dave Nielsen. Dave served in Special Missions as a Breacher, Dog Handler, and sniper. His first experience in war was in 1989 during a combat jump into Panama as a young Ranger. Dave finished up his career over two decades later having deployed multiple times. We discussed in detail the operation which was covered in the HBO documentary “War Dog” where Dave’s K9 partner “Pepper” was killed in Iraq. We discussed Iraq, language training, Egypt and much more. Enjoy.
 0:00- Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler tribute 2:10-Warrior Dogs 27:17-Subject matter experts 1:00:24-Language training in Egypt during the Arab Spring I Want to give a quick thank you to our sponors: Blinkist- is the only app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes so you can read -or- listen to. Go to for a free 7 day trial. Duke Cannon- Duke Cannon’s superior-quality grooming goods for hard-working men are tested by active military. If it’s the “Big Ass Brick of Soap”, premium hair goods, or beards and shaving products it has the scent of accomplishment. Duke Cannon gives back to veterans. Go to and use the promo code RECON to get 15% off your first order Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim Kolczak:
Mar 28, 2019
GRP 124- The Work of a Nation, the Center of Intelligence: Insight from an Intelligence Advisor
GRP 124- “We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go.   On for this week’s podcast is my co host Tim Kolczak and U.S. intelligence specialist JT Patten. Patten, became involved in the intelligence and counter terrorism shortly after 9/11. Possessing a skill set uniquely suited to working specific elements of intelligence operations we were able to discuss some of what that entails. We touched on what is known as the “Deep State” as well as conspiracy theories, funding, and many other topics. Enjoy   0:00-Former CIA Director John Brennan’s intelligence speech   2:59-Tim Kolczak covering MOH recipient from WW2   28:44- JT Patten’s background in the intelligence community   01:02:00-The reality of what is considered the “Deep State” Follow J.T Patten Below: Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim Kolczak:   Music provided by Caspian:
Mar 07, 2019
GRP 123-Only light can drive out darkness-Guardian Group: Countering Child Sex Trafficking
On for the podcast in our latest episode are retired Special Missions Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Tiegs, and the founder of the Guardian Group Jeff Keith. LT Tiegs became aware of the crime of child sex trafficking while disrupting terrorist networks overseas.    After a brief stint in Law Enforcement and the Air Force Special Operation’s, Jeff Keith continued to serve but as a Pastor. Jeff, in his travels overseas learned of the problem and returned to the United States intending to scale it down. We discussed the scope of the crime, ways that the hotel industry and communities can deny pimps and traffickers grounds to operate, and much more. Enjoy.      0:00-Clint Romesha MOH Citation    7:29-Human Trafficking prevention and awareness month. Army Rangers, Green Berets, Special Missions Unit.   13:15- Jeff Keith. Law enforcement, Airforce Special Operations, Pastor.    32:20- Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). Shutting down the sex services website “Backpage” Follow the Guardian Group:     Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim Kolczak:   Music provided by Caspian:
Feb 07, 2019
GRP 122- We’ll do the Voodoo so that you can do what you do: Australian Special Forces Medics
GRP 122- We’ll do the Voodoo so that you can do what you do: Australian Special Forces Medics at war On for this week’s podcast are two Voodoo Medics who served in the Australian Special Forces for a number of years. Corporal Tom Newkirk, 2nd Commando Regiment and the Special Operations Engineer Regiment. Sergeant Brad Watts Medic Distinguished Service Medal, SASR (Special Air Service Regiment) who also spent time with the Engineer Regiment. We talked about the Voodoo Medics documentary by Australian Journalist Kristen Shorten which brought to light some of the experiences of these warriors in combat. We discussed their careers and experiences in Special Operations. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro 10:27-Corporal Tom NewKirk, 2nd Commando Regiment, Special Operations Engineer Regiment. Discussing his family’s military history and Army Career as a Commando Medic. 15:32-Sergeant Brad Watts Medic Distinguished Service Medal, SASR (Special Air Service Regiment) 21:18-Newkirk during the battle of Zabat Kalay in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment. 32:28-The incident for which Sergeant Watts received the Distinguished Service Medal for rescuing a Danish solider shot in the head by a sniper. 44:51-Treating children wounded during war fighting. Here is the link to all of the Voodoo Medics videos and articles Here is the link that will take viewers straight to Voodoo Medics Part I Voodoo Medics podcast iTunes Voodoo Medics podcast Spotify Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim Kolczak:   Music provided by Caspian:
Dec 06, 2018
GRP 121-Voodoo Medics: Australian Special Forces Medics in Afghanistan
On for this week’s podcast is Australian Journalist Kristin Shorten, and Australian Special Forces Medic veteran Jody Tieche. Shorten produced and published a documentary in conjunction with the Daily Telegraph called Voodoo Medics. This documentary chronicles the experiences of Australian Special Forces medics in Afghanistan in a very vivid and real way. We discussed Tactical Casualty Combat Care (TCCC), the process of creating the documentary, and Jody shared some of his experiences in combat. Enjoy. 0:00- into 5:10- Kristin Shorten Australian journalist and wife to a former Australian Special Forces Commando 14:56-Jody Tieche a Special Forces Medic or “Kilo” Here is the link to all of the Voodoo Medics videos and articles Here is the link that will take viewers straight to Voodoo Medics Part I Voodoo Medics podcast iTunes Voodoo Medics podcast Spotify Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim Kolczak:   Music provided by Caspian:
Nov 22, 2018
GRP 120-Warriors Heart: Two Brothers Serving in Special Missions in The War on Terror
GRP 120-Warriors Heart: Two Brothers Serving in Special Missions in The War on Terror For this weeks podcast I have on Tom and Scot Spooner. Both served in the infantry than became Special Forces Engineers. After 9/11 Tom who joined the Army before Scot went to selection and made it into the Army’s Special Missions Unit as an operator. For the next decade he deployed without a break into combat as an operator and a sniper. 
Scot, was on an instructor tour at the Special Forces school house where he taught everything explosives for young men becoming Green Berets. Once Scot’s instructor time was up he went into the Special Missions Unit as apart of the heavy breacher’s program. They’ve been deployed to Iraq at the same time and discuss what that was like. We talked about their new podcast Original Freedom, Post Traumatic Stress, and several other topics. Enjoy. 0:00-Ronald Regan Speech 6:00-Tom Spooners Army Career 12:51-Scot Spooners Army Career 20:16-Deployed with Army Special Missions in Iraq at the same time. 37:02- “It was harder to be at home watching television then it was to be deployed in combat” 58:06-Warriors Heart Follow The Spooner brothers: Website:

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Nov 08, 2018
GRP 119- A Navy SEALs Humanitarian Struggle in The Battle For Mosul: The City of Death
GRP 119-I have a great guest on with me for this episode. Ephraim Mattos, is a former U.S. Navy SEAL turned humanitarian aid worker. Mattos has an upcoming book releasing in October co authored by Scott McEwen (the author of American Sniper) called “City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the battle for Mosul”. Ephraim spent months in Iraq with the Free Burma Rangers providing medical care to Iraqi’s wounded during the battle to re take Mosul from ISIS. There is a viral video taken during the battle where Mattos, and a former U.S. Marine step out from behind a tank to provide covering fire for David Eubank as he sprints under ISIS sniper fire to rescue a little girl. Eubank is a former American Special Forces officer who founded the Free Burma Rangers. Mattos was shot shortly after the rescue. We discussed this event and much more. Enjoy. 0:00-Kevin Lacz on Mark Lee 2:11-Introduction to Ephraim Mattos, SEAL Teams, 7:19-The rescue of an Iraqi girl under ISIS sniper fire in Mosul. Getting shot by ISIS. 23:30-Free Burma Rangers. The war in Burma(Myanmar) is the worlds longest running civil war. 70 years. 43:44-The Nazarene Fund, The Fireside Journal, The City of Death Keep up with Ephraim below: Pre order a copy of his upcoming book here: Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim Kolczak:   Music provided by Caspian:
Sep 20, 2018
GRP-118: Know thy self know thy enemy A thousand battles a thousand victories: The Guardian Group
GRP-118: On for this episode is retired Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Tiegs. LTC Tiegs spent a long career in the US Army serving with multiple special operations units. He finished up with the Army’s Special Missions Unit. Throughout his long career he’s spent years going after and dismantling terror networks across the world.    During his operational service he came across child sex trafficking. He’s now running an organization called “Guardian Group”. “Guardian Group (GG) is committed to an aggressive, comprehensive approach to taking the fight to human trafficking. The first part of our strategy focuses on providing training to the travel and hospitality industries.” Enjoy0:00-Bill McCraven Speech   5:45-Introduction to Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Tiegs, The Guardian Group.   12:05: Ranger Battalion, College, 10thSpecial Forces Group, Special Missions.    29:40: Denying the enemy freedom of movement.     Follow the Guardian Group:     Follow Global Recon below:   Chantel Taylor:   Tim Kolczak:   Music provided by Caspian:
Sep 13, 2018
GRP 117-The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang: Insight from a Special Missions Commander
GRP 117-The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang: Insight from a Special Missions Commander We’re back from a podcasting hiatus with a great episode. I spent my fourth of July morning talking with Army Colonel Scott Kelly. Colonel Kelly spent over 23 years in the military working in various roles as a commanding officer. We touched on several topics including special operations selection, leading men at the pinnacle of combat arms in special missions, family, and the large task of running an Army. Colonel Kelly is also the director of the Green Beret Project which does invaluable work with at risk youth. Please check them out. Enjoy.
 0:00-Intro 7:33-Colonel Scott Kelly’s Army career 9:42: Special Operations Selection. The role of a Commanding Officer in Special Operations. 32:00-Being at the top of your game. The burnout of the Special Operations community and the burden on the families. 57:16-Working at the strategic level. Attending the War College. 1:13:06-The Green Beret Project Check out the Green Beret Project: Follow Global Recon below: Chantel Taylor: Tim Kolczak: Music provided by Caspian:
Jul 19, 2018
GRP 116-All warfare is based on deception: A Warfighters Perspective
Back on this week's podcast is Bob Keller. Bob is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Operations community with time served in the Ranger Regiment, Army Special Forces, and elsewhere. Bob now runs a tactical training company called Gamut Resolutions. We talked about his pre-army days, the tactical training industry, and training law enforcement. Enjoy 0:00-Intro 11:32-The tactical training industry. 37:18- Operation Blue: free training for law enforcement Check out Bob Keller: Facebook: Gamut Resolutions Instagram: Follow Global Recon below: Chantel Taylor: Tim Kolczak: Music provided by Caspian:
Jun 07, 2018
GRP 115-ARMY OF NONE: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
GRP 115- Our guest for this week’s episode is Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger Paul Scharre. Paul’s new book, ARMY OF NONE: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War is a necessary analysis of this new world. In the book, Scharre traces the emergence of this technology, drawing on incisive research and his personal experiences through four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan to explore the moral and practical challenges of machine-decision making in today’s messy, modern wars. We covered: • The rise of fully autonomous weapons and the movement to ban them • The legal and ethical issues surrounding autonomous weapons • The role of artificial intelligence in military technology • How fatal incidents of autonomous weapons gone wrong inform and refine operating procedures, doctrine, and software • How do nations trust one another in an environment of autonomous weapons and cooperate to avoid harmful outcomes? • When a robot kills, who stands trial? Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: Chantel Taylor: Tim Kolczak: Music provided by Caspian:
May 10, 2018
GRP 114- Force has no place where there is need of Skill: A Special Missions Command Sergeant Major
GRP 114- Force has no place where there is need of Skill-Herodotus: A Special Missions Command Sergeant Major We have a very special guest on for this week’s podcast. Command Sergeant Major Thomas Satterly joins us. CSM Satterly served as a Special Missions operator in the U.S. Army for 20 years serving in various leadership roles. His first experience in combat was during the various operations working as apart of Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu in 1993. We talked about his role in capturing Osman Atto which was portrayed in the movie “Black Hawk Down”. CSM Satterly was on the ground for October 3rd when two Blackhawk helicopters were shot down. At the time it became the longest sustained firefight since the Vietnam war. Two snipers from Tom’s unit were awarded the congressional Medal of Honor sacrificing themselves to save one of the pilots of the downed helicopter. We talked about what it was like serving before and during the Global war on terror. Tom told stories from his time in selection and talked about some of the different leadership roles he worked in at the unit. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro 7:46- Interviews coming soon from The Veterans Project covering Lieutenant Sam Lombardo who fought during the Battle of the Bulge with the 99th Infantry Division. Tim covered a veteran of the French Resistance who served with Patton’s 3rd Army 12:49-Introduction to Command Sergeant Major Thomas Satterly. The Battle of Mogadishu. 17:08-Capturing Osman Atto 34:17-Hard lessons learned. An assessment of the enemy’s capabilities. 48:45-Leadership, mindset, and passing a special operations selection Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. CSM Tom Satterly: Global Recon: Chantel Taylor: Tim Kolczak: Tim Kolczak: Music provided by Caspian:
Apr 19, 2018
GRP 113-The Graveyard of Empires: Afghanistan
Episode 113: Back on the podcast co-hosting is Tim Kulczak, the creator of the Veterans Project. Our guest for today’s episode is author and British Army combat veteran Gez Jones. We took a dive into the conflict in Afghanistan from various points as it is a complex situation. Hilarious stories were told as were serious ones. We talked about the failures of western leadership regarding tactics and rules of engagement. We discussed the culture of rape that exist in some areas of Afghanistan where women and children are systematically abused. You guys are going to enjoy this. O:00-Intro 3:56-Inserting into Afghanistan 44:55-The perception of time 1:04:00-Combat story. Asymmetrical warfare. 1:53:26-Culture of rape: Abuse of women and children    can keep up with Tim Kolczak at: Geraint Jones is on Instagram at: Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Apr 12, 2018
GRP 112-Silence and Light: The story of a special operations rock band
GRP 112-Silence and Light: The story of a special operations rock band We have two great guests on for this week’s podcast. They are both veterans of the special operations community and members of a band called Silence and Light. J Bradford is a retired Army Special Missions operator who first saw combat in Mogadishu, Somalia during the Black Hawk Down incident as a young Ranger. Shortly before 9/11 he went onto try out and get selected to serve in the Army’s Special Missions unit where he served for over 10 years. Tyson is a retired Marine Raider Officer with multiple rotations into combat. We talked about the band including the other members who were not on for this podcast. Jason Everman was a member of Sound Garden, and Nirvana before he joined the Army and became a Special Forces Green Beret. We touched on the stresses of combat among several other subjects. Enjoy. 0:00-Scot Spooner intro 4:56-J Bradford’s and Tyson’s musical backgrounds. 9:15-Combat stress 21:53- J Bradford’s military background. October 1993 Mogadishu, Somalia. Tyson’s military background. 41:28-Military specialties and combat applications Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Follow J Bradford on Instagram at Follow Tyson on Instagram at: Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Mar 29, 2018
GRP 111-SOFREP Posting Footage of Americans Killed in Combat
GRP 111-I’m joined for this episode by two friends of mine. Two guys who are highly respected and experienced Green Berets from 3rd Special Forces Group. Bryan Myers from Raise The Black, and Kevin Tretter from Warrior Woven. We gathered today to discuss the helmet cam footage released by ISIS showing the final moments of three Special Forces Green Berets from 3rd Special Forces group and one support member. SOFREP, a company comprised of former Special Operations veterans put their logo on this enemy edited propaganda video and released it saying the American public needs to see the realties of war. This is done against the wishes of the Gold Star families of the men killed on that day. I’ve communicated with Debbie Gannon the mother of Jeremiah Johnson, who’s helmet cam footage of the incident is online. She’s watched the video and allowed me to state on behalf of the family they are disgusted by the release of this video by SOFREP and want it taken down. I also read a statement made by the sister of Jeremiah Johnson regarding the video. Here is the link to sign a petiton to have SOFREP remove the video: Intro: 0:00 5:54-SOFREP puts their logo on ISIS propaganda footage showing Americans being ambushed and killed in combat. 12:16-My conversation with Debbie Gannon the gold star mother of Jeremiah Johnson one of the Green Berets killed during this ambush 19:17-The realities of combat. Respect for the enemies we’ve killed in combat 25:20-Statement from the gold star Johnson family 46:02-John Glenn’s gold star mother’s speech Visit Bryan Myers company website: Visit Kevin Tretters company website: Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Mar 09, 2018
GRP 110-And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free:CIA Case Officer Duane Evans
GRP 110-The author of Foxtrot in Kandahar former Special Forces Officer and veteran CIA Case Officer Duane Evans joins me for this podcast. Duane began his career as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army and serving in 7th Special Forces Group. Evans joined the CIA where he worked for almost two decades before the September 11th attacks. Duane did everything he could to get on a team that was heading into Afghanistan alongside Army Special Forces Green Berets to spearhead the effort in destroying Al-Queda and their leadership. He became the lead officer for a CIA paramilitary team callsign Foxtrot. They were the first Americans to enter Kandahar, and played a very important role during the beginning of the war. Duane shares his eperiences of his time there including a story of when his team captured Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver Salem Hamdan Duane Evans book Foxtrot in Kandahar is available everywhere books are sold. Check out the link below: 0:00-Intro 3:27-Military Intelligence officer. 82nd Airborne, 7th Special Forces Group 5:54-CIA Case Officer. Insertion into Afghanistan in 2001 19:34-ODA 574. Mullah Omar 30:38-The capturing of Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver Salem Hamdan This episode is sponsored by my friends over at Biowave. BioWave is the non-opioid way to block chronic or acute pain at the push of a button. VA recognized, VA prescribed, FDA cleared and made in America, BioWave is used by over 30 VA’s and even professional sports teams. If you are a veteran or active military that needs help managing pain, visit and learn how to get treatment at no cost. Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Mar 08, 2018
GRP 109-Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji: America’s First Muslim Green Beret in The War on Terror
GRP 109-I had the honor of having on Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji. MSG Lahidji served on a Special Forces A-Team for 24 years. He was born in Iran and served in the Iranian Special Forces before immigrating to America. Changiz is a soldier at heart and wanted to serve his country. He joined the Army in 1978 and went on to become the first Muslim Green Beret in American history. Changiz was in a unique position to work special undercover assignments. He went undercover in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis to spy on Iranian soldiers guarding the U.S. Embassy where Americans were being held, hostage. MSG Lahidji found himself in Afghanistan training the Afghani Mujahideen to fight against the Russian’s during the 1980’s. We talked about his role working undercover in New York City gathering intelligence on Omar Abdel-Rahman was also known as “The Blind Sheikh” an Egyptian born extremist who was connected to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombers. Changiz spent time in Afghanistan after 2001, as well as Iraq, and Africa. Master Sergeant Lahidji’s book Full Battle Rattle is available everywhere books are sold. Check out the link below: 0:00-Intro 4:57- Iranian Special Forces to American Special Forces. Going undercover to gather intelligence during the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis 12:31-Training the Mujahideen in Afghanistan to counter Soviet aggression during the 1980’s. 24:55-Special assignment working undercover gathering intel on Omar Abdel-Rahman also known as “The Blind Sheikh”. Rahman was connected to the group responsible for the 1993 world trade center bombing. 32:30-The embassy bombing in Beirut in 1983. 42:35-Fallujah, Iraq 2003. Working in Sudan and driving for President Jimmy Carter in Africa. This episode is sponsored by my friends over at Biowave. BioWave is the non-opioid way to block chronic or acute pain at the push of a button. VA recognized, VA prescribed, FDA cleared and made in America, BioWave is used by over 30 VA’s and even professional sports teams. If you are a veteran or active military that needs help managing pain, visit and learn how to get treatment at no cost. Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Mar 01, 2018
GRP 108-"By Strength and Guile" A Conversation with American and British Operators
GRP 108-We have some great guest on for this episode. Back on the podcast is retired Navy SEAL Boyd Renner. Boyd served for 28 years in the Navy all of that as a Navy SEAL. With 23 years spent at Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Bob joined us as well and Bob served for 16 years as a Royal Marine in the British military. He spent the majority of his time deployed in combat before he was medically retired. Boyd and Bob shared some stories of their time in the service which can be hilariously funny or life changing events. We talked about Boyd getting his first tattoo with his wife’s DNA encapsulated into it via his company Everence. We discussed approaching and dealing with difficult situations in life, the meaning of tattoo’s, and many other topics. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro 4:09-Boyd’s first tattoo and military background. 6:06-Bob’s military career in the British Royal Marines 19:12-Running a protection detail for General Stanley McChrystal 43:40-Tattoos 1:04:40-Combat Story This episode is sponsored by my friends over at Biowave. BioWave is the non-opioid way to block chronic or acute pain at the push of a button. VA recognized, VA prescribed, FDA cleared and made in America, BioWave is used by over 30 VA’s and even professional sports teams. If you are a veteran or active military that needs help managing pain, visit and learn how to get treatment at no cost. Check out Boyd’s company Everence at: Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Feb 22, 2018
GRP 107-The Contingent Group: The Story of a SEAL Team 6 Operator
GRP 107- Joining us for this week’s podcast is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the United States Navy SEALs. Eddie Penney began his military career as a Marine. After his first contract was up he enlisted into the Navy and began the grueling process to become a Navy SEAL. Eddie served multiple tours of duty as a SEAL before joining Naval Special Warfare Development Group which is better known as SEAL Team 6. Penney shared his experiences in BUDs with us. We talked about deploying into combat and having the mindset required to serve as an operator over several years of warfighting. We talked about the “Contingent Group” which is a security company that offers a wide variety of security services that Eddie has started since leaving the Navy. Enjoy. 0:00-Intro 4:20-Becoming a United States Marine. Becoming a Navy SEAL. 16:05-Naval Special Warfare Development Group. 34:00- “I either want to die in combat, doing my job right now, or live till I’m 98 years old and see my great, great grand kids,” one of them told me. “I don’t want anything in between. None of us do. A warrior’s death, you can’t get any higher than that. It’s horrible for the family, they don’t want to hear that, but for us, the guys at our command, we’re okay with it. That is our duty, the highest calling 41:19-Transitioning. The Contingent Group. Security/Safety tips. Check out the Contingent Group’s website here: Facebook: Instagram: Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Feb 08, 2018
GRP 106-One Time Every Time: The Trials and Tribulations of a Navy SEAL at War
GRP 106-One Time Every Time: Trials and Tribulations of a Navy SEAL at War Chantel Taylor is back on the podcast co-hosting for this episode. We have a special guest on with us “Turbo” who is a retired Navy SEAL. Turbo served as a SEAL for a number of years. After 9/11 he became the second amputee of the war. He couldn’t give details but he was wounded upon insertion into an area attempting to rescue Americans. He was rescued after 18 hours in -20-degree weather on a 10,000-foot mountaintop. His leg was amputated below the knee. After 9 months of rehabilitation, he rejoined his team and deployed into combat. We talked about his experiences going through BUDs (Basic Underwater Demolitions/SEAL) training. We touched on the mental and physical aspects of overcoming a difficult situation. After retiring from the Navy Turbo has done a number of events and competitions in honor of wounded and fallen warfighters all over the country. We discussed Everence and his role in it. Everence encapsulates DNA which can be inserted into a new or existing tattoo. Enjoy. Everence is currently being offered at a special holiday discount. You can visit their website at to take advantage of it. 0:00-Intro. Navy SEAL Kevin Lacz talking about his good friend Marc Lee who was KIA in Iraq running combat operations. 3:10-The beginning of Turbo’s Navy career 6:00- “One Time Every Time” Becoming a Navy SEAL. 20:31- “Wounded by machine gun fire upon insertion. 18 hours later, -20 degrees, 10,000-foot mountaintop.” 33:33-Everence 42:50-Honoring the fallen, Prosthetics, The Invictus Games Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor:
Jan 25, 2018
GRP 105-It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: A Special operations Sergeant Major
GRP 105- Very special guest on with me for this week’s podcast. Retired Special Operations Sergeant Major Chris Dutch Moyer came on. SGM Moyer served in the U.S. Army for 31 years. He first served as a Tanker, an Infantrymen, and an Army Ranger, before going deeper into the Joint Special Operations Command. We talked about the mindset required to remain at the top of your game for so long. We talked about coming back from injuries as he’s gotten badly injured while training for combat.       The special operations forces are constantly training, deploying, and fighting. We talked about how the forces to some degree have burned out and how the military is getting better at mitigating the burnout. We talked about the “golden age of special operations” which refers to the last 16 plus years of war where the operators have lead the fight against America’s enemies. We discussed Africa, transnational terrorism, and the geopolitical threat posed by China. SGM Moyer shared some of the school’s and specialties he’s had while in such as being a dog handler. We were able to discuss some of the benefits of having dogs running with operators in combat. Lastly, we discussed his consulting company called DCM Consulting USA. They are working on getting a website back up but for now, you can contact him via his Instagram page which is listed below. Enjoy.  0:00-Intro 2:23-Introduction to Sergeant Major Moyer 9:53-The golden age of special operations 15:35-Transnational Terrorism. The burning out of special operations forces.  31:09-The tip of the spear 53:42-Special Operations working dogs  Sergeant Major Chris Dutch Moyer: Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Jan 11, 2018
GRP 104-Geraint Jones:The Story of a British Infantry Soldier in Iraq
GRP 104- This episode is co-hosted by the creator of The Veterans Project U.S. Army Veteran Tim Kolczak. Our guest for today is British Army combat veteran Geraint Jones. Gez served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. We took a dive into what it was like serving during the height of the Iraq war in Basra where the British military was primarily operating. Basra at the time was like the wild west and Gez shares stories of his time patrolling into some of these areas as well as the complexity of dealing with very tight rules of engagement as a British warfighter. He shares some hilarious and tragic stories of life in Basra. We touched on several topics to include tourniquet use, politics in war, dealing with extreme heat while conducting operations, and searching for roadside bombs. This is a good one. 0:00-Intro 11:48-British Army Infantry 24:28-Basra, Iraq 43:07-Rules of engagement 54:30-Operating in Iraqi heat 1:00:38- “Orders Are Orders” checking for roadside bombs in Iraq 1:13:50-Tourniquet use 1:20:42-Don’t mix politics and war You can keep up with Tim Kolczak at: Geraint Jones is on Instagram at: Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Dec 28, 2017
GRP 103-Everence: The Story of a Navy SEAL DEVGRU Operator
GRP 103-On with me for this week’s podcast is Chief Warrant Officer (W-4), U.S. Navy, Boyd Renner. Renner served for 28 years in the Navy all of that time as a SEAL. He served for 23 years with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU). DEVGRU is the Tier 1 counter-terrorism component of the Navy. With a total of 12 combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq Boyd has a unique perspective. We discussed his role in Operation Red Wings 2 which was the mission to locate and recover Marcus Luttrell, as well as the SEALs that were killed on the quick reaction helicopter that got shot down attempting to provide back up to Luttrell’s team. We discussed leadership, tactical medicine, the burning out of Special Operations Forces, and a new product which just released from Boyd’s company called Everence. Everence is a patented technology that allows you to add DNA from a loved one directly into any new or existing tattoo. Everence is currently being offered at a special holiday discount. You can visit their website at to take advantage of it. 0:00-Intro 4:17-Introduction into Boyd’s military career. Going through Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) school. 9:24-Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU). 11:56-Operation Red Wings 2. The search and rescue of Marcus Luttrell. 26:00-The nonstop deployments of Special Operations Forces over the last 16 years. Units getting burned out, and the care received after coming home. Tactical medicine. 35:00- 12 combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Specialty skill sets in the SEAL Teams. Leadership. 46:50- “That speeding train keeps going when you get off of it” -retired SEAL. 49:00-Endeavor life sciences. Everence. Adding DNA safely to a new or existing tattoo. A way to have family and loved ones with you long after they’re gone. Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Dec 21, 2017
GRP 102-United and Undaunted:The Story of Paul De Gelder
GRP 102- On for this week’s podcast is Australian Navy Clearance Diver Paul De Gelder. Paul served in the Australian Army as a Paratrooper before transferring into the Navy to serve in the elite Navy Clearance Diver teams. While working on a counter terrorism exercise in Australia Paul was attacked by a Bull shark. The shark nearly killed him ripping off his wrist and tearing through a large portion of his right leg which was eventually amputated. Being in a really dark space Paul was struggling with basic task and overwhelming pain as a result of his injuries. We talked about what this recovery process was like and the value of the human spirit. He was able to become an instructor at the Clearance Diver school, but wasn’t allowed back into the teams. Paul now does documentary film work, and television shows with Discovery. We talked about mindset and how to overcome adversity. Powerful. 0:00-Intro 7:00- Paul’s life pre military. Australian Army Paratrooper. 11:07-East Timor. An eye opening experience. 16:41- Australian Navy Clearance Diver 29:10-The shark attack that was nearly fatal. Paul lost his wrist and right leg after a Bullshark bit him during a counter terrorism exercise. Recovery, phantom pains, mindset, dealing with adversity. You can find Paul on Instagram at: Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Carson Aune: "A soldiers Best Friend"
Dec 14, 2017
GRP 101-Never Above You, Never Below You, Always Beside You- A Marine Raiders Journey
GRP 101-On for this week's podcast is former Marine Raider Nick Koumalatsos. Nick explained his early life which was a bumpy road as he was getting in trouble prior to joining the Marine Corps. Overcoming several obstacles he made it in and began his journey. We talked about his time spent in Force Recon, and the Marine Raider Battalions. Nick shared a war story from his Force Recon days in Fallujah, Iraq running Asymmetrical operations.  We discussed transitioning out of the military, and several of the different ventures Nick has been spearheading including the Raider Project. We talked about Youtube, traveling, drone cameras and much more. Enjoy.  0:00-Intro 3:40-Nick's early life struggles. Entry into the Marine Corps. 28:08-The difference between Force Recon and the Marine Raider Battalions  33:35-Force Recon in Fallujah  47:38-Nick's transition out of the military.  Check out some links below to follow up with Nick:  USMC Prep   Week Marine Corps Recruit Training Prep Program   YouTube - Nick’s Weekly Vlog (BE PREPARED SERIES) Spartan Carton - Nick fitness subscription box. The Raider Project - Veteran Non-Profit  Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor:
Nov 30, 2017
GRP 100-War Dogs:The Story of a Special Missions Operator
GRP 100- For the 100th episode of the Global Recon Podcast we have an extremely special episode. On with us is retired Special Missions Operator Dave Nielsen. Dave served first with the 75th Ranger Regiment and then went into a Special Missions unit as an assaulter, dog handler, and sniper. His story was featured in the HBO documentary released on the 13th of this month called "War Dogs" executive produced by actor Channing Tatum. This documentary shows the story of three dog handlers and their canine counterparts from the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). It's a raw, realistic view of what it's like going into combat with these warrior dogs and what its like post-military. Dave talked about his combat jump into Panama in 1989 as a young Ranger. He shared stories of his dog "Pepper" who was killed while rooting out an enemy from a sewer hole in Iraq on the banks of the Tigris River. They searched for her all night but had to leave once the sun was coming up as they were in enemy-held territory. We talked about the mindset required to pass selection for special operations, and the mindset required to surmount any obstacle in life. Enjoy. RIP Pepper. 0:00-Episode overview 3:48-Episode introduction with Chantel Taylor 17:33- Introduction to Dave's career in the Army. Combat jumped into Panama with the 75th Ranger Regiment in 1989. 22:12-Military Working Dog Pepper 55:54-Mindset and passing selection. Fear of success 1:03:00-SOF K-9 Memorial Here is the link to the SOF K-9 memorial page ran by Dave's wife Laura, and a former unit operator: Here is the link to the full documentary: Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Carson Aune: "A soldiers Best Friend"
Nov 16, 2017
GRP 99-Jason Hall: Screen Writer for "American Sniper" Director for "Thank You For Your Service"
GRP 99-Our guest for this weeks episode is Jason Hall. Jason wrote the screen play for "American Sniper" and is the director for "Thank You For Your Service". His latest film is based on the book of the same title written by David Finkel. It's centered around Adam Schumann a U.S. Army Combat veteran and some of the final moments of this last deployment into Iraq with a focus on his return home. This movie highlights the struggle that some combat veterans face upon returning from war not only with the physical and mental damage , but in getting help from Veterans Affairs. Jason shared a funny story about how he met Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle. We talked about what it was like working behind the scenes for this film, and some of the issues that are faced by combat veterans. Enjoy.  0:00-Episode overview 3:06-Jason Hall's career in Hollywood 5:47-How Jason met Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle 17:57-Entering the window of a human brain that has undergone traumatic brain injury but doing so on a massive scale. Helping turn the corner on these issues.  Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Nov 09, 2017
GRP 98-Benito Olson:The Story of a Dog Handler Supporting SEAL Team Six in Combat
GRP 98-On for this week's podcast is retired Master at Arms Benito Olson. Benny began his career in the Navy working in Bahrain where he developed an interest in dog handling. He eventually became a dog handler and was stationed back in the states. Benny was then recruited as a dog handler into the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) to support the SEALs as their dog handler. We talked what it's like working with military dogs and then working with Special Operations dogs in the SEAL teams. Benny deployed 5 times with the Tier 1 SEALs. He was paired up with SEAL dog "Digo". He shared stories of his first deployment where they conducted direct action raids in Iraq. Two of the DEVGRU assaulters were killed on this rotation. Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nathan H. Hardy and Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Michael E. Koch. Benny shares the story of when he was severely wounded conducting a raid where they got into a brief gunfight killing two enemy fighters. Benny moved in with two assaulters to enter the building. Unbeknownst to them, it was rigged to explode. The blast seriously wounded Benny, Digo, and killed Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Luis A. Souffront. Benny's last trip was to Afghanistan during the Extortion 17 incident in which 30 Americans were killed when they're helicopter was shot down. 17 were SEALs with 15 of them from DEVGRU. Many of them close friends. This was Benny's last trip before he was medically retired out of the Navy. He now runs a company called Patriot Dog Training. 0:00-Episode overview 3:50-Benito's Navy career, Master at Arms, Dog Handler 16:15-Benny's recruitment into the Naval Special Warfare's Development Group (DEVGRU) in a support role as a Dog Handler. 30:14-SEAL dog "Digo" whom Benny became his handler upon his entry into the squadron. 35:41: First combat deployment into Iraq conducting direct action missions. Two DEVGRU assaulters were killed on this rotation prior to Benny getting blown up. Rest in Peace Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nathan H. Hardy and Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Michael E. Koch 1:02:25-The operation in which they assaulted a building that was rigged with explosives seriously wounding Benny, Digo, and killing Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Luis A. Souffront. Benny was told he wouldn't be able to deploy again. 9 months later he was back in Afghanistan and went on to complete 5 total trips. 1:21:20-Digo passed away after retiring from the Navy and being adopted by a family. Benny's last deployment was to Afghanistan during the "Extortion 17" incident which the 31 American deaths represent the greatest loss of U.S. military lives in a single incident in the, by then, decade-long war in Afghanistan that began in 2001. 15 of the SEALs on board were from DEVGRU and many were close friends of Benito's. 1:26:00- Patriot Dog Training. Benito's dog training company. Check out Benito Olsen's website: Social Media: Patriot Dog Training Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Nov 02, 2017
GRP 97-"Thank You For Your Service" With Adam Schumann
GRP 97- “Thank You for Your Service” written and directed by “American Sniper” screenwriter Jason Hall depicts Adam Schumann (played by Miles Teller) and other, real-life soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division. The movie, opening Friday, portrays their struggles with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts following their return from Iraq to Fort Riley, Kansas. We have Schumann on for this episode to discuss his career in the Army as well as some of the challenges he’s faced over his 34 months on the ground in Iraq. We talked about PTSD and brain injuries. This is an incredible movie that I had the opportunity to attend an early screening back in August. I was literally gripping the edge of my seat. It’s very emotional. Enjoy. 0:00-Episode overview 1:08-Retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Leadership 5:18-Introduction to Adam Schumann. Three combat deployments into Iraq for a total of 34 months of time on the ground. 13:19-How we deal with brain damage as a society. 23:44-Blast wave injuries, explosively formed penetrator’s (EFP). “Separate your arms and legs so you weren’t sitting parallel. A lot of times you sit with your arms on your knees guys were getting hit by EFP’s and losing all four in one shot”- Adam Schumann Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Oct 28, 2017
GRP 96- The Commando: The life and death of Cameron Baird.
GRP 96-Corporal Cameron Baird is one of Australia’s most highly decorated warriors. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in leading a team of Australian Commando’s assaulting an enemy strong hold on June 22, 2013 in Afghanistan. Author Ben Mckelvey just published the book “The Commando: The life and death of Cameron Baird”. I have Ben on for this podcast alongside former Australian Special Forces operator Eddie Robinson. Cam and Eddie were best friends having grown up in Special Forces together. We talked about the process of writing the book, and Ben sitting down with Cameron’s wonderful parents Doug, and Kaye Baird. Ben and Eddie shared some details from the book and it really gives some insight into a man like Cam who not only was a remarkable warrior, but was also a deep thinker with interest in philosophy and history. Eddie shares a story of a time when they were on patrol in Afghanistan and the children of this particular village were running alongside the vehicle’s probably hoping to get some candy or water. They had nothing left to give them so Eddie decided to hand them bottles of hot sauce. Cam proceeds to tell Eddie this will likely get them into a fight. A few minutes later they got ambushed. LOL 0:00-Episode overview 6:58-History and insight into the Victoria Cross 31:06-Shaping the book “The Commando”. Utilizing the 2nd Commando Regiment in Afghanistan. 35:00-Eddie Robinson’s background in Special Forces and how he met Cam. Ben Mckelvey’s background. 1:08-A story of a time when Cam and Eddie were on patrol in Afghanistan eventually getting ambushed because Eddie gave out hot sauce to kids in the village LOL 1:27:00-” If there’s anyway he could have gone out this is how he would of went. With a hot weapon in his hand”- Eddie Robinson You can get a copy of the book here Below is the official website of Australia’s 2nd Commando Regiment: Follow Eddie on Instagram here: Follow Ben McKelvey here: Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Oct 20, 2017
GRP 95- The Reality of War: Perspective of SAS Trooper and Victoria Cross recipient Mark Donaldson
GRP 95- We know you’ve all been anticipating part two of the conversation we had with Mark Donaldson. Mark is a veteran of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment and recipient of the Victoria Cross. The VC is Australia’s highest award given for valor in combat. In this segment Mark talks about running operations with U.S Army Special Forces Green Berets in Afghanistan. It was on one of these operations in which the battle took place where Mark went above and beyond the call of duty. Mark walks us through that operation in vivid detail. The most important piece of this conversation is when Mark gives us the reality of it all when saying yes, he’s been celebrated for his actions that day, but for many it was the worst day of their lives. There are second and third effects for the family and friends of the warriors who were wounded, or killed during the chaos and confusion of that battle. It wasn’t said to dampen our moods, but to add perspective to what is generally looked at as something glamorous. 0:00-Episode overview 1:43- 2008 SAS deployment to Afghanistan, running operations with U.S Army Special Forces Green Berets. 6:20-Battle in which Mark was awarded the Victoria Cross 52:15- The realities of war, and remembering the Victoria Cross from the perspective of the men on the ground. Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Oct 16, 2017
GRP 94 Echo in Ramadi: Marine Corps Major Scott Huesing
GRP 94-It’s a great honor to have United States Marine Corps Major Scott Huesing on the podcast. Major Huesing served for 24 years with 10 deployments conducting operations in over 60 countries worldwide. He’s the author of the upcoming book “Echo in Ramadi”. Now Major Scott A. Huesing, the commander who led Echo Company through Ramadi, takes readers back to the streets of Ramadi in a visceral, gripping portrayal of modern urban combat. Bound together by brotherhood, honor, and the horror they faced, Echo's Marines battled day-to-day on the frontline of a totally different kind of war, without rules, built on chaos. In Echo in Ramadi, Huesing brings these resilient, resolute young men to life and shows how the savagery of urban combat left indelible scars on their bodies, psyches, and souls. We discussed Transnational terrorism, Ramadi, Leadership in combat and Gold Star families. 0:00-Episode overview 2:17-Conflict in Africa, transnational terrorism 11:29-Ramadi, Iraq 18:07-Leading Marines in combat, Gold Star families 32:46-The less then 1 percent of Americans serving in combat, PTSD 47:49- Save The Brave Foundation Major Huesing: Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Oct 12, 2017
GRP 93-Victoria Cross: The story of Mark Donaldson an SAS Trooper
GRP 93- It’s with great reverence that I introduce our guest for this week’s podcast. Mark Donaldson is a retired Australian Special Air Service Regiment trooper and recipient of the Victoria Cross. The Victoria Cross is Australia’s highest award for most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valor or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy. It’s the Australian equivalent to our Medal of Honor. We discussed Mark’s early life and motivation for joining the Army as he experienced a traumatic event with the loss of his mother at the age of 19. We discussed how one can turn a tragic event into a motivating force. We discussed the mindset required to train for and get selected into a Special Operations unit like the SAS, and how that same mindset can help surmount obstacles in life. We discussed leadership, the bottom-up approach, and the changing strategy and role for western forces in Afghanistan. This is part one of the interview. The second part will be released within the coming days. Three U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets have been killed in action this week while on patrol through western Mali, in Niger. We’d like to send our deepest condolences to the friends, teammates, and family of these fallen warriors. 0:00- Episode Overview 6:36:00- Motivation to join the Army, and later the SAS. Using the loss of a loved one to drive you forward in life. 15:51:00- “The best way to honor my mates is to come back and live a good life”-Australian WW1 veteran 28:19:00-The mindset required to make it into Special Operations and surmount obstacles in life. Training for selection. 57:06:00- The bottom-up approach. Leadership and team building. “I’m the guy on the ground I decide what I drop”-British Special Boat Service JTAC to brigade command over the radio 1:09:00- The evolution of the strategy in Afghanistan and the changing role of the special operations units. This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Oct 06, 2017
GRP 92-Terror in Vegas|Chantel Taylor returns| Five Years to Freedom
GRP 92- We’d like to send our condolences out to the family and friends of everyone affected by the horrific attack in Las Vegas. We’d want to withhold any commentary, or analysis until the facts from the official investigation come out. Chantel Taylor is back on the podcast. We touched on a variety of different topics to include situational awareness, the attack in Marseilles, France, and the refugee situation in Europe among many other subjects. We’ll play the second half of the discussion where retired Green Beret HP Lefler and I went over the book “Five Years to Freedom” written by Army Colonel Nick Rowe. Colonel Rowe was captured in 1963 in Vietnam. 0:00- Episode overview 3:11:00-Attack in Marseilles, France. Situational Awareness. 9:11:00- Refugees in Europe. 16:55:00-SERE training in the U.K. 22:33:00-Modern Warfare compared to the great wars. Rules of engagement. 31:06:00- “Out of the frying pan into the fire”, Che Guevara You can purchase a copy of "Five Years to Freedom" here: This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Oct 04, 2017
GRP 91-"Five Years to Freedom"
GRP 90-Co-hosting for this episode is retired Green Beret HP Lefler. Lef spent time as an instructor at the Army’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) school. SERE is a program, best known by its military acronym, that provides high-risk personnel such as Special Operations Forces, and aircrews techniques and principles to be followed if captured by the enemy. We went over the book “Five Years to Freedom” written by Army Colonel Nick Rowe. Colonel Rowe was captured in 1963 in Vietnam. At the time of his capture, he was a Special Forces Officer working as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Forces. Prior to 1965 when large numbers of American combat troops were sent to Vietnam, only small numbers of Special Forces advisors and support personnel were in theatre. Rowe was captured alongside Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Humbert “Rocky” Versace, and Sergeant Dan Pitzer. Rowe is one of 34 American prisoners to escape captivity during the Vietnam war and went on to design the Army’s SERE program. We also discussed the issue in Puerto Rico as they were completely slammed by a hurricane. We talked about the seemingly impossible issue we seem to have in this country where we cannot find any common ground on political issues. 0:00-Overview 3:03-Disaster in Puerto Rico 7:50-NFL controversy 19:09- Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) School 25:03-5 Years to Freedom You can purchase a copy of "Five Years to Freedom" here: // This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Sep 29, 2017
GRP 90-How to travel abroad safely|The dangers of training for war| Terror in the U.K.
GRP 90-Co-hosting for this week’s podcast is U.S. Army Special Forces veteran HP Lefler. For this episode we decided to come up with some tips and ideas on how to plan for a trip into a place like Egypt. As Americans, or Westerners traveling into a country in North Africa it can be exciting and dangerous. The tips and ideas we give you are to help mitigate some of those risk. Last week there was a training accident at the Special Forces Qualification Course in which 1 student was killed, and several other people were injured. We’d like to send our condolences out to the family and friends of 32-year-old Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida of Dunstable, Massachusetts. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation. We talked about the dangers of training for war in the Special Operations, Combat Arms, and support for Combat Arms in the military really is. There was a terrorist attack in London a few days ago with the terrorist constructing a poorly put together device which partially detonated wounding 30 people. We talked about what you can do to prepare yourself mentally for a situation like this, and the proper way to react in order to navigate away from the danger zone. 0:00-Episode overview 3:07-Safety tips, contingency planning, and what to do if shit goes south as an American, or westerner in a country like Egypt. 19:52- Training accident at the Special Forces Qualification Course. Staff Sgt. Alexander P. Dalida was killed and seven others were injured in the incident. We talk about the dangers of training for war. 30:20-Terrorist deployed a poorly put together homemade explosive device that partially exploded in the London train system. How to respond to a threat, and maintain your calm in order to properly navigate out of a dangerous situation. This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit Follow my co-host and myself on social media. Links below. Global Recon: HP Lefler: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Sep 22, 2017
GRP 89-The Long Game-China, Russia, and unconventional warfare
GRP 89-Two days ago was the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. I’m in close proximity of the Freedom Tower every day. The memory of those who died are alive and well within those of us who were present on that fateful day 16 years ago. We will always remember. On for this week’s podcast is recently retired Special Forces Weapons Sergeant (18 Bravo) HP Lefler. Lef served as a Green Beret all over the planet in multiple roles. We discuss the subversion of U.S. influence around the world by the Chinese and Russian governments. We discuss what it is their doing, why they’re doing it, and where. We touched on what’s commonly referred to now a days as fake news, and some ways to go around it. The expectations of the political leadership and the population of America is seemingly off when measured by the reality of what it takes to build a democracy especially in some of the nations that we’re actively attempting to do so. Countering an insurgency and engaging in gorilla warfare in many of these places will take decades to reach a place that can be considered victorious. This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit 0:00-JFK Speech 2:23-Introduction 4:35-September 11th and the struggle between radical Islam and the west 12:11-China, Russia and the subversion of U.S. influence around the globe 23:34-Fake News 27:00-The evolution of modern warfare and the expectations and its understanding by the American people 33:17-Leflers Army background. From the 501st Parachute Regiment, and the 82nd Airborne Division to a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant. 46:31-Unconventtional Warfare and the nature of todays conflicts 1:09:35- “I come in peace, I’ve brought no artillery, and I’m begging you with tears in my eyes if you fuck with me I will kill you all” HP Lefler: Global Recon: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Sep 14, 2017
GRP 88-So that others may live: The Story of a Pararescuemen.
GRP 88-We’re back! We took a short break for the end of the summer to get some travel time in. On for this week’s podcast is United States Air Force (Ret) Chief Master Sergeant “N.G.”. He served in the Air Force for a total of 26 years, with 21 of those years as a Pararescuemen, or Para Jumper (PJ). The United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Air Combat Command (ACC) operators tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments. These special operations units are also used to support NASA missions and have been used to recover astronauts after water landings. They are attached to other SOF teams from all branches to conduct other operations as appropriate. “N.G” is the owner of S.E.I. Green Feet, a company which provides a multitude of highly specialized training modules for the special operations, first responders, and business communities. You can find out more about the company here: We talked about some of “N.G”s career, the unique mission and capabilities of the PJ’s, as well as tactical medicine, leadership, and exiting the military. •    0:00-Introduction audio on Medal of Honor recipient Airforce PJ William H. Pitsenbarger “Pitts”. •    7:47-Air Force Pararescue is the only unit whose primary job is to rescue. Joining the Air Force, and then Pararescue. •    12:50-Pararescue selection, advice on how to properly prepare. •    22:10-What makes Pararescue a unique unit and mission set. Jumping, diving, insertion and exfiltration capabilities.  •    30:07-Combat deployments as a Pararescuemen. •    38:05-NG was a part of the team that rescued the Stealth F-117A pilot who was shot down in Serbia in 1999. •     45:45-The development of tactics, techniques, and procedures of combat medicine. The innovation of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), and its implementation by the U.S. Army Rangers. •    58:00-Leadership. •    1:05:14- “There are no atheist in the foxholes” •    1:15:02-S.E.I. Green Feet •    1:21:06-Exiting the military. The Pararescue Foundation. This episode is sponsored by Abes Baumann, a law firm that provides legal services and fights for the rights of disabled veterans. To learn about what they can offer you visit The Pararescue Foundation: Global Recon: Chantel Taylor: Music provided by Caspian:
Sep 08, 2017
GRP 87-Combat Concussions: The cause and effects of blast wave injuries on veterans of combat arms
GRP 87-We have a very special and powerful episode for you guys. Back on the podcast is retired SARC Dan Brown, and retired Army Special Operations veteran Kevin Tretter. Dan served with Force Recon and the Marine Raider Battalions as a highly trained Corpsman. Kevin started out as a Combat Engineer 12 Bravo then went into Special Forces as an 18 Charlie Engineer Sergeant. He got picked up by a special unit to serve as a heavy breacher. He then went back into Special Forces in the Commanders in Extremis Force (CIF) which is the counter terrorist arm of the Green Berets. During his time in the CIF he survived a helicopter crash in Iraq eventually retiring after 20 years of service. This episode is important because we discussed Traumatic Brain Injury in a deep and honest way as both Dan and Kevin have brain injuries due to the culmination of training in tight spaces with live rifle fire, explosives, airplane jumps and combative training. They have both received blast injuries in combat. We discussed the negative effects of having physical brain damage, and how the government protocols for diagnosing PTSD and TBI are flawed. We talked about the positive effects of Cannabis on healing brain injuries as they both have used it for a positive effect. We discussed some problems and solutions with veterans who don’t need care for TBI or PTSD taking advantage of the government and sucking up resources from service members who need the treatment. 0:00-Intro 4:48-Kevin Tretter’s background. Combat Engineer 12 Bravo. 18 Charlie (Engineer Sergeant) with 3rd Special Forces Group. Worked as a Heavy Breacher with a special unit within the Army Special Operations Command. 8:08- Tretter joined the Commanders in Extremis Forces. Survived a helicopter crash in Iraq. 9:25-Understanding the compounding struggles of all of the concussions. Prolonged exposure, retirement, and realization 14:20- Medical Marijuana and creative output.   20:20-Issues with memory and placing memories in proper chronological order.   25:08-Difference between sports concussions and concussions received by blast waves. 27:00-New York Times article on PTSD being misdiagnosed most likely being TBI. Area’s of the brain damaged by TBI. 32:29-Doctors misdiagnosing TBI, and not factoring the cumulative effects of the blast waves on the brain. 44:05-Servicemembers who claim PTSD falsely, sucking up resources for induvial who need it.  Solutions to fixing this issue. 1:02:28-Changing our approach to care for TBI. Potentially changing the name to Post Blast Wave Concussion Syndrome. 1:25:51-Finding a sense of purpose. Getting back to the basics. Utilizing creativity. 1:34:02-The positive effects of Cannabis on the brain, and the politics behind keeping Marijuana illegal when it heals. Articles on brain study: Hemingway's Brain CBD/Canabis for Seizures sited research studies within article Introduction audio is from the NRA series “Patriot Profiles” with Army Special Operations veteran Scot Spooner speaking: Kevin Tretter: Dan Brown: The Dangerzone Podcast on Sound Cloud, ITunes, and YouTube. Global Recon:
Aug 08, 2017
GRP 86-The Tip of the Spear-An Operator’s Perspective|Storm Tactical Consulting
On for this week’s podcast is a 20-year veteran of the Army Special Operations Command is the owner of Storm Tactical Consulting Fred. Fred served as a Special Forces Medic for a number of years before trying out and getting selected to serve as an operator in a Special Missions Unit. We discussed the oversaturation of the tactical training industry, and some of the core principles of being an effective gunfighter i.e. mastering the basics. We talked about combat medicine and the evolution of trauma protocols as the wars progressed. I wanted to get Fred’s take on leadership. He shared a story of a time in Fallujah, Iraq where his Special Forces ODA could have easily avoided an ambush, but due to poor leadership, they walked right into one. Recently I’d listened to a popular podcast on iTunes where the host talked about how ISIS shocked everyone and kind of popped up out of nowhere. This couldn’t be further from the truth so Fred and I discussed a man named Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who is the ideological founder of ISIS but was killed in 2006 in Iraq. His followers have continued on the path set forth by him and in recent years we’ve seen the rise of the Islamic State. Over a long career, Fred has served as an Assaulter, Breacher, Sniper, Human Intel Specialist, and finishing up as a Dog Handler. We touched on PTSD and TBI to close out the episode. 0:00-Intro 2:30- Storm Tactical Consulting 3:37-The oversaturation of the tactical training industry 6:00-Mastering the basics, muscle memory 7:44- Fred’s background 20 years of service as an 18 Delta Green Beret Medic, and later as an operator in the Army’s Special Missions Unit 12:48-Special Operations Combat Medics Course(SOCM) Combat Trauma, Special Forces Medical Sergeant(SFMS) Dentistry, veterinary care, public sanitation, water quality, and optometry. TCCC 17:00-Great leadership 20:55-Story of an avoidable ambush in Fallujah, Iraq under poor leadership 31:38- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the rise of the Islamic State 38:15-Assaulter, Sniper, Breacher, and a dive into Special Operations Dog Handling 53:39-Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD Storm Tactical Consulting: Global Recon: Chantel Taylor:
Aug 02, 2017
GRP 85-A Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman through combat| Traumatic Brain Injury
GRP 85- On for this week's podcast is retired Navy Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman (SARC), and the host of "The Dangerzone" podcast Dan Brown. SARC's are highly trained Special Operations Medical personnel who deploy mainly with the Force Reconnaissance companies and the Marine Raiders. There have been instances where SARC's have deployed with Naval Special Warfare Teams and Army Special Operations Teams. SARC's are trained as amphibious special operations personnel going through various schooling alongside Recon Marines to include: Army Basic Airborne School, Marine Combatant Diver school, Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman Course, and the Special Operations Combat Medicine Course. Dan continued on to complete the second half of the Special Operations Medical Course that typically only the Green Beret Medics complete. SEALs and SARC's will also complete the full course to become Independent Duty Corpsman, but only the senior Corpsman go through the rest of the course. We talked about Dan running Village Stability Operations (VSO) in Afghanistan during his deployment with the Raider Battalion, and how that type of mission is incredibly complex as it requires the war fighter to play the role of a diplomat and warrior. Dan was wounded during an attack in Afghanistan resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We discussed TBI in some detail which is a topic I plan to cover extensively in future episodes.  0:00-Intro 11:00-SARC Pipeline 13:30-Special Operations Combat Medicine Course 16:28-SARC employment 17:34-Force Recon Battalion, Marine Raider Battalion 19:16-Independent Duty Corpsman 21:14-Prolonged Field Care 26:49-The positive effects of 15 years of war for trauma medicine in the United States 39:03-Village Stability Operations (VSO) 58:13-Running operations in Afghanistan, wounded in Afghanistan, Traumatic Brain Injury. 1:31:00-Outro Dan Brown: The Dangerzone Podcast on Sound Cloud, ITunes, and YouTube. Instagram: DanielTheBarbarian Global Recon: IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Chantel Taylor: Instagram: Mission_Critical Facebook: Battleworn
Jul 27, 2017
GRP 84-From Mogadishu as a Marine to Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL Sniper The Chris Osman Story
GRP 84-From Mogadishu as a Marine to Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL Sniper The Chris Osman Story by Global Recon
Jul 12, 2017
GRP 83-Operation Nimrod: The Story of the Iranian Embassy Siege by SAS Staff Sergeant Rusty Firmin
GRP 83-Operation Nimrod: The Story of the Iranian Embassy Siege by SAS Staff Sergeant Rusty Firmin by Global Recon
Jul 06, 2017
GRP 82-Killing in Combat: A Navy SEALs perspective on killing on the battlefield
GRP 82-Today marks the 12th anniversary of Operation Red Wings with what was at the time the worst loss of life for American forces in Afghanistan, and the worse loss of life for Naval Special Warfare in their storied history. Back on the podcast is retired U.S. Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Lacz. Kevin is trained as Corpsman (Medic) and a Sniper. This places Kevin and those like him on opposite ends of the spectrum of combat arms in taking life on the battlefield and saving it. Chantel Taylor the co-host of the show served as a Combat Medic in the British Army. During a tour in southern Afghanistan, a convoy she was traveling in was ambushed. In the ensuing battle, Chantel became the first British woman in history to kill an enemy in close quarters. We talked about the psychology of killing in combat which Kevin touched on in his book. Below is an excerpt from the podcast: Kevin Lacz: I read "On Killing" prior to my first deployment. It made a mark in the back of mind. At the end of that first deployment, I was like ok I fall in that 2 percent crowd that can conduct business and keep going without the psychological and physiological changes that are experienced by most. In most memoirs, you won't read about how killing effects you. Most people just write about being a tough guy, but there hasn't been much of a psychological approach of having gone through combat and how it affects you. How you sleep at night. It's important to read about how you put your feet in front of you as you walk down the street, but also what you're thinking when you're about to squeeze the trigger and you have someone in the crosshairs. Also then 10, 20, 30 seconds, 10 mins, or even 3 years later how you react to that situation. That's what drives people to dig deeper and read more. Global Recon: IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Kevin Lacz: The Last Punisher: Instagram: RealKevinLacz Facebook: KevinDauberLacz Twitter: Dauber246 Music provided by Caspian.
Jun 29, 2017
GRP 81-Against All Odds: Two Green Berets overcoming Adveristy| Transnational Terrorism
GRP 81- Co-hosting for this episode is Army veteran Tim Kolczak founder of The Veterans Project. On with us are two medically retired Green Berets. Mark Belden is a former 18 Delta (Special Forces Medic) who received several traumatic brain injuries during his operational service, and Jared Bullock a former 18 Echo (Special Forces Communications Sergeant) who rode over an IED in Afghanistan. Jared lost his right arm and right leg as well as one of his best friends in the blast. We discuss how both of these men have dealt with their injuries and what it took for them to adjust. We also touched on the topic of terrorism in today's day and age with the recent terror attacks taking place in the United Kingdom. Below is an excerpt. Tim Kolzcak: I love freedom. I love the freedom of speech. There are certain dangerous viewpoints that can affect the nation. At what point does it become almost like a minority report where you're arresting people for thoughts and speech. Actions are really the problem. I'd rather we stop those types of people from coming in before we get to the point of having to go after people over speech. Jared Bullock: I didn't want to sit in an office for another 8 years before I retired. I told the Sergeant Major I wanted to retire, and he was kind of butt hurt about it. I'm like ahh well I'm missing half of my body. I started making goals. I did races. I did a bodybuilding competition. John: That's awesome. JB: I beat dudes with four limbs. That's got to make you feel like shit (Laughs). This past weekend I met Clint Eastwood. I was speaking to raise money for the Gary Sinise Foundation because they are building up my new home. I made some amputee jokes and they actually laughed at them. John: Jared and I were in a group chat. They started to joke about his arms, and I remember looking at my phone horrified. I see Jared laughing and going along with the jokes. I guess it takes some getting used to if you haven't been around that. Tim Kolczak: Jared Bullock: Instagram: Jared_Bullock Social Media: The Veterans Project Global Recon: IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Music provided by Caspian:
Jun 15, 2017
GRP 80-Memorial Day in Mosul: A Special Forces Veteran Returns to Iraq
GRP 80- Memorial Day has a special place in American culture. It's a day we honor those who were killed in action during all wars fought by this country. Memorial Day is observed as a federal holiday, but there are men and women to which every day is Memorial Day. We have a special episode for this week with Special Forces veteran and co-founder of Raise The Black Bryan Myers who came on to the podcast with us while he's in Mosul, Iraq. Bryan spent his Memorial Day going back to a place where him and many of his American and Iraqi teammates fought and died fighting against Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and now ISIS. He went to connect with the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) to bring resources and help with the refugees, help with the families of the fallen, and meet with ISOF Commanders to further discuss the expansion of the role of Raise the Black in Iraq. We talked about unconventional warfare, some of the histories of it behind the region of the middle east. Below is an excerpt: Bryan Myers: I spent Memorial Day this year trying to do something positive and to honor the guys. I left camp here and headed up to one of the screening points for the refugees. It's a place where they come in after being checked for suicide bombs, unfortunately, its a tactic ISIS has used. I went to see what they needed. Ran an assessment to see where I can help. Handed out candy to the kids. You can see the pain in these people's eyes, and you get that moment of happiness in showing that love and respect. I was with ISOF at the front lines for the rest of the day. It's my way to honor the men of ISOF who died fighting, and the men of B 2 3 (Green Berets). My first trip to Afghanistan I was the Charlie that started the groundwork for Firebase Sweeny. It built into this huge base that was meant to disrupt Taliban movement from Pakistan into Afghanistan. After the deployment on our way out the villages, the women and children were coming out and clapping and waving. The way we messed up in Afghanistan was at first we made them work for the help we gave them. We built them wells but we needed help identifying the Taliban who were rocketing us. We impacted the area so well. People would legit point Taliban guys out right in front of us. "Hey, that guy over there he's Taliban". Eventually, villages started getting things without earning them. Global Recon: IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Bryan Myers: Instagram- Raise_th_Black Instagram-The_Bearded_Bryan Chantel Taylor: Instagram: Mission_Critical Facebook: Battleworn Music provided by Caspian:
Jun 01, 2017
GRP 79-Baptism by Fire: The Resurrection of the Marine Raiders|Bombing in Manchester England
GRP 79- We'd like to send our condolences out to the victims and families of those killed in the Manchester bombing attack that occurred Monday, May 22nd, in Manchester England. U.K. security forces are conducting several operations in response to the bombing which has killed 22 and wounded over 50. I had the honor and privilege of having on former Marine Raider Pete Perry. Pete was a Reconnaissance Marine prior to the Marines Special Operations Command (MARSOC) being stood up. For years the Marine Corps did not have a component within the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the Marine Raiders became that force. We discuss what that was like and some of the growing pains that come with a special operations unit being stood up having to move at the speed of war. Below is an excerpt from our conversation: Pete Perry: This was my 2012 deployment. It was a company clearing operation so we had a handful of MSOT's (Marine Special Operations Teams) with an Army Special Forces team with 3rd Kandak (Afghan Special Forces) with us. During this time my element alone we found 100 pressure plates (IED’s). For this particular mission, we'd inserted and fought all day that first day. You're navigating at night in an extremely highly saturated IED'd area. We got to a compound of interest with one of our Afghan's stepping on an IED. He died. I grabbed myself about four U.S. with about 15 Afghan commandos. We were immediately ambushed. From that point, we fought all day long. We moved about 2 kilometers to a different compound. We were overextended. We had a British Apache Gunship overhead. We were notified that a guy is walking towards our compound. We spot him and plan on letting him get closer before we dumped him. He turns around and runs. I go chasing after him with my buddy we both had a carbine and one magazine. We start shooting at him. He fell in a field 50 feet away from us. The Apache is reporting all of this unbeknownst to us and a lot of ears are listening. We lost visual on the enemy. I see him and he fires a full burst at me. I'm shooting. I button hooked around and shot him in the face. We came under accurate machine-gun fire from the north. We are now out of ammo. I grabbed the dead dudes AK and start returning fire. The trees to the north began to erupt. After the second eruption, we realized it was the apache going on gun runs. On the 3rd gun run, we bounded back. The next day we found a reinforced machine gun bunker to the north and that's where we were taking fire from. Those guys were squared away. Pete Perry: Instagram-PeterPerry8 Global Recon: IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Chantel Taylor: Instagram-Mission_Critical Facebook-Battleworn Music provided by Caspian:
May 25, 2017
GRP 78- Don’t Fear The Reaper: Nick Irving's Journey as a Sniper in the GWOT
GRP 78-On for this week's episode is former Army Ranger Sniper and New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Irving. Nick served for several years in the military all with Ranger battalion. We discussed his journey as the child of two military parents and what motivated him to join the Army. We talked about mindset and some of the qualities that you need to succeed in anything you want to do in life. There is a lot of laughing going on in this episode so please bare with us. We talked some of the psychology of being a sniper which you guys might find interesting. Nick also shared some combat stories from his time as a sniper with the 3rd Ranger battalion. Below is an excerpt: Nick Irving: I didn't learn until the first time I pulled the trigger with a sniper rifle is how intimate it is. We weren't getting shot at. There were 6 Taliban guys. It was on the news. A certain portion of Helmand province was shut down. Some Taliban commanders were killed that day. I and my spotter are zooming in with our scopes, and you can see the outline of a chest rack. Then we can see the outline of an AK-47. I remember getting the call for clearance to shoot these guys and right as we got that call a round cracks. I remember dumping one guy and they started to scatter, but then they stopped and stood there. It was the strangest thing. My first mission into Helmand province we got ambushed from this rooftop. I got off the helo and once we got off the ramp the skyline lit up. Maybe its a party I don’t know. I remember this tracer round whizzing passed and we got lit up a little bit. We got up onto this roof. I and my spotter get up on the roof and his gun jams. I'm like dude screw it just light me up. He puts on his IR flood and lights up the targets. You can see the enemy's eyes blinking. I remember putting the cross hairs right in between this dude's eyeballs. I squeeze off a round the round misses. As dumb as he is the guy sticks his head back up and the next shot connects. Nick Irving: OfficalReaper33-Instagram Global Recon: IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Chantel Taylor: Instagram: Mission_Critical Facebook: Battleworn Music provided by Caspian:
May 18, 2017
GRP 77-Defiant: A Green Beret Overcoming Adversity|RIP 1st Lt. Weston Lee.
GRP 77- This week we bring somber news. 1st Lieutenant Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, GA died Apr. 29th, outside Mosul, Iraq, when he stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device) while conducting security as part of advise and assist support to partnered forces NE of Mosul. 1st Lieutenant Weston C. Lee was an infantry officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Weston's good friends Josh Porter, and Marcus created a YouCaring crowdfunding page for Weston's family. Please donate, and share the youcaring page. Check out Josh on @sir.jumps.alot on Facebook and Instagram as he will give updates on when Weston will arrive at Arlington National Cemetery we encourage people to show up if possible and support the Lee family. Chantel Taylor and I had a conversation with former Army Green Beret Alan Shebaro. Alan lived in Europe for a number of years growing up as his father was a contractor with the U.S. government. Upon his return to the States Alan joined the Army. After a number of years, Alan reached a crossroad. He either went pro as a mixed martial arts fighter or went to Special Forces selection. He told us a story of a time in Iraq in which he was on an 18-hour mission hunting terrorist. Upon his return to base Alan barely had enough energy to take off his gear as he sat and ate cereal. He looked up at the television and saw his training partner Travis Lutter win the Ultimate Fighter 4 with that victory securing his title fight against UFC legend Anderson Silva. Alan was 1 of only 4 Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the U.S. Army and is the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in Special Forces Regiment. Alan went through a dark period upon leaving the military and he talks about it in great detail, and what helped him get out of that dark space. He is now the Vice President of the We Defy Foundation which through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and fitness training provides combat veterans suffering from life-disabling injuries and/or PTSD a long-term means to overcome their challenges. Below Alan shares a story from his first deployment which involves MSG Stephen Walker Booth a Green Beret who died in a motorcycle accident here in the States: Alan: We were already hearing the pings on the vehicle. My heart rate was over 200. I stepped out the vehicle and took 3 steps then hear a whip and saw a spark on the ground. A round missed my head and went by my foot. Everything was chaos. Blurs of colors. It wasn't that I didn't know what to do. I didn't know what to do with the training I received to apply in this situation. I'll never forget this. Stephen Walker Booth. This guy comes running right passed me yelling out " I'm going to come at you like a spider monkey boy" laughing his ass off. I was in shock. He's making jokes in a firefight. The weirdest thing happened. Almost instantly the blur disappeared. I could hear crisped sounds. Everything slowed down and I jumped in with one of the cells. Everything clicked. It was all based off what Walker said. It was my 5th or 6th firefight. That affected my career in every single fight after that. In 3rd Group he's a legend.
May 04, 2017
GRP 76-Who Dares Wins: The Story of SAS Assaulter Jason Falla|Redback One
GRP 76-We have a special guest on for this week's podcast. Former Australian SAS trooper Jason Falla who is also the owner of a tactical training company called "Redback One" came on to talk about his journey in the Australian Special Forces world. He spent the first 6 years of his career with the 1st Commando Regiment before then going to SAS selection and finishing out the remaining 6 years of his military service as an SAS an assault team member and patrol medic of a water operations troop in 1 Squadron, 1st SAS Regiment. Jason shared a deployment story with us, and we discussed his post-military career where he worked as an instructor for what was at the time known as Blackwater. He now runs a successful tactical training company which employs former Tier 1 special ops guys working in several facets. We also covered some Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) as both Chantelle and Jason were Combat Medics respectively. Below is an excerpt from the podcast: Jason Falla: The Australian Special Operations Task Group rolled out after 9/11 into Afghanistan. We were primarily tasked with reconnaissance and surveillance. We had a large area of responsibility. We had an incident where one of our vehicles struck an anti-tank mine. Our patrol commander was in a bad way. It turned into a situation of being in a minefield. SGT Andy Russell lost a lot of blood. We called a MEDEVAC with American PJ's jumping in. Unfortunately, Andy died on the way to the hospital. We re-postured and made sure we dished back what we got there. Our next major operation over there was during Operation Anaconda we were the SAS patrol up there. We got a call that a U.S. helo had been shot down. A special operations component was in a break contact situation. We had to reposition ourselves and get eyes on the crash site and provide situational awareness and interdiction of enemy forces. It was a long arduous march in full kit up to an OP. We had an American Combat Controller attached to us. He started bringing in aircraft. We had B-52's coming in fast air, we were calling in predators hot with AC-130's going Winchester. We asked for a Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA) and an American voice came back " Well, I’m following a trail of cold dead bodies" Jason Falla: Web: Instagram: Redbackone Facebook: Redback One Twitter: @RedbackOne Global Recon: IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Chantel Taylor: Instagram: Mission_Critical Facebook: Battleworn Music provided by Caspian:
Apr 27, 2017
GRP 75- The Journey Of A British Special Boat Service Operator: Jason Carl Fox
GRP 75- Chantel Taylor and I begin this week's podcast by discussing some of the recent events taking place in the past week to include the U.S. dropping the largest nonnuclear bomb in its arsenal the MOAB, we also touched on some of the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and some other topics. Our special guest for this week's podcast is former British Special Forces Operator Jason Carl Fox. "Foxy" spent 20 years as a Royal Marine with the last 10 serving as a Special Boat Service commando. Foxy and I met up here in NYC and had an in-person interview. We discussed his background and career in the Royal Marines as well as his personal struggles with PTSD, and separation from the military. He's been very active lately working on television in the U.K. as well as anchoring programs to help veterans transition and teaching mindset and team building. Below is an excerpt: Foxy: I did multiple deployments predominately to Afghanistan. Everything from counter-narcotics to going after the big hitters on the opposite side. I was also involved in a high-profile hostage rescue operation. That was my last tour of Afghanistan and it was a defining few months for me. Within two days of the beginning of our tour, we went on this hostage rescue. The guy was a New York Times reporter. We were getting shot at in the sky while flying in for a good six minutes. You could see the Chinook behind us getting shot at. You could see air burst RPG's going off. I remember sitting there with a friend of mine and me I thought I was holding my knee and hurting it, but I was holding his and he was holding mine (laughs). We were willing the helicopter to land so we can gain some control over our destiny. We landed and ran off the back and into a crazy firefight. I was a senior guy by this time with multiple tours. I ran about 50 meters and dived into a ditch. The emotion must have been a split second. I remember thinking I wanted to be back at home. I reflected on that moment a lot. What did it mean? We were successful that night but lost a teammate. Introduction speech by Winston Churchill Global Recon: IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Jason Carl Fox: Instagram: Jason_Carl_Fox Twitter: JasonFox1976 Chantel Taylor: Instagram: Mission_Critical Facebook: Battleworn Music provided by Caspian:
Apr 20, 2017
GRP 74- A Green Beret's Journey Into the Darkness: Countering Child Sexual Exploitation
GRP 74-Co hosting for this week's podcast is former British Army Combat Medic Chantel Taylor. We have a special guest on a retired Army Special Forces Green Beret named Mike. Mike served as a Tanker in Iraq where he first came across Special Forces. He knew right away that this was something he would like to be a part of someday. He had a growing young family so when his contract was up he got out of the Army. He eventually went back in and became a Green Beret until he was injured and medically retired. As he was retiring he was approached by an organization that recruits personnel from the Special Operations community in order to hunt down and put a stop to child sexual exploitation here in the United States. For Mike it was a no brainer. He was in. Below is an excerpt from our conversation: Mike: After I was told I wouldn't be able to be do Green Beret stuff anymore and I could either take a desk job, or medically retire. As I was in the retirement process I got approached by someone. He told me about the Hero Child Rescue Corps. It's recruiting veterans from the Special Operations community who are wounded or disabled. Are you interested? It was to fight child sexual exploitation. I jumped on it. I declined other opportunities to make a lot of money working overseas. I knew this was a once in a lifetime deal. It was to save kids. Now I have 3 kids. Once I retired I went to training for it. I do computer forensics fighting child sexual exploitation. John: Its important work. You hear about these kinds of things and immediately you think of places like Africa, but this is happening in the States. I think Americans aren't as aware of it as they should be. Mike: I was in a class one time. They pulled up a map of the United States. It was a live feed of child pornography being downloaded. Within 15 minutes the entire map was red. You can live in the nicest neighborhood, and you wont know there's pedophile’s in that same area. People in these areas producing it. IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter
Apr 13, 2017
GRP 73-Army Special Forces|MACV-SOG|Raise The Black|ISOF
GRP 73- Back on for this week's podcast are two Green Berets one who is a first generation Special Forces solider, Mike Stahl who served two tours of duty in Vietnam with his first tour on an A-Team, and second tour running recon with CCN (Command and Control North) as a MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command Vietnam-Studies and Observations Group) One Zero, or Team Leader. Our second guest is Bryan Meyers, A Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant with 8 combat tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Bryan and a fellow Green Beret named Loren Schofield have started a campaign called "Raise the Black" in creating products to sell with the returns going out to help the families and warriors of the ISOF (Iraqi Special Operations Forces) who elements of the Army Special Forces trained and stood up during the beginning of the Iraq war. ISOF has gone on hundreds of combat operations with American Special Forces Teams during the worst of the fighting in Iraq against Al-Qaeda, and the Shia militias of Sadr City. ISOF has single handily stopped ISIS from advancing on Baghdad. They have been fighting non stop for over 10 years. We discussed the similarities of the Army Special Forces first generations and todays warriors. We talked unconventional warfare and what it takes to defeat these radical groups. Below is an excerpt: John: I mentioned earlier the book "Hammer Head Six" written by Forces Captain Ronald Fry. They laid out step by step how to defeat the insurgency in Afghanistan. Its proven. The battle space owners are usually Officers from the infantry. A full bird colonel or a 1-star general is not going to listen to a Special Forces Captain even though he's an induvial who has trained for years and mastered this type of warfare. It seems like the people who know this type of warfare are not allowed to lead the way. Bryan Myers: Just propaganda alone America has not set out to win a war since WW2. We are not fighting to win. You can see it from propaganda that is allowed from the DOD, and Military at the time. "Can you not fight in the war? save your grease. We can use it to kill Nazi's." Let me do what I need to do and I will give you the insight. We had literal transmissions on radio from Mullah Omar from 3rd Special Forces Group of us killing so many during Operation Medusa these commanders in Pakistan wouldn't even answer the phones. They're like I don't want none of that bro. Mike Stahl: Raise The Black: Bryan Myers: @twimcf for IG @the_bearded_bryan Instagram @thebeardedbryan Twitter Global Recon: IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter Introduction Speech by President Ronald Reagan reading the Medal of Honor Citation for MSG Roy Benavidez a Special Forces Green Beret who was a member of MACV-SOG. Music provided by Caspian:
Apr 06, 2017
GRP 72-Raise The Black|Army Special Forces|ISOF
GRP 72-Raise The Black. On for this week's podcast are two retired Special Forces Green Berets. Bryan Myers, and Loren Schofield both have multiple combat deployments into Afghanistan and Iraq. The Army Special Forces which Bryan and Loren were apart of were responsible for standing up an Iraqi Counter Terrorism Force early on in the war. ISOF (Iraqi Special Operations Forces) has contributed in a tremendous way to the fight against Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and now ISIS. The ICTF (Iraqi Counter Terrorism Force) are a group of battle hardened Iraqi patriots who don't identify themselves as belonging to any particular tribe, or religious sect. They consider them selves Iraqi's and fight for their country. This is important as this region has been embroiled in religious and sectarian violence for many years. Raise The Black is a campaign started by Bryan and Loren to give back to the families of fallen ICTF Operators as they have been fighting constantly for over a decade. The ICTF is single handily responsible for stopping the ISIS advance on Baghdad, and they now lead the offensive to rid Iraq of the terrorist group. Here is the link to the Go Fund Me Account where you can contribute. They plan on moving away from the GoFundMe, but are using it to kick start the campaign. Below is an excerpt from the podcast. John: You guys spent a lot of time in Sadr city(Iraq) working with the ICTF. Can you share a story with the audience of your time there? Bryan Meyers: It was a brutal time. It was decided to wall it off with these big tall Texas barriers. They wanted to limit the access to this dangerous area. You were never going to have issues getting in. It was getting out that was the issue. This one night we went in to hit a target. We got our guy and are heading out. I'm manning a .50 cal on our Stryker at this point. An IED had gone off. I look up and i see the Abrams Tank hauling ass. It becomes apparent very quickly that we're missing a Bradley. We went from urgency to a panic. We call to an Apache Gunship. We're like hey man can you fly over Sadr and check if you see a rouge Bradley. In the chaos this Bradley had taken off. Just like a typical male instead of asking for directions they just kept driving. They ended up being as deep as you can get. All i can imagine is all of Sadr's army thinking this has got to be a setup. We were about to have an international incident. We linked up with the Bradley and began our exfil. We had an Abrams tank drive over one of the barriers and decided to exfil that way. The AO commander was pissed. Raise The Black: Loren Schofield: @loren_notaseal Instagram @SpecialForces_INC Instagram @Lorenkschofield Twitter @spec_Forces_INC Twitter Bryan Myers: @the_bearded_bryan Instagram @thebeardedbryan Twitter Global Recon: IgRecon – Instagram BlackOpsMatter- Instagram Mission_Critical – Instagram IgRecon- Twitter
Mar 30, 2017
GRP 71-Derek Carver| Leadership|Meeting the Queen|Terror In London
GRP 71- Co-hosting for this podcast is Chantel Taylor. We have U.S. Army veteran Derick Carver on the podcast. Derick served as a Captain with the 82nd Airborne division. He was hit by a rocket during an ambush in Afghanistan. We discuss the transition process for him, leadership, and him becoming a better person after losing his left leg. He's an advocate for Medical Marijuana use for veterans. Derick is also the world strongest adaptive athlete. Earlier today 3 people were killed in a terrorist attack in London. We'd like to send our condolences to the family of the fallen. One police officer was killed, and the attacker was subsequently shot and killed. This is being called the worst attack in over 10 years in the United Kingdom. Below is an excerpt from the podcast: Derick Carver: I enlisted in 2005, I commissioned in 2007. Chantel Taylor: Oh you were an officer? DC: See. Even the British enlisted have that same "Oh well, go fuck yourself, sir" I went to Ranger School. Went to Ft. Bragg with the 82nd Airborne. I was opening a school in Afghanistan in 2010. We were ambushed and I got hit with a 107-millimeter rocket. It blew through my left leg completely into my right leg. I'm missing part of my index finger, my left elbow, and then two of my fingers on my right hand are fused. My left leg is amputated all the way up. Right leg's got like 50 percent soft tissue damage. I have about 300 pieces of shrapnel from my knee to my hip. Its in my arm and face. Especially since I'm losing some weight it's more noticeable. I'm like ribbed for your pleasure. I've pulled 7.62 rounds out. I've pulled pieces as big as a lighter out. It's crazy the shit that falls out of you when you get hit by a rocket. Some people say hey you're lucky. There were seven of them and it was daisy chained into a complex ambush. Soldiers died. I got wounded. It was a bad day at work. I told my girlfriend I don't even remember what my left leg looked like. Check out our website at Follow us on Facebook at FB Recon Follow us on Instagram at IgRecon Any questions, or comments send an email to Follow Chantel on Instagram @Mission_Critical Her Facebook is @battleworn Follow Derick on Instagram @Derick_Carver
Mar 23, 2017
GRP 70-Karolyn Smith|Iraq|Combat Wounded
GRP 70- On for this week's podcast is retired Army veteran, Karolyn Smith. Karolyn was an MP (Military Police) who deployed to Iraq in 2004. She'd lost some of her closest friends in combat and survived several IED explosions while on security patrols. After getting wounded during one of these explosions she got out of the Army and became a security contractor for close to a decade. Karolyn struggled with PTSD, and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) for a long time and was unable to receive the help she needed from the VA. Michael Schiltz a well-known combat wounded Marine told her about a program at UCLA called Operation MEND. Folks in Liberal Hollywood donate millions of dollars to this top tier program which take care of our warfighters with surgeries paid for, travel cost to California paid for, and continuing care post surgery all paid for and free of charge to the warfighter. Our second article has been published in the newly revamped article section on our website. Written by Gold Star Wife Alexandra McClintock. Alexandra's husband Matthew was killed in action last year in Afghanistan. Matthew is a Green Beret with multiple combat rotations and died protecting his wounded teammate. Alexandra details what it was like to learn of his death as well as some of the struggles she's faced. Here is a link to the article: Below is an excerpt from the podcast: Karolyn Smith: Iraq was pretty bad. Everything was a daily struggle. IED's, car bombs. September 7th, 2004 my Lieutenant and I were dismounted and a sniper shot him in the face and killed him. He died right next to me. Lieutenant Tim Price with the 127th MP's. He After that you become a different person. As a woman, i had to learn to compartmentalize. April 15th of 2005 a fuel tanker transport needed an MP convoy. A shaped charge was on the back of a light pole. It blew right threw the blast shield of my SAW. I knew that there were things that were wrong, but at that point in time, i just wanted to go back to Germany. I'm trying to give one veteran something that they can use. We're all closely related because we all served. It's our oath to each other that we have to uphold. I'm open about how suicidal I was. There was nowhere for me to go. I thought how pissed off would LT be at me if I took that way out. His father, his mother, his brother would kill for him to just be in pain and have a bad day. You don't ever want to disappoint your buddies. You have to take one more step. That's your oath to everyone who didn't come home. Check out our website at Follow us on Facebook at FB Recon Follow us on Instagram at IgRecon Any questions, or comments send an email to Keep up with Karolyn Smith at Introduction speech by General Colin Powell Introduction music provided by Caspian. Song title is Gone in Bloom and Bough.
Mar 16, 2017
GRP 69-The Terrorist Whisperer |Iraqi Military CSM Hamody Jasim| Counter Terrorism
GRP 69-The Terrorist Whisperer |Iraqi Military CSM Jasim| Counter Terrorism GRP 69-This episode is co-hosted by Chantel Taylor. We have the honor of having the youngest Command Sergeant Major in Iraqi Military history on the show, Hamody Jasim. CSM Jasim was recruited by U.S. Intelligence after saving an American Military officer who was nearly abducted by al-Qaeda. His intelligence information changed the battle for the Marines in the Fallujah/Ramadi area by taking out one of al-Qaeda’s main operatives. On this episode, he shared several stories of his time in Iraq. We are proud to announce that our articles section is fully up and running. We have a special group of veteran writers. Our first article went up last night written by my friend retired Australian SAS Major Dr. Dan Pronk. Be sure to check it out at Sign up to receive email updates where we will keep you up to date with what we have going on, and information on products we will have available in collaboration with Special Operations veterans. Below is an excerpt from the episode. CSM Hamody Jasim: I was sent on a few missions with the first Iraqi Divisions. I was sent to Bagdad. We went on a mission to recover the bodies of 25 dead Iraqi military recruit’s. The terrorist was coordinating with the Bus driver who had taken them into Haifa Street. They were all executed. I took about 30 of my soldiers. We had pick up trucks to load the bodies up. The terrorist aim was to capture Iraqi soldiers alive and behead them on TV. We drove into Haifa Street. It is normally a very busy street. It was like a ghost town that day. We immediately felt that something was wrong. In 2004 this was probably the most dangerous 2 miles in the world. I told my commander something doesn’t look right about this. The plan was to load the bodies and leave as soon as possible. We were ambushed. They had a sniper up in a tall building for anyone who got out of the initial kill zone. We were there for about an hour and 45 minutes. Our QRF left the Iraqi base to come support us. They immediately hit an IED in Haifa Street. Most of us ran out of ammo. It took an American unit about an hour to get to us. We had 9 soldiers left by that time. I was shot in the knee. I had a shrapnel would above my right eye. That day will probably be the worst day of my life. Losing my guys. I slept next to these guys. One of my best friends was shot by the sniper trying to recover one of our soldiers. It was rough. My Platoon commander was captured alive, and as I was leaving I saw his body was beheaded. Check out the new and improved article section: Command Sergeant Major Hamody Jasim: Chantel Taylor: Facebook-Battleworn Instagram: Mission_Critical Book: Introduction audio: American Military Officers/ General David Petraus/ Intelligence Officers talking about Hamody Jasim Music provided by Caspian:
Mar 09, 2017
GRP 68- Codename: Johnny Walker|Chantel Taylor|Global Surgical Medical Support Group|
GRP 68- We have a very special episode for you this week. Co-hosting is British Army Combat Medic Chantel Taylor. Our special guest is Johnny Walker. Johnny is an Iraqi who served with the Navy SEAL Teams in Iraq for a 6-year period during the height of the Iraq war. He worked as an interpreter going on over 1000 combat operations during his operational service. We discussed his upbringing in Mosul, how he ended up working with Naval Special Warfare. Johnny shared a few stories during his time with the SEALs. We discussed terrorism in the region and the proxy war that is currently being fought in Iraq and Syria. My good friends at the Global Surgical Medical Support Group who have been on the podcast previously have been doing incredible work providing top tier surgical support for communities battling against ISIS. From very reliable sources we now know that critically injured US personnel on an intelligence collection deployment in Iraq would not have survived if it wasn't for the swift intervention of GSMSG trauma surgeons. They were able to stop otherwise lethal hemorrhaging and other severe injuries by providing Role 4 level care right at the tip of the spear. They were also able to return the less critically injured US personnel to service right away after medically clearing them in the field. This is probably a first in history that a US-based non-profit humanitarian organization provided life-saving surgery in an austere environment that saved the lives of US service members and personnel. One way you can support them is by buying one of their few remaining T-shirts from their website at If you insert promo code "IGRecon" you will get 20% off your order. So if you want to directly save US lives. If you want to support the only nonprofit group in history to be there at the tip of the spear saving American lives, then help the good guys at GSMSG out. Lastly, they are always recruiting SOF veterans, medics, nurses and physicians. Go check out their website and do something for our boys downrange. Below is an excerpt from the podcast: Johnny Walker: I went to the base and met with one of the officers. He says you have to be careful. I said why whats up? He says the terrorist killed an interpreter with the same name was me. What he didn't know was I was heading to the base and an assassination attempt was made on me by a foreign terrorist. I saw a guy with a long beard driving a car with a male in his 20's as the passenger. In our tradition this is unusual. We always respect the religious man by driving the car and taking care of him. So I assumed the worst case scenario was playing out. I was ahead of them in my car and I pressed the break and they drove passed me. The passenger pulled out a pistol and shot me. I stopped completely. I took my AK-47, shot and killed both of them. I started to yell Allah Akbar those guys work with the Americans they are interpreters. The Iraqi Police came and conducted an investigation with the results of those investigations were sent to the American base. So they thought I was killed. John: After you killed these two guys you made it seem like they were working for the Americans in order to get out of there right? Johnny Walker: Yes. Click the link below to support the Global Surgical Medical Support Group. Enter the code “IgRecon” which is my Instagram handle to receive a 20 percent discount. Johnny Walker’s book: Chantel Taylor: Facebook-Battleworn Instagram: Mission_Critical Book: Introduction audio: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Music provided by Caspian:
Mar 02, 2017
GRP 67-Green Beret Medics| TBI| Hand To Hand Death Match| RIP Mike Lamb
GRP 67-Back on the podcast for this week's episode is Michael Rodriguez a former Army Green Beret Medic (18 Delta). He sits on President George W. Bush's Military Service Initiative Advisory Council which engages in a wide range of activities that support veterans. Last but not least he's the Chief Ambassador for the Green Beret Foundation. On with us is a friend of Mikes a former 18 Delta Mark Belden. Mark has an interesting story with a background in mixed martial arts. We talk TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), Mike share's a story of when he treated an infant over in Afghanistan, and Mark shares a story of a time when he got into a hand to hand combat situation with a high-value target in Iraq. My good friend Chantel Taylor served in combat with junior combat medic named Mike Lamb in the British Army. Chantel was the senior medic on that kinetic rotation into Southern Afghanistan. Mike went on to get attached to British Special Forces and served as a Medic with the SAS. He recently lost his battle with cancer at the age of 32. Below is a link to the Gofundme campaign used to raise money for his young family. I encourage anyone who can to contribute to help out this warrior's wife and child during these difficult times. Below is an excerpt from the show: John: Mark can you share a deployment story with the audience? Mark Belden: This isn't something I'm proud of, but it happened. We were on a mission in Iraq. We knew this guy was a bad cat killed a lot of coalition, and American forces. We got the lead on him. We caught him sleeping on the roof. He was like 300 plus pounds. Heavyweight lifter. We double cuffed him with flex cuffs. The interrogator called me in to stay with him for a second. The interpreter was standing in the back. He was about 2 feet from me. Stone cold look in his eyes. He said something to the terp. He said you might as well kill me now because I'm not going to talk. I said ok whatever man, I’m just here to hang out with you. He took a huge breath and snapped both of his flex cuff's. He charged at me. I think it was a left hook that immediately caught him. He lifted me up. A 45 second battle ensued. One of the guys came into the room and pulled em out. The guy ended up dying. I was later investigated for it. I was in a top shape. A one-minute fight for my life put a lot of things into perspective. Sergeant First Class Michael Rodriguez: Intro audio: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Music provided by Caspian:
Feb 23, 2017
GRP 66-Bob Keller|Gun fighting|Shooting Instruction|Krupto Strategic
GRP 66- On for this week's podcast is Bob Keller. Bob is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Operations community with time served in the Ranger Regiment, Army Special Forces, and SMU. Bob now runs a tactical training company called Gamut Resolutions. His instruction is top of the line and instruction that is proven to work from years of experience as a warfighter. Co-hosting with me is Army combat veteran and a friend of mine Nick Betts, the owner of Krupto Strategic. Nick joined the Army in 05 so he arrived during the period where tactics and training were changing based on the experiences of our forces on the ground. Nick discusses what he's been up to and we touch on tactical shooting courses being taught by combat veterans, and non-combat veterans. Below is an excerpt. John: You mentioned having the skills to shoot effectively, but you also need the mindset and having a good head on your shoulders to be able to perform in a gunfight situation. Can you talk about the mindset? Bob Keller: Each person's mindset is going to be different, but what you need to keep in mind is you always have to expect it, and you have to accept it. What that means is every time you go outside, or you go into a building you should be thinking that something bad is going to happen. If you're thinking that you will accept the fact that something bad will happen to you. If you don't like that then you should probably never get into a gunfight. If you always think that way when a bad situation does happen it won't be as stressful for you. Every situation is different. You can go to the range and train for 1000 different situations every day, and when the time comes for you to actually do something I guarantee it's not going to be any situation you’ve actually been in. It's always different. That's where it goes back to learning the basics. Getting the gun up, getting sight picture, and pulling the trigger. Introduction audio: Seceratary of Defense James Mattis. Music provided by Caspian: Bob Keller: Facebook: Gamut Resolutions Instagram: KellerGamutResolutions Nick Betts: Social Media: Krupto Strategic
Feb 16, 2017
GRP 65-Zulu Foxtrot|Transition|Combat Stories
GRP 65-On for this week's podcast is Tim Kolczak of the Veterans Project and G from Zulu Foxtrot. Tim is an Army veteran, and G is a Marine Corps veteran. Both have trips to Iraq. G was in Fallujah, and Ramadi during the worst of the fighting there and he shares a story from his time in the country. We discuss the transitional process and the struggle that G experienced once he separated from the Marine Corps. We discuss what it takes to be successful as a veteran coming out of the military, and as a civilian. G talking about his struggles is very powerful and I suggest you guys check this episode out. Below is an excerpt: John: You have two trips into Iraq during some of the heaviest fightings. Can you share a story of your experiences over seas? G Zulu Foxtrot: We were in Ramadi. It was the deadliest city in the world at that point. The enemy was not afraid to show themselves. We had a couple of blocks that belonged to us. It was our green zone. The minute you ventured out the entire city came down on you. We went out with our platoon. During those days you have to literally run from one spot to the other. The minute you stopped you were taking fire. We get to the Ramadi hospital. Anyone who's been there has fond memories of that. There's a huge open parking lot. We spread out because we don't want to take fire and lose four guys in one shot. I'm not going to mention any names because he was that asshole dude. We had a new guy it was his first deployment. I looked out the corner of my eye and I saw dust lift off his flak jacket and the kid just dropped. He's yelling "I'm hit, I'm hit". We all dove for cover. We're trying to figure out what happened. We think it's a sniper. My SGT is like" go get em" and I'm like "fuck you, you go get em, dude". What happened was this Iraqi kid threw a rock at him from a window. G-Zulu Foxtrot: Facebook-Zero Foxtrot Instagram-ZuluFucxs Tim Kolczak: Social Media: The Veterans Project Outro music provided by Caspian: Outro audio: Bruce Lee
Feb 09, 2017
GRP 64 Africa, Ronin Tactics, Counter Terrorism, RIP SEAL Team 6 Operator Ryan Owens
GRP 64- First and foremost I want to send out my condolences to the family, friends, and teammates of Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, Ill. Owens died after he was wounded during a nighttime raid on an al-Qaeda-held village in southwestern Yemen on Saturday. He was a U.S. Navy SEAL who served with distinction for over 15 years. This episode was co-hosted by Chantel Taylor. Back on for this episode is my friend Tu Lam from Ronin Tactics. Because of the experiences of Chantel, and Tu I thought it would be a good idea to discuss Africa. We discuss the difficulties of the natural terrain, of the animals that inhabit Africa. We talked transnational terrorism and groups that rotate between Africa, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Africa is a complex region. Tu spends several years in Africa fighting in Libya, and several other areas that are considered terror hotbeds. Bot he and Chantel share several stories of their time in the service. Below is an excerpt. John: The Sudan was a safe haven for Osama Bin Laden prior to 2001. There's a whole bunch of training camps with different groups like Boko Haram. Look at the Philippine’s where the terrorist would filter into the country, get some training and filter back into the middle east and conduct operations there. Now with the rise of ISIS, a lot of these groups in Africa are pledging allegiance to them which can cause problems down the line. Tu Lam: What I see John is the majority of these future terrorists they don't have an out, man. You have to put yourself in their shoes. I could be the guy who goes in and hates the enemy and drops a 500 lb JDAM(bomb) or goes out and do direct action missions but I see the bigger picture. These are the guys that when they're 8 years old these rebel forces go into their villages hand you an AK, and say gun down your mom and dad then hack your sister up with a machete, or we'll hack you up with a machete. Just like the Philippine’s, Abu Sayyaf. They don't have an out, man. Chantel Taylor: Facebook: Battleworn Instagram: Mission_Critical Tu Lam: Social Media: RoninTactics Introduction words by Bruce Lee Music provided by Caspian:
Feb 01, 2017
GRP 63-Recon Sniper Foundation, 3rd Force Recon Commander, Leadership
GRP 63-Recon Sniper Foundation, 3rd Force Recon Commander, Leadership by Global Recon
Jan 26, 2017
GRP 62-GSMSG, Iraq, British Army Combat Medic, Navy Corpsman
GRP 62- Back on for this week's podcast is my good friend retired British Army Combat Medic Chantel Taylor. We discuss the process of becoming a Combat Medic in the British Army, as well as discuss some of her experience's as an Army Medic, and as a Medic working as a contractor in several conflict zones post military. The second conversation I had is with a former U.S. Navy Corpsman named Cris, who spent the duration of his career attached to the U.S. Marine Corps for multiple combat rotations into Afghanistan. Chris shares a story of a mass casualty event in which he was leading the quick reaction force into a potentially dangerous situation. Cris has since retired from the Navy and is now working with an incredible organization called the Global Surgical Medical Support Group (GSMSG). The GSMSG is an organization that provides medical training and treats soldiers fighting ISIS in Northern Iraq, and elsewhere. They have surgeons, doctors, and military medics working around the clock to train the Kurdish Peshmerga medics, as well as performing surgery on Peshmerga soldiers, as well as Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF). GSMSG is now recruiting SOF Medics for a trip into Syria. If you’re interesting apply on their website Below is an excerpt. John: Can you share a story of a time you treated a casualty in combat? Cris: My second deployment to Afghanistan we were supporting the Afghan’s as they took the lead in the fighting over there. We had a lot of mass casualty events. A couple of their vehicles struck an IED and we were the quick reaction force. I was with three other Marines. They could all do the basic interventions to help save lives. Putting on tourniquets, occlusive dressings, needle decompressions. There were 20 casualties total. When we got there the scene was total chaos. We started triaging. Who's alive? who needs care right now? we got everything from a triple amputee to minor burns. Having all my Marines trained to the standard that they could all perform casualty care efficiently was great. Each of us had four casualties. We were able to get them medevac'd and taken to a higher level of care. Global Surgical Medical Support Group: Facebook: Global Surgical Medical Support Group Instagram:Global_Surgical_Medical_Support_Group Chantel Taylor: Facebook: Battleworn Instagram: Mission_Critical
Jan 18, 2017
GRP 61-Matthew McClintock, Special Forces Medics, Transitional Process
GRP 61- The one-year anniversary of the passing of Staff Sergeant Matthew McClintock. Matthew was an Army Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. With news of his passing circulating through the United States, the online military community really came together to contribute what they could to support his wife and young son. I remember feeling proud to see how Americans rallied around a gold star family. Co-hosting for this week's episode is Tim Kolczak, the creator of the Veterans Project. Our special guest for this episode is one of Matthew's Special Forces teammates a retired Special Forces Medic named Chris. Chris talked about some of his experiences with Matthew as they had gone through the Special Forces selection course together, and eventually ended up on the same team deploying into a war zone together. Chris took out the time out of his busy schedule to record with us while he's in Afghanistan working as a contractor. We also talked a lot about Trauma medicine, bleeding control, and how the lessons learned from 16 years of hard war on the medical side are now being applied back here in the States raising the level of knowledge to new heights. We also touched on the veteran transitional process and what veterans can do to be successful as a civilian. Below is an excerpt. John: Can you share a story of when you treated a casualty overseas? Chris: This happened within the first week that I'd set up a VSO (Village Stability Operations) site in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. I was still setting up my clinic, and it as told we had a patient at our gate. They told me he'd been shot in the foot. The guy comes in, and he'd been hit by an RPG. He had shrapnel sticking out of his skull. He had through and through gunshot wounds to both thighs. He had a partial evisceration of his stomach, so his intestines were sticking out. All of these obscure medical techniques that they teach you in the 18 Delta course (Special Forces Medical course) I got to experience on my very first week deployed. We got em out of there completely bundled up. The helo was there in 45 minutes he survived, and he was back with his unit when we left country 9 months later. I wasn't prepared, but the training I'd done over the past two years took over at that point. Chris: Social Media: SpecialForcesMedics Tim Kolczak: Social Media: The Veterans Project Music provided by Caspian:
Jan 11, 2017
GRP 60-Wes Kennedy, CSOR, Special Operations Selection, Fitness, Mindset
GRP 60-Episode 60 of the Global Recon Podcast I thought it would be a great way to kick off the new year by having Wes Kennedy back on the show. Wes is a former Canadian Special Operations Regiment(CSOR) operator. Wes is a combat veteran and since leaving the military has become an expert in fitness, nutrition, and mindset. Wes owns and operates a successful company whose main focus is to help people from the Five Eyes(FVEY) community pass special operations selection. FVEY consist of the Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. We often received emails and messages on social media asking for any resources that can help someone pass a selection. Well, there is no better place than the services provided by Wes and his company. Below is an excerpt from the podcast. John: You spent your time serving first as an engineer, then special operations, and now you've left the military. When you first started your company you were focused on a few different avenues of fitness and health. Now you guys focus more on special operations selection. You have the physical aspect, but you also have the mental aspect. I know this is something you specialize in. Can we talk about that? Wes Kennedy: What I've learned over the past several years with hundreds of guys training for various special ops selections around the world is the programming. Spent a lot of time learning how to do nutrition. It's almost the fluff of the training. It's fairly easy to deliver good individualized program design, good individualized nutrition. There are few guys that take it on and do it without question. Hit it day in and day out. What happens with most of us being the human beings that we are is eventually guys hit a crossroad. They said they're going to do something and they don't do it. I've begun to create a series of modules and training for that mindset piece to understand where they're behavioral patterns come from. The first module we cover in the mindset piece we cover is a purpose. A man without purpose is lost in the wind. Purpose to me is essentially what do I need to do before I die? and what do I need to do before I die? Wes Kennedy: Main Site: Warrior Mentor Project: Team Room Training: Facebook: YouTube:
Jan 04, 2017
GRP 59 Cultural Support Teams, Adversity, Cancer Survivor
GRP 59- Co-hosting for this week's podcast is Tim Kolczak the creator of the Veterans Project. Tim was recording from the house of an American warrior who survived the Bataan Death March during World War 2. Tim's featuring this gentleman on his next project which will come out soon. It's very good. Our guest for this week is retired Army veteran, Mylee Cardenas. Mylee worked in several capacities throughout her Army career. She made her way into the Cultural Support Teams, a program that put women alongside Special Operations units in Afghanistan to assist in intelligence gathering and other aspects of the mission because of the culture sensitivity of Afghanistan. We talk about dealing with adversity and how to overcome it. Mylee discovered a lump in her breast while on deployment in a combat zone in which it was discovered to be stage 3 breast cancer. Below is an excerpt: John: You've been in the Special Operations community for a few years now. There was a need in Afghanistan because of the cultural differences to have women alongside Special Operators to deal with the women and children and to handle other facets, working in several capacities as the strategy was changing. Eventually, you signed up for the special job? Mylee Cardenas: 2009 I was voluntold to go to the school house at FT. Brag. The good idea fairy visited some people in SOCOM. For a while, in Afghanistan, there was a top-down approach to promoting governance and security. The Special Ops community decided that we needed to go back to the basics with a bottom-up approach. The Green Berets started setting up these Village Stability Operations camps all over of Afghanistan to train the local police, gather intelligence, and promote governance at the village level. As amazing as these men are they were only able to reach 50 percent of the population because of the cultural differences. A message came out about the program and I said nope I'm not doing it. I felt like it was a knee-jerk reaction, and there wasn't enough time put into setting this program up. The second time around it was more like you're going. The reactions to the program from the guys also made me not want to do it. I didn't want them talking about me the way they talked about these other chicks. I knew the men weren’t happy with this program.
Dec 27, 2016
GRP 58-Assassination, Terror in Germany, Navy EOD Tech
GRP 58-A lot has been going on in the past 24 hours with Russia's ambassador to Turkey being assassinated in Turkey, as well as a terrorist attack in Berlin. We are proud to announce that we're revamping the article section for the website and have put together a solid team of writers to release content very soon. On with me for this week's podcast is active duty Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD) Damian. We discuss what led him to join the Navy and talk about his career throughout. Damian gives you guys a combat story from his first rotation, and most importantly we talk about those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. We discuss what it's like to lose someone you love, and how it can motivate you to work extremely hard as it has done for both of us. Below is an excerpt. John: Can you share a deployment story with the audience? Damian: This is from my first deployment. It taught me a lot. My platoon was supporting an ODA from 7th Special Forces Group clearing villages in Panjwayi in southern Afghanistan. We infilled at night. Had an Afghan Commando Unit with us. The commando's said they wanted to go through the doorway. Wasn't my favorite idea, but I said ok. They cleared the doorway. I went into the doorway and was doing a secondary clearance checking for IEDs. I didn't find anything so we made entry. The last two Afghans who went through initiated an IED. He was brought inside one guy lost 3 limbs, with the other guy suffering blast injuries. The MEDEVAC bird comes in and another IED went off as the bird came in. The rotor wash set it off. We were able to get a hoist dropped into our compound. The Afghan Commando didn't make it. We finished our mission and had to bring his body out upon ex-fil. Come day break I did a post-blast analysis of the IED strike. It went off right where I was kneeling. I have no idea how I didn't trip it. I saw it as a mistake, and it changed how I did my job in the future.
Dec 21, 2016
GRP 57 Slovenian Special Forces Medic, Kosovo, Albania
GRP 57- Co-hosting for this podcast is British Army Combat Medic Chantel Taylor. I had a conversation with retired Slovenian Special Forces Medic "Sidik". Slovenia is a small country located in Eastern Europe. We talk about Sidik's time in the Mechanized Infantry in which he has a peacekeeping deployment into Kosovo. During the 1990's the Serbian government was pushing into the Serbian region of Kosovo which is mostly home to ethnic Albanians. I have good friends of mine who are Albanian, and I remember a time when their fathers left the U.S. to go and help in the effort countering the Serbian advances. The Serbian military pressed into Kosovo and commenced acts of genocide, and ethnic cleansing. The United States and its allies deployed into Kosovo and bombed targets inside Serbia to stop their advances. Sidik upon his return from Kosovo began his journey into the Slovenian Special Forces Regiment. He became a Special Forces Medic and underwent his medical training here in the States alongside American Special Operations Medics. Sidik has a combat rotation into Afghanistan alongside a Green Beret Special Forces ODA. Below is an excerpt from our conversation: John: A lot of times until something bad happens people believe it could never happen until it's too late. We end up reacting. Having basic knowledge of bleeding control and tourniquet use could make a difference. Let's say someone gets in a car crash and you have a bilateral amputation of your lower leg, with a tourniquet and understanding of how to use it someone's life can be saved. Can you share with the audience a story of your deployment? Sidik: We were mentoring the Afghan Police, we ran armed reconnaissance, direct action in going after high-value targets. We went on a big operation into a valley that was Taliban-held territory. The plan was to have one team to set up over watch on top of the mountain with the other team clearing out the valley. I was on over watch. My team consisted of three Slovenians, and two Americans and a bunch of Afghani's. We started out with a couple of hundred guys, but upon reaching the top of the hill it turned out to only be us, and the American's (laughs). We got into a firefight and called in CAS (Close Air Support), but even with the gunships, these guys were still hammering us. When the op was over walking back down the hill suddenly we got 10 guys with us, and then 50 people, and by the time we got back down the hill, we had 300 guys with us again (laughter)
Dec 14, 2016
GRP 56-2 Commando, Eddy Robinson, Iraq, Counter Terrorism
GRP 56-Co hosting for this podcast is Army veteran Tim Kolczak the man behind the Veterans Project. On with us for this podcast is Australian Special Forces Veteran Eddy Robinson. Eddy has multiple combat rotations with the 2 Commando Regiment. We discuss Eddy's career path, get into some combat stories, and honor Eddy's best friend Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG. Corporal Cameron Baird is the first Australian commando to be awarded a Victoria Cross and the first posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia. Corporal Baird is also the 100th Australian to be awarded a Victoria Cross. He's one of Australia’s most highly decorated soldiers of the modern era. We discuss Iraq, counter-terrorism, and Afghanistan. Below is an excerpt from the episode: John: I'm reading about the rise and roots of ISIS. A lot of it is credited a to the Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The U.S. named him as one of the reasons for going into Iraq when he was just in charge of a small terror cell prior to that. After naming him it catapulted him into the spotlight. Making him a major player. He then stoked the flames for a civil war being Sunni and Shia Muslims throwing the country into chaos. Eddy Robinson: My experience there was from a contracting perspective 05-06 period. Every morning before 10'o clock you hear the huge IED's being detonated. For the guys on the ground, it was relentless. Zarqawi was the perfect catalyst for making the situation worse. We got our intelligence reports about mass graves being found on the side of the road. People being mass executed by these guys. It was a very difficult situation during that time. Tim Kolczak: I joined in 05 I was 17. My drill sergeants were coming back from their 18-month tours. You could just tell how it affected them. We were the first trainees to get trained up by these guys. I remember the recruiter telling me not to become a truck driver because 1 in 5 was getting killed. One of the guys I knew was killed by a Somali contingent in Samarra. We were fighting people from all over the globe.
Dec 07, 2016
GRP 55-SAS Major DR. Dan Pronk, TacMed Australia, RIP Scott Cooper Dayton
GRP 55-First and foremost I want to send my condolences to the family of Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, 42. Dayton is the first American service member to die to fight the Islamic State in Syria was a decorated and highly experienced Navy explosive ordnance disposal specialist. On with me for this podcast is Australian SAS Major Dr. Dan Pronk. Dan did multiple deployments and was the regimental medical officer for both 2 commandos and SASR (Special Air Service Regiment). Dr. Dan completed his medical schooling on an Army scholarship and served the majority of his military career with Special Operations Units, including four tours of Afghanistan and over 100 combat missions. Dr. Dan was awarded the Commendation for Distinguished Service for his conduct in action on his second tour of Afghanistan. We discuss bleeding control, how to treat internal bleeding, and prolonged field care. Major Pronk is the Medical Director for Tac Med Australia which provides training for civilians, military, and police tactical units in Australia. Below is an excerpt from the podcast: John: Can you share a deployment story with the audience? Major Pronk: We'd been given the role of hitting a target in a known enemy stronghold. We went in with a significant force. The 160th SOAR dropped us in. We decided we'd land right on target and assessed that we would get engaged once we hit the deck. We ripped off the back and ran towards this target village. We had our compounds of interests pre-designated and within 30 seconds of landing, we got engaged by machine gun fire. We didn't sustain any serious casualties on the first night. We stayed on target for over 48 hours. It was near constant combat. They were probing us to assess where we were at. The second day we got into close quarters combat. Sustained some casualties but nothing too serious. We had a small detachment moving forward to clear a couple of machine gun positions. One our guys stepped on an IED. We put together a quick reaction force and got to them. I and another medic worked on him, unfortunately, he didn't make it. We lost our mate there. A fantastic warrior.
Nov 30, 2016
GRP 54-Dave Maynard, Navy SEAL, Global Response Staff, Warfighter Academy
GRP 54- We have a special guest on for today's podcast. Dave Maynard is a lead instructor at Warfighter Academy, and a retired U.S Navy SEAL who made it into the Teams in 1972 just missing the Vietnam war. Dave left the Navy after a couple of years as the SEALs were downsizing after the war. During this time, he worked repairing Navy ships as a contractor, as well as working in different capacities in the realm of tactical development for Fleet Training Center. Once the Global War on Terror kicked off Dave became a contractor for the U.S Government's Global Response Staff. Below is an excerpt from our conversation. John: You made it into the SEAL Teams right as the Vietnam war was winding down. Can you talk about what joining the Navy was like for you? You worked as a government contractor during the GWOT. What was that like? Dave Maynard: SEALs at the time weren't as popular as they are today. After completing basic, I went on to BUDs (SEAL Selection). I had all of these legendary SEALs around me. In the first week of training somehow my name got mixed up with a trainee who got drunk, run the main gate, did a bunch of crazy things. My proctor was a guy named Chief Estok walked up to me. He is the last person in the world you want to cross paths with. He says "Your nothing but a dirt bag, and I'm going to make sure you never pass this training". (Laughs) I know you've seen the movie 13 hours in Benghazi where the Chief of Base was a goofball. I never saw that. The Chief of Base that I worked with were stellar and backed us 1000 percent. I was working with the best guys in the world. We worked closely with the British SAS we had quite a crew there. Those were some of the best times.
Nov 23, 2016
GRP 53-VetTV, Donny O’ Malley, USMC
GRP 53- Co-hosting for today's podcast is British Army Combat Medic Chantel Taylor. On for this podcast is retired USMC veteran Donny O'Malley. Donny is a combat veteran and has created VetTV. "VET Tv will be a streaming television network that functions exactly like Hulu or Netflix. It will be filled with all the shows that you’ve joked about with your buddies since the day you joined. We make shows that accurately recreate the post 9/11 veteran experience and we do it in the most realistic, offensive, and hilarious way possible. To fill up this network with shows that you want to see, we need your support and your vote, because if we don't fund this network, no one will." The deadline for the Kickstarter campaign to make you pledge will end tomorrow night Wednesday, Nov 16th. This is the first time ever a platform like this has been created so I highly encourage all of the shows listeners, and my followers on social media to contribute to this campaign. The link to do so will be accessible by clicking the post link below. Here is an excerpt from the episode. John: Donny you've recently retired from the Marine Corps, but you've got a lot going on with jumping into starting this company. Can you talk about your time in? Donny O' Malley: I joined on January 09 and got out in 2015. I joined when I was 25. It made for a very different experience for me as a Marine and as an Officer. I was coming into a very battle-hardened, salty, seasoned Marine Corps. All of the way down to the fucking Supply Clerks who were in convoys getting into firefights and blown up. Everybody had been to war. Coming into that was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I respected everybody. I was honored to walk into such a battle hardened Marine Corps. I wouldn't say I'm all hardcore battle hardened. I will say that I was never phased by my combat experiences. I was meant to do that job. Meant to go to war. I felt the happiest and content that I've ever felt in my life was in the midst of combat. Till this day I feel like I would never have that feeling again.
Nov 16, 2016
GRP 52-Combat Flip Flops, Election Day, RIP Green Berets
GRP 52- On for this episode is Donald Lee, and Griff Griffin from Combat Flip Flops. Both are former Army Rangers with multiple combat rotations. Co-hosting is British Army Combat Medic Chantel Taylor. Combat Flip Flops is a very interesting company that makes Flip Flops in Afghanistan, and other products in places like Lao's in southeast Asia. From now till the end of the month you can get a 20 percent discount upon check out just enter the coupon code "Global Recon". They are also having a veteran’s day sale from Wednesday till Friday. 20 percent off site wide coupon code “WELOVEVETS”. Today being election day we get into politics, some of the causes and effects of war and what is viewed as the best way to combat poverty which is really a big reason for a lot of the people fighting over in the middle east. Not each enemy fighter is a fanatical jihadi in a lot of cases fighting is the only way they can earn money. We talk about contracting, the transition out of the military and most importantly the consequences of wearing socks with Combat Flip Flops! Griff talks about a time that while on a rotation into Iraq a coordinated attack was launched on a checkpoint and using drone footage they were able to follow the perpetrators of the attack back to their safe houses. An operation was immediately launched in which they captured those responsible for the attack. When asked why they did what they did one of the men stated simply it's a way to earn money.
Nov 09, 2016
GRP 51-Tyler Grey, The Realities of War, Recovery and Transition.
GRP 51-This is the longest episode we've done. Just under three hours of madness is the best way to describe it. Co-hosting is British Army Combat Medic and author of "Battleworn" Chantel Taylor. Along with Tim Kolczak from the Veterans Project, and Tyler Grey. Tyler served for several years within Army Special Operations before he was wounded while on an operation that nearly cost him his arm. We talk about his injury, the recovery process, PTSD, Flame Throwers, MACV-SOG, suicide bombers and much more. Below is an excerpt from the episode: Chantel: At that time, you had all of this going on around you. Obviously, people needed to carry on with the mission. We all learn self-aid then buddy aid and care under fire. Were you the only one injured? Tyler Grey: As soon as it happened I had extreme pain in my arm. I had a feeling it wasn't there. I couldn't see anything. I was on my knees feeling around for my arm but I couldn't find it. There was a massive fight going on around me. There had been 3, or 4 people shot outside of the house. We went in and a guy got shot to the left of me. I got blown up and a guy to the right of me got blown up with me. Another guy came in the room then got blown out of it. It's so cliché to say. I hate to say it but it's like everything's in slow motion, well motherfucker yeah it was in slow motion (laughs). John: If you're going to build a bridge to connect the veteran community with society you would need people to build the bridge on both ends, and meet in the middle. It could really make things work. We have a huge community of people who support the military. Talented driven people who can bring a lot to the table. With the podcast, and social media, articles, what Tim's doing with the Veterans Project, through veterans telling stories with movies, or books. It can help bring the right people together and build this bridge the right way. We spoke about the differences between the way warriors were treated in the past and now with what can be perceived as a negative aspect of it. At the same time, we have made progress and can utilize these tools that are at our disposable. Send questions or comments to
Nov 02, 2016
GRP 50-The Veterans Project, RIP Major Dalton Fury, Bert Kuntz
GRP 50- Army Major Dalton Fury lost his battle with cancer a few days ago. It's a tremendous loss for his family and for the country. Maj Fury was a commander for a Special Missions unit and is the author of "Kill Bin Laden". You will be missed, sir. Co-hosting for Today's podcast is Army veteran Tim Kuzack who created The Veterans Project. The Veterans Project is a comprehensive photographic essay detailing the lives of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom combat veterans and their return to civilian life. The project focuses on the many challenges surrounding their reentry into "polite society" and realistically depicts their lives profiled in both photographic and interview formats. On with Tim is Bert Kuntz an Army Special Forces veteran with multiple combat rotations. Below is an excerpt from the episode. John: Bert you're a veteran of the Army Special Forces. How long were you with the Army? and was all of that with Special Forces? Bert Kuntz: I joined in 2002 and separated from the Army in 2011. Just about 10 years. I came in on the 18 x-ray program which is designed to bring guys in off the street. I originally wanted to join the Airforce, but then I met some Special Forces guys and decided I wanted to become an 18 Delta (Special Forces Medic). John: If any guys struggling to make the transition or anyone out there imagine if you're putting 40 plus hours per week into your business, or idea there's no limit to what you can achieve. If you attempted to climb a mountain and took it one step at a time. One day at time. There's no limit to what you can achieve. Bert: John you just said my favorite line of my entire life. I say to myself what you just said. The only thing you can control today is the amount of effort you put into the person you want to be and the work you want to do. Transition into the civilian life is not easy. The amount of effort you put into it whether it's taking out the trash at McDonalds or being a Neurosurgeon vets are doing all of that and everything in between.
Oct 26, 2016
GRP 49-The History Channel’s "The Warfighter's"
GRP 49- We have a very special episode for you guys today. Co-hosting this episode with me is Chantel Taylor. Chantel is a British Army veteran where she served for 12 years as a Combat Medic with multiple deployments and was involved in some heavy fighting in southern Afghanistan. Our special guest for this episode is Navy SEAL veteran Ray Mendoza, and Army Ranger Mike Baumgarten. Ray served for over 16 years 13 of those were as a SEAL, and Mike served for 10 years all with Ranger Regiment and has 10 combat deployments. Ray and Mike are producers for a show airing this veteran’s day on the History channel called "The Warfighters". Since 2001, the Army Rangers, the Navy Seals and the Green Berets have been fighting the War on Terror. It remains the longest war in American history. For the past 15 years, they have been at the tip of the spear, honorably risking their lives for their country and one another. “The Warfighters” is a harrowing and impactful portrayal of the triumphs and sacrifices the United States Special Operations Forces have endured on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. We talk their careers in the Army and Navy respectively, as well as PTSD and issues facing veterans. Below is an excerpt. John: One interesting aspect of veteran suicide and PTS is this isn't something new. There's evidence of this existing throughout almost every conflict in the history of the world. In WW2 they called it shell shock, in Vietnam, they had a different term for it. With this age of connectivity and with so many guys coming home from such a prolonged period of warfighting. The reality of it is going to seep into everyday life for civilians. As a society, we ask these questions of ourselves. How can we approach this? I think now with the culmination of everything that's happened we are closer to cracking this nut than ever before. Mike: There are more resources devoted to it. The understanding has been expanded. In the Civil War, they called it Lonely heart syndrome. Understanding that it's not just a feeling. It's a physical change to that person's brain. When you go to war you need to understanding the effects. If there was a greater understanding of the price I feel like there would be more deliberation into putting America's sons and daughters into harm's way without realizing that you need to have the infrastructure to take care of them when they get back.
Oct 19, 2016
GRP 48-Combat Flags, Combat Stories, USMC Veteran, Green Beret 18Charlie, RIP SSG Adam Thomas
GRP 48- Rest in Peace to Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, was killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot during an operation against the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan, defense officials said. I'd like to have everyone send prayers and positive energy to retired Special Missions Unit Major, and author of "Kill Bin Laden" Dalton Fury. The Major is battling through a tough situation and we want him and his family to know that we support him. Back on the podcast is Dan, the owner of Combat Flags. James a Marine Corps Combat Veteran of Iraq, and Mike a Special Forces Green Beret and veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. We discuss Combat Flags, the careers of James, and Mike during and post-military. Mike works for an organization that fights child sexual exploitation, and James is a full-time Firefighter. We talk combat, PTSD, military specialties, and helping war fighters when they come home. Below is an excerpt from the episode. John: James can you talk about your experiences in the United States Marine Corps? James: I and my friend John joined the Infantry. My friend Alex joined the Combat Engineers. Josh joined Intel. We all got deployed to different units. While I was in training down at 29 Palms I got a Red Cross message and my friend John was killed in action in January 2005 in Iraq. He was in the battle of Fallujah. I was able to get home for his funeral. We deployed to Iraq. Our op tempo was through the roof. Running patrols in and around Haditha Dam. We Ran patrols near the Syrian border. We got called for a High-Value Target. Hit the house and didn't find a thing. The Mosque gave a call for prayer. The hair stood on the back of our necks. Something wasn't right. A round hit right between me and my buddy. We were on the outer cordon team. Headed back to our trucks. Saw a flash to my right and an RPG landed about a foot from where I was standing. I finally came to. I see tracers flying everywhere. I ran behind this pile of rocks. I realized that things didn't feel right. Had a hot piece of metal in my mouth, and I couldn't talk. Tried calling for help. I put my gun up scanning for targets. Our Corpsman ran 100 yards over open grounds to get to me. I tried to get up and when I got up they shot me right in my knee.
Oct 12, 2016
GRP 47-Stu Pearson, Kajaki, Green Berets, Arsenal Democracy
GRP 47-Co hosting for this episode is retired Army veteran, Nick Betts. I interviewed Stu Pearson a retired British Army soldier who served for 20 years with 3 Para. The Parachute Regiment is an elite British Infantry Battalion that has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Stu was on a rotation to Southern Afghanistan and was tasked with protecting the Kajaki Dam which provided power to a large number of people in the region. A Para sniper saw enemy activity that was out of effective targeting range so they planned to move to a concealed position closer to the enemy. En route to this position the sniper who was leading the movement stepped on a landmine. They'd walked right into a minefield. The Para's quickly stabilized him. They'd chosen flat ground not far so the MEDEVAC helicopter could extract the Para Trooper. While clearing the path Stu Pearson stepped on a landmine. Seven men were seriously wounded at Kajaki. Three of them lost legs, while Corporal Mark Wright, of the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, suffered fatal wounds. The 27-year-old, just two months away from his wedding to Gill Urquhart, died after displaying bravery so ferocious that he would be posthumously awarded the highest of honors, the George Cross. Three of his comrades were also decorated for gallantry. Nick and I had a conversation with retired U.S Army Special Forces veteran David Pavlick. Pavlick is the CEO of Arsenal Democracy which specializes in Aerospace/Defense Research and Development. He served in Special Forces for 12 years with multiple deployments. David and Nick are both qualified Snipers.
Oct 05, 2016
GRP 46-Leo Jenkins Special Ops Medicine Team 5 Foundation RIP FDNY Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy
GRP 46-First and foremost I want to send my deepest condolence's to the family of FDNY Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy who was killed in the Bronx, New York today. Chief Fahy died responding to a reported gas leak from a house which subsequently exploded killing the Battalion Chief and wounding several others. He served for 17 years and was considered to be a rising star within the Fire Department. At the end of the episode, I added some audio as a small tribute. On for this episode is retired 3/75 Army Ranger Medic, and author Leo Jenkins. Leo served with Ranger Battalion for several deployments and played a role in the rescue and recovery effort of the fallen SEALs from the ill-fated Operation Red Wings. We discuss Leo's current lifestyle as a modern day nomad who travels from country to country mixing it up with the locals. It's a lifestyle and way of thinking Leo's embraced that really helped him deal with his post-military struggles. We discuss his involvement with a unique organization called The Team 5 Foundation which deploys to high-risk locations globally teaching medicine and treating the local population. Leo recently deployed with Team 5 and we discuss what that was like. Below is an excerpt from the episode. John: One of the pictures you took, to me was an iconic image showing Rangers taking IV fluid in a rush to find the missing SEALs from Operation Red Wings. You guys were on your movement moving through harsh terrain in very hot weather. Leo Jennings: I think I started lines on five, or six of our guys during those four days. These aren't guys coming off the couch. These are guys who maintain a very high level of fitness. Dudes were taking IV's but quitting was not an option. Guys really sucked it up because they knew that fellow U.S service members were out there in harm's way. Even if it was to recover their bodies those guys from those units will walk until their feet are bloody nubs. Let's keep this going until all of these Americans are recovered. Never shall I leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy. That's the most important thing. If you're a little bit hot or tired you suck that up and drive on. Send questions, or comments to
Sep 28, 2016
GRP 45-SF Medic, Traumatic Brain Injury, President George W Bush Military Service Initiative
GRP 45-My guest on for this episode is retired Green Beret Medic Sergeant First Class Michael Rodriguez. Michael spent 21 years in the US Army with his first deployment to Somalia with the 10th Mountain Divison, to his last deployment to Afghanistan with the 7th Special Forces Group. We discuss Special Operations medicine, the advances in technology as a result of war. First Sergeant Rodriguez was medically retired due to sustaining several TBI's (Traumatic Brain Injury) from IEDs. He sits on President George W. Bush's Military Service Initiative Advisory Council which engages in a wide range of activities that support veterans. Last but not least he's the Cheif Ambassador at the Green Beret Foundation. Below is an excerpt from the episode: John: Now for the Special Operations medical course the individuals going through are Rangers, SEALs, or Green Berets it's a course that all SOF attends. Was it like that during those days? Sergeant First Class Rodriguez: It was. The way it was when I went through it was two courses. Special Operations Combat Medic(SOCM), and then Special Forces Medical Sergeants Course(SFMS). We had PJ's , Ranger Medics, and SEALs go through SOCM. The only people who went on through SFMS the more advanced stuff were 18 Delta's Green Beret Medic's or they would send back seasoned SEALs the IDC's (Independent Duty Corpsman) those guys were seasoned veterans going through that portion. Now it's a bit different but there's still somewhat of a distinction for the 18 Delta's.
Sep 21, 2016
GRP 44-9/11’s Fifteen Year Anniversary, Major Rusty Bradley, Counterinsurgency
GRP 44-9/11’s Fifteen Year Anniversary, Major Rusty Bradley, Counterinsurgency by Global Recon
Sep 14, 2016
GRP 43-British Army Combat Medic, Global Surgical Medical Support Group, Women in Combat
GRP 43- For this episode I had two different conversations with two very interesting individuals. The first conversation is with former British Army Combat Medic Chantelle Taylor. A former Combat Medic she had a remarkable career in the British Army. Renowned for being the first British female soldier in history to engage and kill an enemy combatant at close quarters, she was the lead medic supporting an infantry fighting company during prolonged combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Chantelle is the director of tactical medicine within Spectre International/FVEY Group. She is an ambassador for GBV UNCOVERED an international online think tank dedicated to improving the medical and psychological care available to the survivors of sexual gender-based violence [GBV] in the world's conflict regions. Taylor transitioned into diplomatic security and for a further four years she undertook the role of primary protection officer for the Australian Ambassador to Iraq. Currently she specializes in the provision and effective implementation of medicine in unstable or hostile regions. We discussed her career as a medic, and post military as a defense contractor working in war zones. We also discuss combat medicine, women in combat, and a variety of other topics. The second conversation I had is with Aaron Epstein. Aaron is the president of an organization called the Global Surgical Medical Support Group. This unique organization provides medical training, and support to the Kurdish military, and Kurdish civilian population in Northern Iraq, as the continue to battle ISIS. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”-Chinese proverb. Very popular aid organizations go into Iraq, drop some limited supplies, take some photos then leave. GSMSG is the exact opposite of that. They train the Kurds, so that they are no longer needed in the conflict zone. Enjoy. Send questions, or comments to
Sep 08, 2016
GRP 42-Canadian Operator, CSOR, New York Times Article
GRP 42-On this episode I have former Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) solider Wes Kennedy. CSOR traces its unit’s roots to the first American, Canadian Special Operations unit which was a joint unit called the “1st Special Service Force”. Wes is the author of “Sports Vision Training for Shooting Performance”. We talk a little about the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM). We talk fitness, and mindset. Wes runs a company that helps prepare military athletes for the rigorous Special Operations selection programs across the globe. An article has come out recently written by Sean Naylor in the New York Times where the Airforce has developed some new technology to help them clean up old drone footage. During Operation Anaconda special reconnaissance units were tasked with heading up into the mountains, and identifying enemy fighting positons in order to call in air support. A highly respected Navy SEAL operator is being bashed on social media because the Airforce is claiming that him and his unit left behind John Chapman an Airforce Combat Control Technician (CCT). The new technology isn’t 100 accurate to say for certain that Chapman was still alive. The facts are the SEALs along with the CCT were out numbered, out gunned, and taking casualties. Senior Chief Petty Officer Slabinski assumed Chapman was killed during the initial gunfight in which several members of the small team were shot, and wounded. They made the call to leap down the mountain under fire, and commence what would become a 6 hour running gun battle in order to break contact. Slabinski’s actions that day kept the SEALs alive, and his teammates have the highest praise for him. I am disappointed with the level of arm chair quarterbacking that’s taking place on the internet over this issue.
Aug 31, 2016
GRP 41-Navy SEAL Sniper, The Last Punisher, Mindset, RIP Green Beret Matthew Thompson
GRP 41-On for this episode is former US Navy SEAL Corpsman, and Sniper Kevin Lacz. Kevin is the author of the New York Times best selling book The Last Punisher: A SEAL Team THREE Sniper's True Account of the Battle of Ramadi. Kevin was apart of a Sniper element with US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. We talked about what its like going through BUDS which is the selection course for Navy SEALs. We talk Ramadi, mindset, SOF Medics, and some history. Below is an excerpt from our conversation. John Hendricks: The book is basically about your experience during a rotation to Ramadi. The insurgency moved from Fallujah to Ramadi. A very dangerous place. You were deployed with Chris Kyle, and he was a close friend of yours. Kevin Lacz: That 2006 deployment was the most pronounced out of my deployments. You’re right Ramadi at that point in time was kind of the epicenter of the insurgency in Iraq. It was also primed to be the template for the surge. We deployed in April 06 in support of the the 1st, the 502nd, the 36, 38 Marines in a new campaign to win hearts and minds. We supported them. We were mainly there to support them from a couple of different platforms. One was direct action missions. Presence patrols. Working with the Iraqi security forces patrolling daytime, and night time in these areas. The third was the Sniper element which proved to be the most effective. One of the gentlemen in our platoon was Chris Kyle. That deployment our platoon had over 230 confirmed kills, and Chris had 101 of those. Task unit together had 330 confirmed kills. That’s not airstrikes, rifle mainly sniper.
Aug 25, 2016
GRP 40-Combat Flags, PSYOPS, Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippine’s
GRP 40- Dan, the owner of Combat Flags, and US Army veteran joined me for our 40th episode. We discuss the role of a PYSOP (Physiological Operations) Solider, OEF-P, and his company Combat Flags. Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines is a lesser known campaign to rid the Philippine’s of Islamic terror groups. We discuss the situation there, and what the Pilipino government is doing to counter the threat. Dan’s company Combat Flags, create these beautiful American flags put together using the uniforms of veterans from all branches. It’s really awesome work, and Combat Flags donates half of the money to Stop Solider Suicide. Below is an excerpt from the episode. John Hendricks: During the height of the Iraq war, now in Syria, and Iraq people who are critical of the war efforts would say things like we’re out there fighting farmers, and things like that. Which is very far from the truth. Apart of the truth is what removing Saddam from power was lifting that stringent, and strict security measures that kept out these transnational terrorist organizations out. What ends up happening is now you have fighters from Chechnya, the larger middle east, and Africa. In the Philippine’s was it Pilipino terrorism, or was it international groups operating there? Dan: The Philippines falls within South East Asia, and it’s an Archipelago nation. The terrorist activity predominately takes place in the southern Philippine’s. Back in the mid to late 70’s this group called the Moral National Liberation Front (MNLF) started to take hold, and open up these insurgent training camps. The MNLF had an internal coup, and split off into a separate group called the Moral Islamic Liberation Front. These camps really paved the way for what I was working with, and what guys who preceded me were working with. Throughout the years there have been thousands of Jihadist who were trained there, and going to Pakistan, Iraq, you name it. I liked to refer to it as the minor league of terrorism. That’s where the terrorist goes, get there training, and when ready for the big leagues they get called up, and head out to the middle east. These training camps in the 70’s, 80’s, and early 90’s were pumping out guys left and right. Some of the more notable folks who came through the Philippine’s during the 80’s was Osama Bin Laden’s brother in law. Another guy named Ramsey Yousef, who was one of the primary architects of the World Trade Center bombings in 93. A more contemporary guy named Khalid Sheikh Mohammed he’s one of the big guys from the 9/11 attacks. He was a former secretary of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. These groups gained ground pretty quick, and have been causing havoc on the southern part of the Philippine’s through bombings, and kidnappings. Send questions, or comments to
Aug 19, 2016
GRP 39-Army Rangers, American Sikh’s, Service, Presidential Candidates
GRP 39- On for this episode are two guest who I had two different conversations with. The first guest is SGT Bryce Mahoney. SGT Mahoney served from 2001 until 2007. He served with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and E. Co 51st Infantry LRS (Long Range Surveillance). SGT Mahoney holds a Purple Belt in Royce Gracie BJJ, and is a father of 3. We discuss combative systems, his time deployed in combat, and a little politics. The second conversation I had is with Sikh Major Kamal Kalsi. Major Kalsi is a doctor, and entered the Army via a health Professions Scholarship Program. He comes from a long line of military service with members of his family serving in the Indian, British, and American militaries. Sikh’s have a strong warrior ethos’s, and history as warriors fighting oppression in they’re history. Below is an excerpt from my conversation with SGT Mahoney. John Hendricks: Can you share a war story, or something that stood out to you during your time in the military? Bryce Mahoney: Sound, and tradition, and things like that resonate. I was unfortunately present when Edmunds, and Stonesifer the first two Ranger casualties of the Global War on Terror were KIA. We were in Oman at this base. They got us all together, and brought they’re caskets through the hanger that we were all in. To have those two caskets there, and all of us reciting the Ranger Creed, there was this echoing of the Ranger Creed that was so intense. It was so resonating. Anytime I hear the Creed I can visualize being in that hanger, looking at those two caskets, and realizing that whatever I do its going to be so that they’re death’s are not in vain. Its something that’s stuck with me forever.
Aug 11, 2016
GRP 38-Nate Boyer, Green Berets, NFL, Patriot
GRP 38- On this episode I have the privilege of having a conversation with retired Special Forces soldier turned professional football player Nate Boyer. Nate served this country for 10 years. All of his time in the military was spent as a Green Beret on active duty, and then in a National Guard Special Forces unit. Nate’s story is truly inspirational, and he continues to serve his fellow veterans by contributing to veteran programs, and initiatives which are absolutely awesome. Below is an excerpt from the episode: John Hendricks: Nate, lets talk about what you were doing before the Army, and then what led you into the Army. Nate Boyer: I didn’t understand much about service, and sacrifice. I went over to Darfur on the boarder of Sudan, and Chad in sub-Saharan Africa. I did some relief work over there for a couple of months. It was over there that I gained my sense of patriotism. I became very proud of what we had here. I gained some perspective on what its like in the world. When I came back I had this feeling that I wanted to go fight for those people in those places that didn’t have someone to protect them. I came back and signed up with an 18 X-ray contract to go become a Green Beret. John Hendricks: That’s awesome. That relief work what does it consist of? Nate Boyer: It’s a long story to be honest. I wasn’t even supposed to be there. I tried to apply to these different organizations’ that were over there, and they turned me down because to them I didn’t have anything to offer. I was like man I’ll do anything. Pass out food rations, assist in the medical center. What ever you need. I was like alright we’ll F you I’m going over there anyway. I bought a plane ticket, and showed up bullshitting my way onto the camps. The people in the camps were enamored by the fact that an American would leave what we have to go help over there. The kids were always asking me questions. They all figured I was like best friends with 50 Cent or something.
Aug 02, 2016
GRP 37-Iraq, Insurgency, Vietnam, Green Berets, Police Shootings
GRP 37-On this episode we have three guys back on the show. G from Zulu Foxtrot. G is a Marine combat veteran with rotations to Fallujah, and Ramadi in Iraq during some of the worst fighting. Jason Economos is a MACV-SOG unit historian, and the author of an excellent novel on SOG called “Gentle Propositions”. Back on is a Global Recon fave Mike Stahl who is from the first generation of Special Forces Green Berets. Mike served in Vietnam on a Special Forces A-Team, and went on to become a team leader in the ultra secret MACV-SOG recon teams. Below is an excerpt from the episode: G: The idea, or concept of SOG, did that start from the military itself? Or was that the politicians saying we have an issue and we need to deal with it? Mike Stahl: “Well G, you got to go back to the “Bay of Pigs” when the CIA screwed up that, and they decided to turn all active military operations over to the military. Then you’ve got Kennedy giving us the Green Beret, and giving us that mission. It came out as a need, even though our rules of warfare said we were restricted to fighting strictly ground war within south Vietnam. As we talked about with the enemies massing on the other side of the border you’ve got to know what’s going on. Smarter minds prevailed, and we bypassed Congress. Even we were restricted by only going only within 7 miles across the border.” John Hendricks: G, I know you were in Iraq during the earlier stages. Fallujah, Ramadi those were pretty bad areas at the time. I know you guys were getting into a lot of contact. A lot of ambushes. I’m not sure if IED’s were as widespread at the time. Was that something you guys were dealing with? Send an email to .
Jul 28, 2016
GRP 36-Ronin Tactics, New York City, Blade Seminar
GRP 36-On this episode I have Tu Lam ret Special Forces SGM, and owner of Ronin Tactics back on the show. Tu is a martial artist, hand to hand combat instructor, and a blade expert. We are hosting ringed blade seminars here in New York City the first weekend of August. Sat August 6th will be held at Cross Fit Giant in Edgewater NJ. We’re hosting two sessions per day. The first will be from 1-4 pm, and the second from 5-8 pm. Day 2 will be held at Brooklyn Athletic Club in Williamsburg Brooklyn same time slots. On this episode we discuss some of the methodology, and how Tu has evolved as a martial artist during his 22-year career as an operator. Below is an excerpt form the episode John Hendricks: When you talk about training the blurred area’s and I was out in Colorado I saw the way you were flowing, and I noticed you have the same philosophy for handling a pistol, handling a rifle, handling a blade. Is that a similar philosophy without giving away too much information, if your entering a room you have your sector of the room to secure, but at the same time if you enter a room your veering off to the left, but there’s a guy on the right I’m sure you guys have some type of methodology to where you can get him even though he’s in your peripherals. Tu Lam: Yeah its funny you say that. In CQB when I first started my training in counter terrorism when we explosive breach, and enter a room each one of us as a guy on the teams we move into a certain point in the room. There’s going to be times when a guy should have gone left, and he went right. Things happen in combat. As a senior guy, as a martial artist, as a commando you have to be able to process that data. Like water, move. He should have gone right, and he gone left your able to process that data and go right. Picking up those gaps when it needs to be picked up. It’s the same with fighting. If you throw a punch, and I parry that punch and you throw another you leave an opening because I parried that punch. I’m going to either block or I’m going to expose that opening. Any questions, or comments send an email to
Jul 22, 2016
GRP 35-Krupto Strategic, Dallas Shooter, War Stories
GRP 35-On this episode I have Nick Betts the owner of Krupto Strategic back on the show. Nick is an 8-year Army Sniper/Reconnaissance veteran with multiple deployments. We discuss the fact that the media mislabeled the Dallas shooter a sniper. We feel that the media fan’s the flames of this race issue, by not reporting honestly and giving a full picture of what’s going on. Nick shares a war story from a deployment to Ramadi, Iraq when he was working with US Navy SEALs. Below is an excerpt. Nick Betts: Ramadi, 2006. We were working with the SEAL teams. My team was staying at this little outpost in the middle of the city called “Eagles Nest”. The SEALs called up our TOC (Tactical Operations Center), and let us know that they were running operations in our A0 (Area of Operations). The SEALs inserted at 4AM they get up on the roof, and once the sun came up because they were in this specific sector anybody with a gun was getting shot. They were pretty much up there for terrorist elimination. As soon as the sun would come up any American, or Iraqi unit’s were getting into heavy firefights in this area. I was at the guard post, and I start hearing rapid gunfire. I call it in on the radio. I ended up rotating off the shift, and went down to the TOC. The SEALs radioed in telling us to stand by because they were getting hammered. I was in a mechanized infantry unit, so we had Bradley fighting vehicles which had 25 mic mic Bushmaster cannons on top. The SEALS called us up telling us they took severe causalities and they needed us to come exil them. My team SGT grabbed a bunch of us up and we rolled out. The SEALs were on top of this roof in a gun fight. A terrorist came up right under the base of the roof, and threw up a hand grenade. The explosion took out a massive chunk of two SEALs. The Team guys up there applied tourniquets, and stopped the bleeding. So we drop the ramp on the Bradley. The 25 mic mic started laying down heavy fire. All of those guys jumped in, and we get back to Eagles Nest. Called in the Medevac. I was cleaning out blood from the back of the Bradley’s. My platoon SGT told me we might be going back in. The rest of the team we extracted was out there. Their commander didn’t have his shirt on, but he had a plate carrier on. He had a through and through wound in his chest that was patched up. One of the guys asked him if he’s good, and he says “I’ll be fine”. Send any questions, or comments to
Jul 15, 2016
GRP 34-The Choke Point Podcast, Cro Medical Gear, Army Rangers, SARCs
GRP 34-On this episode I conducted two interviews. The first is with T a Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman (SARC) in the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). T spent a number of years in the US Navy attached to MARSOC, and we were able to discuss some aspects of trauma medicine. T is apart of a company called Cro Medical Gear which is owned and operated by SARC’s. They are working on developing a product line of medical gear for the advanced care provider initially, and then will release products for civilians as well. The Second interview was with 3 former Army Rangers from the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment who run a podcast called The Choke Point. Chance Davis SSG Former Ranger Medic, James Webb SGT Ranger Retired, and Paul Martinez SSG Ranger Retired. These guys are awesome indivus who’ve overcome many obstacles, and who stay busying farming, and working with other veterans. They’ve got books in the works, and are forming an organization to help veterans in need. Below is an excerpt from the podcast. Paul Martinez: I remember that. We’re having like a Turkey dinner in the middle of Afghanistan in this giant castle compound. It was weird man. I felt like Genghis Khan. You’re looking at these giant Himalayan mountains covered in snow, but its hot where you are. Doc’s got a turkey on the stick. Your extremely well fed. Its one of those things where your sitting in this house, your eating turkey dinner with your best buddies, you’re in arguably one of the worst places on the planet. I couldn’t have been happier. As soon as the sun goes down were back out fighting through ambushes. It was some pretty gnarly fighting. Send an email to with questions, or comments.
Jul 07, 2016
GRP 33-Active Shooter Responses, Increased Medical Training, Crisis Application Group
GRP 33-On this episode we have Jay Paisley back on the show. Jay served for 20 years in the US Army with 15 of those years in Special Forces. He was an 18 Delta Special Forces Medic with the 5th Special Forces Group, and went on to serve as a medic in a Special Missions Unit. We discuss the responses to mass shootings on the first responders side of the house. In some detail that most people aren’t discussing, and bring to light some ideas that are certainly worth exploring as a nation when it comes to trauma medicine. Wouldn’t it make sense for High Schools to teach students over the course of 4 years how to deal with basic trauma using tourniquets, and other devices? Below is an excerpt from our conversation: John Hendricks: The military in the last 15 years of constant deployments either to Iraq, Afghanistan, or elsewhere have dealt with mass casualty events. Guys are wounded from gunfights, stepping on mines and IED’s, and things like that. From what I understand, and I’m not 100 percent sure on the exact numbers, but the number of Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors who survive wounds from the battlefield have increased. There’s obviously a reason for that. Can you explain why that is? Jay Paisley: The biggest breakthrough to come out of these battlefields in terms of medicine, and the military trauma model isn’t necessarily a scientific breakthrough but rather an academic breakthrough where we have pushed down and de-centralized to the lowest common dominator possible data driven, proven life saving techniques. What your seeing coming out of the Global War on Terror in success is: it’s the infantrymen, it’s the clerk, it’s the truck driver. They’re the ones who are intervening early on, and putting into place these medical treatments that are saving lives. It’s the medic that are within close proximity that are coming in to finish that initial treatment that was put on place. It’s the de-centralization that’s saving lives. We’re putting tourniquets in the hands of everybody. Not just the hands of the select few. Send questions to
Jun 29, 2016
GRP-32 Atomic Athlete, Special Operations Fitness, Programs To Pass Selection
GRP 32- On this episode we have Chuck Ritter back on the show. Chuck is the First Sergeant at the Special Forces Senior Leader Course at Fort Bragg. On for the first time are Atomic Athlete Owner’s Jake Saenz - Former Ranger Regiment Team Leader, Founder of Atomic Athlete, and Jordan Smothermon - former naval nuclear operator who’s been professionally coaching for 4 years. Ronin Tactics is coming to NYC!!! (6-7 AUG 2016) Classes are open to everyone. Two Days Ronin Tactics “Ring Blade” Seminar that will build on each session. We will be hosting a two 3 hrs seminar per day for two days. First session- Body movement, empty hands, centerline and off-center line blade and saber blade attacks. Second session- Trapping, Foot Movement, Control over Opponent, Pick and reinforce pick attacks. The links to purchase your slot, and for full details will be listed at the bottom of this page. Here is an excerpt from the episode. John Hendricks: That’s an interesting point you’ve made about having the right mindset with training vs working out. If your climbing a mountain instead taking it one step at a time a lot of people will look up, and get turned off by the size of the task. What will set companies, and trainers apart will be the ability to teach that mindset, as well as teaching the physical side. Jake Saenz: I heard a great quote by a former Special Operations guy “Selection is a never ending process” the bottom line is so is fitness. Look at Chuck who’s 18 years in. It’s not about what’s going to happen today, or the next few days. When your training for a career in Special Operations you need to have a long term vision, and a long term purpose behind your training. Someone like Chuck has to be capable for upwards of 20 years. Having that long term perspective thinking about that like hey its not just about today, its about a year from now, 3 years from now, 5 years from now. Accepting the fact that its going to be a slow steady climb up hill, but as long as you continue to train and when I say train, as Jordan mentioned not working out, but training. Following a program based on your ability, and your goals. As long as you train you’ll continue to see improvement. Send questions, or comments to
Jun 24, 2016
GRP 31-Israeli Special Operators, Agilite Tactical, Terror In Orlando
GRP 31- On this episode myself, and Major Rusty Bradley (ret) discuss the attack in Orlando, as well as some solutions for dealing with this threat of Global Terrorism. On the show for the first time are my friends from Agilite Tactical a company comprised of former Israeli commando’s who create innovative new gear used by the IDF, and Special Op’s units around the globe. Special Coupon Code for Global Recon followers: GlobalRecon10   This gets followers 10% off their whole purchase through June 21st. So be sure to check out and use the coupon GlobalRecon10 for a 10 percent discount off your entire purchase. Below is an excerpt from the episode. John Hendricks: Ellie you served during the second Intifada what exactly was that for people who won’t know? Ellie Isaacson: The second Intifada was a period between the end of 2000 to 2003. It started off with a series of terrorist attacks, and had gotten to a stage where it was literally daily suicide bombings, daily shootings. I joined up in November 2000, and I remember everything just kicked off in a big way. One of the major incidents was two Israeli reserve soldiers took a wrong turn into an Arab village. They were beaten to death by a mob, and thrown out of a window for the world to see. I remember being back in the UK about a month before my service, and just watching this happen and seeing everyone going nuts. Within two years we were given a mission to capture one of those guys who performed the lynching and killed those Israeli soldiers, so it really came full circle. Any questions , or comments send an email to
Jun 16, 2016
GRP 30-Lions Of Kandahar, Bowe Bergdahl, D - Day Anniversary
GRP 30- On the 30th episode of the Global Recon Podcast, I’ve had the honor of having on Retired Special Forces Major Rusty Bradley. MAJ Rusty Bradley served 21 years in the US Army and US Special Forces. He was recently medically retirement for wounds received in combat. He is the author of the bestselling book “Lions of Kandahar” and has been published in Time magazine, Soldier of Fortune, Veritas, War on the Rocks and numerous other publications and blogs. He has earned 4 Valor awards from 3 different countries. Major Bradley is one of only 40 US service members in the history of the US military to receive the Medal of Valor from the Canadian Prime Minister. Myself, and John Lovell discuss the Invasion of Normandy, and of the Army Rangers who scaled the 100ft cliffs at Pointe Du Hoc, under withering enemy gunfire, and were able to complete their objective of clearing out enemy fighting positions along the top of the cliff. Below is an excerpt from the interview with Major Bradley. John Hendricks: You go to Special Forces selection, and you pass. For the next 15 years or so you have multiple rotations all to Afghanistan, and for kind of a unique reason which is pretty interesting. Can you talk about that at all? Major Bradley: I was the second of the first two languages that was selected by the Special Forces command in order to build long term continuity for it’s forces, and its leaders in Afghanistan. You’ve got these leaders, Non Commissioned Officers, and Officers who are so smart that they can look in their invisible globe and see what’s going to happen in 10, or 20 years. This program was sending guys into a language and area study of Southern Afghanistan, so that we came out we would constantly rotate through, and maintain access and placement in Southern Afghanistan. All 8 of my rotations were in Southern Afghanistan. Any questions, or comments can be sent to
Jun 09, 2016
GRP 29-RIP Doc Thomas Eagles, North American Rescue, 18 Delta, Special Forces
Search Global Recon Podcast on ITunes, or Sound Cloud to access the episodes. Leave us a review, subscribe, and download the episodes on ITunes. Thank you. GRP 29- This nation has lost a piece of history in the quiet of the night. Master Chief (ret.) Tom Eagles was one of the most highly decorated Corpsman of the Vietnam War with service spanning three decades. Doc Eagles is responsible for a lot of changes in combat medicine over the past 50 years. He spent a number of years working with North American Rescue helping develop life saving equipment, and then having it integrated into the US Military. Here is an excerpt from the episode with DJ Struntz from North American Rescue telling a story from the Master Chief. DJ Struntz: They were on a Long Range Reconnaissance deep inside enemy territory at night. They didn’t have all the night vision that we have now. They were hunkered in and a Tiger came in and grabbed one of the guys from his patrol. They sat there in the dark surrounded by Viet Cong listening to this guy scream until the Tiger killed him. They listened to him crunching away all night while the Tiger ate the poor guy, and they couldn’t do anything because they were surrounded by enemy troops. If you have any questions, or suggestions send an email to
Jun 04, 2016
GRP 28 Memorial Day, Army Rangers, Army EOD, AF Combat Search And Rescue
GRP 28- Today’s episode is a special Memorial Day tribute to our fallen countrymen from all wars past till present. There will be multiple post highlighting this episode, but the first will be an excerpt from former Army EOD Technician Justin Howard. John Hendricks: Justin, what does Memorial day mean to you? Justin Howard: Memorial day to me is me thinking about the veterans who served in wars past, but also the brothers that served with me. The one’s who I’ve lost. When you hear about one of your brothers being a triple amputee makes me wonder what he was thinking when it was going down. My buddy Donald Vincent Stacy he was a good friend of mine he was with the 1 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment working with Special forces in Kandahar, Afghanistan. I was in EOD school at the time when he was deployed. I got a call from one of his buddies and he told me that Donald was killed in Afghanistan by a detonation. They had seen some Military Aged Males on some motorcycles, and they were told to go check it out. Donald took the detector from his junior guy, and went to sweep a path. As he was going down the alley a detonation occurred. Donald was thrown against the wall, and the medic came running down. He said “SGT Stacy, SGT Stacy if you can hear me squeeze my hand, and he squeezed his hand. One of his arms was missing and both of his legs were gone. He called for assistance, and they came down and applied the tourniquets, and on the helicopter ride back to Kandahar Donald died. He was a good friend of mine from when I was 16 years old. We were in Iraq together, I was aviation, and he was infantry, but we hung out together. We were at Bragg together. That was a tough phone call for me. Rest in Peace SGT Donald Vincent Stacy. Blue skies brother.
May 31, 2016
GRP 27 The Warfighter Foundation, Security Contractor, RIP MSG Andrew McKenna
GRP 27-On this episode of the I interviewed Derek Pleimen who is an Army veteran, and a part of the Warfighter Foundation. We discussed Derek’s career in the Army, the mission of the Warfighter Foundation, and his recent deployment to Afghanistan as a security contractor. Tu Lam from Ronin Tactics will be in NYC early August to teach a blade seminar. We haven’t locked in the dates yet, but will do so in the next few days. So far the locations we have are in Williamsburg Brooklyn, and Edge Water New Jersey. If you’re interested in hosting a class, or attending send an email to Below is an excerpt from the episode: John Hendricks: So you were in close proximity to Camp Integrity during the attack when Andrew McKenna was killed? Derek Pleimen: Yeah our base was actually right beside Camp Integrity where Sergeant McKenna was at. It was around 10 o clock at night and we were just watching TV, and the explosion went off. It was a VBIED that started it off. They went right into the gate. After that they had actual suicide bombers run in. It sucks being a security contractor sometimes because our main job is to make sure our clients are safe. When that happened we were standing on HESCOS watching the entire fight unfold. We really couldn’t do anything about it unfortunately. We wanted to help, but our bosses wouldn’t let us go, plus we had no comms with the base. We were expecting to be attacked next but it never came. It was a pretty rough night. It was an intense firefight that lasted a few hours unfortunately a great man was killed in Master Sgt. Andrew McKenna.
May 25, 2016
GRP 26 Crisis Applications Group, 18 Delta, Publishing Recruitment
GRP 26-On this episode I interviewed Jay the CEO of the Crisis Applications Group. We’re excited to announce that Global Recon is now on LinkedIn! Just search Global Recon as we being to build our professional network online. I’m also recruiting experts in the book, and media publishing fields. If you’re interested send an email to The Crisis Application Group, is a private group that consists of professionals and law abiding citizens committed to self defense and self reliance. Our mission is to foster a mature network of proactive, training oriented adults and sponsor dialog across our national and international network. Below is an excerpt from the episode: John Hendricks: I know you were a Special Forces Medic which is the 18 Delta, were you working as a medic in your other unit? Jay: I was. As an 18 Delta in a regular Special Forces Group if that makes any sense your primary hat is an operator. You’re a Green Beret first, and a medic second. You’re a shooter, and then should the occasion arise you become a medic. It’s not much different on the Special Missions side of the house. The emphasis is placed on your specialty. You go through the same training as an operator, but when you go to your maneuver element you are the subject matter expert in tactical medicine. You’re expected to pursue that specialty, and operationally speaking your sort of set aside to be the medic. Send any questions to
May 18, 2016
GRP 25 Ronin Tactics, Bushido, Way Of The Warrior 2
GRP 25-On this episode I had the honor to fly out to Colorado Springs, and attend Special Forces Green Beret Tu Lam’s retirement ceremony. Tu is the owner of Ronin Tactics which is a tactical training company that leverages the experience of Special Operations war fighters. Tu spent 22 and a half years in the Army with 20 of those being in the Army Special Operations Command. We discuss how Tu used eastern philosophy to help him during his dark period after he was finished with combat, and making his transition. If you have any questions about anything on the podcast send an email to
May 11, 2016
GRP 24 Special Forces Team Under Fire, RIP Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV, Warrior Mindset
GRP 24- The U.S. service member killed near Irbil, Iraq, by ISIS gunfire was a Navy SEAL. The Associated Press later identified the casualty as Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) 1st Class Charlie Keating IV. From all of us at Global Recon, and Field Craft we want to extend our condolences to the Keating family during this difficult time. Fair winds, and Following Sea’s Below is an excerpt from the episode from Special Forces operator Chuck Ritter: “In the video you see me coming around the corner shot. So basically we under estimated the enemy force present in the area. Our partners were the Afghan Commando’s, and we had very few Americans on the ground. We came in at night, and it was clear all night. Then in the morning right when the sun came up the enemy actually closed to within 5 to 10 meters of our battle positions, and started throwing hand grenade’s over the wall, and were really lighting us up. So we were going out trying to push these guys back off our perimeter. The fact that the terrain was very maze like allowed them the freedom of maneuverability to move on us. Aerial imagery, and everything else didn’t paint the right picture on the ground. An overhead drone spotted an ambush, and the operator was telling us that there was an enemy ambush set up a couple hundred meters away. We were trying to flank that ambush, but in reality the ambush was right there. We turned the corner, an Afghan Commando got shot took a round to the leg, and it blew off some fingers. A good majority of the rest of the Afghan Commando’s ran away. It was me, my medic, and EOD guy. All of the fast movers moved off station, so the only thing I had overhead was Apache’s. So I started working fire to provide cover for this casualty.” If you have any questions about anything you heard on the podcast send an email to
May 05, 2016
GRP 23 Operators, Special Forces Selection, FieldCraft LLC
Below is an excerpt from the episode. From Mike Glover the show’s co-host, and Kevin T who is a 20 year Special Forces veteran: So me and Kev were Snipers on the same detachment. That was Iraq 08, we were in the CIF at the time. Kevin was in a helicopter crash. We were on the same team, you guys were doing an op. I was on the HLZ, and seeing you guys off. I remember making a joke in typical SOF fashion just shooting the shit. I remember saying hey don’t frap in, don’t crash. Literally I think 10 mins later I was heading to QRF, and my SGM was telling me to get everybody ready because we had to go QRF these guys because they just got in a helicopter crash. So they had two helicopters, NAFSOC’s MH-60’s which is their version of it. There set up kept us alive. Their door gunners kept us in where typically we would have had our feet hanging off the sides. Two helo’s infilled into a FOB (Forward Operating Base) the second helicopter hopped a power line. They thought we were taking incoming, and you felt it just the noise how intense it was. Got heavy on the stick and literally nose was just down into the lead helicopters tail rotor which dislodged it, and severed one of the team members in half and caused quite a bit of destruction around it. That night we lost one of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Force guys and I think everybody was wounded except for one of our teammates who was next to the sniper who got cut in half that same propeller swatted him on the ass, and knocked him over. I think everybody took shrapnel, yea we were covered in blood and diesel fuel just crawling out of there. Send questions to
Apr 27, 2016
GRP 22 Realities Of War, Ronin Tactics, MACV - SOG
GRP 22- On this episode we have two special guest back on the show in Tu Lam from Ronin Tactics who is a 20-year veteran of Army Special Forces, and Mike Stahl a MACV-SOG Green Beret who served in Vietnam. Mike Glover the co host of the show is also back on this episode, and he discusses what its like working with indigenous forces which is a specialty of Army Special Forces Green Berets. Mike Stahl and Tu Lam also discuss working with indigenous forces, as well as the realties of what war is like. Below is an excerpt from Mike Stahl: “War is fucking hell, I’m sorry there’s nothing nice about it. The best thing in war is to get it over quickly, and sometimes its pretty dam brutal. Until you’ve been shot at, and doing some shooting back, until you’ve been in that crucible you don’t know if you’ve got what it takes or not.” Below is an excerpt from Tu Lam: “In war there’s a smell, there’s a taste to it, there’s a feel that you can’t describe. I tell ya man if I don’t have to serve another day in war I’ll be a happy man. Musashi Myamoto wrote The Book of 5 Rings in a Buddhist cave, and he said one thing that always stuck with me and he said “You should fight as if you already died”. There’s a certain point where you still think, but your body reacts, and your kind of in an out of body experience. Rounds are shot, shots are fired you need to do and react. You need to take that initiative away from the enemy otherwise they will control that situation.” If you have any questions about anything on the episode, or want to contact us send an email to
Apr 19, 2016
GRP 21 North American Rescue, DJ Struntz, Ramadi, Zero Foxtrot
GRP 21-On this episode two interviews were conducted. The first is with DJ Struntz who is the Minister of Propaganda for North American Rescue. NAR is a premiere provider in pre hospital, point of wounded medical care. NAR has assembled a seasoned staff of former Special Operations medics, experienced Law Enforcement/SWAT/EMS healthcare providers. The CAT Tourniquet (Combat Application Tourniquet) is the official tourniquet of the US Army, and has contributed to the decrease in deaths on the battlefield for the modern day war fighter. The second interview was conducted with G from Zero Foxtrot. G is a Marine combat veteran with deployments to Fallujah, and Ramadi during the Iraq war. He has popular social media profiles which post interesting content highlighting warfighters from wars past, and we discuss some things that are popular misconceptions amongst people with limited knowledge on modern warfare, and the history of warfare as well. Any questions send an email to
Apr 13, 2016
GRP 20 Army Snipers, Ramadi, Kixeye Gaming, Webinars
Army Snipers, Ramadi, Kixeye Gaming, Webinars GRP 20-On todays episode of the podcast we conducted two separate interviews. The first interview is with combat veteran and owner of Krupto Strategic Nick Betts. Nick spent 8 years in the Army as an Infantrymen, serving his first tour in Ramadi, Iraq which was one of the most contested cities of the entire campaign. Stories of combat in Ramadi have been brought to light by books like American Sniper written by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Betts served in Ramadi with the SEALs during his tour there, and gives us a combat story as well. In the second interview Mike Glover has on Will Harbin the Chairman & CEO of KIXEYE, a leading developer and publisher of online games and a pioneer in free-to-play gaming. Over the last six years, Harbin has led KIXEYE to become one of the top gaming companies in North America. In addition to founding numerous other companies, he is also an avid shooter, hunter, and sportsman. Mike and Will discuss leadership, and will gives some great advice on how to build a team that will lead to success for any business. The webinar will be held on Saturday April 9th at 4pm eastern standard time. In this webinar we will be discussing survival psychology-why people live and die, review a survival case study, discuss training methodology for filling the gap, and establish survival techniques and procedures that will increase your ability to react and survive a natural or man-made catastrophe. This block of instruction will last approx. 2-2hr-30min. Followed by 30 minutes of Q&A on survival and preparedness. The webinar will cost $79.99. Go to and under the store tab click training. There you can find the option to purchase your slot for the webinar. Mike Glover the Co-Owner of FieldCraft Survival is a former Special Forces SGM, Sniper, and Survival Expert. He has worked as a USG Contractor for a government agency for 3 years in austere "low visibility" environments and is an expert in trade craft, field craft, survival preparedness and low visibility operations. Send an email to if you have any questions or suggestions. Webinar Opt in Link:!/Live-Webinar-O-P-S-Course-with-Mike-from-FieldCraft-LLC-9APR16-3-HRS/p/64142121/category=17958375
Apr 06, 2016
GRP 19 Special Forces Generations, MACV - SOG War Story, Recondo School
GRP 19-On this episode we have Mike Stahl, and Mike Glover back on. This discussion is about the difference in Special Forces during the Vietnam era in which Mike Stahl served, and modern day Special Forces in which Mike Glover served. Mike Stahl talked about his experience going through the famed MACV-SOG Recondo school which is the only military school of its kind. Soldiers were taught the hard skills they would need to operate in the jungle deep behind enemy lines, and the training culminated in a patrol through the jungle of an unsecured area, at times teams got into gunfights, and had to be extracted out. Mike also gave us a funny war story from a time where he had to go into the jungle to extract a team in trouble. We’ve been getting hit up with questions about what its like for the family of a soldier who’s serving in Special Forces. The few minutes spent discussing this will answer a lot of questions on the matter. Any questions can be sent to The image used to promo this episode is a painting that can be purchased from the Special Forces Association’s Chapter 7’s website here:
Apr 02, 2016
GRP 18 50th Anniversary Of The Vietnam War, MACV - SOG War Story
GRP 18-Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam war so to honor the brave Americans who fought and died in Vietnam we have MACV-SOG one zero, or Team Leader Green Beret Mike Stahl back on the show. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War. Mike tells a war story of his last operation running recon operating deep behind enemy lines. The mission was intended to be a POW snatch (Prisoner of War) which is considered to be amongst the most dangerous missions to conduct for a recon team. They inserted, got into a gun battle as expected, and called in what is known as a Prairie Fire over the radio. Calling in a Prairie fire is what gave SOG their astounding kill to death ratio of hundreds, and at times thousands to one. Any questions, or suggestions email us at
Mar 30, 2016
GRP 17 Australian Special Forces, Executive Leadership Training, Survival Webinar
GRP 17-We’ve been getting email’s and messages on social media asking if we can have allied Special Operations soldiers on the show. On todays episode we have Australian Special Forces veteran Mitchell McCalister on discussing some of the structure, and mission set that the Australian commandos are responsible for including counter terrorism, and various other security type operations. Webinar update: Cut off date to opt in is Wednesday march 30th, the final pay day is Friday April 1st. The Webinar will be hosted April 2nd during afternoon hours’ eastern standard time. Send an email to to opt in. Mike talks about his leadership/team building seminar with KIXEYE a mobile gaming company that operates out of San Francisco and abroad, and is the creator of Vega Conflict on the iTunes App store. He highlights the next episode where he will interview the CEO of KIXEYE Will Harbin and get a glimpse of his leadership methodology in leading a gaming company using irregular warfare in training, planning and execution. For any questions regarding anything on the show send an email to Mitchell McCalisters Instagram: Mitchell_McCalister Mitchell McCalister’s veteran organization: John Hendricks website: John Hendricks Instagram/Twitter: IgRecon John Hendricks Facebook: FB Recon Mike Glover’s website: Mike Glover’s Instagram: SofSurvivor Mike Glover’s Twitter: IgSofSurvivor Mike Glover’s Facebook: Field Craft LLC Music provided by Caspian:
Mar 25, 2016
GRP 16 MACV - SOG, Rucking Raiders, Operators
GRP 16- This is a very special episode for several reasons. One we have Nate the team leader from Rucking Raiders on again who is finishing up the 700 plus mile march organized by his organization consisting of MARSOC operators honoring their fallen brothers who were killed last year in a training accident. The second reason this is a special episode is we have the distinct honor and privilege of having MACV-SOG Operator Mike Stahl the one zero, or team leader of RT (Recon Team) Michigan for CCN (Command and Control North). Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War. Operators from this unit took on the most dangerous missions of the Vietnam War, and are some of the most decorated soldiers in the history of the United States Military. Joining the conversation is my good friend Jason Economos who is an author and Vietnam expert. Jason wrote an excellent book on MACV-SOG called Gentle Propositions. The book is available on For anyone interested in opting in to our Survival mindset paid webinar send an email to
Mar 21, 2016
GRP 15 War Stories, Webinar's, Survival
GRP 15-On this episode we give more details on the Global Recon/Field Craft Survival Mindset Webinar which you can opt in to by sending an email to Once we lock in your email address we will send you the information needed to pre register. In order for us to host this we will need 30 pre registers. Mike tells two different stories of being in gunfights while deployed, and how having the right mindset, and training methodologies you can survive a natural, or man made catastrophe. Any questions, tips, suggestions email Mike’s Website: Mike’s Facebook: FieldCraftLLC Mike’s Instagram: SofSurvivor Mike’s Twitter: IgSofSurvivor John’s Website: John’s Facebook: FB Recon John’s Instagram/Twitter: IgRecon Music provided by Caspian:
Mar 18, 2016
GRP 14 Benghazi , Women In Combat, Bureaucracy, Webinars
GRP 14-On this episode Me and Mike discuss events in Benghazi, Libya, and some of the circumstances involving the incident. Mike was involved so he has a very unique, insider perspective. We talk bureaucracy, and how it has a negative effect on the Operators on the ground. We touch on the subject of women in combat arms which is a very controversial topic of discussion these days. We are also excited to announce that we will be running webinars to connect with listeners, and to give you guys some updates on what we have coming for the future. If you’re interested in the webinar’s send an email to with Webinar in the subject line, and we’ll lock you in.
Mar 12, 2016
GRP 13 Wounded Warfighters, Never Quit, Special Forces
We have the honor and privilege of having Jared Bullock a former Special Forces Communications expert on the show. Jared was wounded in 2013 while on patrol in Afghanistan. His convoy drove over an IED which killed one of his teammates, and severely wounded himself and others. His right arm, and leg have been amputated. Jared is one of the funniest, most positive individuals i've ever met. He inspires me daily. Send questions to
Mar 08, 2016
GRP 12 Special Operations Working Dogs, Green Berets, Nutrition Tips
GRP 12-On this episode we have Travis Osborn back on to discuss Special Operations dogs. Travis was the Special Forces Medic who treated Marcus Luttrell the Navy SEAL from the Lone Survivor story during the rescue operation. Travis went on to become a dog handler in Special Forces. Him and Mike have been on several operations together where they hit target sets having Special Forces dogs along side of them. RIP to all the military dogs who sacrificed themselves to protect their teammates. Travis Instagram: LiveHard18D Mike’s Instagram: SofSurvivor Mike’s Facebook: FieldCraftLLC Mike’s Website: John’s Instagram: IgRecon John’s Facebook: FB Recon John’s Website: Music provided by Caspian:
Mar 04, 2016
GRP 11 MARSOC Memorial March, Benjamin Bitner, Special Forces Green Berets
GRP-11 In this episode we interview Nate the founder of the Marine Raider Memorial March. Nate is a Marine Raider from MARSOC. He’s been in the Marine Corps for nearly 12 years, 10 of them in MARSOC. The March is a 700 plus mile march to honor their MARSOC brothers who died in a helicopter accident last year. Mike interviews April Bitner the wife of Benjamin Bitner a Special Forces soldier who was killed in action. You get to hear perspective on what its like to be married to a Special Forces soldier, and what its like to lose a soldier in combat.
Mar 02, 2016
GRP 10 Unconventional Warfare, Foreign Internal Defense, Ronin Tactics
GRP-10 On this episode we discuss Unconventional Warfare, and FID (Foreign Internal Defense) as well as some of the history of Special Operations in the United States. We have Tu from Ronin Tactics back on the show as he has extensive experience in UW, and FID. Mike answer’s a question regarding National Guard Special Forces ODAs (Operational Detachment Alpha’s)
Feb 25, 2016
GRP 09 Medal Of Honor Recipient Captain Florent Groberg
In this episode we had the privilege to talk with Medal of Honor recipient Army Captain Florent Groberg. Florent talks about the incident in which he earned the medal. It's an incredible story, and Florent is a great American.
Feb 20, 2016
GRP 08 The Rescue Of Marcus Luttrell, Mindset, and Special Forces
On this episode we have special guest Travis Osborn on. Travis is a 20-year Army veteran who served in several different capa in Special Forces. Travis and Mike served together for many years as Green Berets in the same time period. Travis was the 18 Delta (Army Special Forces Medic) that treated Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell during the operation to rescue him in 2005.
Feb 16, 2016
GRP 07 Aviation, Snipers, Fitness And Mindset.
In this episode we have a special guest on named Scott. Scott is a 17 year Army veteran who was a Sniper who transitioned into a helicopter pilot. We talk fitness, and mindset. Send questions to
Feb 12, 2016
GRP 06 Survival, Special Forces, Selection, And Fitness
In this episode John and Mike discuss fitness, the impact that serving in a Special Forces ODA( Operational Detachment Alpha ) has on the soldiers family. We also give you guys some workouts to try out.
Feb 10, 2016
GRP 05 Interview With Aleks Skarlatos, PTSD, Fitness, And Mindset.
In this session we interviewed Aleks Skarlatos who is one of the American service members who thwarted that would be terror attack on the train in France back in August of 2015. Mike gets into a coping mechanism for service members, or civilians to use when dealing with a traumatic event such as losing a loved one. We also talk fitness and I give you guys some calisthenic workout information.
Feb 05, 2016
GRP 04 Tu Lam, RoninTactics, Army Special Forces
In this session we have Tu Lam from RoninTactics on, and he and Mike go way back. Tu talks escaping Vietnam as a child, and becoming a Special Forces operator as an adult. Mike and Tu discuss losing brothers in combat during the war in Iraq.
Feb 02, 2016
GRP 03 Special Operations Selection, Fitness, And Mindset
In this session Mike, and John discuss what it takes to make it through a special operations selection process. Conditioning your body, and your mind to give you the tools to succeed.
Jan 29, 2016
GRP 02 Vice News Reporter, Female Apache Pilot Interviews.
In this session of The Global Recon Podcast, we interviewAyman Oghanna from Vice news who will be embedded with Iraqi forces fighting ISIS. We also talk with Adrienne Hatcher the Missouri National Guard's first female Apache pilot.
Jan 26, 2016