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By Andy Stumpf

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Subscribers: 1134
Reviews: 12

 Jun 23, 2020
Great podcast. It's a good combination of expertise and insider information mixed with a lot of honesty.

 Jun 2, 2020
Great podcast, highly recommended.

John D
 May 25, 2020
Fantastic podcast with a wide range of different guests.

 May 13, 2020

 May 6, 2020
your stories about your military career are riveting. keep it up.


It is safe to say that I have wandered a bit. I served in the military, flew some jets, jumped out of most, climbed mountains (I jumped off of them too), taught fitness, owned a gym, and have spent the last few years speaking to organizations and leaders. It has been a journey, and in all honesty, I have no idea where it is going. I seek the things that make me uncomfortable. I move towards things that scare me. I think you should too

Episode Date
Episode 145 - Suresh Madhaven - Part 2

In an age where it may seem impossible, how does a fatherless black man grow up to become a police officer, with multiple degrees, then move on to creating a successful company and worldwide brand?   

Enter Suresh Madhaven, who spent 13 years as a police officer before founding 221Btactical, an organization that specializes in developing equipment for the LEO/first responder community. 

Sep 14, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 18 - Thoughts on 9/11

Today's episode focuses on 9/11, the impact it had on my personal life as well as the United States. My thoughts on where we are now, where I am concerned we are heading, the foundation of our rights and freedoms, and how incredibly fortunate we are.

Sep 11, 2020
Episode 144 - Suresh Madhaven Part 1

In an age of "inequality," how does a fatherless black man grow up to become a police officer, with multiple degrees, then move on to creating a successful company and worldwide brand?   

Enter Suresh Madhaven, who spent 13 years as a police officer before founding 221Btactical, an organization that specializes in developing equipment for the LEO/first responder community. 

Sep 07, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 17

Rapid-fire Q and A solicited from listeners. Any and all topics are. on the table, five-minute time cap (sort of.)

1. Following in your father's footsteps

2. Enlisted or Officer, Degree or no degree

3. What about "right-wing" organizations, are you still willing to "come off the bench?"

4. Exercise sucks, tips for motivation


Sep 04, 2020
Episode 143 - Henry Akins

Henry Akins began training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in 1995 at the Rickson Gracie Acadamy on Pico blvd in West LA. Shortly after he started he became the secretary at the acadamy and was spending 70 hours a week there watching and participating in all of the classes. In 1997 the school moved to the Pacific Palisades where Henry trained and assisted main Instructor Luis Heredia and also participated and trained in all of the classes taught by Rickson. During these years Henry had the opportunity to train with Rickson and help him prepare for his fights in Japan. In 2000 the acadamy moved again to Wilshire blvd in West LA. By this time Henry had begun teaching many of the classes at the school.

In Feb of 2004, because of his persistence and dedication to the fundamentals and philosophies of Jiu-Jitsu, Rickson Gracie presented Henry with a blackbelt, being only the third American at the time to receive that honor. Henry then took over the school and became the main instructor there until 2008 when he was forced to stop due to a back injury. Now Henry is the head Jiu-Jitsu instructor at Dynamix Martial Arts and although Henry is no longer affiliated with Rickson Gracie or his association, he feels blessed to be able to share this art with others and to pass on the knowledge that was taught to him by the greatest Jiu-Jitsu practitioner ever.

Aug 31, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 16 with Brian Bishop

Rapid Fire Q and A with guest host Brian Bishop, five minute time cap per question..

1. Is BLM a domestic terrorist organization

2.  Does the 2nd Amendment include automatic weapons, waiting times, and age restrictions

3. How do you teach accountability and responsibility to a generation who believes everything should be free

4. Should vaccines be mandatory

5. What is the appropriate response to the destruction of property during a riot

And much more, enjoy. 

Aug 28, 2020
Episode 142 - John Barklow

John Barklow is the Big Game Product Manager for Sitka, a hunting brand based in Bozeman, Montana. Prior to his current profession, he served for 26 years in the United States Navy as a Diver. We met in 1997 when I was a punk new guy, and he was running the dive locker for SEAL Team Five. His background and experience is diverse...In addition to classical dive training, he is a wealth of knowledge in climbing, skiing, backcountry travel, snow safety, and survival, to mention a few. For 15 years he worked at, and lead the Kodiak training facility where all SEAL candidates now go for their cold weather and survival training. To add icing to the cake, he has been a bowhunter for 30 years.

Dollar Shave Club


Aug 24, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 15

Rapid-fire Q and A with a five-minute time cap to all answers:

First, a love letter to special podcast social media commenters...

1. White Belt Lives Matter: advice for beginners

2. Military service regret

3. Managing information overload, clarity of thought or depth of thought, the one thing I am the most certain of in this world.

4. My dad is a drunk, what should I do

5. Rapid-Fire Twitter Q and A


Aug 21, 2020
Episode 141 - Angel Cortes

Angel Cortes grew up in Orange county to what can only be described as very difficult and challenging circumstances.  By the time he was in high school he was already a gang member, but he chose to pursue a desire to be an Army Ranger and changed the trajectory of his life. 

Angel successfully became and Ranger and completed deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  

After leaving the military Angel attends school full time with the goal of becoming a registered dietician, as well as creating and hosting military veteran based events. 


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Better Help


Aug 17, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 14

Rapid-fire Q and A with a five-minute time cap to all answers:

1. Thoughts on various military occupations outside of SOF

2. BJJ/MMA training during Covid-19

3. Advice on returning home from deployment

4. Suggestions for someone looking for a good CrossFit gym

5. Are we headed towards a revolution, how would it play out

6. The one thing left on my bucket list

7. Is the Danny's burger as good as the legend says they are..


Aug 14, 2020
Episode 140 - Remi Adeleke

Remi Adeleke was born in Western Africa and moved to New York City with his mother and brother following the death of his father. In 2002 he joined the U.S. Navy, ultimately completing the grueling training to become a member of the select U.S. Navy SEALs. Since completing his military service,  Remi has had successful careers in writing, speaking, and films. He appeared in the 2017 franchise film Transformers: The Last Knight, and served as the lead technical advisor on the Netflix production 6 Underground. Remi also partners with City Hope in La Mesa, California, where he mentors at-risk and inner-city youth.

Aug 10, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 13

Rapid-fire Q and A with a five-minute time cap to all answers:

1. Managing emotional responses

2. The social media rabbit hole/time suck

3. Favorite scenery when jumping

4. Beers and death matches with Jocko

5. Does pineapple belong on a pizza

6. The single most important piece of apparel for a bowhunter

7. Brass knuckles or bear traps


Aug 07, 2020
Episode 139 - Jason and Jessica Silva

Jason Silva is a retired Navy SEAL who served for 27 years in the United States Navy. He completed BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training in 1992 and then went on to become a Special Forces Qualified Medic at Fort Sam Houston, TX and a paramedic in South Central Las Angeles, CA with the Las Angeles Fire Department. He served at SEAL Team 5, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and Special Operations Command North, completing 17 combat deployments throughout the world. His awards include the Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars with Valor, the Purple Heart, and 2 Defense Meritorious Service Medals, among many others. Jason has a passion for woodworking and spends his free time crafting pieces of art in his mountain woodshop in Colorado.

Jessica Silva has been in the first responder world for most of her career, beginning as an EMT in San Jose and San Diego. After a military relocation, she became a 9-11 dispatcher for the city of Virginia Beach and then as a Community Corrections Officer for domestic violence offenders. In 2011 she started volunteering with a Wilderness Search and Rescue Team and shortly thereafter began training as a K9 handler. In addition to raising two children and riding out 14 post 9/11 deployments, she served as the Ombudsman for several years, was part of the shaping of resiliency programs for Special Forces spouses and families, and is the author of a children's book about military deployments.

Aug 03, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 12

Rapid Fire Q and A with a 5 minute time cap to take you into the weekend: 

1:  Managing expectations with CrossFit methodology (any methodology really).

2. Situational awareness and a nervous/irritated girlfriend

3. Discipline and life goals

4. Left-handed shooters, and why you should be suspicious of anyone who is left-handed.


Jul 31, 2020
Episode 138 - Brian Bishop

Brian Bishop is a former Marine with multiple combat deployments to Iraq prior to continuing his service in Afghanistan as a contractor with Blackwater.

He is the founder of Orion Design Group, a solutions-oriented company that seeks to fill the gaps present in business as well as the Special Operations community.


Magic Spoon



Jul 27, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 11

Today's Full Auto Friday will focus on two questions, instead of multiple, with no time cap.

How do you say goodbye to someone dying in front of your eyes, how do you deal with severe depression and suicidal thoughts?

They were tough questions, I hope my answers did them justice.


Jul 24, 2020
Episode 137 - Adam DeRito

Adam DeRito is a former firefighter, EMT, and search and rescue technician from New Jersey who was a member of the Air Force Academy Class of 2010. Since 2012 he has worked in the energy industry, and after completing his Master's Degree, he became a paratrooper in the Colorado national guard.

Soon after that, he discovered his medical records were falsified by the United States Air Force Academy after reporting incidents of sexual assault as an undercover informant for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations during his time as a cadet.

He has since made it his mission to correct his records, hold those officers accountable, and ensure that legal precedence is established in our legal system to uphold the constitutional rights of our nation's service members who are sworn to protect those very rights.

Jul 20, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 10 with John Frankl and Travis Davison

Full Auto Friday is a "rapid-fire" format of Q and A submitted by listeners. Topics from all walks of life with a 5-minute cap on all answers.

This week the entire episode is dedicated to BJJ related questions. What to look for in a BJJ gym for those interested in starting, Belts and promotions, gym etiquette, Technique and strength, members getting kicked out of the gym, Thoughts on initial training for LEO, What is a black belt worth.


Jul 17, 2020
Episode 136 - Travis Howze

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, former Police Officer and Firefighter Travis Howze is an international touring Comedian and Motivational Speaker who has been igniting top stages around the world with laughter and inspirational messages for over a decade! Author of Create Your Own Light, Travis has been able to find healing after an extremely chaotic and traumatic past which led him on a path to helping others through his very personal story of “Finding Post Traumatic Purpose.”

Jul 13, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 9

Full Auto Friday is a "rapid-fire" format of Q and A submitted by listeners. Topics from all walks of life with a 5-minute cap on all answers.

5:32 Q1: How to separate your identity from your occupation

11:28 Q2: Finding a new career path later in life

17:20 Q3: Principles and techniques to foster a productive learning environment

21:35 Q4: Ignoring external stressors


Jul 10, 2020
Episode 135 - Matt Vincent

Matt Vincent is known for being a two-time Highland Games World Champion and strength athlete. He spent more than 10 years competing in powerlifting, strongman, weightlifting and highland games. Although his knee injury caused him to have a total knee replacement and remove himself from competing completely, Matt will continue to share his fitness passion through seminars, book writing, fitness apparel and podcast.

In Matt's first book, Training Lab, he spelled out the philosophy of “The HVIII,” and tried to capture the spirit of self-improvement through self-loathing. This idea would serve as the spark that led to HVIII Brand Goods and a ton of adventures. Matt chronicles his travels and conversations with people in the strength game and beyond on his podcast UMSO.

Jul 06, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 8

Full Auto Friday is a "rapid-fire" format of Q and A submitted by listeners. Topics from all walks of life with a 5-minute cap on all answers.

2:06 Q1: How to serve when you have been physically disqualified from military service

7:25 Q2: Violence, and my relationship with it over time

14:01 Q3: Can you celebrate the Confederacy and still be a patriotic American

18:27 Q4: Why did I leave Devgru

23:15 Q5: Daughters standing for what they believe


Jul 03, 2020
Episode 134 - Samantha Francine

Samantha Francine is an activist, a woman of color, and is dedicated to education and bringing about change.

On June 3rd she was participating in a Black Lives Matter protest in the resort town of Whitefish, Montana when she was approached by Jay Snowden, a visibly irritated and irate man shouting obscenities and ripping signs out of protestors hands. At that moment she chose to do what I hope we all would have the courage to do, she stood her ground and stared the man down.

The interaction between Samantha and Snowden and his subsequent behavior was captured on video, and the still picture of Samantha staring into his eyes quickly went viral, receiving national media attention.

Jun 29, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 7

Today's Full Auto Friday will focus on one question, instead of multiple, with no time cap.

I received a message from a man getting ready to leave active duty.

He has questions about whether or not we are, or have accomplished anything with our efforts. Questions about whether or not we are the "force for good" that we say we are, whether or not the fight is worth the cost of American lives, and how to move on. They were tough questions, I hope my answers did them justice.


Jun 26, 2020
Episode 133 - Nick Norris Part Two

Nick Norris is a graduate of both the United States Naval Academy and Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) Class 247. Upon completion of SEAL training in 2004, Nick assumed progressively higher positions of leadership within Naval Special Warfare. His deployed roles included combat advisor to Iraqi and Afghan military units, Cross-Functional Team Leader, and Ground Force Commander during combat operation in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nick was most recently assigned to Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command — SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) as Officer in Charge prior to transitioning off Active Duty. Originally from Chicago, Nick received his Bachelor in Science from the United States Naval Academy in 2003 and his Masters of Science in Real Estate from The University of San Diego in 2013. He is the Executive Director of the C4 Foundation, which provides support and resources through science-based programs to active-duty Navy SEALs and their families.

Nick is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Protekt Products, a wellness company that is committed to positively impacting customer health via both personal care products and nutritional supplements. Both Protekt and the C4 Foundation value the power of time spent in the outdoors and the positive impact it has on overall well-being.

Jun 22, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 6

Full Auto Friday is a "rapid-fire" format of Q and A submitted by listeners. Topics from all walks of life with a 5-minute cap on all answers.

1:25 Q1: Reasons NOT to pursue to a Special Operations career field

6:51 Q2: Navy JAG's and my experience with them

11:44 Q3: Managing stress through challenging times

17:11 Q4: How to best support active and retired servicemembers


Jun 19, 2020
Episode 132 - Nick Norris, Part 1
Nick Norris is a graduate of both the United States Naval Academy and Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) Class 247. Upon completion of SEAL training in 2004, Nick assumed progressively higher positions of leadership within Naval Special Warfare. His deployed roles included combat advisor to Iraqi and Afghan military units, Cross-Functional Team Leader, and Ground Force Commander during combat operation in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nick was most recently assigned to Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command — SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) as Officer in Charge prior to transitioning off Active Duty. Originally from Chicago, Nick received his Bachelor in Science from the United States Naval Academy in 2003 and his Masters of Science in Real Estate from The University of San Diego in 2013. He is the Executive Director of the C4 Foundation, which provides support and resources through science-based programs to active-duty Navy SEALs and their families.
Nick is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Protekt Products, a wellness company that is committed to positively impacting customer health via both personal care products and nutritional supplements. Both Protekt and the C4 Foundation value the power of time spent in the outdoors and the positive impact it has on overall well-being.
Jun 15, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 5

Traditionally these episodes are dedicated to multi-topic Q and A, today will be slightly different.

The most regrettable moments of my life revolve around the times I have not taken action when I should have, when I have not said something that I should have, when I tolerated what I know to be wrong.

I am as flawed as the next man.  The list of my mistakes is long and distinguished. I will stand in judgment of my actions, all of them.

What I discuss on this episode needs to have been said long ago, many times, by far too many people. I was part of the problem, I should have been part of the solution.

Question 1: CrossFit

Jun 12, 2020
Episode 131 - Jeff Shapiro

Jeff Shapiro is a professional climber and pilot who has dedicated his life to the mountains.

What began as a passion for rock and alpine climbing slowly evolved into a love of flight. Jeff has spent years as a professional hang glider pilot and racer, paraglider, skydiver and BASE jumper, and most recently a bush plane pilot. If that were not enough, Jeff is an avid falconer as well.

When he is not traveling the world on epic expeditions, he is home in the great state of Montana with his wife and daughter.

Rarely have I met a man this capable and experienced. Enjoy!

Jun 08, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 4

Full Auto Friday is a "rapid-fire" format of Q and A submitted by listeners. Topics from all walks of life with a 5-minute cap on all answers.

2:00 Q1: George Floyd

16:05. Q2: I've never been a gun owner, but now I need a gun for protection

21:53. Q3: How do I keep my world "small," but also have a global impact

26:15. Q4: What is better for police training, generalist vs. specialist

32:10. Q5: Is there a lack of diversity in the SEAL community and other SOF


Jun 05, 2020
Episode 130 - Tactical A**hole Volume 3 - Snakes, Hornets, and Smoke Bombs with Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen was the founder of JSOC and a plank owner at both CAG and Devgru. He first tasted combat during the civil war and has fought for Truth, Liberty, and Justice since that time. He will occasionally moonlight as an assassin, traveling the globe in his continuous and continual fight against evil......

Bryan Callen is an American actor, comedian, and podcaster. He is most known for his recurring role as “Coach Mellor” on ABC’s SCHOOLED and THE GOLDBERGS; which he has played since 2014. Callen has also appeared in such TV and films as Kingdom, 2 Broke Girls, Ride Along, Hangover 1 & 2, Sex and the City, Old School, MADTv, Entourage, Californication, and many more.

A veteran Headliner, Callen performs in theaters and comedy venues across the world, but most often can be seen at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His third one-hour comedy special, “Complicated Apes”, debuted in Spring 2019 and stayed on top of the comedy charts all summer.

Additionally, Callen is co-host of the top-rated iTunes podcast. The Fighter & The Kid

Jun 01, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 3

Full Auto Friday is a "rapid-fire" format of Q and A submitted by listeners.  6-8 topics from all walks of life with a 5-minute cap on all answers.  Round 2 is in the breach...

Q1: 3 Things that all men should do

Q2: A deathmatch with Chris Delia

Q3: David Goggins

Q4: Would I attempt to change my son's mind if they wanted to pursue joining the military and SEAL Teams.

Q5: Advice for dealing with the grief associated with losing a loved one. 

Q6: State and Federal Government handling of COVID - 19


May 29, 2020
Episode 129 - Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson is a Law Enforcement Officer for the Port of Seattle Police Department. He is currently on administrative leave pending a likely termination for posting an 8-minute video to his personal Instagram page in which he called for his fellow Law Enforcement Officers to consider the impacts of their actions on public trust, and the legality/constitutionality of enforcing strict pandemic/quarantine measures.

Greg is a veteran of the United States Army where he served as part of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Post military he worked overseas as a contractor for Triple Canopy before joining the US Marshal Service, then as a Police Officer in Los Angeles, and eventually as an officer at the Port of Seattle in Washington. He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and the owner of Checkmat Lake Stevens.

May 25, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 2 with Trevor Thompson

Full Auto Friday is a "rapid-fire" format of Q and A submitted by listeners.  6-8 topics from all walks of life with a 5-minute cap on all answers.  Round 2 is in the breach...

Q1: Podcast equipment options and solutions

Q2: Differences and similarities while serving during an administration change.

Q3: War and whether or not those you fight are as committed.

Q4: Is SEAL Team Six the most elite SEAL Team in the world.

Q5: Thoughts on daily imposed self-suffering.

Q6: Recommendations for civilians seeking weapons training. 


May 22, 2020
Episode 128 - Ephraim Mattos

Ephraim Mattos graduated high school in 2010, joined the United States Navy, successfully graduated BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training, and became a member of a west coast SEAL Team.

After leaving the US Navy SEAL Teams in 2017, at the age of 24, he flew to Iraq and joined a small group of volunteer humanitarians known as the Free Burma Rangers. Until being shot by ISIS on a suicidal rescue mission, Mattos witnessed unexplainable acts of courage and sacrifice by the Free Burma Rangers, who, while under heavy machine gun and mortar fire, assaulted across ISIS minefields, used themselves as human shields, and sprinted down ISIS-infested streets-all to retrieve wounded civilians.

Ephraim founded Stronghold Rescue and Relief, a non-profit dedicated to sending highly trained former Special Operations personnel into the heart of violent conflicts around the world in order to find and help the families caught in the crossfire, as well as assist oppressed people in multiple countries facing genocide and human trafficking.

Today, Ephraim continues to conduct humanitarian rescue and relief operations around the world.

Stronghold Rescue and Relief

City of Death by Ephraim Mattos

May 18, 2020
Full Auto Friday - Round 1

Full Auto Friday is a "rapid-fire" format of Q and A submitted by listeners.  6-8 topics from all walks of life with a 5-minute cap on all answers.  Round 1 is in the breach...

Q1: The origin of the audio from the podcast intro:

Q2: Foreign Special Forces Units

Q3: Why are so many damn "operators" writing books? 

Q4: Leadership while struggling with mental health or substance abuse.

Q5: How am I supposed to protect myself if my gun is locked up at night? 

Q6: Philosophical differences with Lt. Col Grossman


May 15, 2020
Episode 127 - Paul Sharp

Paul Sharp retired from a twenty-year career in law enforcement from the city of Elgin, located on the NW outskirts of Chicago. He served his community in a variety of capacities including patrol, undercover, narcotics, SWAT, and the resident officer program. He is a firearm, defensive weapons and tactics, bladed edge instructor, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and the owner of SBG Illinois.

May 11, 2020
Episode 126 - Joe Rogan

A standup comedian for over 20 years, Rogan’s sixth hour long comedy special Joe Rogan: Strange Times premiered on Netflix in October 2018.  Rogan’s previous comedy specials include Joe Rogan: Triggered (2016) for Netflix, Joe Rogan: Rocky Mountain High (2014) for Comedy Central, Joe Rogan: Live from the Tabernacle (2012) released via his website, Talking Monkeys in Space (2009) on CD & DVD, and Joe Rogan Live (2007) on DVD.  Additionally, Rogan released the CDs Shiny Happy Jihad (2007) and I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday (2000).

Rogan is host of The Joe Rogan Experience, a long form conversation with guests that is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.  

Since 2002, Rogan has provided color commentary for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) on Pay Per View, Spike Television, and FOX.  Rogan’s passion for MMA began with martial arts practice at the age of 13. Within two years, the Boston native earned a black belt and soon became the Massachusetts full contact Tae Kwon Do champion four consecutive years.  By the age of 19, Rogan won the US Open Tae Kwon Do Championship, and as lightweight champion went on to beat both the middle and heavyweight title-holders to obtain the Grand Championship.

Film credits include Here Comes The Boom (2012) and Zookeeper (2011).  Rogan hosted Joe Rogan Questions Everything (2013) for the SyFy channel.  Rogan hosted the competition reality series Fear Factor on NBC in 2011/12 and previously for six seasons on the network from 2001-2006.  Prior to Fear Factor, Rogan played Joe Garrelli, the resident electrician on the hit NBC comedy series NewsRadio.

Rogan regularly performs stand-up locally and internationally.

May 04, 2020
Episode 125 - Mike Glover

Mike spent 18 years in the US Army and as a government contractor for OGA (Other Government Agency). He served as a SGM (Sergeant Major) in Special Forces in various positions and deployed multiple times to combat theaters.

He is an expert in Counter-Terrorism, security, and crisis management operations and is the host of the Fieldcraft Survival Podcast on iTunes, and Soundcloud.

Mike is an avid outdoorsman, overland and traveler, and hunter. He has a bachelors degree in Homeland Security and resides in Prescott, AZ where he is the CEO of Fieldcraft Survival.

Fieldcraft Survival

Fieldcraft Survival Podcast

Apr 27, 2020
Episode 124 - Lt. Col Dave Grossman

Lt. Col Grossman began his career in the Army as a sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division, then as a platoon leader in the 9th Infantry Division, a general staff officer, a company commander in the 7th (Light) Infantry Division as well as a paratrooper and graduate of Ranger School. He went on to become a professor of psychology at West Point.

In February 1998, Grossman retired from the military as a professor of military science at Arkansas State University. He is the author of "On Killing," an analysis of the psychological processes involved with killing another human being, and "On Combat," an extension of his first book intended to provide coping strategies for dealing with the physiological and psychological effects of violence for people forced to kill in their line of work.

Since his retirement from the US Army, he has been on the road almost 300 days a year, for over 19 years, as one of our nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations.

Today Col. Grossman is the director of the Killology Research Group ( In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks he has written and spoken extensively on the terrorist threat, with articles published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Civil Policy and many leading law enforcement journals, and he has been inducted as a "Life Diplomate" by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, and a "Life Member" of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.

Apr 20, 2020
Episode 123 - Tactical A**hole Volume 2 - Running and gunning with Bryan Callen

Bryan knows nothing of tactics and weapons, but worry not, that does not prevent him from speaking on both from a position of authority...

Bryan Callen is an American actor, comedian, and podcaster. He is most known for his recurring role as “Coach Mellor” on ABC’s SCHOOLED and THE GOLDBERGS; which he has played since 2014. Callen has also appeared in such TV and films as Kingdom, 2 Broke Girls, Ride Along, Hangover 1 & 2, Sex and the City, Old School, MADTv, Entourage, Californication, and many more.

A veteran Headliner, Callen performs in theaters and comedy venues across the world, but most often can be seen at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His third one-hour comedy special, “Complicated Apes”, debuted in Spring 2019 and stayed on top of the comedy charts all summer.

Additionally, Callen is co-host of the top-rated iTunes podcast. The Fighter & The Kid

Apr 13, 2020
Episode 122 - Jocko Wilslink

Jocko Willink is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, Dichotomy of Leadership, host of the top-rated Jocko Podcast, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as Chief Executive Officer, leadership instructor, speaker, and strategic advisor.

Jocko spent 20 years in the SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer. As commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi, he orchestrated SEAL operations that helped the “Ready First” Brigade of the U.S. Army’s First Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War.

Jocko returned from Iraq to serve as Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams. There, he spearheaded the development of leadership training and personally instructed and mentored the next generation of SEAL leaders who have continued to perform with great success on the battlefield. Jocko is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards.

Upon retiring from the Navy, Jocko co-founded Echelon Front, a premier leadership consulting company, where he teaches the leadership principles he learned on the battlefield to help others lead and win. Jocko also authored the Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual, a New York Times Bestseller, and the best selling Way of the Warrior Kid children’s book series.

Apr 06, 2020
Episode 121 - Rener Gracie

Rener Gracie is a 4th-degree black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and a head instructor at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy and co-creator of Gracie University, the world's largest online jiu-jitsu training program. He is the grandson of Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and the second eldest son of Rorion Gracie, the father of Gracie jiu-jitsu in the United States. He is also the creator and founder of Quikflip apparel. 

Raised from birth to teach jiu-jitsu, Rener has spent over twenty years on the mats at the Gracie Academy studying the art under Rorion and Helio's tutelage. A black belt at age 19, Rener earned a reputation as a gifted teacher. While Helio created Gracie jiu-jitsu and Rorion introduced it to the world by co-creating the Ultimate Fighting Championship to showcase the effectiveness of the family's art, Rener and his brother, Ryron Gracie, made the art available to everyone with Internet access or a DVD player.

The brothers created Gracie University, the world's first interactive, online martial arts learning center, and developed distance learning packages for the Academy's proprietary courses. Today, Gracie University has more than 70,000 active students in 196 countries offering tailored self-defense programs for men, women, and children. The curriculum includes Gracie Combatives, Gracie Bullyproof, Women Empowered, and the Master Cycle as well as special instructor certification courses. They also offer special courses for military and law enforcement professionals.

Quikflip Apparel

Gracie University

Mar 30, 2020
Episode 120 - Rob Bailey

Rob Bailey defines the term entrepreneur. 

He developed an interest for sewing at the age of 7, and by the time he was in high school he was designing, creating, and selling his own clothing.  In college, he shifted his pursuits from football to becoming an exective chef at a Michelin restaurant, then a career at QVC. 

He founded his brand and clothing line Flag Nor Fail in 2008 out of his garage, while simultaneously pursuing music, releasing his first album in 2012. 

In 2015 he founded a supplement company called Run Everything Labs, and currently is building a real estate business of unique Air BnB's, warehouses, and real estate. 

Flag Nor Fail 

Run Everything Labs

Mar 23, 2020
Episode 119 - Scott Viscomi and Travis Davison

Scott Viscomi is the North American President of Wimp 2 Warrior, a 20 week MMA and fitness immersion that culminates in an opportunity for participants to step into the cage for an MMA bout. 

Scott began his career in entertainment and action sports serving as the VP of Sales and Marketing for Alliance MMA, and as the managing director for Adidas North America's Combat Sport Division.  He is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and has been passionate about martial arts for years. 

Travis Davison is the VP of SBGi (Straight Blast Gym International) as well as the owner of SBG Kalispell and Whitefish, where I started my BJJ journey. 


Straight Blast Gym

Mar 16, 2020
Episode 118 - Tom, Founder of Eagles and Angels Ltd.

Tom is a US Army Special Operations Veteran and the Owner of Eagles and Angels Ltd...

If that sounds vague, well, that's because it is.  Tom served at the highest levels of the military, but you will need to listen to the episode and use some critical thinking skills and perhaps Google for the specifics..

Eagles and Angels uses uniforms to tell stories and pass down legacies so they are never forgotten.

Mar 09, 2020
Episode 117 - John Barklow and Nelson Grant

John Barklow is a retired Navy Diver with extensive experience running the cold-weather training facility in Kodiak, Alaska for Naval Special Warfare.  Post military he is now running the Big Game category for Sitka, a company dedicated to providing clothing/layering solutions to hunters around the world. 

Nelson Grant is an active law enforcement officer in Montana, as well as an avid skier, snowboarder, snowmobiler, hunter, fisher, river guide, BJJ practitioner, and all-around Rennaissance man. 

Mar 03, 2020
Episode 116 - Cam Hanes

Cam Hanes is a world-class bow hunter and endurance athlete.  When he is not hunting some of the toughest animals in the most rugged terrain on earth, he is training, often completing a marathon a day, 100-mile ultra marathons, daily strength and conditioning, and reps with his bow.

Feb 24, 2020
Episode 115 - Q and A catch up

This week's episode attempts to answer YOUR questions.  My experiences in Green Team (NSWDG selection), What can be done to lessen the "disconnect" between civilian and military population, What would I gift every man and woman given unlimited resources, Why I left CrossFit, and how to move past failure with friends and family. 

Feb 17, 2020
Episode 114 - Steve Sanders

Steve is a retired Navy SEAL with 24 years of active duty service. Immediately upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy and went to Basic Underwater Demolition School BUD/S. Stephen was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO where he specialized as an SDV Pilot, small arms marksmanship instructor, and scout/sniper. In 1999 Stephen successfully screened and went to Naval Special Warfare Development Group. During his 11 years at the command, Senior Chief Sanders successfully completed 10 combat deployments to both OIF (Iraq) and OEF (Afghanistan). During his combat tours as an assault team sniper and team leader he was awarded the Silver Star and five Bronze Star medals for heroic actions while engaged in National level HVT combat missions, among other medals and awards.

Before retiring, he started his own consulting business, (TIER ONE GlobalConsulting LLC) specializing in soldiering skills, combat shooting, austere high altitude jump training, and lead climbing rock courses to government agencies. In 2012 he was the Lead Military technical advisor for Man Of Steel, and in 2013 he worked on Batman vs Superman. He directed and did stunt coordination on several commercials for private companies. Today, Stephen is one of two owner-operators at VI Shooters Inc. 

Feb 10, 2020
Episode 113 - War

What is the impact of nearly 20 years of sustained combat on American servicemen and women?  What is the impact on our society, on our culture?  Are we fighting for the right reasons, or are we fighting for the "Petrol Dollar?" 

My thoughts on all of the above, as well as the commentary and criticism received from my conversation last week with Eddie Gallagher. 


Feb 03, 2020
Episode 112 - Eddie Gallagher

Eddie Gallagher is a retired Navy SEAL.  He received national attention when he was charged with war crimes in September of 2018, and subsequently acquitted in July of 2019.  Eddie served for 20 years and completed 8 deployments, including tours to both Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Jan 27, 2020
Episode 111 - Trevor Thompson

Trever Thompson is a former Navy SEAL, skydiver and BASE jumper, Bow Hunter, Photographer, outdoor enthusiast, and all-around renaissance man.  He creates and captures content around the world and is the consummate student, always trying to improve his craft. 

Jan 21, 2020
Episode 110 - Gary Foster

Gary Foster is a professional musician, specifically a smasher of drums!  He spent eight years traveling and performing on the Warped Tour before turning in his sticks and pursuing a career in emergency medicine.  He has returned to his passion for music and is performing with multiple bands to include Mest, and Assuming We Survive.  


Jan 13, 2020
Cleared Hot Episode 109 - Stella Davison

If you have children, specifically daughters, this podcast is for you.  Actually, this podcast is for anyone who wants to learn more about what it takes to be a high achiever. 

At the age of 18, Stella Davison is an Olympic hopeful in the sport of Judo.  She is a purple belt in BJJ, coaches children in BJJ, and has structured her educational load to graduate high school early to focus on her international competition. 

Driven, Disciplined, Goal-oriented, and organized, things we can all benefit from, regardless of where you are in the story arc of your life. 

Jan 08, 2020
Cleared Hot Episode 108 - SBGI Roundtable with Matt Thorton, John Frankl, and Travis Davison

This episode is a repost of a podcast that was recorded for SBGI (Straight Blast Gym International) while we were in Niagra Falls for the fall camp.  

In this episode, I am on the receiving end of the questions, instead of asking them.  We discussed fake martial arts/military tactics, the war in Afghanistan, Jiu-Jitsu (obviously), and life in general. 

Enjoy, and see you in 2020. 

Dec 23, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 107 - Q and A Part 2

Finishing off 2019 with Q and A part 2... Personal preference and advice across 3 weapons platforms (pistol, AR, long rifle), my thoughts on what we can do to heal as a nation, Macro vs. Micro mindset when it comes to approaching your goals, and making big moves with young families. 


Dec 16, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 106 - Q and A Part 1

I'm doing my best to play catch up on Q and A, it has been a few months.  This is part 1 of 2.  Part 2 will come out next Monday. 

Advice for reducing anxiety, EDC (every day carry) and additional tools to make yourself "bulletproof," How civilians can make real, positive, personal, and impactful efforts to help transitioning veterans, Essentials and packing tips for any trip. 


Dec 10, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 105 - Evy Poumpouras

Evy Poumpouras packs an incredible punch in a small package...She is a former Secret Service Special Agent who worked the protective details for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush, William Clinton, and George H. Bush.

Evy worked complex criminal investigations and undercover operations, executed search and arrest warrants, and investigated both violent and financial crimes. Additionally, Evy was an interrogator for the agency’s elite polygraph unit and trained by the Department of Defense in the art and science of lie detection, human behavior, and cognitive influence.

Evy Poumpouras is a multi-platform journalist and host who frequently appears on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and ABC. She covers a wide range of topics, such as national security, law enforcement, personal protection, behavioral analysis, situational awareness, and how to live life fearlessly.

Outside of her role as a journalist, Evy is a TEDx speaker and international advisor whose expertise is sought worldwide. She has been a keynote speaker for NASDAQ, SOCOM, Yankee Stadium Series, United Technologies, Corcoran Group, Tyco, Skanska, Red Door Spa, amongst many others. She is an Adjunct Professor for The City University of New York where she teaches criminal justice and criminology. Evy was also cast on CBS’s TV series “The Hunted.”

Evy holds a Master of Science from Columbia University in Journalism, a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs from Hofstra University. She is also a former New York City Police Academy recruit, and a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Secret Service Academy, and the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute.

Dec 02, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 104 - Tall Tales from Texas with Evan Hafer, John Dudley, and Trevor Thompson

Lessons in teambuilding, leadership, personal responsibility, integrity, and life in general from hunting camp with the CEO and founder of Black Rifle Coffee, Evan Hafer...World-class archer and bow-hunter, John Dudley...and gravity enthusiast and former Navy SEAL Trevor Thompson.

Nov 25, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 103 - Andrew Fontes

Andrew Fontes is the Brand Manager for Gatorz Eyewear, an American designed and American made sunglass manufacturer.  With roots in the "high velocity" sports realm, specifically the world of motorcycles, the brand has evolved and now has deep ties into the skydiving world, as well as the Special Operations Community. 

This episode is an inside look at a continuously evolving brand that takes great pride in its American manufacturing process, as well as the people that make the brand tick. 

I have been wearing Gatorz for 15 years, if you are interested in trying them for yourself (the Magnums are the heat) code: ANDY15 will save you 15% on everything. 


Nov 18, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 102 - John Frankl, Travis Davison, Michael Heinz

Three high-level BJJ practitioners and coaches on one podcast. 

John Frankl is a full-time professor in Korea, and part-time badass on the mats.  Actually, he is a full-time badass on the mats. 

Travis Davison is the VP of Straight Blast Gym International as well as my Jiu Jitsu coach in the Flathead Valley. 

Michael Heinz is also a professor, but just made the leap into becoming the owner of SBG Texas (the balls on the man to claim the entire state as his own!)


Nov 12, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 102 - John Frankl, Travis Davison, Michael Heinz

Three high-level BJJ practitioners on one podcast.  

John Frankl is a full-time professor in Korea, and part-time badass on the mats. Actually, he is a full-time badass. 

Travis Davis is the VP of the Straight Blast Gym International organization, as well as my Jiu Jitsu coach in the Flathead Valley. 

Michael Heinz is the owner of the soon to open SBG Texas (the balls on the man to claim the entire state of Texas!), as well as professor. 


Nov 12, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 101 - Brian Bishop

Brian Bishop is a former Marine with multiple combat deployments to Iraq prior to continuing his service in Afghanistan as a contractor with Blackwater. 

He is the founder of Orion Design Group, a solutions-oriented company that seeks to fill the gaps present in business as well as the Special Operations community. 

Nov 04, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 100 - Adam and Rory Singer, Travis Davison

Breaking into the triple digits with a podcast from SBG (Straight Blast Gym) Fall Camp in Niagra Falls. 

Adam Singer is a scientist by day and high-level Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, MMA and striking coach, and gym owner by night.  He is essentially a mix between Elon Musk, and Clark Kent, but he can't fly or stop bullets with his chest. 

Rory Singer is an MMA fighter and Jiu-Jitsu Balck Belt. He has fought in King of the Cage, Pride, Spike Tv's the Ultimate Fighter, and the UFC.  Together with his brother, they own SBG Athens in Georgia. 

SBG Athens

Travis Davison is the VP of Straight Blast Gym International, the owner of SBG Kalispell and Whitefish, and my Jiu-Jitsu coach. He currently is competing for the most appearances on the podcast with John Dudley, and is losing. 


Oct 28, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 99 - Evan Hafer and Trevor Thompson

Evan Hafer is the founder and CEO of Black Rifle Coffee.  Prior to his love affair with coffee, he served as a contractor with the Central Intelligence Agency as well as serving in the United States Army as a Special Forces Soldier (Green Beret).

Trevor Thompson is an ex-Navy SEAL, skydiver, BASE jumper, photographer, bowhunter, exercise aficionado and all-around renaissance man. 

Secret Black Rifle Coffee code for 20 percent off a one time order:


Oct 07, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 98 - The Mother of All Podcasts with Joe Rogan, Jocko Wilslink, John Dudley, and Cameron Hanes

It took some time, but we were finally able to assemble the most amazing group of podcast guests in the known universe. 

Joe Rogan is likely the most successful podcaster on the face of the planet, a stand-up comedian, and commentator for the UFC.

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, author of multiple NY Times best-selling books, and the host of the Jocko Podcast.

John Dudley is a world-class archer and bowhunter, owner of Nock On, and an incredible resource for anyone interested in archery and bowhunting.  

Cam Hanes is not only a world-class bowhunter, he is also an amazing endurance athlete, oftentimes completing a marathon per day during his training an preparation. 

Sep 30, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 97 - John Nores

John Nores is a recently retired game warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  While serving he helped develop the Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) and Delta Team, the first comprehensive special operations tactical team and sniper unit, with a mission to combat the marijuana cartel's destruction and decimation of California's wildlife resources. 

If you would like to learn more about John, his new book Hidden War, and the thin green line, please visit his website:

Sep 17, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 96 - Motivation and Discipline

Sometimes you have them, sometimes you don't.  There is no magic wand and no magic formula, but there are some practical steps you can take that will increase the odds of achieving your goals. 

These tactics work regardless of occupation and profession.  

Simple, not easy. 

Sep 10, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode Episode 95 - The Alberta aftermath with John Dudley, Brock White, and Dusty Fillion

For the past three years I have been fortunate to hunt with John Dudley in Northern Alberta with Red Willow Outfitters.  This year we were joined by Brock White and Dusty Fillion. Alberta was the location for my first bowhunting experience 3 years ago, and it is a trip I look forward to all year long. 

Each year has brought different experiences and challenges, and this year certainly did not disappoint. We talked about the "great sickness of 2019," which attempted to kill all of us in hunting camp, our hunting successes and failures on the trip, life, and of course, ridiculous antics from the field. 


Sep 02, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 94 - Caleb Copeland

Caleb Copeland is an outdoorsman turned videographer, photographer, producer, and editor.  He is the founder of Copeland Creative, a full-service media production company, and the host of the redneck tech podcast, which can be found on Itunes. 

We discussed the outdoor/hunting industry successes and failures, lessons learned from a lifetime in the outdoors, and advice for those looking to pursue his career field. 

Aug 26, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 93 - Jack Carr

Jack Carr is a retired Navy SEAL with 20 years of service as both an enlisted SEAL, and commissioned officer.  Over his 20 year career he held positions as a SEAL sniper, Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, and Task Unit Commander.  He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Jack is now pursuing his second life long dream, becoming an author.  His second book, True Believer is out now. 

For more information about Jack, check out 

Aug 19, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 92 - Seeking Adversity with Kisa and Travis Davison

Adversity is everywhere in life.  You can choose to isolate yourself in an attempt to avoid it, or you can face it and learn to overcome.  This is a simple/unavoidable choice for most adults, but our children require the example and environment that their parents create.  I believe that physical challenges create the most powerful teaching tools in this area for kids, and one great mechanism is BJJ. 

Kisa and Travis Davison are the owners of SBG (Straight Blast Gym) Montana, which has a thriving program designed specifically for children. 

Check out Growing Gorillas for more information, then do the right thing and get your kids/young adults involved!  

Aug 05, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 91 - Mark Carter

Mark Carter is a 3rd generation rancher turned professional snowboarder. Mark was born and raised in the small town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, working side by side with his family on their ranch. He received his first snowboard as a gift from his mother at the age of ten, and the rest is, as they say, history.  He has traveled the globe riding the best snow imaginable, creating major snowboarding films along the way. 

Here is the link to his family farm, and grass-fed beef delivery: 

Carter Country Meats

Jul 29, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 90 - Jocko Wilslink and John Dudley

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, the host of the Jocko Podcast, a NYT best selling author, Leadership speaker and consultant, and one of the founders of Echelon Front. 

John Dudley is a world-class archer, projectile enthusiast, and one of the best bow hunters to walk the face of the earth.  He founded Nock on Archery, and combined with his YouTube channel and School of Nock his platform is the one-stop shop for anyone in the archery world, or looking to enter the sport of archery.

Jul 22, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 89 - Mat Best

Mat Best is a former Army Ranger and CIA contractor.  After years spent overseas, he has devoted himself to business and the pursuit of being an entrepreneur.  He is the co-founder of Black Rifle Coffee, the founder of Article 15 Clothing, Leadslinger Spirits, and one of the hosts of the Drinking Bro's Podcast.  He also starred in the movie Range 15 and recently published a book about his time in uniform titled: Thank you for my service

In addition to all of the things previously mentioned, he creates some of the funniest content on the internet. Check out his Youtube channel here:

Jul 15, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 88 - Jason Gardner

Jason Gardner is a retired Navy SEAL Master Chief with 30 years of service, all inside of Naval Special Warfare.  His career spans Desert Storm, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  He is the recipient of the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and many other awards.

We discussed raising our children, a lifetime spent in Special Operations, the pros and cons of a life in military service, life after service, war crimes, and leadership. 


Jul 10, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 87 - Letting go of your past, 1776 and our Independance

Leaving a career that has defined you for years can be difficult.  I struggled with it immensely post-military after a 17-year career, I still stumble occasionally. There is incredible value to be gained by putting down the past and redefining yourself.  I am at the six year point and I have learned a few lessons along the way, hopefully they help. 

The 4th of July is upon us....hopefully 1776 and Independence can take on a deeper meaning for you this holiday weekend. 

Jul 01, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 86 - Ryan Michler

Ryan Michler is the founder/creator of the Order of Man, a community and resource designed to help men improve every aspect of their lives from family, money, parenting, responsibility, etc.

He is a Veteran, a white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and as of last week, a resident of the great state of Maine.

We discussed our experiences on the mat, the dangers and allure of "connectivity" and connection with our children and their peers on social media, and of course, why his family decided to make the move from Utah to Maine.

Order of Man

Jun 24, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 85 - Pete Roberts and Brian Littlefield

Pete and Brian are the mad scientists behind Origin USA, a manufacturing company dedicated to products sourced and made in the USA.  Their factory is tucked away in the wilderness of Maine, and is dedicated to reinvigorating American production. 

Origin USA originally started in the BJJ "space," crafting high-quality Gi's for Jiu Jitsu practitioners. Recently they introduced denim jeans that are "Grown and Sewn" in the USA, and are about to launch a series of hand crafted boots. 

Pete Roberts founded Origin USA after a high-level competitive career in BJJ himself. As the company grew, he met Brian Littlefield, also a high-level BJJ practitioner, and now the CEO of Origin Labs, the nutrition and supplementation wing of Origin USA.

Jun 17, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 84 - Listener Q and A

Advice for future military officers (or officers of any kind I suppose), Tips for giving kick-ass briefs/presentations, Balancing the dichotomy of being patriotic and accepting of the shortcomings of our nation, Acts that establish an individual as evil, and a brief update on my BJJ journey. 


Jun 04, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 83 - Memorial Day Q and A

For this memorial day, I chose to select questions directly related to military service.  I open with my own thoughts on Memorial Day, the individuals that I see as often forgotten, and how to best remember and truly memorialize the service of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. 

War crimes, and whether or not the President should pardon soldiers convicted of executing them.  Differences and similarities between JSOC commands, operators, and the opinions they sometimes hold of each other.  My closest moment to "meeting my maker," and how I found humor in others at that same moment. 

In closing, the audio of Jocko Willink reading my blog post, "A Debt That Cannot be Repaid."

May 28, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 82 - Bear Camp from the Great Northwest

After a week in the wilderness of British Columbia, I convened the round table of hunters (John Dudley and Trevor Thompson) and one of our guides (Dusty Fillion) to talk about the experiences, lessons learned, comical failures, animal encounters, and most importantly the life lessons that one can find in the great outdoors.  


May 20, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 81 - Dan Crenshaw

Dan Crenshaw is the freshman Republican Congressman from the 2nd District of Texas.  Prior to his political career, he served as a United States Navy SEAL for 10 years.  On his 3rd combat deployment, he was injured by an IED (improvised explosive device) which cost him his right eye and left him with substantial damage to his left.  He was medically retired due to his injuries, and shortly thereafter began his career in politics.




Apr 29, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 80 - Tactical A**hole Volume 1 - Navy SEALs

The internet demanded it, the world has waited for it, and it is finally here.  Volume 1 of the Cleared Hot Tactical Asshole series reviews and critiques the worlds greatest military documentary - Navy SEALs starring Charlie Sheen.

In this episode, we watch and review various tactical scenes and discuss their accuracy, or most often, the lack thereof. 

Hostage rescue, free-fall insertions, and gunfights in the streets of Lebanon.  Truly there is something for everyone.  


Apr 22, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 79 - Erik Prince

Erik Prince is a former Navy SEAL and the founder of Blackwater, a training and private military contractor company that worked extensively with the US government in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He recently published an op-ed detailing a plan to "privatize" the war in Afghanistan. 

Many people will associate the name Blackwater with PMC's (Private Military Contractors) and the controversy surrounding the Nisour square shooting in 2007, and the subsequent loss of their license to operate in that country.  

Often, contractors are referred to as "mercenaries," a term used pejoratively, and largely inaccurately.  Civilians have served on the front lines and in war zones with active duty soldiers since the inception of warfare, and I believe the discussion should be about defining their operational parameters, not their presence there. 

Apr 15, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 78 - Knights of the roundtable, and the court Jester

In this episode I was joined by three SBG (Straight Blast Gym) black belts, Travis Davison, Rick Davison, and Michael Ransom, aka the Knights. I am obviously the Jester. 

In previous episodes surrounding BJJ we have discussed the methodology, philosophy, origin, and training styles.  This is not that type of episode. 

Accidentally going to the bathroom, who would win in a fight, religion, cancer, guns, responsibility and accountability, and much more. 


Apr 08, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 77 - Become a tactical bullshit detector, Q and A power hour

I meant for this episode to be a stand-alone Q and A, but recent "events" on social media need to be addressed first. We live in a world where you can use the internet and portray yourself to be something that you are not, especially in the tactical world. Separating the wheat from the chaff can be difficult, and it creates an environment where fraud is pervasive. Be wary where you devote your time, effort, and money, all are valuable resources.  Hopefully, the insight helps people make educated decisions. 

After my rant, a discussion on issues I struggle with and how I manage and cope, the most common leadership principle I see missing in individuals and organizations, the value of soliciting for outside advice, and the key components that your subordinates need to take away from any FRAGO. 



Apr 01, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 76 - Power hour from spring camp with Travis Davison and Matt Thornton

Power hour with two BJJ bad asses. 

I just returned from the SBGI (Straight Blast Gym International) spring camp, an experience that can only be described as a shotgun blast of information to the face. 

Matt Thornton is the founder of SBG, a lifelong martial arts participant, coach, and author.  Travis Davison is the VP of SBGI, a 20 year BJJ practitioner, and the owner of SBG Montana.

I could not pass up the opportunity to sit down with these two to discuss the origins of SBG, the progression of BJJ, their thoughts on the past and future of the sport/activity, and the impact and importance it can have outside of the gym environment. 

Mar 25, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 75 - Mark Twight and Trevor Thompson

Mark Twight is a world-class alpinist, author, photographer, the founder of Gym Jones, an accomplished cyclist, and technical consultant and trainer to the big screen.

His newest photographic project Refuge is a mix of photography across multiple genres:

Trevor Thompson is a former Navy SEAL, with multiple combat deployments and broad experience that ranges from SDV (SEAL Delivery Vehicles) to the Navy Parachute Team, also known as the leapfrogs. He is now a professional canopy sports athlete, photographer, and content creator.

Mar 18, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 74 - Power Hour with Evan Hafer

Evan Hafer is the founder and CEO of Black Rifle Coffee. Prior to founding BRCC he spent twenty years serving this country, first as a Special Forces soldier (Green Beret), then as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency, completing multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Not all military experience is applicable to the business world, and not all veterans are well suited to create, build, and continue to grow a business. There are, however, many skills that have impact and applicability to business.

We spent this hour discussing lessons learned, best practices, successful decisions, and mistakes made in the journey of growing BRCC.

The last twenty minutes we discussed the long term impact of war on the individual, war crimes, and the ability to detach from an occupation before it is all that defines you.

Mar 11, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 73 - Paul Sharp and Travis Davison

Paul Sharp recently retired from a twenty year career in law enforcement from the city of Elgin, located on the NW outskirts of Chicago.  He served his community in a variety of capacities, from patrol, undercover, narcotics, SWAT, and the resident officer program.  He is a firearms, defensive weapons and tactics, and bladed edge instructor, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, and the owner of SBG Illinois. 

Travis Davison is a vice president of Straight Blast Gym International, the owner of multiple SBG facilities, and a 20 + year BJJ practitioner and coach. 


Mar 04, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 72 - Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen is a stand up comedian, actor, writer, and co-host of The Fighter and the Kid podcast.  His newest comedy special "Complicated Apes" will be premiering March 12th on the Comedy Dynamics Network.  His shows the Goldbergs and Schooled are currently airing on ABC.


Feb 25, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 71 - Listener Q and A

I asked for difficult questions, you delivered. 

My biggest mistake as a parent, and how I dealt/deal with it, and my biggest mistake as a SEAL, and the impact it had on my career. 

Why I feel like I was put on this earth to "fight," how one reconciles a calm demeanor with a "savage/kill" mindset.

Advice for keeping your ego in check. 

How to push through or keep going when you are at your lowest points. 



Audience Survey: http://su

Feb 18, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 70 - Brian Chontosh and John Dudley

This podcast comes to you from Texas, and an incredible hunting outfitter, CS Outfitters

Brian and John are both repeat guests, but this is the first time we have shared a hunting camp, and hunting experiences.  Many people think that hunting is solely comprised of killing, and they could not be further from the truth.  

In 2.5 days we busted our ass, walked, crawled, laughed, drank, and learned. I think it has to be experienced to truly be understood. 

Brian Chontosh is a retired Marine Corps officer, endurance athlete, and aspiring bow hunter.  You will get a glimpse into his character by reading his Navy Cross Citation

John Dudley is the creator and founder of Nock On Archery which in my opinion is the one stop shop for archery knowledge and equipment.  John has mentored me into bowhunting for the past 18 months, and now it is Brian's turn to learn from the master. 

Feb 04, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 69 - Jeff Provenzano

Jeff Provenzano is a professional skydiver, wing suit pilot, and BASE jumper with over 20,000 jumps. He is a current member of the Red Bull Air Force, traveling the world representing the sport of skydiving while shooting content for movies, sponsors, and executing demonstration jumps. 

Links to videos from the conversation: 

Fall Swoopers

Chain Reaction

NYC Wingsuit Flight


No parachute jump

Jan 28, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 68 - Toxic Masculinity and Mentoring

Not only does everyone seem to be talking about "Toxic Masculinity," I seem to be receiving multiple emails about it every day.  Full disclosure, I have not being paying much attention to the discussion, for the reasons I go in to detail during the episode. I'm not a fan of the term, or any term that is overused and under defined. 

If I had to pick one leadership style that is the most impactful, I would choose mentorship.  It is how I was shepherded from being a young punk in the Teams to an individual capable of operating with little to no oversight in high risk, high consequence environments.  I have been asked to create episodes on mentorship for young men and women, and the more thought I have put in to it, to the more convinced I am that they are not the target audience, the parents are. 

I close with my EDC and some food for thought when it comes to choosing to carry a concealed weapon. 

Here is the link to the full audio and video from the radio call in the podcast opening (it is not me in the call):


Jan 21, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 67 - Sean Evangelista

Sean Evangelista is the founder and owner of 30 Seconds Out, a commando inspired apparel brand.  In addition to running his apparel brand, he is a member of the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, and also happens to be a retired Navy SEAL with 20 years of service, including multiple combat deployments throughout the world. 

Sean and I served together, the night I was shot we were standing shoulder to shoulder.  As often happens, careers diverge and you lose touch with those you were once close to.  Although that night was nearly 15 years ago, this was the first conversation we have had discussing the events from each of our perspectives. 

We covered a good bit of ground in this conversation, from pre military to post, reflections on the highs and lows of a career, the impact of a kinetic career on family thoughts on limiting time in combat, and the importance of team and purpose. 

If you are interested in supporting Sean and his brand, check out: 

30 Seconds Out

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Jan 14, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 66 - Christmas/New Years/Kick off to 2019

This episode closes out my 2018, and launches me in to my 2019. 

The lessons I learned about humanity, the human psyche, psychology, and the human condition during my time as a BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) Instructor, and how I implement them in my daily life.

2018 In review, goals and aspirations for 2019.  My thoughts on the departure of General Mattis, and an update on my BJJ journey. 


Jan 07, 2019
Cleared Hot Episode 65- Evan Hafer and John Dudley

Evan Hafer is the founder and CEO of Black Rifle Coffee.  Prior to his current role he spent twenty years serving this country, first as a Special Forces soldier (Green Beret), then as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency, completing multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.  

John Dudley is a world class archer and coach.  He is the founder of Nock on Archery, the one stop shop for information, equipment, and instruction for archers and bow hunters of all levels.  For the past year and a half I have been fortunate to conduct multiple hunts with him, and I am doing everything possible to draft off of his knowledge and experience. 

Dec 17, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 64 - Ryan Michler

Ryan Michler is the founder/creator of Order of Man, a community and resource designed to help men improve every aspect of their lives from family, money, parenting, responsibility, etc.

I hear the term "toxic masculinity" frequently, and if I am being completely honest, I stop paying attention shortly after I do.  From my view in the cheap seats, it seems to be a blanket statement designed to shut down conversations, and it is extremely poorly defined. 

In this episode Ryan and I discuss why he chose to change the course of his life while working in the financial sector and devote his time and effort to creating Order of Man, and what he hopes it will become in the future. 

Order of Man

Dec 10, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 63 - Fear and Doubt

In this episode I answer your questions from a diverse set of questions...

My thoughts on military personnel charged with war crimes, leadership styles and their positive and negative impact on small teams, finding inspiration, situational awareness (preparation vs. paranoia), handling fear and doubt, and of course an update on the BJJ journey. 

Thanks to everyone who reached out with questions, sorry if I didn't get the chance to answer yours, there will always be another Q and A. 


Dec 03, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 62 - Jamie Stumpf Part 1

Jamie and I have been married for nearly 18 years.  We met in 1999, at the age of 22, married in 2001 at the age of 24, and then I began deploying to war zones in October of that year.  My perception of what it meant to be a SEAL changed after 9/11 as our country and military shifted from "conceptual" war, to "practical" war. 

For 12 of the 17 years of my military career, our country was at war.  The solider/service member does not bear this burden alone, and in hindsight, I believe that the family shoulders more of the cost. We met young, and at the end of what can only be poorly described as a tumultuous experience, remained together, growing our family from 2 to 5 along the way. 

My hope is that this podcast opens the door to many more with her. It was not easy to record, and she is uncertain, even as I write this about the release.  I put incredible value and weight on her perspective, and I hope it resonates with, and helps those out there who have shared the same experiences.   

Nov 19, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 61 - Q and A clean up

I am never able to answer all of the questions received, but I do my best to get to most of them.  This week was going to be an interview, but sometimes life gets in the way, so I called an audible and dove back in to some unanswered questions. 

Advice for your members of the military, or young men and women in general when it comes to "Paying your dues," Forgiveness vs. Revenge, How to find your purpose post military, struggling with how to deal with those who "thank you" for your military service, accepting big changes in life without becoming overwhelmed. 

Nov 06, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 60 - Aaron Cross

Aaron Cross is an Army veteran with tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  He started his career as a "grunt," (his words, not mine) and then became an airborne soldier and served with multiple units, to include the famed 101st Airborne Division.  On his last tour in Afghanistan his vehicle was targeted by an IED, an incident for which he received the Purple Heart, and ultimately lead to the end of his military career. 

Aaron has been very vocal and open about his struggles with PTS (Post Traumatic Stress), which is far less common than it should be from those in military circles.  Since his separation, 11 of the men he served with have chosen to end their own lives, a statistic that is far too common, and speaks to the challenges of military service in active war zones. 

War changes you, in my opinion, for both better and worse.  You will come home a different person.  You will see the world differently.  You will struggle to find common ground.  The journey is not the same for any two people.  Hopefully someone listening to this is reassured on their own journey, and maintains the resolve to see their way through it. 

Oct 29, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 59 - War and Parenting

I am consistently blown away by the questions that are submitted by listeners.  I appreciate the time and effort taken to submit them, and I'll do my best to launch another episode to clean up those that I missed. 

In this episode I cover everything from fighting a sense of entitlement in your kids, what you should do if you encounter someone lying about their service (specifically SpecOps service), advice for those stuck in a job that they hate, raising teenage sons, and my thoughts on team sports.  Like I said, we covered quite a bit. 


Oct 22, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 58 - Vaughn Stumpf

The vast minority of citizens will never serve in the military.  My father served before me, and his father served before him.  I hope that military service ends with me, and that my children find other ways to serve. 

This episode is with my father, and we discuss our own family lineage, how and why we set our roots in the beach town of Santa Cruz California, and the history of our families military service. 

I am often asked about my service, and I can only reply with my own experiences.  In this episode I tried to focus on the experience not of the service member, but of the family supporting the military member.  I receive emails from parents of those serving often, hopefully this episode helps them. 

Oct 09, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 57 - All Things Military

This is the second episode I have dedicated completely to Military Q and A.  I have been incredibly surprised by the volume of questions, so the military themed episodes will continue from time to time. 

In this episode: What I would change from my time in service, the most important/valuable piece of equipment I was ever issued, healthy mindset for a career, killing, motivation, females in direct combat roles, and more. 


Sep 24, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 56 - 2018 Alberta and Montana Elk season re-cap, internet Q and A

The 2018 bow hunting seasons has certainly had its ups and downs for me.  I started my season on 25 August with Red Willow Outfitters in Northern Alberta, and just wrapped it up with a week of hard hunting in the mountains of Montana.  There were many failures, many mistakes, and many missed opportunities.  Those were the building blocks of my eventual success. 

The second half of this episode is devoted to Q and A from the internet.  Kaepernick and Nike, managing adrenaline during, handling demotivated days, and more.  


Sep 17, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 55 - Travis Davison and John Frankl

Travis Davison is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the owner of Straight Blast Gyms in Kalispell, Whitefish, and Missoula Montana, as well as the Vice President of SBG International.  

John Frankl is a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a professor in Seoul, and the man responsible for bringing BJJ to the Korean peninsula. 

Both men are masters of their craft, and continue to both educate and expose people like myself to BJJ.  I have less than two months under my belt, pun not intended, and was able to attend a two day John Frankl seminar at SBG Kalispell. 

I have many questions about BJJ, it's origin, future, and current state, as I am sure anyone who begins the journey does. 


Sep 03, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 54 - JT Holmes

JT Holmes is a man who makes the Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man Alive" look as if he has lived a boring life.  JT is a professional skydiver, BASE Jumper, Ski BASE Jumper, Skier, Speed wing and Speed flyer (the first does not use skis, the second does), truck and Razor racer, public speaker, stuntman, and occasional actor. 

He calls the Lake Tahoe area home, and travels the world extensively creating content for his sponsors, and in general, pushing the limits of what is considered possible. 

Here are some of the links we discussed in the episode: 

Top 5 Crashes - He is of course number 1

GoPro line of the winter


Aug 27, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 53 - Chris Spealler

Chris Spealler is a return guest on the podcast.  He is a former college wrestler, and most often known for his competitive days as a CrossFit Athlete. He had top ten finishes at the CrossFit Games in 2007, 2008, and 2010, and winning the Master category for 35-39 year old athletes in 2017.  He is the owner of CrossFit Park City in Utah, a husband and father, and a passionate archer (sort of). 

The training program referenced in the podcast can be found here, at: Grunt Works, and can be used as a stand alone program, or as accessory training to your current program.  It is designed for capacity in the outdoors, not inside of the walls of a gym. 

Aug 20, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 52 - Robb Wolf

Robb Wolf is a 2 x New York Times best selling author with his books Wired to Eat, and The Paleo Solution.  He is considered one of the worlds foremost experts in Paleolithic nutrition, but also has a diverse background in strength and conditioning, as well as academia as a research biochemist. 

He is the host of The Paleo Solution podcast on Itunes, and his website is a vast resource for anyone with questions or interest in the Paleolithic approach to nutrition.

Aug 13, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 51 - Josh Bridges and John Dudley

Episode 51 is a mid week treat, and a repost of the Nock On Podcast 188. 

Josh Bridges is a former Navy SEAL, and current CrossFit Games competitor.  We caught up with him mid travel home from the 2018 Games, where he made a quick pit stop at Dudley's house to pick up his new bow, and receive some shooting instruction.  I'm not sure what is the competitive future for Josh, but bow hunting certainly is!

John Dudley is a skydiver who is passionate about archery.  He is the host of the Nock On Podcast, and founder of the School of Nock.  If you are looking to get in to archery, have questions about archery, bow setup, training, releases, arrows, etc., check out his website NockOnArchery, and look through the volumes of information available. 

Aug 09, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 50 - Jocko Wilslink and John Dudley

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, Author, Speaker, host of the Jocko Podcast, owner of Echelon Front and Victory MMA and Fitness, as well as being a black belt in BJJ.  If you are serious about leadership, his book, Extreme Ownership needs to sit on your bookshelf and be referenced often. 

John Dudley is a world class archer, coach, founder of Nock On Archery, host of the Nock On Podcast, and as of last week, a skydiver.  John's breadth and depth of archery experience spans decades of competition and hunting, as well as countless sessions coaching and teaching archery at all levels. 

In a 72 hour period we trained archery, skydiving, and BJJ.  The results were the same for all of us, a sense of invigoration and appreciation for pushing our boundaries and learning something new. 

Leadership, discipline, archery, BJJ, skydiving, decentralized command, failure and success.  This podcast has it all. 


Aug 06, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 49 - Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones is a professional snowboarder, and the founder of Jones Snowboards. Paired with his brothers, who created the extreme sports media company Teton Gravity Research, they created an amazing trilogy of snowboarding movies: Deeper, Further, Higher.  

In addition to his amazing snowboarding ability and innovation, he is a passionate advocate for combating climate change.  In 2007 he created POW - Protect Our Winters, an organization dedicated to reduce the effects of climate change through education, activism, and community based projects. 

Deeper, Further, Higher-



POW - Protect Our Winters

Jul 30, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 48 - John Dudley and Chad Ward

John Dudley and Chard Ward are both return guests. 

John is an archer, a hunter, a coach, and as far as I am concerned, a chef.  Chad is a pit master, which I believe stands for chef that uses a barbecue instead of a kitchen top.  Both Chad and John taught at the inaugural Nock 2 Fork event held at Traeger HQ, which I highly recommend attending. 

We discussed a wide range of topics from favorite BBQ, to favorite BBQ techniques, archery, and a little leadership. 

The most important aspect of this podcast for me is around the 1 hour mark, when John and I are able to finally discuss a concept that we have been working on for a year.  It went live today, and is about all of you, and what we can all do together. 

Jul 23, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 47 - Mark Twight

Mark Twight is a man who has found success in many arenas.  When I first heard his name, he was described as an Alpinist, an expert in the outdoors.  The description did not do the man justice. 

Mark was not only an alpinist, he is an author, the founder of Gym Jones, an accomplished cyclist, and at one time a trainer to many stars that most would recognize from movies such as 300, and Man Of Steel. 

Mark and I met in 2005, while I was slowly climbing out of the hole that an injury from work, plus my own poor choices, had put me in.  Our initial encounter was "exercise" based, and the lessons he exposed me to still frame the way I train now, and eventually led to a short lived career in the "fitness world." 

He is one of the most unique human beings I have ever encountered, with an intensity and drive that can burn most to the ground.  It is what I admire most about him. 

This conversation was over 1 year in the making.  We both wanted to wait until we were in the right spot, and I believe we finally arrived there. 



Jul 16, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 46 - Q and A with Vaughn Stumpf and Jason Deneau

Todays episode is Q and A from the internet, with a twist. 

As fate would have it, my father and brother in law are here in Montana on vacation.  As I was reading through the questions, I realized that they are both a wealth of knowledge from different backgrounds, and that their insight into the questions is equally, if not more valid than my own. 

Jason has been serving as a firefighter for the city of San Diego for over ten years.  They operate in small elements, requiring teamwork, communication, leadership, and individual responsibility.  I would say the community has more similarities to the SEAL Teams than differences. 

My father has worn many hats throughout his life.  He is a Vietnam veteran, small business owner, school teacher, sport coach, and after today, a podcaster!  I learned many of the lessons that have served me well throughout life working beside him on construction sites. 

Between the three of us I think we had some good answers. 



Jul 09, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 45 - Jessica Lynch

At the age of 19 Jessica Lynch joined the Army, and just over one year later she found herself staged for the invasion of Iraq.  During the initial surge towards Baghdad, her unit became separated from their convoy, and found themselves in the town of Nasiriyah.  Her smaller unit was ambushed, and she became the first American POW (Prisoner of War).  

As Jessica and her unit were staging for the invasion in Kuwait, my unit was in Saudi Arabia, doing the same thing.  As the war began, we began working through our target deck, until actionable intelligence was received about her location.  After a quick forward staging, planning, and limited rehearsal, we assaulted the hospital, and recovered her on 1 April 2003.  It was the first successful of an American POW since WW2. 

Jessica was immediately taken to a higher level of medical care, and slowly began her journey home to the US via Germany. 

There has been much controversy over what happened during the events leading up to the rescue, and of the rescue itself.  It is safe to say, in my opinion, that the military used the operation to serve their needs at the time. 

I had not spoken to her until this recording, and it was great to revisit the events of 15 years ago from both sides of the same coin. 

Jul 02, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 44 - Survival 101 with John Barklow and John Dudley

I am a few months late to get this out, but with hunting season just around the corner, the timing may be perfect.  Between Barklow and Dudley, there are decades of experience in the field.  I don't often get to spend time with both in the same place, so we definitely took advantage of it.  We answered a variety of questions across a broad spectrum, from hot to cold, high altitude to low, long days to short. 

This is the first survival episode of at least two or three in the future.  The more questions you send the more episodes we will do. 

I hope you enjoy, and send me any questions that this podcast may bring to mind. 

Jun 25, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 43 - Never Give Up

A combination of recent events and a conversation with friends has had me thinking consistently thinking about adversity, and how we each decide to deal with our personal struggles.  Bottom line, some of us deal with them better than others.  Some dig their feet in, some throw in the towel. 

I have been fortunate in my life to be surrounded by mentors.  They took the raw material I was born with, and enhanced it in many areas.  As a society, I think we would be far better served to embrace this mentality, than the "everyone for themselves" approach that most seem to live by. 

You can teach mental toughness.  

You can teach people to face and work through adversity, arriving on the other side improved, not destroyed.  

Adversity is essential, it is not the enemy

Jun 11, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 42 - The Mother of all Military Q and A

You had military questions, I had answers.  I did my best to work my way through them and answer as many as possible....Quiet professionals, leadership strengths and weaknesses, DEVGRU, preparing for combat physically and mentally, pros and cons of military service, etc. 

I will try to do a military specific episode every so often, as there is obviously a desire, and no lack of questions. 


Jun 04, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 41 - Sean Hughes

Sean is a writer, veteran, non-profit founder ( and a special needs father. He’s contributed to multiple media outlets including the Washington Post and Quartz and his first book Sixteen: A Rational Account of an Irrational Election was released this May. 

A veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and Sean launched the data, politics and society blog in 2015.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the University of San Diego Graduate School of Business, Sean separated from the Navy at the rank of Commander.  He lives in Southern California with his wife Annette and three boys.

Sean's book - 16 on Amazon


May 28, 2018
In Memoriam

I wrote this for my blog: Confessions of an Idiot

Memorial day means much more than just time off to some families.  It is a day to remember their loved ones, those that made the ultimate sacrifice. 

We would be well served as a nation to take more time to recognize and appreciate the cost of what we have, and those that bear it. 

May 27, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 40 - Josh Bridges
Round 2 with the one and only Josh Bridges. Josh is a retired Navy SEAL. We met when I was putting him through basic SEAL training known as BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL). Post training we served together at SEAL Team Three. Post military our paths constantly crossed in the competitive CrossFit ecosystem. Josh has been competing in the CrossFit Games since before he left military service, meaning he found the time to train in the limited off time associated with an already arduous job. His best finish at the Games to date has been 2nd place in 2011. Our conversation last year occurred just after his Regional competition, this year it is just before. We talked pre, active, and post military life. Training style and philosophy, and how he dealt with last years competition not sticking to the script he had planned for it. Enjoy.
May 21, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 39 - Q and A from the Internet
Answers to a variety of questions from the internet with topics ranging from Situational Awareness, finding your purpose and meaning both inside the military and when you leave, Andy Stumpf hunting camp curriculum, and snake oil salesman in uniform.
May 14, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 38 - Camp Thunder Chicken with John Dudley and Trevor Thompson
A Thunder Chicken is a turkey, at least that is what I have been told. This episode is from our hunting camp deep in the back country of Kansas, where we were competing in the World Turkey Hunting Championships. Spoiler alert, we did not win. After two days in a blind I did not see a single turkey. I heard one, I think. The best part of any hunting trip for me so far has been the people, this trip was no different. Instead of being the new kid on the block in the archery world, I got to watch my good friend Trevor Thompson begin his journey. If you have ever reached out to me with questions about where to start with archery equipment or training, this episode is for you. John covers in depth strategies to purchasing you first equipment, and then training with it.
Apr 23, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 37 - Children of the Gun
Other than the endless political banter, guns, and specifically school shootings have lead the headlines recently, and for good reason. My children are now being called the "Mass Shooting Generation," a term I wholeheartedly disagree with. Our use of language, much like our objectivity, has been utterly lost. We can continue to look for "light switch" solutions to these complex issues that did not arrive overnight, or we can, as a society, agree that there is a problem, and commit ourselves to the work needed to create an actual change. It all starts with remaining objective, and not giving in to our emotions.
Apr 16, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 36 - Q and A catch up
I did my best to answer a variety of questions received over the last six weeks from social media. Topics varied, but I covered everything from training, mullets, challenges and difficulties of being a military parent, blessings in disguise, skydiving and BASE jumping, broadheads, back country split boarding, and more. Thank you for all of the questions and support, I'll answer more of the questions in another podcast soon.
Apr 09, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 35 - John Barklow
John Barklow is the Big Game Product Manager for Sitka, a hunting brand based in Bozeman, Montana. Prior to his current profession, he served for 26 years in the United States Navy as a Diver. We met in 1997, when I was a punk new guy, and he was running the dive locker for SEAL Team Five. His background and experience is diverse...In addition to classical dive training, he is a wealth of knowledge in climbing, skiing, back country travel, snow safety, and survival, to mention a few. For 15 years he worked at, and lead the Kodiak training facility where all SEAL candidates now go for their cold weather and survival training. To add icing to the cake, he has been a bow hunter for 30 years, and we recorded this podcast at the end of an epic bow hunt for Axis deer on Lanai, Hawaii.
Mar 26, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 34 - Rich Froning
The CrossFit Games began on private property in Aromas, California in 2007. Participation and popularity grew rapidly, and by 2010, the Games had moved to the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and were being broadcast on national television. At the apex of that rise was Rich Froning Rich finished 2nd in 2010, and then dominated the competitive CrossFit world for the next four years. He won the CrossFit Games as an individual competitor from 2011 through 2014, then as a member of a team in 2015 and 2016. Not only did he dominate physically, he paved the way for athletes to truly make a living in the competitive CrossFit ecosystem. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and three young children where he owns the Affiliate gym CrossFit Mayhem.
Mar 19, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 33 - Dr. Mohammed Ahmed
Dr. Mohammed Ahmed is the Medical Director at the Kaizen Brain Center, located in La Jolla, California. His specialties are memory disorder/dementia, and brain injuries. If you are anything like me, you are confused by the multiple terms used when discussing brain injuries. CTE, TBI, PCS, Concussion, etc. I hear them often, but I don't know what they mean, or the differences between them. I have a history of concussions, and a few loss of consciousness events, so this podcast is as much for me to answer my own questions, as it is to educate others. If you would like to learn more about the Kaizen Brain Center, what they treat, and the treatment they use, visit them at their website:
Mar 12, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 32 - Jack Carr
Jack Carr is the epitome of a renaissance man. He is a retired Navy SEAL with 20 years of experience on both the enlisted and officer side of the house. He consults with tactical brands, speaks publicly, and as of March 6th, will be a published author. His first book - The Terminal List hits shelves tomorrow. Although it is a work of fiction, it is written by a man who lived "that" life for two decades. Emotions and experiences that are anything but fiction can be found throughout the novel.
Mar 05, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 31 - Chad Ward
Chad Ward is a professional Pit Master. You should think of him as the Yoda of BBQ, or perhaps Darth Vader. I'm not sure which he would prefer. I have drooled over pictures of Chad's work for months, and finally got to meet him during my recent hog hunt in Oklahoma, where he was turning wild game into amazing Nock 2 Fork meals. Chad is the co-founder of Whiskey Bent BBQ, a competitive BBQ team, and the name of his BBQ supply store.
Feb 26, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 30 - Torsten Luth and John Dudley
An early morning podcast over a cup of coffee from hunting camp. John Dudley is a world class archer, bow hunter, and teacher of all things archery. Torsten and I are not, but we connected in Oklahoma for a hunt. When Torsten is not spot and stalking hogs, he calls New York home, and is an Executive Vice President at Atlantic Records. Not only does he possess an incredible amount of knowledge about the music industry, his name means "Thor's Hammer." What else needs to be said!
Feb 21, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 29 - Freedom of Speech
True Freedom of Speech, at least in my opinion is a knife that cuts both ways. This past week I was inundated with questions about my thoughts on the interaction between a Los Angeles high school teacher, and a student wearing a Marine Corps sweatshirt. This incident made national news quickly, and was the topic of many social media platforms. Many people assumed I would share their outrage, I do not. I reference the recording in the episode, and if you have not listened, here is a link that will take you to the audio: The remainder of the episode is dedicated to additional questions received from listeners to the podcast. Enjoy!
Feb 06, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 28 - Dakota Meyer
Dakota Meyer is a husband, father, Marine, and one of 11 living Medal of Honor recipients from the war in Afghanistan. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school, served from 2006-2010, and received the highest and most prestigious military decoration that can be awarded for his actions on September 8th, 2009. He hosts his own Podcast, Owning It With Dakota Meyer, which can be found in Itunes. This conversation was simultaneously recorded for his podcast, and my own.
Jan 29, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 27 - Chris Spealler
If you are familiar with the initial growth of CrossFit, and the CrossFit Games, Chris will need no introduction. If you are not familiar...Chris Spealler is an 8 time CrossFit Games competitor, the owner of CrossFit Park City, and Icon Athlete. Chris and I travelled the US for many years together teaching the conceptual foundation and movements of the CrossFit program, and he has now planted his feet in Park City Utah. I am often asked questions about training and programming, he is a far better resource than I am when it comes to those matters. We discussed training, life, his mastery of archery, and everything in between.
Jan 19, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 26
Ethics, principles, bravery and cowardice all wrapped in a question about my thoughts on hunting. It is certainly not for everyone, and I am far too inexperienced to answer most questions about it, but ethics are ethics, and they don't belong on a sliding scale.
Jan 08, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 25 - Kick off to 2018
Closing out 2017 and kicking off 2018 with a cleanup question from last year that I have been wanting to answer for weeks. We are all going to experience others letting us down, and we are all going to let others down. How you handle it is what will separate you from those around you.
Jan 04, 2018
Cleared Hot Episode 24 - An Adventure In France
After arguably the worst travel experience I have had in ten years, I was able to link up with John Dudley, and THE Hunter Phelps in the mountains of France. Our target was the Chamois, a species of the goat-antelope family. The terrain was spectacular, the animals were elusive and alert, and at the end of the trip, we headed home empty handed. The experience gained, and the lessons learned, for me, made the trip a highlight of my year. Round two is already in the planning stages.
Dec 19, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 23 - John Welbourn
John Welbourn is a 10 year NFL Veteran, and the founder/CEO of Power Athlete. We were able to link up for a short podcast prior to the launch of his 2017 Power Athlete Symposium in Austin, Texas. John and I have been friends, training partners, and shit talkers for nearly ten years. I count him as one of my closest friends, and I always enjoy picking his brain for opinions and insight.
Dec 09, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 22
I got a call from the IRS this morning, or at least that is who they said they were....I had some free time, so I called them back. After that, I dug in to some internet questions and we had a bow hunting extravaganza. My bow set up, arrow set up, practice routine, spot and stalk hunting, shoe selection, bravery and fear, habits and discipline, and most importantly, my favorite Kill Cliff pairings with adult beverages.
Dec 01, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 21
I think we covered it all on this one. Thoughts on every day carry items, concealed carry and actions by armed civilians, tips on getting in to skydiving, the value of sports for kids, CrossFit training, and my two cents on advice for parents. Hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think.
Nov 20, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 20 - A small rant, questions from the internet
I intended for this episode to be dedicated to answering military themed questions from the internet. After ranting for 25 minutes over my frustration about the handling and reaction to the deaths of the Army soldiers in Africa, I did actually answer some questions. Thank you to those who submitted them, and thank you to everyone listening.
Nov 06, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 19 - Hunting in Georgia with John Dudley
After a solid week of hunting for white tail deer in Georgia, I sat down with John Dudley and talked all things archery...How we hunted during the week, and our next planned adventure. John is an absolute wealth of knowledge, and if you have any questions about hunting and archery, I cannot recommend his Podcast Nock On enough. It, and he, are the one stop shop for information and education.
Oct 30, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 18 - Stress, Stress Inoculation, and Leadership Failures
This episode focuses on two questions received from listeners. The first is on the value of stress testing and "inoculation," why it is used in every aspect of SEAL training, and how everyone, regardless of occupation can benefit. The second question is about dealing with leadership failures, the lessons to be learned, and moving forward.
Oct 19, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 17 - Reflections on Vegas and a successful elk hunt
It was one hell of a week. I started my hunt with the news that the Vegas shooting had occurred hours before I woke up. There is some great information being discussed, and some wildly inaccurate information being touted as fact. It was and is a tragedy. I hope our country is mature enough to take the time for reflection, and potentially improvement. In other news that does not matter...I was successful in my elk hunt.
Oct 09, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 16 - Do The Hard Things
I am consistently asked by people from all walks of life how they can more effectively "Be The Example." I don't have any tricks or hacks, only a simple (not easy) thought process to guide my personal decision making. To be clear, I could not be further from perfect, and I definitely don't have it all figured out. I fall flat on my face and fail, often. When I pick myself back up, this is the principle that I use. Hopefully someone out there finds it useful.
Sep 28, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 15 - Questions from the Internet
Kicking off the week answering questions from social media. My thoughts on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, PTSD in the military, Skydiving and BASE jumping, and the behaviors and traits from the SEAL Teams that DO NOT work in the civilian world.
Sep 25, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 14 - Motivation and Purpose
What is this?? A Friday Podcast?? Monday's podcast was about Failure, and you can't talk about Failure without at least dedicating the same amount of time talking about the other side of the coin. Many people spend time obsessing over motivation, which is a good thing, assuming it is there when you need it. If you ever find it lacking, you may find your world unravelling, unless you are backstopped by purpose.
Sep 22, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 13 - Failure
It happens to us all, and it happened to me last week. I have found that failures appear to come in many shapes and sizes, but they are nearly always the result of the same thing, focusing on what you cannot control instead of the one thing you can, yourself. It is a simple concept, but it is certainly not easy. Hopefully someone can learn from my recent mistakes, and not repeat them elsewhere.
Sep 18, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 12
Today is the 16th anniversary of 9/11, a day that had tremendous impact on my life, and the world. This episode answers questions received from the internet, focusing on the lessons learned throughout a career in the military, and the mindset and physical preparation required to "Always Be Ready."
Sep 11, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 11 - Hunting in Alberta with John Dudley
A last minute trip to Alberta Canada for my first bow hunting experience with John Dudley, and a podcast before I hit the road home. We hunted hard for five days, and saw just about every animal the amazing country had to offer. It was an adventure in the outdoors, and one I will never forget. If you are new to hunting, interested in hunting, or just enjoy tom foolery, this one will be right up your alley
Sep 04, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 10 - John Dudley
Cleared Hot Episode - 10 with John Dudley. John is a world class archer and bow hunter. I first picked up a bow 18 months ago, and learned much of what I know by watching his videos on Youtube. Now, I am preparing for my first season of bow hunting, and was fortunate to spend a day and a half at his home, shooting arrows, rebuilding my bow, and picking a masters brain on best strategies for a first time bow hunter. He has an archery podcast called Nock On, a dedicated youtube channel, and an archery academy Educate yourself, up your game, and Nock On!
Aug 21, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 9 - Jason Khalipa
Episode 9 with 2008 CrossFit Games Champion Jason Khalipa. What began as a competitive CrossFit career has evolved into a business empire. His facilities can be found across the globe, and it is not accidental. I have never seen the man not smiling, even in the midst of challenges that would strain even the strongest of families. Athletics, business, Lukemia, and his desire to raise awareness and make a difference.
Aug 14, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 8 - Brian Chontosh
Cleared Hot Episode - 8 with Brian Chontosh. Brian is an ultra endurance athlete, CrossFit seminar staff member, retired Marine Corps Officer, and amazing human being. We talked Life, Purpose, Struggle, Service, and much more - Strap in and enjoy.
Aug 07, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 7
The three most impactful changes/improvements to the SEAL Teams post September 11th, 2001. You might think I am talking about SEAL stuff, but remove the term SEAL, and think about the changes from the perspective of your own organization, regardless of what you do, and the sector. Effective leadership, and when to start thinking and acting like a leader.
Jul 24, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 6
Questions from the Internet, Round 2. My philosophy on training, Terrorism in Europe, Influential books, thoughts on self defense and courses like Sheepdog Response, and closing with my thoughts on the trend and desire to "Hack" your life.
Jul 17, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 5
A solo podcast from the road, and the middle of my move to Montana. Instead of a guest, I answered some questions from the Internet. A lesson learned from a personal mistake that has stuck with me for decades. My thoughts on raising quality human beings, female operators in combat, and closing with my proudest moment, and my biggest regret. Thanks for the encouragement to go it alone instead of skipping a week.
Jul 10, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 4 - Tony Blauer
Tony Blauer has been a student of violence for 40 years. He is the CEO and founder of Blauer Tactical Systems, an organization that works with Military, Police, First Responders, and civilians. The SPEAR system is based on survival reflex, instinctual movement, and human physiology. His mission is simple - Make the world safer. Whether you accept violence or abhor it, it is part of the world we live in. Preparation, understanding (of yourself), and situational awareness will help you navigate any environment.
Jul 03, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 3 - Sean Hughes
Sean Hughes is a retired Naval Officer, currently working in the technology sector. His route to the Naval Special Warfare community began at the service academy in Annapolis, and included a deployment with the fleet Navy prior to being assigned as a SWCC (Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman) detachment Officer in Charge. Sean hosts two very different websites. The first, is a blog that received millions of views during the election cycle of 2016. The second, is a beacon for families that have special needs and challenges not understood by most. A modern day renaissance man.
Jun 26, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 2 - Josh Bridges
Episode #2 with Josh Bridges. Former Navy SEAL, CrossFit Games competitor, coffee aficionado, and all around bad ass. We talked terrorism, telemarketing, and training.
Jun 19, 2017
Cleared Hot Episode 1 - Ron Ortiz
Cleared Hot Episode #1 With Ron Ortiz - 18yrs of service as a Firefighter/EMT throughout Florida, and a dominant CrossFit Games Masters Athlete. Fighting fires, battling pill and heroin overdoses, and training to be competitive.
Jun 11, 2017