Nate Boyer has reached the pinnacle in two careers. He wore the Army Green Beret and after “walking on” for the Texas Longhorns he would go on to be the oldest rookie in the NFL (Seattle Seahawks) at age 34. As a veteran of both the military and athletic communities, he founded “Merging Vets & Players” to help both populations deal with their transition struggles.
A fighter plane that turned the tide of the air war in Europe almost didn’t make it off the ground. David and Margaret White have written an excellent book that details the journey of the P-51 Mustang from design to combat – and all the bumps along the way.
Wade “Mother” Hubbard was in the Air Force for five years and was awarded five Distinguished Flying Cross medal and one purple heart. Wade flew both the Linebacker I and Linebacker II campaigns. Up next in our series with the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.
It is said there are only two bad days for a fighter pilot; the day a pilot straps on the jet knowing it is their last flight and the day a pilot straps on the jet NOT knowing it is their last flight. Thankfully Darrell Ahrens avoided the later in the skies over Vietnam.
Out of the seven Air Force Crosses awarded since the beginning of the Global War on Terror, five have been awarded to Combat Controllers for extraordinary heroism in combat. Mike Lamonica and Mike West of the Combat Control Foundation join us to talk about these warriors who are “First In.”
Two time Air Force Veteran Steven Myers is a successful four-time CEO and serial entrepreneur. In 1992 he became the first American since Charles Lindbergh to pilot an airplane into the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula, forming one of the first post Soviet era joint ventures.
Greg Drobny served 8 years in the Army including a brief period conducting Psy-Ops. His transition out of the military was a somewhat rocky one until he found something he really enjoyed – Code Platoon helps Veterans, active duty service members and military spouses transition into the workforce by providing technical training and career placement.
Navy Week sails into my backyard! Guests include Constructionman William Jones of the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. EOD Navy Diver Second Class Petty Officer Skylar Bokelman and the Band Master of the Navy Band Southwest LCDR Bruce Mansfield.
While providing ground support for troops in contact, Kim Campbell’s A-10 was rocked by anti-aircraft fire causing the loss of all hydraulics. Rather than bail out over Baghdad, she converted to manual control and nursed her plan back to safety. Kim was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for her actions that day.
A Soldier’s Child Foundation was created to serve the children of military personnel who have lost their lives on active duty while defending the United States of America. They presently have 5,000 children enrolled in all 50 states. Founder and Executive Director Daryl Mackin joins us.