Desert Storm and Forward

Sun 5/19/2024

Hazard Ground – Mark Zinno

2024-05-19T12:12:32-07:00May 19th, 2024|

The Hazard Ground podcast was created by Mark Zinno to allow members of our military to share their stories of combat & survival and deliver inspirational stories about resilience. Mark was studying communications at Loyola University and joined the ROTC to help pay for his tuition. His original intent was to simply complete his four year commitment to Army and then 9/11 happened. He now has twenty five years of service in both the active duty and the National Guard, [...]

Sun 3/3/2024

Blackwater Mercenary in Iraq – Morgan Lerette

2024-03-03T11:46:29-07:00March 3rd, 2024|

Blackwater Security Company developed quite a reputation. Morgan Lerette was a contractor with Blackwater in Iraq for 18 months from 2004-2005. His sometimes funny, sometimes tragic experience is documented in his book “Guns, Girls & Greed: I was a Blackwater Mercenary in Iraq” Morgan joined the Air National Guard right out of high school in order to escape his small town. He became an Air Force Security Forces member and had been serving for two years when 9/11 happened. Despite [...]

Sun 2/18/2024

“Damn the Valley” – Will Yeske

2024-02-18T11:41:45-07:00February 18th, 2024|

“Damn the Valley” was written by Will Yeske and describes his deployment to the Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan. The valley has seen its share of conflict. From Alexander the Great up to the Russians – and now Americans. To US troops it became known as “the meat grinder”.  Will was posted there with Bravo Company of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne.  During their time there, his unit suffered a 52% casualty rate. Damn the Valley [...]

Sun 12/24/2023

Holiday Separations – Col. Jose Cabrera

2023-12-24T12:10:14-07:00December 24th, 2023|

Holiday separations are an unfortunate but necessary part of military service. As civilians we should recognize that the reason we are able to spend our holiday peacefully and safely with friends and family is because members of our military and first responder communities have volunteered to be apart from theirs. This burden is particularly heavy upon those forces who, by the nature of their work, have a higher than normal deployment tempo. The Air Force Pararescue community falls into this [...]

Sun 12/10/2023

Rick Kaiser – “Frogman Stories”

2023-12-10T11:27:21-07:00December 10th, 2023|

Rick Kaiser always had a fascination with the sea, so at the age of 17 he visited the Navy recruiter with the intention of joining the submarine service. However, while sitting in the office, he picked up a pamphlet about the SEALs and decided that was the course he would rather follow. Rick would go on to serve with both SEAL Team 2 and SEAL Team 6. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Navy SEAL [...]

Mon 10/16/2023

Veteran Powered Films

2023-10-16T18:33:31-07:00October 16th, 2023|

Veteran Powered Films was the brainchild of accomplished actress and Navy Reservist Julia Ling. Julia has starred in over twenty independent films and is best known for her roles in the NBC series “Chuck”, “E.R.”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House”. The mission of Veteran Powered Films is to empower Veterans and service members to create and tell their stories through film. 2016 was a rough year for Julia. She lost a couple of shipmates and knew several other Veterans who were [...]

Mon 10/9/2023

Andra Kniep – Two DFC’s in Two Days

2023-10-09T21:36:19-07:00October 9th, 2023|

When Andra Kniep entered the US Air Force Academy, women were prohibited from flying in combat. Two months before she graduated, the rules were changed and she became the third woman assigned to fly the A-10 attack fighter.  Andra was awarded two Distinguished Flying Cross medals on two consecutive days and joins us as part of our partnership with the Distinguished Service Cross Society. She chose the A-10 because her brother was a West Point graduate and she appreciated the [...]

Sun 8/13/2023

Historical Officer & Artist Joe Winslow

2023-08-13T11:00:00-07:00August 13th, 2023|

Historical Officer Joe Winslow served 21 years in the US Marine Corps. Part of his duties included a posting in the Marine Corps History Division. The mission of an artifact and historical officer is to accompany assault units in combat zones and record what they are doing. This includes recording first person oral histories and gathering relevant artifacts. For example, if a Marine was awarded a Medal of Honor, it would be Joe’s job to track that Marine and record [...]

Sun 7/23/2023

Special Forces Legend Rick Lamb

2023-07-23T12:01:36-07:00July 23rd, 2023|

Special Forces Veteran Rick Lamb is somewhat of a legend in the community.  He has led soldiers in operations spanning across 49 countries and 5 continents. He was involved in almost every major battle from Operation Eagle Claw to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rick is a member of the SOCOM Commando Hall of Honor, the Ranger Hall of Fame and was 2015 recipient of the Bull Simmons Award for soldiers who embody the true spirit, values, and skills of a Special [...]

Sun 6/11/2023

With Them Frontlines – Shawn Piatz

2023-06-11T12:00:09-07:00June 11th, 2023|

With Them Frontlines will be so much more than just a video game. While featuring actual missions undertaken by actual warriors is pretty cool, merging the game with other technologies to gain insights into PTSD treatment is a REAL game changer. The US video gaming market is a $97.6 billion industry and a technology readily embraced by many Global War on Terror Veterans. With Them Frontlines is being produced by Austin based ORE System and in this episode we are [...]

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