• EXCLUSIVESGM (R) Brendan "Duke" Durkan

    Sergeant Major retired Brendan "Duke" Durkan is a respected figure with an extensive military career beginning in 1983. With over 20 years dedicated to the 75th Ranger Regiment, Durkin served in various capacities, including 1/75, 2/75, and other roles within the Ranger community. He is noted for his leadership during deployments across the globe, contributing to the nation's security with his combat experience.

    Post-retirement, Durkan continues to influence the Ranger community through the Charlie Rock Foundation, an organization he founded to connect rangers past and present. ​ In this enlightening episode of Legends of the 75th podcast, Mike sits down with Sergeant Major retired Brendan Duke Durkan to delve into the narratives that have shaped the legacy of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Durkin's vivid recounting of his over 32 years of service provides listeners with an intimate look into the life and ethos of a Ranger. ​


    Durkan opens up about the transformative experiences that defined his career, from his early days in the regiment to his involvement in key operations such as Grenada and Panama. He reflects on the evolution of Ranger standards and discipline, the birth of RD (Ranger Department, now known as RRC), and his time with the Asymmetrical Warfare Group (AWG), highlighting the Regiment's continual adaptation to emerging challenges. The conversation also takes a heartfelt turn towards veteran support, where Durkin passionately talks about the Charlie Rock Foundation's mission and its significance in the lives of Rangers and their families.



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    2h 19m | Mar 2, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVECOL (R) Mark Lisi

    About the Guest:

    Colonel Mark Lisi, a seasoned military veteran, joined the military in 1974 and served as a plank holder in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment until 1977. Upon transitioning to the "dark side," he commissioned as an infantry officer in 1980, carving out a distinguished career in various leadership roles, primarily stationed at JBLM, formerly known as Fort Lewis. His illustrious 24 years of federal service culminated in his retirement as a colonel. Leasey's experiences extend to global deployments in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. He has also served notably as the mobilization plans officer and installation mobilization officer at Fort Lewis, Washington. Born in Austria in 1954, Leasey's life encompasses an eclectic range of roles and responsibilities that stand out in military history.

    ​ Episode Summary:

    The latest episode of the Legend of the 75th podcast peels back the layers of mystique surrounding the Ranger community, as host Mike sits down with Colonel Mark Lisi to traverse the hallowed memories of the 75th Ranger Regiment. The first episode recorded in 2024, but not the first released, sets a nostalgic tone as it journeys back to the very foundations of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, with riveting tales from the past.

    ​Key Takeaways:

    - Colonel Mark Lisi's unique journey from a Ranger in 2/75 to a respected Colonel.

    - The enduring impact of the Ranger Creed and its role in defining the brotherhood of Rangers.

    - Personal anecdotes that reflect the camaraderie and the legendary resilience of Rangers.

    - The transition from enlisted service member to a commissioned officer in the US Army.

    - Reflections on the legacy and the foundation of the 75th Ranger Regiment.





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    1h 40m | Feb 17, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVECSM (R) James Pippin

    About the Guest(s):

    Command Sergeant Major retired James Pippin is a distinguished military veteran with 25 years of exemplary service in the United States Army, including 18 collective years with the 75th Ranger Regiment. A decorated figure, Pippen is known for his leadership roles in several Ranger battalions including 3/75, 2/75, and Regimental Headquarters (RHQ). His significant contributions extend to his time with the 1st Cavalry Regiment post-USASMA, notable for a highly-discussed deployment in Mosul. Command Sergeant Major Pippin's impactful career showcases his commitment to leading from the front and exemplifying the values of the Ranger Brotherhood.

    Episode Summary:

    In this captivating episode of Legends of the 75th podcast, host Mike dives deep into a conversation with Command Sergeant Major retired James Pippin, unraveling the compelling narratives of a legendary Ranger. Pippin's evocative stories transport listeners through the trenches of Ranger history, from the rigorous standards set in the 1980s to the global advancement of the Ranger Regiment today.

    Pippen begins by recounting his formative experiences and iconic operations throughout his illustrious career, including the combat jumps in Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The discussion then transitions into Pippin's seamless ability to translate the ethos of the Ranger Regiment into his subsequent roles in the broader Army. Throughout the episode, Pippin emphasizes the undying spirit of brotherhood amongst Rangers and the timeless traditions that bind generations of these elite soldiers together. His insights offer a profound glimpse into the dedication and transformational leadership that define the Ranger creed.



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    1h 38m | Feb 3, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVEMG (R) Thomas "Chaplain" Solhjem

    About the Guest(s):

    Major General (Ret.) Thomas Solhjem joined the US Army in 1974 and served a distinguished career that spanned nearly five decades. He began as a combat engineer and transitioned into the reserves, where he simultaneously served as a pastor. Major General Solhjem's dedicated service continued as he returned to active duty, fulfilling roles in the 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Forces Command (FORSCOM), and eventually as the Deputy Chief of Chaplains. His commendable tenure concluded in the esteemed position of the 25th Chief of Chaplains for the United States Army, culminating in a remarkable 49 years of service and a total of 68 months deployed to combat zones.

    Episode Summary:

    In an episode infused with heartfelt recollections and the wisdom of a storied military career, Major General (Ret.) Thomas Solhjem shares his transformative journey from a troubled youth to a respected chaplain within the US Army. The narrative unfolds with candid anecdotes that provide a rare and intimate glimpse into the life of a man whose dedication and service to his country are matched only by his commitment to faith and the welfare of his fellow soldiers.

    Central to the episode is Major General Solhjem's evolution within the Army, influenced by key individuals who saw potential in him and granted opportunities that shaped not only his career but also his character. The episode delves into the creation of the "Preservation of the Force and Families" initiative, a testament to his ability to recognize needs within the military and act decisively to address them. This narrative thread is woven with personal challenges, reflections on leadership, and the responsibility that comes with being a part of the elite Ranger community.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Major General Solhjem's career was profoundly influenced by the leaders and mentors who invested in him, recognizing his potential and steering him towards serving as an Army chaplain.
    • His deep contemplation of personal responsibility and the significance of positive transformation illuminates the Ranger Creed and its enduring impact on those who serve.
    • The episode highlights the inception and development of the Preservation of the Force and Families initiative, showcasing how listening and responding to the concerns of military families can lead to substantial, organization-wide improvements.
    • Through stories from his service, Major General Solhjem provides a compelling argument for the importance of humility, empathy, and continued growth beyond one's military career.
    • Perspectives on life after retirement suggest a steadfast excitement for the future, rooted in past experiences and relationships formed during service.

    Notable Quotes:

    1. "I'm just a beggar who found some food... If there's anything in this, all of this is just recognizing [and seizing] an opportunity to make a difference when it presented itself."
    2. "I received so much from the regiment; now it's my opportunity to really give back."
    3. "You're either a product of your experiences or you take those experiences and produce something... I've been given so much. I have a tremendous opportunity to give back."
    4. "If it doesn't cost you something, it's not worth having."
    5. "Life's got a lot of opportunities out there and you just need to get off your butt and go find them because they're out there."

    Resources:

    • Major General Thomas Solhjem shared insights from his career and particularly highlighted the Ranger Creed and his experiences in shaping the Preservation of the Force and Families initiative. While specific URLs or social media handles were not provided, interested individuals can explore the principles of the Ranger Creed and learn more about the SOCOM's initiatives for military families through their official resources.

    Listen to the full episode to delve deeper into the remarkable accounts and lessons shared by Major General Thomas Solhjem, and stay tuned for upcoming episodes that promise to enrich your understanding of leadership, duty, and the resilience of the human spirit.




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    2h 11m | Jan 20, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVEAndrew “Doc” Fisher

    About The Guest(s): Major Andrew Fisher is a former Ranger and PA who has served in multiple deployments. He has been recognized for his contributions to military medicine and has extensive experience in trauma care.

    Summary: Major Andrew Fisher discusses his journey from being an infantryman in the Ranger regiment to becoming a PA and his experiences in the medical field. He highlights the importance of medics and the innovations in medicine that have improved the care of wounded soldiers. Major Fisher also talks about the development and implementation of the whole blood transfusion program in the Ranger regiment, which has proven to be effective in managing pain and improving outcomes for wounded soldiers.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Major Fisher's transition from infantry to becoming a PA was driven by his passion for medicine and desire to provide better care to soldiers.
    • The Ranger regiment fosters an environment of trust and innovation, allowing for advancements in medical practices.
    • Major Fisher's use of ketamine and whole blood transfusions have proven to be effective in managing pain and improving outcomes for wounded soldiers.




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    1h 47m | Jan 6, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVELTC Edward Graham

    In this episode, we sit down with Edward Graham, a remarkable individual hailing from a prominent family with a legacy worth acknowledging. The conversation kicks off by exploring Edward's motivations for joining the Army, a decision rooted in his family's prodigious history and a deep-seated sense of duty.

    As we navigate through the episode, Edward shares poignant moments, including his whereabouts on 9/11, a pivotal event that fueled his determination to serve his country. A particularly intriguing aspect emerges as we delve into Edward's perspective as a Christian entering a profession where taking human lives is an inherent reality—a complex moral and spiritual journey that he openly reflects upon.

    The narrative unfolds to Edward's experience in Ranger Regiment as a young Fire Support Officer (FSO), serving alongside Ranger legends who played a crucial role in shaping his character and leadership style. The discussion sheds light on the dynamics of the regiment, the influence of commanding officers, and the relentless demands imposed by the war.

    An exploration of the Ranger NCOs who significantly impacted Edward's growth as a leader, officer, and individual adds depth to the episode. Their guidance, often delivered with an unwavering commitment, contributed to Edward's development within the Ranger community.

    The storyline takes a turn as Edward recounts the events and decisions leading to his departure from the Army, ultimately assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer at Samaritan's Purse. The complexities of this transition and the insightful reflections shared by Edward offer valuable perspectives for others navigating similar career shifts.

    The episode concludes with a powerful discussion on the importance of pushing oneself out of comfort zones—an ethos that resonates deeply with Edward's journey. His experiences, both in the military and beyond, serve as a source of inspiration and guidance for listeners.



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    1h 35m | Dec 16, 2023
  • LTC Edward Graham (Trailer)

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    12m | Dec 16, 2023
  • EXCLUSIVESFC (R) Matt Larsen

    In this episode, we have the privilege of exploring the dynamic career of SFC (R ) Matt Larsen, a seasoned warrior who transitioned from the Marine Corps to the prestigious Ranger Regiment.

    We kick off our conversation by delving into the ever-evolving landscape of the world and Matt's early days in the Marine Corps. Join us as we uncover the nuanced differences and surprising similarities between the Marine Corps and the Ranger Regiment.

    Matt shares the pivotal moment that led him to transition from the Marines to the Ranger Regiment and how his journey intertwined with the evolution of martial arts programs within the regiment. Interestingly, our exploration reveals that the roots of this training stretch back to the discipline of ninjitsu.

    The narrative takes a thrilling turn as we recount Matt's experiences during the Panama invasion, offering detailed insights into the challenges and highlights of this intense engagement. Our conversation progresses to the early stages of urban combat training, the development of weapon systems, and the evolving mentality of leaders leading up to the Global War on Terrorism.

    A central theme emerges as Matt emphasizes the dedication required to master a craft, drawing parallels between military training and the commitment needed to excel in martial arts. Jiu Jitsu emerges as the victor in the martial arts arena, influencing the Ranger Regiment when Royce Gracie's triumph in the UFC led to their recruitment as instructors.

    Matt takes the helm in discussing the rise of the combative program across the regiment and the Army, shedding light on both its successes and failures. We navigate through the psychology of being a warrior, with Matt highlighting the role of regular combative training as a crucial element that enhances all facets of a soldier's skills and mentality.

    Join us on this compelling journey as we explore how combatives not only shape warriors but play a vital role in the complex dynamics of combat itself.

    "Combative is the link between what we are and who we say we are." CSM (R) Mike Hall 



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    2h 29m | Dec 2, 2023
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    13m | Dec 2, 2023
  • CSM (R) Al Pertuz (Trailer)

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    12m | Nov 18, 2023
  • EXCLUSIVECSM (R) Al Pertuz

    In this episode, we embark on a journey with Al, who begins by sharing the remarkable impact that the Legends podcast has had and the captivating stories it unravels. This sets the stage for a reflective and insightful conversation.

    Al's path to becoming a Ranger was marked by a unique experience – he trained with a platoon comprised entirely of future Rangers. It was during this phase that he was introduced to the high standards and unwavering commitment that would shape his future.

    Upon arriving in the Ranger Regiment, Al carried specific expectations, and these initial experiences left an indelible mark on him. He fondly recalls those moments as being truly once-in-a-lifetime, setting the tone for the rest of his journey.

    The episode delves into the intersection of expectations and accountability within the organizational culture. A consensus emerges about the value of prioritizing quality over quantity, a mindset that can significantly benefit the entire army.

    During our conversation, Al takes a moment to acknowledge early leaders who played a pivotal role in our lives. These mentors not only left a lasting impression but also redefined our understanding of what it meant to uphold the standard.

    Our discussion evolves as we examine our own evolution as leaders. It's clear that the leaders we encountered and the environments we navigated significantly influenced our development.

    Al also shares the challenges he faced during his first deployment, offering insights into his role within a training detachment, which temporarily delayed his overseas mission.

    The episode concludes with a thoughtful exploration of Al's transition out of the Army and the new experiences that have emerged as he embarks on this distinct journey. This poignant conversation with Al sheds light on the rich tapestry of experiences, leadership, and transformation that has marked his life's adventure.




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    2h 4m | Nov 18, 2023
  • CSM (R) Jeff Mellinger (Trailer)

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    11m | Nov 4, 2023
  • EXCLUSIVECSM (R) Jeff Mellinger

    In this episode, we dive into a discussion about the Legends of the 75th Mental Health Round Table, sharing Jeff's insights and reflections on this important event. We also unveil our plans for the future of these round table discussions, hinting at exciting developments.

    The conversation takes a poignant turn as we explore the prevailing undercurrent within the Army—specifically, the challenges soldiers face when seeking help and the importance of creating a supportive environment. We address the topic of PTSD, delving into its risks and consequences, and underscore the vital role of staying connected with our fellow Ranger Buddies during challenging times.

    Jeff shares his remarkable journey, beginning with being drafted into the Army during the Vietnam era. Despite his initial intentions, he found himself stationed in Germany as an admin clerk, where he encountered a disheartening environment rife with drug issues and corrupt leadership. However, a transformative leadership team's arrival brought about a positive shift in his perception of service. A chance meeting with a Merrill's Marauder introduced him to the world of Rangers, prompting his reenlistment for 1/75. Yet, unforeseen circumstances led him to 2/75.

    Upon joining the Ranger Regiment, Jeff immediately sensed a distinct culture marked by discipline and influential leaders who left an indelible mark on him. We explore the fundamental principles of tactics and training that shaped 2/75, as well as the early days of the Ranger Creed. This entailed rigorous training to master combat skills and weaponry, setting the foundation for excellence.

    During this episode, we unearth an intriguing piece of Ranger history, delving into the story of RCSM Greg Birch. Jeff shares his insights on the inception of the Ranger Creed within the regiment, revealing that it wasn't initially taken very seriously. However, a determined commander and a grueling long run brought about a shift in perspective and a newfound commitment to the creed.

    We also discuss the implementation of the Blue Book and the significant addition of the clause concerning negligent discharges. Jeff provides a candid account of some of the most challenging moments in his Ranger career, shedding light on how he and his fellow Rangers coped with loss. While these were undoubtedly tough situations, they ultimately became catalysts for learning and growth, ultimately strengthening the organization.



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    2h 20m | Nov 4, 2023
  • COL(R) Shawn Daniel (Trailer)

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    11m | Oct 21, 2023
  • EXCLUSIVECOL(R) Shawn Daniel

    In this episode, Shawn provides a deep and introspective look into his journey, beginning with his initial aspirations centered around service academies. He candidly discusses how, despite his early ambitions, he recognized that his personal maturity wasn't quite aligned with those goals. Life, as it often does, took him on an unexpected journey, which included enrolling in Ranger School immediately after completing Basic Training.


    Shawn then takes us on a compelling narrative through his arduous path to joining the Ranger Regiment and the rapid deployment of his company to combat in Afghanistan. He vividly describes the intensity and pace of operations during his first deployment, where he led the country's efforts in a highly dynamic environment, reflecting on the whirlwind nature of it all.

    As the conversation unfolds, Shawn pays homage to the influential Ranger NCOs who played pivotal roles in shaping his character and instilling in him the unwavering commitment to success. These mentors not only guided him professionally but also personally, ensuring he wouldn't falter in the face of adversity.


    Delving deeper into his military career, Shawn opens up about his time on staff, particularly in the realm of gear development. He provides insights into his experiences while remaining on rear-duty during the invasion of Iraq, offering a unique perspective on the critical support roles in military operations.


    However, the conversation takes a poignant turn as Shawn bravely outlines some of the darker moments in his career, shedding light on the profound sorrow he faced and how he managed to overcome these emotional challenges. This transition leads to a heartfelt and earnest discussion about mental health in the military, emphasizing the importance of addressing these issues openly and proactively.


    Towards the end of the episode, Shawn shares a compelling narrative of the inception and mission of the Darby Warrior Support organization, offering a glimpse into its founding principles and its focused mission. He paints a vivid picture of what the future holds for this remarkable organization, rooted in a genuine desire to support and uplift those who have served their country.


    https://darbyswarriorsupport.org


    Summarization of what they do and why: 

    DWS primarily targets the Special Operations community among all eligible 9/11 generation combat veterans, emphasizing the exceptional qualities and values demonstrated by these elite soldiers. DWS operates in line with Ranger values, sharing a commitment to never failing comrades. Located in Arkansas, the organization leverages the state's values of rugged individualism, hard work, patriotism, and love of the outdoors to efficiently serve veterans. Guests experience a well-equipped and comfortable stay, with all required gear, lodging amenities, and exceptional meals provided. They enjoy world-class hunting or fishing




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    1h 42m | Oct 21, 2023
  • COL (R) Rob Ryan (Trailer)

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    13m | Oct 7, 2023
  • EXCLUSIVECOL (R) Rob Ryan

    We begin this episode by discussing the profound connections that are rekindled when we bring guests onto the podcast. Renowned figures like COL (R) Rob Ryan have guided countless Rangers throughout their careers, leaving an indelible impact on their lives. As a result, our anticipation to hear from these legendary individuals is always palpable.

    We delve into the concept of how leaders shape us, emphasizing that we are essentially products of their influence, as well as the collective experiences shared with fellow Rangers. The expectations and standards we uphold are a direct reflection of the time we spend with our fellow Rangers.

    Our conversation transports us to the early days of deployments, where Rangers seamlessly adapted to the ever-evolving demands of their country and the special operations community. Rob recognized the imperative for enhanced synchronization across the force amidst these dynamic circumstances. He promptly initiated meetings to ensure that unit leaders collectively defined the path to success.

    We reflect on the pitfalls of the mentalities prevailing during the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), highlighting the misalignment of decisions and risk. Rather than prioritizing amenities and comfort, there was a pressing need to focus on more critical aspects.

    The majority of our episode is dedicated to the evolution of technology and the corresponding shifts in manpower requirements, elucidating how these factors will shape the future of warfare and the training protocols of the Ranger Regiment.

    We acknowledge the military's struggle to embrace intelligent risk-taking, stressing the importance of being open to experimentation and innovation in order to discover novel ways of conducting operations. This forward-looking mindset will also play a pivotal role in determining future manpower needs and equipment development to support training.

    Our conversation pivots towards the changing nature of warfare, underlining the necessity for a corresponding evolution in our mentalities and approaches to conflict.

    Finally, we explore the driving forces behind effective leadership and strategies for self-improvement as leaders ourselves.



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    1h 57m | Oct 7, 2023
  • COL (R) William Ostlund (Trailer)

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    14m | Sep 23, 2023
  • EXCLUSIVECOL (R) William Ostlund

    In the opening segment of the episode, Bill sets the stage by discussing the vital role of Rangers serving beyond the 75th Ranger Regiment. He emphasizes how these Rangers have a profound impact not only within their units but also across the entire military landscape.


    As the conversation progresses, we delve into the concept of accountability among Rangers. Specifically, we explore how Rangers hold themselves and their peers accountable, particularly during the rigorous RASP (Ranger Assessment and Selection Program) process, which is known for its demanding standards.


    Bill then shares personal anecdotes about the influential leaders who left a lasting imprint on his career. These mentors played a pivotal role in guiding him towards the path of becoming an officer.


    The discussion naturally transitions to Bill's own journey, recounting his experiences during his transition to an officer and his initial deployment to the Iraq war.

    The conversation broadens to include the impact of Forward Operating Bases, shedding light on how these bases provided essential comforts that extended the presence of American forces in various countries.


    Bill also offers a unique and vivid perspective on the Valley of Fire, sharing his experiences and struggles during that intense period. He mentions that many of these operations and moments were captured in the book, "The Hardest Place" by Wes Morgan.


    A significant highlight is Bill's explanation of how his unit developed a unit award matrix. He attributes the success of this process to the reason why three soldiers in his Battalion earned the Medal of Honor.


    Lastly, we briefly touch on some exciting upcoming features and ideas for the Legends Podcast.

    In closing, Bill imparts valuable advice to all Rangers. He underscores the importance of understanding the rich history of the Ranger community, living out the principles of the Ranger Creed in every facet of life, and maintaining a journal to preserve the unique history and experiences of the Ranger brotherhood.




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    2h 11m | Sep 23, 2023
  • EXCLUSIVESGM (R) Ian Hunter

    One of the key topics that emerge is the unique ethos within the Ranger Regiment. Ian explains that unlike being mere consumers, everyone within this specialized group is a contributor. This distinctive approach fosters a sense of ownership and a deep desire to contribute to the organization's success.

    Faith has been a steadfast companion throughout Ian's military journey. He delves into how his faith not only supported him during his service but also provided strength during the difficult times of transition.

    The conversation turns to the concept of imposter syndrome, the feeling that one doesn't truly deserve their achievements. Ian shares how this phenomenon, while challenging, also drives individuals to constantly strive for excellence.

    The monumental impact of 9/11 is a turning point discussed in the episode. Ian elaborates on how this event not only shaped his path but also inspired his brothers to join the military, creating a profound family legacy of service.

    A poignant chapter in Ian's story involves serving alongside his brother in the same platoon within the Ranger Regiment. Memories of jumping into northern Iraq and the sacrifices their families made highlight the deep bonds forged among servicemen and their families.

    The brothers' camaraderie extends into competing together in the rigorous Best Ranger Competition, showcasing their shared determination and unbreakable connection.

    Ian's journey takes a new direction when major TBI injuries necessitate a career transition. Through this challenge, he finds a renewed sense of purpose, underscoring the adaptability and resilience that military experience cultivates.

    Leadership and its role in pushing individuals out of their comfort zones come under the spotlight. Ian's insights shed light on how organizations can foster growth by challenging their members to adapt and evolve.

    A heartfelt reflection on fatherhood reveals Ian's wisdom on raising children. He emphasizes the importance of humility in becoming the fathers our children need, a lesson gleaned from his own experiences.

    The episode concludes with a discussion about the aftermath of the Afghanistan pullout and the programs designed to support veterans. It's a reminder of the ongoing dedication to those who have served and the complexities of the global stage.

    Join us as we uncover SGM(R) Ian Hunter's journey, one marked by sacrifice, faith, leadership, and personal growth, offering profound insights for listeners from all walks of life.


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    2h 8m | Sep 9, 2023
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