SGM (R) Brendan "Duke" Durkan

Season 2 | Episode 5
2h 19m | Mar 2, 2024

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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